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Mallard Hen Landing

Mallard Hen Landing

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Spring officially begins today but for those of us who live in Western Montana it began about the second week in January. Correspondingly, photographing wintry scenes was a challenge, made worse by me personally being elsewhere during the few snowy periods prior to mid-January. But it wasn’t an entire loss because I spent a lot of time with ducks this winter. So, cue a barrage of waterfowl images until Spring brings fresh images.

A mallard flares his wings before landing.

A mallard flares his wings before landing.

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An uncommon mid-Summer enounter between a white-tailed buck and doe (Odocoileus virginianus), Missoula, Montana

An uncommon mid-Summer enounter between a white-tailed buck and doe (Odocoileus virginianus), Missoula, Montana

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From last February.

A great gray owl (Strix nebulas) prepares to swoop down on an unsuspecting meadow vole, Missoula, Montana

A great gray owl (Strix nebulas) prepares to swoop down on an unsuspecting meadow vole, Missoula, Montana

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Landing Mallard Drake

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I like to photograph wildlife in very low light. From the scowls I sometimes receive, if not outright condescending remarks, from other photographers I realize this is not everyone’s cup of tea. Possibly it’s a blend that is uniquely tasty to my own palate. However, for me I love being up before most everybody else. To take in the relative quiet and peace from the man-made world. My senses feel more alive and correspondingly the beauty seen seems more enhanced.

A particular scene that has long caught me eye is watching the wintering pelicans at White Rock Lake (Dallas, Texas) glide over the lake in pre-dawn and post-dusk light. If you live in Dallas, it’s worth getting up early or staying at the lake a little bit later than normal to see it. It should be a warm, delicious tea for the tastebuds of anybody who likes nature. If you don’t live in Dallas, I hope my image gives it a little justice.

An American White Pelican gliding over White Rock Lake in pre-dawn light, Dallas, Texas

An American White Pelican gliding over White Rock Lake in pre-dawn light, Dallas, Texas

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There are only a few more hours left in 2012 for us in the Western Hemisphere, so I wanted to share my favorite images of the year. For me it was a very good year, my best yet, and looking back at the wonderful memories that are included in these images it makes me look forward to yet another year. I have goals in mind, but I never know where circumstances, luck and serendipity end up taking me.

I hope you enjoy.

Sparring Red Fox Kits Two fox kits spar above their Missoula den site.

Snowy Owl on Grassland Habitat A Snowy Owl sits out a Winter afternoon in the tall grass of the Mission Valley.

Perched Great Gray Owl Darkness will soon descend on this Great Gray Owl, but during the Winter the hunt is ever on.

Rushing Whitetail Buck This White-tailed Buck is like a heat-seeking missile when he has a whiff of a doe in estrus.

Black Bear Sow in Snow A Black Bear sow in Glacier National park trudges through an early, wet Autumn snowfall; denning is around the corner.

Singing Lazuli Bunting Male A Lazuli Bunting rivals any Broadway star in his ability to belt out a tune.

Whitetail Fawn in Snow A White-tailed fawn experiences her first snowfall in the hills above Missoula, Montana.

440_Otter_120627_W A Northern River Otter pokes her head above water flowers to see check for danger before chasing spawning trout.

Bugling Bull in Marsh After wallowing in a marsh during a warm Autumn afternoon, a Rocky Mountain Elk bull bugles to find his wandering harem.

Great Horned Owl in Fall Colors A Great Horned Owl is perched on a limb with a backdrop of golden Cottonwood foliage.

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