Lone Pup


Lone Pup

Red Fox

Lone Pup



600 mm

The Story

While much of Bill's attention is on the birds during the spring, fox pups are a favorite as well. They provide entertainment and their own types of challenges.

Bill spent two days watching this den in central South Dakota in 2022. This litter of four was sporadic during the day, but in the final moments before sundown, they came out to play. Just like a human toddler they don't like to sit still, making them tricky to capture in diminishing light. Bill felt a particular connection to this lone fox pup who was more prone to sitting back away from the chaos and take it all in.

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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.