Marshfield photographer John Grant captures vibrant winter wildlife images.
By Judy Enright | Photography by John Grant
Grant’s portfolio includes images depicting eagles in mid-flight, the wide-eyed innocence of twin fox kits and the amber-eyed stare of a rare Great Gray Owl.
“In animals there is a freeness that I don’t see in other things,” says Grant. “I’m privileged to be able to visit their world for a little while. It’s a great stress reducer and an escape for me. My challenge is to catch [the animals] in a situation where light and shadow combine to make them even more beautiful.”
All of Grant’s wildlife photos are taken in New England and the majority are shot on the South Shore including places like Duxbury Beach and Mass Audubon sanctuaries.
“Most days, I get nothing,” says Grant. “Then one day, I’ll walk into something and it just happens.” Occasionally, he and fellow nature photographers will exchange tips on noteworthy photo ops. He was recently alerted, for example, to a rare great gray Owl sighting in New Hampshire, so he jumped in his car and drove there immediately. “That owl is usually seen only in Canada and the western part of this country. It never comes down to New Hampshire,” says Grant.
Some of Grant’s most captivating photographs have been taken on cold winter days, such as a snowy owl soaring across an azure sky and the brilliant scarlet of a male cardinal’s feathers in a snowstorm. But for Grant, there is joy in the journey.
“I’ve been photographing for 45 years and I enjoy it much more now than when I started,” says Grant. “I always try to take a better picture today than I took yesterday.”