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Posted by Mundy Hackett at Thursday, December 14, 2006
It is that time of year when the birds have all migrated south for the winter, and here in Missouri it is time for taking out the long telephoto lenses and heavy duty tripods and going after images of waterfowl. as flocks of hundreds of canada and snow geese filter through the wetlands of the prairie pothole region, it offers some awesome opportunities to get flight shots of groups, pairs and individuals. The conservation and restoration of millions of acres of wetlands in North America is due to the the efforts of groups like Ducks Unlimited. I am particularly fond of the blue phase of snow goose, once thought to be a seperate species, but now known through genetics research to simply be a plumage variant.
This is an old, old photo I took on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia in the winter as the last wisps of sunlight dipped below the horizons edge. I was using a 400mm telephoto lens on a tripod with a timer release, but what I didn't intend to do but am happy with now is that I left the lens slightly out-of-focus, that in combination with the extremly long exposure time and the atmospheric conditions resulted in this image entitled "Blueridge". In this instance, one can truly see why these are called the Blue Ridge Mountains. These ancient worn down mountains are some of the oldest on earth. I hope you enjoy this image as much as I do even today, several years later. Home will always be Virginia, between the Blue Ridge and the Chesapeake Bay.