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A couple of neat finds from my hike on Sunday afternoon.  We’d had an inch or two of snowfall the night before and the woods were filled with birds.  How the two are connected, I’m not really sure; it seems much too early for any of the southern migrants to be returning.  Although I could swear that I came across a flock of American Robins down by Kennedy Creek – although I couldn’t get close enough to get a definitive look.

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What I did find were these two wingprints in the snow.  In each case the birds had landed in the snow – in the photo above near some cracks in the creek ice where they appeared to be drinking.  When they took off again, their wings hit the snow and imprinted.  Which is incredibly cool!

You don’t find this kind of thing in the warmer months; it takes snow, for all its difficulties and inconveniences, to reveal some of nature’s beauty.  (I’d love to capture this actually happening sometime…)

Editing notes: the editing on these isn’t technically correct; I distorted the curve with an extremely bottom-heavy S to accentuate the contrast enough for the wingprints to be easily seen.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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