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Magic Hour March 26, 2013  |  By Adam Harris

Transitional times are often the most interesting ones for image-making. Many photographers refer to time surrounding dawn and dusk as the “magic hour.” Similar to dawn and dusk, seasonal transitions often help us see familiar objects in new ways.

When winter releases its hold and spring blossoms forth, we often have sunny days followed by snow and sleet here at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Such was the case this year with a wet and warm spring snow coming right after the vernal equinox. Evidence of these storms often lingers for a brief moment after they have dropped their moisture. I like how the snow on Simon Gudgeon’s Isis sculpture accentuates the wings and the eye, drawing added attention to the smooth lines and crevices of this elegant, iconic work.

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