Nearly forgotten snapshots of spring: from butterflies to hawks

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been taking more photos of wildlife lately than I used to. It drives some of my friends crazy, understandably. But the hobby has also gained me some new friends, people I never would have met if I hadn’t realized my interest in wildlife photography. And those people have been kind enough to take me under their wing and teach me about how to (A) find wildlife and (B) successfully photograph it.

It’s absolutely addictive. I still take unfocused photos (such as the hawk shown below). I’m still working on getting lighting just right. Each animal is different when it comes to (A) their ability to detect humans (B) their tolerance of humans. So sometimes I’ll find myself spooking an animal away before I can even take a photograph.

Wildlife photography is fun and frustrating. It’s complicated but sometimes simply dependent upon luck.

This spring, I’ve had the opportunity to take photos of snowy owls and seals and ducks of all shapes and sizes. And while most of my best photos have been featured in this blog or in my BDN Outdoors stories, some of the photos have simply been buried beneath a growing collection of wildlife photos.

So I dug them back up. Here are a few of the wildlife photos from this spring that I nearly forgot!

Aislinn Sarnacki

About Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at