Monday, October 18, 2010


I’m devastated. I’ve been rejected.

One of my favorite magazines, Wildlife in North Carolina, has just dealt me a humbling blow. Annually, they hold a photography contest and invite readers to submit photos taken around our beautiful state. Winning shots in several categories - including birds, plants, wildlife behavior, wild places and outdoor recreation – have been selected and will be printed in the January edition.

I submitted a half-dozen. None will appear in January.

With the exception of the mushrooms above, shot in my back woods, the pictures I submitted have graced posts here already. As there has been precious little fishing to report about lately, a situation soon to be remedied, I thought I’d repeat the pics in celebration of their submission. I hope you don't mind the review.

The good news is that there will be some seriously beautiful work published in January. Something on the order of seven thousand pictures were submitted and the winners should be simply outstanding. Come late December, find a newsstand and take a look. You will not regret it.

Even if none are mine.


Unknown said...

They all look like winners in my book. hard to believe those didn't make the cut esspecialy since I have caught that magazine from time to time and know the quality they look for. The mushrooms are amazing!!

Feather Chucker said...

The lily pad one is the best in my opinion.

Michael Agneta said...

Their loss Mike. Some really beautiful pics, hadn't seen all of them before, thanks for sharing.

Clif said...

They must have some pretty good pictures if these didn't make the cut. Do share if you can when they are published.

Mike Sepelak said...

Joel, I haven't heard the phrase "the mushrooms are amazing" since sometime in the late sixties. Thanks for the flashback!


Juan Pons said...

Mike, even if you did not make it I have to say these are some GREAT images, I specially love the 'shooms and the trout on the net.

Keep up the awesome work.


Anonymous said...

Mike - Great pictures, and great blog. This one reminded me of the man who entered ten puns in the pun contest thinking that surly he would at least place, but no pun in ten did.