Wildlife Of The Catskill Region
May 2002In the last issue of GUIDE we featured photographs of birds as the first messengers of Spring. Now we turn to the animals that once again populate our fields and forests.
We congratulate our photographers for their skill in capturing such remarkable images on film.
In our cover photograph we see three young foxes sitting calmly in a field near their foxhole. One apparently has become aware of the camera and looks directly in the lens as if pleased to have his picture taken. The other two are relaxed enjoying the moment of rest. In the frontispiece of our portfolio a mother bear and her two baby cubs are marching across a lawn, oblivious to the nearby house as well as to our photographer. And then, opposite this page, we see a magnificent image of a spider web caught against a dark background and revealing the intricacy of this extraordinary creation. Both the web and the photograph are remarkable works of art.
Itís hard to imagine how the photographer managed to catch the frog on the next page, crouched on a leaf and admiring the beautiful blossom floating in the water. Or that grasshopper with its marvelous colors perched on a branch. Then we have two close-up images of deer which under ordinary circumstances would have scampered away before the camera had a chance to take their portrait. And finally we come to the two beavers who may be gathering materials for the dam they appear to be in the process of building.
One of the privileges of spending time in the Catskills is to have neighbors like this when the cold of winter has passed. It makes us feel as much part of nature as they are, for in the end we are all part of the animal kingdom.
— David Finn