Bittersweet Beauty


Bittersweet Beauty

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Bittersweet Beauty



600 mm

The Story

Feasting on a diet of insects, the warblers arrive in eastern South Dakota along with the bugs. The vast variety of species provides excitement and opportunity.  However, it also means the end of Bill’s favorite time of year: migration. This yellow-rumped warbler offers one look at spring’s final visitors. Searching for warblers, identifying different species, and capturing their vibrant color make them a favorite subject. Their arrival is a bittersweet one as it signals the end of migration, and announces a respite for Bill.

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Countless Hours.

A Single Moment.

A man of few words Bill Vanderhagen is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. Like many, he finds the speed of modern life exhausting. Photography is his refuge. It is in the stillness of nature, waiting countless hours to capture that single moment where he feels most alive.

Bill discovered photography in 2008 as a way to combine my two passions for art and the outdoors. Learning the skills of this art form was an adventure of its own. With the exception of a brief two-year hiatus due creative burnout, Bill have never bored from chasing that single image.

Even with human subjects, there is something magical about capturing a glance, a smirk, or smile, which is gone just as quickly as it showed up.

Thanks for visiting the site. It has always been Bill's hope that the photos he shares bring you the sense of excitement and discovery he feels when it is just him, the unknown subject, and his camera.