After reading about some sightings of a Northern Hawk Owl in Aroostook County, I was very excited to think that I may actually get to see one. I contacted a friend and fellow photographer of mine, Sharon, and asked if she was ready for another photo adventure. We set out for a two hour drive in what we thought was just going to be some snow flurries. A storm was coming in but it was forecast for later in the day and was supposed to be coming in from the coast. To our surprise we headed right into it! Neither Sharon or myself had ever seen a Northern Hawk Owl and the anticipation of photographing it was very exciting.
As we ventured on it was snowing harder and harder, which made for what seemed like a never ending drive. Upon arrival we started searching the roof tops and tree lines of the area. Sharon was the first to spot the owl high up in a tree, all covered in snow and weathering the storm. The lighting was less than perfect and the snowflakes were making it very challenging to get focus where I wanted it. But after adjusting some settings I managed to get some great shots.
Being able to observe the Northern Hawk Owl and photograph it for the very first time in my life is something I will never forget. It is moments like this that remind me of why I enjoy photography so much.