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December 2022 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Winter Wildlife

Texas animals persevere, even when Mother Nature seems a bit unkind

Step into the crisp air, slide a gloved hand over snow packed all around, and see evidence of animals large and small as you step into a sparkling winter wonderland. When a twig snaps behind you, you’ll have to act fast to capture an image as stunning as these.

Gabrielle Ethington, PenTex Energy: A doe curiously walks up to a dove looking for food.

Franki Saldivar, J-A-C EC: “I put a bird feeder out for the cardinals when it snowed, and they sure seemed to appreciate it.”

Rick Blackmore, Pedernales EC: “A buck lounging in the snow during the winter storm of 2021.”

Jazzmin Aguayo, Pedernales EC: “Roseate spoonbills gather in the marsh grass along a paddling trail in Port O’Connor.”

Teresa Moulds, Big Country EC: As an ice storm moved in, twigs in the field became coated with ice and sleet, as did this coyote.

Jazzmin Aguayo, Pedernales EC: “A vibrant cardinal fluffs up to keep warm at Lockhart State Park.”

Dee Anna Piatek, Pedernales EC: “A cedar waxwing enjoying a crisp, winter day, even nibbling on the snow a bit.”

Steve Kotzur, San Bernard EC: “We had a rare early December snow overnight. After the clouds moved out and the sun came out, the deer moved into the open to soak up the warm sunshine.”

Scott McCarley, MidSouth EC: “Geese warming on an exposed rock in Inks Lake on a late winter morning.”

Dave McCrady, Grayson-Collin EC: “It’s cold outside.”

Doug Monaghen, Pedernales EC: “A whitetail buck after an overnight snowfall in Fair Oaks Ranch, Kendall County.”