Back in September, I entered ten images in a photo contest sponsored by Massachusetts Wildlife magazine, a quarterly publication of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
I had pretty much forgotten about the contest and my entry. However, I was pleasantly reminded about it when I recently received email informing me that four of my photos have been given awards!
According to the email from Peter Mirick, the editor, there were “1,137 entries received from 183 individuals living in 149 cities and towns, some as far away as Florida and Arizona.”
No large cash prizes! Just a subscription to the magazine and a few extra copies of the issue in which the images will be published. However, it is nice to have ones work recognized this way.
Here are the four images that were selected:
And here are the other entries:
Thanks for “wandering by”.
On Sat (22 May 2010) afternoon, we put the kayaks in the water for the first time this season… our destination was East Head Pond in Myles Standish State Forest (Carver and Plymouth, MA). We chose this spot based on its description in the AMC Quiet Water Guide for Massachusetts. This series of guide books (that cover much of the northeast) is highly recommended. Of course, I took the camera and the long lens and we were off to see what could be found!
We were amply rewarded. Seeing, over the course of a few hours, painted turtles, frogs and many small birds… no surprise there! We also caught an osprey fishing… watching it dive five times (at various distances) before it came up with a fish.
We spent some quality time with a mother mallard and her brood as they made their way along the shoreline eating like mad. At one point mom and all of the ducklings stopped and stood at attention. The reason… an owl passing by along the shore at low altitude. One has to imagine that the owl had a ducking dinner in mind!
The only reason I know about the owl, is that Joan told me about it. She watched the scene unfold from twenty or so feet away. Of course, I saw the ducks reaction through the lens. But, I was sitting (with camera to eye) within a dozen feet of both the ducks and the owl and I never heard a thing… the owl went by and never made a sound.
At the very end of the day, as the light was fading, we passed though a boggy area that had a number of pitcher plants growing in it… some of which were in bloom… not something you see every day!
Here are the day’s photos: