14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Alert and Invisible

This is not an easy subject to photograph, especially in winter! They are quick, clever animals with near perfect camouflage. The only weaknesses in its winter appearances are its three black spots: two eyes and the tip of its long tail. If it weren’t for those black areas and the weasel's natural curiosity; I never would have managed to get this image. Take notice of the cloud-diffused sun reflected in its eye. The sharp claws on the snowy forepaws, useful for digging and clinging to prey. The droplets of water on its whiskers. The capillaries in its ear.

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Date Taken: 02.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Wyoming, United States of America
Copyright: © Tim Auer