Have you been stuck indoors on recent winter days? After all, an outdoor thermometer that read minus 30 or even lower, is best viewed from the warm side of the window. You likely cranked up the thermostat, or maybe threw an extra log on the fire. The critters that live outdoors, especially birds, don't have that luxury. They fluff their feathers for added insulation, and do their best to gather food to fuel their furnaces.
Choosing favorite wildlife images from the thousands I take during a given year is a challenge for me. But a challenge I appreciate. Frequently I judge an image by the difficulty required to capture that subject rather than by the photo's aesthetics. An image of a colorful songbird taken in my yard is usually easier to obtain than say, a shot of a big, mature whitetail buck sporting large antlers. So, I would tend to lean toward the deer image, all else being equal.
"This sunrise alone is worth the 3 a.m. wake up," said Rolf Moen, of Nisswa, as he gazed to the east, the undersides of gray clouds lite pink, orange and gold. "Maybe one in a hundred," I replied. It was roughly 7 a.m. Thirty minutes earlier, at one-half hour prior to sunrise, the 2018 Minnesota waterfowl season had begun.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, the first hunting seasons in Minnesota opened. That included black bear, rails, snipe and mourning doves. On the first day a friend and I hunted mourning doves in a spot where we have chased doves for a number of years. Some years we had good hunting, others not so. This year however, doves were plentiful, and despite a foggy start to the day we had a great hunt.