Deb Zeller’s Winter Scene Captures First Place

First place Wildlife & Nature

Local artist and photographer Deb Zeller is no stranger to this Last Glance page of Lake Minnetonka Magazine; her photos have appeared here several times over the last few years. She took this snapshot, “Early Morning Walk,” last January, right after a big snowfall—and the photo earned first place in the Wildlife & Nature category of our 2016 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

“When I woke up that morning, the world was a winter wonderland,” says Zeller. “I put on my warmest coat, boots, earmuffs, hat and took an extra pair of gloves.” Zeller walked for a couple of hours and shot over 300 photos that morning. “This is one of my favorites, because I paused to look back at where I had just been,” she says. “My footprints in the pristine snow gave the scene a whole different perspective.” Zeller used her Nikon D7000 camera, which she takes out when she wants to do some “serious photography,” she says. “I got a lot of great photos that day, but this one has a sense of solitude and being one with nature.” We agree—we feel transported to that snowy scene, too.

Each summer, we ask readers to submit their photographs to our Lens on Lake Minnetonka contest. Watch this page all year to see some of our favorites from the 2016 contest. (You can find a complete list of winners and finalists here).