Winter’s Blessing


Winter’s Blessing

Northern Cardinal

Winter’s Blessing



600 mm

The Story

Even when the birds are easy to find, there is always something to provide a challenge. Winter photography means battling the harsh cold. However, the subzero temperatures can be a blessing because cardinals tend to gather together in groups and it keeps them from traveling too much. This particular cardinal was located near a feeder in Granite Falls, Minnesota. At times there were 15 to 20 males in view at the same time.

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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.