Well owl be! Planning pays off for photographer

A great horned owl flies out of its roost in a barn. (Jaime Johnson)
A great horned owl flies out of its roost in a barn. (Jaime Johnson)

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Some wildlife photos happen spontaneously, the product of being ready to capture a surprising moment. 

Other great photos are the product of planning, such as this great horned owl image by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson:

We knew where this guy was, so we packed up the camera gear, tripod, light stands, lights, Radio controls and did a 5 mile hike in 8 inches of snow to get to where he was roosting.
A three second burst of images and it was all over….

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