Field and Stream

First Shot

- PHOTOGRAPH BY LON LAUBER

A mallard and its mirror image stage on a Washington pond.

Photograph­er Lon Lauber had heard about this pond in eastern Washington with deciduous trees along the shoreline where, at the right time of year, you could catch the fall colors reflecting in the water. So last October, he arrived there before dawn and set up his camera to photograph the waterfowl that stage on the pond. “I was hoping to catch some wood ducks in the reflection,” Lauber says, “but when this mallard drake swam by, I couldn’t resist holding down the shutter for a burst.”

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