On this page you will find a short narrative and a slideshow related to specific outings and also a link to other past outings. Some of the photos in these slide shows will end up finding their way into one of my galleries.
Sunday I had it in my head I wanted to get some winter photos of deer. I was going to drive up near Johnson and check out an area near a deer yard that I found last winter. Before I left I stopped for gas an as I was filling up my car I started talking to a gentlemen I know filing up his car at the next pump. He had seen my photos in the local paper and we were talking about them. He asked if I had gone out that weekend I told him I was heading out then in hopes of getting photos of deer. He then asked me I passed the deer next to the road within a mile of my house. I had not so I decided to check it out before I headed to Johnson. When I drove back I ended up seeing the deer by the road and I sat and watched. Beyond the three next to the road I saw at least nine more browsing in the alders. I did not stay there long because I did not want to make them nervous because they were not in a very safe location. Off I went to Johnson hoping to find more opportunities, I did not however I did find a lot of tracks.
Rather than driving home the same way I decided to go through Stowe and Waterbury. Driving down Route 100 in Waterbury I saw several photographers hoping to get photos of the northern hawk owl that I saw the week before. I stop and talked to them. They had been there all day and had not seen it. I was curious and headed down another road nearby and found the hawk owl hunting in a field. I parked down the road a ways so I would not draw to much attention. When you are standing out in a field however with a 500mm lens mounted on a tripod you tend to be a bit noticeable. Within minutes there were about a dozen folks that stopped. An rather than respecting the owls space they started crowding it. At one point I had to tell them to back off and stop harassing the bird. Anyway I did get a couple nice photo opportunities.