Consider what it might be like to stare into the ferocious eyes of a great and beautiful animal. A moment like that does not happen every day, and only those who are fortunate enough to see it will be able to remember it. Conrad Tan’s near encounter with a Minnesota black wolf is an example of excellent fortune and perfect timing.
Conrad’s most ardent pastime was photography, which he began late. “What began as a desire to gaze at a wallpaper I designed myself has turned into a type of fixation,” he wrote.
“I’m obsessed with making the perfect shot, whatever that may be. Every image I make is a challenge for me since I feel I can always enhance it. That’s probably what keeps me going back. There are so many different disciplines in this activity that I have yet to attempt. I also enjoy assisting other photographers whenever possible. I believe it is necessary to give back to the activity that has brought me so much joy.”
On a trip to Minnesota, he had a rare meeting with a black wolf, and the outcome was as wonderful as you might expect. Here are some images of that moment:
According to American Native Legends, the black wolf is a spirit wolf who frequently appears with a message – seeing a black wolf indicates that you are about to acquire a vital life lesson.
Despite their black coats, these wolves are members of the grey wolf family. The color of their fur is caused by a genetic mutation that boosts black pigmentation. Conrad Tan’s photographs have successfully demonstrated how lovely and magnificent this species is.
Minnesota has 13 national wildlife refuges totaling 150 million acres. Each refuge has its own set of attractions for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. Will you travel to Minnesota to see the plentiful wildlife?