Wild animals don’t know how to pose, so catching them at the right moment is rewarding.
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Day trip to Cumberland Island in Southern Georgia, rode fat tire bikes on the beach and encountered this chestnut horse
Over lunch in a coastal village during a kayaking trip on the southern coast of Turkey a herd of goats ambled by. This one gave me his Mick Jagger look.
Monarch in Flowers
This monarch was sampling the flowers on our second floor porch
I was weeding one day and this praying mantis turned yellow when I happened upon it. I ran and got my camera from the house and took several pictures. I didn’t see its prey until I enlarged the picture!
Taken from a ferry off Cumberland Island GA
Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve is a place that attracts migrating snow geese.
We had this huge holly tree by our house. Every winter at some point the birds decide to go for the holly berries. In a couple days they’re all gone. It’s usually the robins who kick it off by showing up in a flock. Here’s a bluebird getting ready to eat, or its keeping the sleet out of its eyes.
I stood up after having crouched down to photograph frogs and behind me stood this deer. It didn’t move as I slowly arranged my tripod and took this image.
I am fortunate to drive by this farm often. This day the horses were particularly playful.
Second night in Turkey, at this second floor restaurant in Selcuk after touring the incredibly intact Roman ruins. Across the street was this very large stork’s nest on a telephone-pole like post. Mom and Dad would drop by to feed the kids. That’s a Roman ruin in the background.
Flamingos at Sunrise
Took a boat at sunrise near Celestun on the Yucatan Peninsula to see the pink flamingos – hundreds feeding in the shallow waters
Flamingos at Celestun
Same boat trip at sunrise near Celestun on the Yucatan Peninsula to see the pink flamingos – hundreds feeding in the shallow waters, here a trio
Let it Be
Bison grazing at the edge of the road. Photo taken from seeming safety of the car.
Photographing a herd of bison in Custer State Park in South Dakota, this fellow gave me a good look, still decked out in his winter finery
Long-tailed macaques grooming each other in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud Bali, revered for its wild monkeys.
Cicada Brood X
Our yard was inundated with these critters beginning in June. I used the leaf blower to blow at least 60 dead cidadas off the deck and driveway each day. The orange and red markings are unique to this bood which won’t return for 17 years. The sound they make is a vocalization, not a rubbing of legs like crickets
Sea Lions at Pier 39, San Francisco. These behemoths quarreled for quite some time!
Animals also appear in other galleries, such as Nature and Weather, and Snow Geese Taking Flight. Have a look!
Notes on Awards and Exhibitions
AN1. Blue Bird and Holly Berries
- Chester County Camera Club, 2nd place Depth of Field Color Print, January 2018
AN2. Horses at Merlin Road Farm
- Chester County Camera Club, 2nd place Iconic Chester Co Color Print, September 2015
AN3. Looking Good
- Chester County Camera Club, 1st place Open Monochrome Print, May 2021