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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Taking Chances in the Snow
Snow is on the ground and hope is in my mind for more "Fox in Snow" camera-trap images. See a previous example of a "Fox in the Snow" image in White Snow for White Legs .
The better part of yesterday was spent hiking, birding, and camera-trapping around in the white stuff. I was in search of more places to set up the cams. The big problem with this though, is that I put up expensive equipment in the middle of the woods, out of view of anybody, with my footprints very well defined in the snow.
It's a risk, I know.
If somebody really wants to follow me off trail to see what I was doing, they can. I tried to be good about it though. When possible I rerouted myself, walked across logs, and walked on places of high grass so that my footprints would be harder to track.
In addition to this, windy conditions last night blew up the "dry" powdery snow and hopefully covered my tracks a little better.
If I didn't risk these cameras often to poachers, off-trail walkers, teenagers, bears, rising waters, and the weather, then I probably would have very few pictures and this blog wouldn't exist.