"Know your subject" is an oft-recited mantra of the photography world. And after two years of trying to capture a picture of a Carolina Chickadee hanging upside down, Linda Hoopes had certainly become well acquainted with hers.
"It was amazing to get to know an animal has a sense of humor," Hoopes says. One chickadee dropped seeds on Hoopes's head as she refilled the birdfeeder in her Greenwood, Indiana, yard; another photo-bombed a picture Hoopes was trying to take of a cardinal.
The chickadee here was searching for a snack in Hoopes's yard on a snowy February day when the photographer finally managed to snap a shot of the inverted bird from her study window.
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