“Winter in Minnesota often has us spending a lot of time indoors, so on a nice January day, I took a walk at Dunton Locks County Park in Becker County, about a half-hour from my home,” recalls photographer Penny Meyers. “I came upon this beaver sitting on the snow-covered ice near the edge of a pond. I watched for about an hour as it occasionally dove through a hole in the ice to retrieve twigs and roots and then sit in the snow to enjoy the fruits of its labor.
“The light wasn’t ideal. The small mound of snow in the foreground was in sunlight, but the beaver was in shade. I took several shots using different exposures and ultimately chose to completely overexpose the snow in order to capture more detail in the beaver’s coat, creating a clean high-key image.”
Canon EOS Rebel T7i, Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary at 400mm. Exposure: 1/250 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 800.
See more of Penny Meyers’ work at penny-meyers.pixels.com.