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.
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 whitetail deer pretends to be a moose, sticking its head underwater to graze on rich aquatic vegetation.
Two dear make tracks across a frozen trout stream in the deep snows of early February not far from Lake Superior. I had hoped to sample nymphs in the stream (which later turned out to be quite fertile) but it wasn't open.
I spotted this moose calf resting in the snow across the road from the river I was photographing in Alaska in late February.
Several whitetail deer cross the river in front of me in the middle of winter.
A Canada goose and gosling poke their heads out of the grass along a trout stream.
High upon a signpost rearing, down upon pedestrians jeering,
Squawking rather nasty things not heard from any bird before;
Parking regulations broken, yet the bird paid not a token,
And the bird was so outspoken, taunting watchers at its fore,
Taunting that it need not pay the fee that we abhor.
This it laughed, and then it soared.
Date AddedMar 28, 2012
A whitetail fawn struggles through strong current to return to its mother. It lost its footing a couple times, and I thought for a moment it was going to wash down to me.
This porcupine seemed to be feeding on the filamentous green algae that had accumulated around the tip of a fallen cedar sweeper on a classic piece of northwoods trout water.
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.