Watching a large flock of snow geese take off en masse can be breathtaking. Capturing a pair via telephoto lens up close and personal is even more dramatic. Richard Curtin rose early to photograph these snow geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
"There are sometimes 30,000 to 40,000 snow geese on the refuge during fall and winter," Curtin says. "These were taking off and coming right toward me. I love Bosque—it's the main place I go to photograph birds." Three years ago, Curtin volunteered to clear brush at the refuge to create open spaces for would-be photographers. "I was talking with refuge staff and they told me how much work Ducks Unlimited had done at the refuge. I joined DU shortly after that."