Summer’s Quest


Summer’s Quest

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Summer’s Quest



600 mm

The Story

The summer brings with it hummingbirds and countless opportunities and attempts to capture their beauty. As the summer winds down, the ruby-throated hummingbirds get more active as they feed and prepare for migration south. They also grow more feisty and territorial. One male won’t let another stay in one place for too long without swooping in and pushing him out. Each summer Bill sets out on a quest to capture a sharp photo of two males in a single frame as they chase one another around. It hasn’t happened yet, but the shots captured in the interim make it a worthy pursuit.

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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.