I”m back this week and have some exciting images to share for this week’s topic of “unusual”! Last week I was “recovering” from vacation mode! We took a little road trip – with Kota, of course! – to Lake Placid, NY. It was a wonderful getaway! We stayed in an adorable “chalet” in Wilmington, NY. I have to share:
Our plans included a visit to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and we were going to be close by – little did we know this little gem was less than a mile from the refuge – walking distance!
I spent 2 mornings at the refuge. The first morning my husband joined me. Each day at 10:00 (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) they do a “Wolf Gathering” where one of the owners of the refuge, Steve, gets into the penned area with the 3 wolves they have residing there. He does an informative talk which lasts about an hour and half long. He is passionate and cares so much for all of these animals!
The goal of the refuge is to rescue and rehabilitate the animals and send them back into the wild if they are “fit”. Only about 30% are released into their natural habitat, but those that stay are cared for by the amazing volunteers. The refuge is on 50-acres of land and lies in the center of the western branch of the Ausable River. There is also a hiking trail. Along with wolves some of the other animals are bears, snowy owls, fox, coy wolves, coyotes, bald eagles, porcupines and even opossums.
They have 3 gray wolves: Kiska, Cree and Zeebie. Kiska is around 4 years old. Zeebie is the oldest.
Here are a few of my favorite images of the wolves from my visit:
Photographing these wolves was a dream come true! I could watch them all day – they are stunning creatures!
These images were taken with my 135mm….. wishing i had a 200mm …. for next time! Haha!
We will definitely be going back – preferably in the winter! I would love some images of them in the snow. If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Adirondacks in upstate NY, I highly recommend visiting here! There is no fee to get in, but they are entirely supported by donations and greatly appreciate anything you can spare to give.
Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for more images from the refuge! Next up in our professional pet photography blog circle is Lisa with Browning Photo serving Columbus, Ohio, pets and their people. Click on the link at the end of each post to see some gorgeous images from photographers around the world! Have a great weekend!