in ohio, you take what you can get when it comes to the weather. and when it peaked at 57 degrees I was out in it full force. all last year I had been trying to, in a stealth-like manner to photograph the local pond's muskrat. and on that fateful summer day it surfaced it front of me, but my excitement was fizzled when it turned out to be belly up - had died. who wants to photograph a dead muskrat, right? so on this particular gift of a warm day I sat by the pond photographing geese and saw another muskrat swimming. being too far away, I repositioned myself and about an hour later it was seen again, and I got the shot. not a prize winner, but I did get a live one! I found its lair, and planned on squatting the next day with better results. but, as I said, ohio is a roller coaster of ups and downs when it comes to temperature - and precipitation! sleet can cold kept me in, where I put my time into building a pipe tube for my truck to store my tripod in fully extended. that way I did not waste time and possibly miss a shot fumbling with leg extensions, and would protect it against dog nails when they came along for the ride in the bed of my 4 wheel drive truck.
I am ready for spring. I am sick of this dismal, cold, muddy ick that this transition is known for (now until april). but even this can have its own type of beauty and pros. easier to shoot birds before the buds show some muscle. and i thank God that i am alive, healthy, and have a working camera to record and share with my family, my girlfriend, and anyone out there that can appreciate this amazing thing called Life.
Photo credits: Ryan Sartoski.