NEBRASKAland December 2018

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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What to Do in December Time Well Spent O utdoor fun doesn't stop in the winter. This month, hunters and anglers will stay busy with muzzleloader deer season and ice fishing; state parks will host a number of festive holiday events across the state; and the beauty of a fresh snowfall or line of perfect icicles can draw even the most reluctant of us outside with our cameras. To read about fun park events across the state, visit ■ Indian Cave Christmas Bird Count Dec. 15 Indian Cave State Park The Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society that allows researchers to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. Thousands of volunteers participate in the count each year, and you can be one of them – no birding expertise needed. The event is free and no pre-registration is required; binoculars and bird ID books will be available to borrow. The event begins at the park's shop at 8 a.m. By Renae Blum PHOTO BY JENNY NGUYEN-WHEATLEY 26 NEBRASKAland • DECEMBER 2018 PHOTO BY ERIC FOWLER Winter Photography Throughout the month Statewide There's no need to put your camera away during the winter. A fresh snowfall can provide a stunning subject, said NEBRASKAland photographer Eric Fowler, so bundle up and head outside. It is important to watch your exposure, he said, as the brightness of the snow can fool your light meter and lead to underexposed photos. As always, it's often best to shoot photos early or late in the day when the light is soft and warm.

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