I started my day at 3:45 AM. I wanted to be at my Snowy Owl spot at day break.
I had never really shot a sunrise or landscape with my 500mm prime. I had already found my first owl and was waiting for enough light to photograph it in.
The second owl almost attacked me when I got out of the car to setup on her.
After the first shot, I took the 500mm prime off and went the rest of interaction with this female with my 70-200mm. She allowed me to spend about 45 minutes with her. It was something very special to get to connect and interact with nature. This was yet another life changing moment, and ranks right up their with my Smoky Mountain Bear and 3 cubs.
At least 4 Snowy Owls found and photographed. Couldn’t really determine if the 5th owl was the same owl I was following flying or a new owl.
Commercial recap: 3:45 AM wake up + watched sunrise + 280 miles + $57.50 in gas + 9 hours in a car + FULL Frame Snowy Owls photos = PRICELESS!!!!!!
Not sure if the Snow Owls will be back in winters to come, but at least I got to photograph these really cool birds. They weren’t even on my bucket list, but got to cross them off non the less.
Not sure what March will bring with both my Eagles and Owls moving out. Hopefully it will be warm enough to play some golf soon!
Next up in April will be the Masters Golf Tournament and 4 days in Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP).
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