Great post from Wildshots. As a fellow nature and wildlife photographer, the number of times I've been asked some of the same questions are amazing. My favorite was after a day of hiking and photography in the Smoky Mountains, I came out onto a trail to find a family looking out and taking some snapshots of the views. The mother asked would I please take a family picture so they remember that moment in time when they were in the mountains of Tennessee. Sure I said, not to be rude, and she proceeded to hand me some off-brand point and shoot camera, to which I asked, "How do you use this?" Her comment "Well, you turn it on here and look here, we'll stand real still, while you hold down this button for a few seconds." On and on she went until she finally said, "I thought you were a photographer?"
Now, after a day of trouncing through woods, covering about 8 miles with nearly 30 pounds of camera gear on my back, let's just say I was a little tired and sweaty, and before I realized what I was about to say, I blurted out "Well, if you had a real camera!" With that, she snatched the camera from my hands and stomped off.