Leucistic Whitetail Deer




600 mm

The Story

A tip from a friend led Bill to this rare beauty: a leucistic white-tailed doe. She was reported in an area in northern South Dakota thick with old oaks, a stream, and a general mystical feel. Determined to find her, Bill planned a few days in the area. Bill is strategic when tracking down an animal. Knowing deer typically move around sundown, Bill wanted plenty of time to scout the area. This generally results in extra time to explore other locations and wildlife. as was the case on this day, he relocated to a different section of land, looking for belted kingfishers as they hunted in nearby water.

Despite being two miles from where she was originally spotted, she serendipitously showed up behind Bill to drink from a stream. He was able to get out ahead of the deer as he made her way to better grazing areas - allowing him to snap just a few good shots before disappearing again.

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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.