I recently took part in a “Winter Wildlife Walk” at the Squam Lake Science Center here in New Hampshire. I wanted to learn about how various animals live (and play!) during the winter months and it was a great opportunity to get close up reference photos of some of our harder to find wildlife in a winter setting. The animals there are not tame by any means, but for various reasons, would not survive if released back into the wild. However, I thought the otters stole the show with an abundance of cuteness as they slid around over the snow and tussled with each other. The fisher was a fascinating animal to watch too, and with some patient waiting, I was able to get some terrific images for future artworks. It reminded me of a tiny bear with those large clawed feet!! My goodness… The red and gray foxes, with their lush furs and vibrant coloring, stood out beautifully against the snow. It’s one of my favorite places to go to learn about and see close up a few of the northern creatures with whom we share our forests.