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Eastern Cottontail - After the Blizzard

Like so many of us humans, this Cottontail had to "dig out" after a heavy snowfall. It was cool to be there at this time, as the rabbits had only just started to emerge from their burrows, and the snow all around was still mostly undisturbed. A couple hours later, the entire scene was criss-crossed with countless rabbit tracks!

I learned that it is best to show up right after the snowfall if I want to photograph wildlife in a relatively pristine snowscape. And yes, I felt bad looking at the many tracks I left in the snow ..... I know they say, "leave nothing but footprints", but sometimes our footprints are rather unsightly.

Image Details:
Colorado prairie
full sun, slight breeze, 10° Fahrenheit
Canon 1D Mark 4
Sigma 300-800mm @800mm
f11 ... 1/2,000 sec ... ISO 400
Gitzo / Wimberley
prone, camera 8" above the snow
uncropped, very minimal processing

© Tom Reichner
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Canon-1D Mark IV
800mm · f/11.0 · 1/2000s · ISO 400
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Jamie Felton's picture

Love this photo and your ethics too!

Gregory Thanos's picture

so beautiful picture!