It’s already that time of year again to hunt fawns, with my camera of course, and there is no better place than the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Powder Valley Nature Center. I don’t get there too early because the trails run through woods that are “lovely, dark and deep” as the poet says, leaving photographers with very slow shutter speeds.
I arrived at the center well after sunrise and located two sets of twins during my first 30 minutes of hiking. I watched the first pair, much younger than those featured here, for a while but failed to get a good shot of them before they disappeared into a thick grove of pawpaw trees. The second pair was much more amenable to photography but they still kept a close eye on me. My favorite image of the morning features one of the long-legged fawns settling down in some fresh mulch behind the nature center (500 mm; 1/100; f/4; ISO 400; Av). I enjoyed watching the little one dig out a spot with its pointy little hooves.
Later in the morning I nabbed the twins together for an image. I was boxed in pretty tight with my 500 mm lens but I was able to back up just enough to get both fawns in the shot. I was pretty sure I cut their feet off but as you can see I lucked out. My friend Brenda had to laugh as she reminded me, each time I complained about my lens being too long, that I had a 300 mm in my shoulder bag. I must have a deep-seated aversion to using lightweight and convenient lenses, but I gave myself credit for at least bringing the 300 along.
The final shot is much like the second but just a little closer for those of you who like to see more detail.
Overall, it was a great morning, even if I didn’t capture images of the younger twins. Joyce and I returned the following morning to try again for the little ones again but struck out again.
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