Expert wildlife photographers stake out their quarry like a hunter and wait, sometimes for days, for the perfect shot to appear. I am not one of them. But once in a while on a trout stream the wildlife photo opportunities come to me, and when I can I have my camera ready.
A whitetail deer pretends to be a moose, sticking its head underwater to graze on rich aquatic vegetation.
A great blue heron does a flyover on a flock of young common mergansers. I wonder how many hundreds of young trout go into the creation of a great blue heron and fifteen mergansers... hmm, where's Dick Cheney when you need him?
Photo by Elena Vayndorf.
My dad held the canoe in place while I snapped a picture of this immature bald eagle perched in a pine over the river on an August evening. It probably caught more fish than we did.
A black bear cub stares down at me from a large pine near one of my favorite trout streams.
I'm breaking my rule about naming locations for this picture, since the context adds much to its meaning. This great blue heron is standing on a slab of river-worn concrete silhouetted against the NY Quickway bridge over the Beaverkill River at Cairn's Pool. Several human fishermen pursue trout from one shore while an avian fisherman pursues them from the other.
A black bear cub shimmies down a tree trunk near one of my favorite trout streams.
A large caribou walks through the bed of a glacial river in Denali National Park.
A Canada goose and gosling poke their heads out of the grass along a trout stream.
Bull caribou walking away
In this "close up" of a grizzly bear laying down on an alpine hillside in Denali National Park, you can almost tell it's a bear.