After listening to my husband tell me all of the wildlife he was seeing on the trail – minks, fishers, otters, lynx, and elk -I was finally able to convince him to let me tag along to capture some of the wildlife with my lens. He lent me his hunting blind, set it up on the slough, and pointed all of the access points where the animals would frequently come to drink. I was a little apprehensive, at first, being left out in the wilderness all by myself with only a stick to defend myself. But my excitement soon overpowered my fear.
By 9:13 a.m. I was set up and sitting in a comfortable chair inside the blind.
By 9:40 a.m. I was bored. The wind was picking up and it was beginning to snow and blow. The water was turning from slush to ice and I had to close some of the windows inside the blind to help retain the heat.
By 10:30, I had eaten two of my four Nutella sandwiches. Instead of being warm and gooey, they were cold, hard and chewy.
By 11:00, it was apparent I was going to freeze if I didn’t get moving. So I took a walk to the other slough, hoping to find an otter. Found a pair of beavers instead. When I returned to the blind, a pair of muskrats had to come out to feed.
The pictures didn’t turn out great. They were just too far away. If I had been out there a week before, the water wouldn’t have been freezing and I am sure the little critters would have come closer to inspect me. They are curious creatures, and as long as you aren’t threatening or menacing, they just can’t help themselves.
I realized a few things during my trip.
- If I was going to continue with any winter photography, I would need to invest in some quality winter gloves. Maybe a heated pair, if they exist.
- Maybe a blind setup isn’t truly my thing. I prefer to wander and explore, with camera in hand, listening and finding things to photograph rather than waiting for something to show up in front of me.
- Temperature matters.
- Patience is key.
- And timing is everything.
Until next time,
Happy snapping 🙂