I’ve had vacations on the brain lately because I’ve been planning an upcoming trip to Seattle and San Juan Island. So my next couple of posts will feature photos from a trip to Oregon almost two years ago.
I photographed this majestic Rocky Mountain goat at the Portland Zoo at the beginning of our trip. As this was in July, that “snow” is very fake!
I used Analog Efex Pro to give this image the look of a wet plate photo.
Here’s another buoy, this time floating in the water with a tern sitting on top of it. It appears to be a Least tern, which is a common shore bird along much of the U.S. and Mexican coastline in the warmer months. The view looks out on the Gulf of Mexico from St. Teresa beach. I had some fun with Snapseed on this one, and I think the watercolor effect really kicks the beachy feel up a notch.
Wrapping up my afternoon on Shep’s farm, this photo is my favorite. I fell in love with these pigs. They were so inquisitive and spunky. You can probably tell from their size that these pigs were youngsters, though I’m not sure if they still qualified as piglets. When they weren’t rooting around looking for things to eat, they had a great time chasing each other around and wallowing in the mud.
Continuing on from yesterday, here’s another photo I took at Shep’s farm. Shep had a small flock of chickens, which were challenging to photograph because they spent most of their time running around. When they did occasionally stop to peck at bugs on the ground, they wouldn’t let me get too close. They seemed quite suspicious of me and my camera. Fortunately, this hen paused long enough for me to get a decent shot. A moment later, she was off and running again.
This week, I’m taking a stroll down memory lane to an afternoon at a farm. One of Doug’s coworkers, Shep, lives on a small farm where he and his family raise a few animals. Shep invited the office out to his farm for a picnic, and he allowed me to photograph his menagerie.
This beautiful girl is a Holstein calf. I especially love her long eyelashes.
One of the things I love about Tallahassee is the variety of wildlife in the area, even in my own back yard. What I hardly ever see anywhere around here, though, is rabbits. I know there must be plenty of them, they’re just secretive. So it was a treat to see this one bound across the path through the woods at Birdsong Nature Center. He (or she) paused long enough for me to get this photo.
By the way, Birdsong Nature Center is about 40 minutes up the road near Thomasville, Georgia. If you’re in the area and haven’t been, I highly recommend visiting. Wear good walking shoes and bring a pair of binoculars.
Recently, I took a brief trip to Denver. I only had about a day and a half there, and I wanted to make sure I got in my fair share of both outdoorsy excursions and city life. And, of course, I brought my camera along.
The first place I visited in my quest to experience Denver’s natural world was the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. I had wondered why I hadn’t seen any brochures for it at the airport or hotel. When I got there it became obvious – the view of the refuge isn’t the most picturesque, particularly the side that looks onto the adjacent Invesco Field stadium and its copious parking lots. From the car, it also seemed that I probably wouldn’t see much wildlife on the semi-barren landscape. As soon as I started walking around, however, a chirping noise alerted me to an entire town of prairie dogs who would periodically pop out of their holes to watch me suspiciously and sound the alarm to their brethren. This one let me get fairly close:
I’ve always loved animals, and my parents are avid bird-watchers. Although I’ve seen a few bald eagles here in Florida, it’s not really possible to get a close-up view like this live video feed of a bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. Courtesy of The Raptor Resource Project, www.raptorresource.org.
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore embarked on a personal project years ago, photographing endangered animals in the U.S. His recent book, RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, spotlights many of these creatures, including mammals, reptiles, birds, and even insects. My personal favorite is the St. Andrews Beach Mouse, partly because it’s so darn cute and partly because it lives just two and a half hours away from me, on St. Andrews Beach in Panama City, Florida. (According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they’re found on beaches throughout Bay and Gulf counties, but given its name, I assume that St. Andrews Beach hosts the largest population of them.) The next time I go there, I’ll have to try to get a photo of one myself. That is, if I can find one!
Here’s a beautiful video of some of the animals during Joel’s photo shoots:
You can see related videos and photos on Joel’s website, as well as more of his other work. Books, prints of his work, and stock photography are also available.