Have you heard the story behind the Judge's Choice winner of PPFF's 2022 Photo Contest👇
For this winning shot, Jeffrey Sidle was in a boat ramp at Promised Land State Park, glassing the water and shoreline with binoculars, when he spotted an otter a long way away, up out of the water on a log, eating a fish. It was late afternoon, and the sun was starting to fade. He knew if he was going to get any photos, he needed to get much closer.
He drove up to the entrance to the campground, parked, grabbed his gear, and headed back toward the shoreline. Now he saw there were two otters. But they were swimming away from him! Still, he stayed in the woods and patiently made his way to an opening just as the otters turned and headed back, passing right in front of him! The otters were separated, and he couldn't get them both in one frame with his telephoto lens, but focusing on the closest one rewarded him with an image that will always make him proud!
Jeffrey Sidle takes advantage of Promised Land SP as often as possible. Whether kayaking in the lakes, hiking the trails, driving the roads, or attending programs put on by the park staff, something always catches his eye or his curiosity.
He saw his first otters in the wild at the park, and they are always on his watch list.
Several years ago, he attended the park's educational program about otters. At the end of the lecture, participants headed out to the lake shore to try and find an otter. To his amazement, within about 5 minutes, they saw an otter on the far side of the cove. It swam across the water, found a stump with enough space to climb on, and gave everyone a great show! Two years later, a similar appearance of an otter happened again after another park otter program.
He doesn’t know if it is karma or if he and the otters have some connection, but he’s thrilled to see them thriving in their environment occasionally!
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