Marty’s photos of the day #4212-2013: Yesterday was a balmy 10 to 15 degrees below zero here at the Essen Wildlife Refuge. The clouds had moved out, and the sun was at the perfect angle to catch the snow glistening on all the trees with a tall mountain peak in the background.

I’ve fallen in love with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 large-chip pocket camera, because it takes great photos and fits into my coat pocket. So I grabbed that camera, and Nellie and I trudged through the snow to “the point” on the far side of our property. Unfortunately, as good as that camera is, there are still some things it can’t do as well as my Canon digital SLR can do. In this case, the brightness of the snow on the trees prevented the mountain peak from popping in the picture as it should.

So Nellie and I trudged back to the house, where I grabbed my Canon digital SLR and attached the proper lens.

Back we trudged to the point. Yay! The light was still at that magical angle. I composed the shot and pushed the shutter button. “Please replace the battery pack” lit up on the screen. Damn!

Back we trudged to the house. I installed another battery pack and headed out to the point again.

Through all of this, Nellie thought it was just a big game. She loves the snow, and each time we trudged to the point was a bonus walk.

This time, unfortunately, the sun had dropped too low in the sky for that glistening snow- forest with the covered forest and tall snowy mountain peak photo. Damn again.

But Nellie didn’t care! Now I could finally put down that pesky camera and pay attention to the dog.

So we played football in the snow for a bit—me sneaking out my camera for this photo of pure doggy joy.

About the photos: For those who haven’t seen Nellie before, she has floppy ears that fly every which-way when she runs, and that’s snow, not white fur, on her face. Or, as she thinks of it, “doggie cocaine.” The other shot is the snowy forest with the mountain peak in the background, not quite as glistening as it was when the sun was higher in the sky.