Remebering: Snow at Pungo

2013 was one of the best years I've photographed at Pungo. One cold morning in early February I made the long trek east, me telling you I was excited would be an understatement. Why? Well the day before this trip, we had the years first snowfall. This was my first time visiting the refuge while snow was on the ground. I arrived just before the sun began to rise and discovered a few swan close to the edge of an impoundment. I knew the sun was going to rise just behind them, so I waited patiently. As the sun got higher the more everything was turning orange. The colors were absolutely breathtaking. I created as many images as possible of the swan before they left to feed.

 Tundra Swan taking flight in the beautiful morning colors.

Tundra Swan taking flight in the beautiful morning colors.

 Flock of Tundra Swan flying towards a cut corn field.

Flock of Tundra Swan flying towards a cut corn field.

After the swan left, we began to ride around the refuge photographing the beautiful light coming through the trees, snow & ice. We discovered quite a few different animals that day, one being a Downy Woodpecker. This was also another first for me.

 Rising sunlight shinning through the snow & ice

Rising sunlight shinning through the snow & ice

 Snow covered the rim of an old birds nest

Snow covered the rim of an old birds nest

 Flock of mallards in the early morning light.

Flock of mallards in the early morning light.

 Ringneck duck runs along the waters surface to take flight.

Ringneck duck runs along the waters surface to take flight.

 A Downy Woodpecker, while foraging, takes a quick look at me.

A Downy Woodpecker, while foraging, takes a quick look at me.

 Early morning sun. I love the long shadows the rising & setting sun creates.

Early morning sun. I love the long shadows the rising & setting sun creates.

While at the refuge on this particular trip, I was creating images for my Wild Pungo exhibit. One of the final images was a black & white version of the photograph above. When I decided to create this blog post I also decided to share the color version. I'm a huge fan of black & white photographs but this color image is one of my favorite landscape photographs I've ever created. With the first day of fall coming this past week, I'm so excited for colder weather and hopefully we will get more snow this winter. If it does, you can count on me being at the refuge!

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Cheers,

Neil.