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Muskrat Reflections - March 26th Free Photo

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On a sunny day in late March, a muskrat swims through water covered in the reflections of cattails. I took this photo at a local pond, minutes from downtown Bozeman, Montana.

 Much of wildlife photography involves being in the right place at the right time. There's often no formula for getting quality photos beyond attempting to spend as much time as possible where you think something might happen. On this day, I was planning to shoot red wing blackbirds and the muskrat was a "bonus" animal that showed up unexpectedly. I'd say 75% of my wildlife shots happen that way. If we keep our eyes open, it's amazing what we see.