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Spring is full of great opportunities to find cute images

As a photographer in Steamboat Springs, springtime is one of the best times of the year. A few weeks ago, I came across a fox den and noticed these newborn kits emerging to explore the world. I’ve returned to the spot several times, and it’s been fun to watch and photograph the kits as they’ve grown.

I’m often asked the key to capturing great images of wildlife. The most important thing is to keep your eyes open and your camera close. I’m almost always looking for wildlife, and when the moment comes, my camera is within arm’s reach. Most animals tend to move quickly, so photographers who are not ready to grab the shot are typically left looking for their camera as the wildlife slips out of sight.

Early morning and early evening tend to be the best times of day. It’s important to respect the animal’s space, so long lenses are great. It’s never a good idea to get too close to wildlife — moose, bears and even deer can be dangerous. Plus, the best pictures come when the animal is comfortable and is not aware that they are being photographed.

The Steamboat area is full of great opportunities to photograph wildlife, so keep your eyes open. On most days, that cute critter is just around the corner.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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