Black-necked Stilts

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Black-necked Stilts

Quick post for today. I’ve been sitting on this photo of a trio of black-necked stilts for a while because I saw something in it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I had one of those “a-ha!” moments and cropped it from a horizontal “landscape” orientation to a vertical “portrait” position. Much better. ~

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California Sea Lion Yearling

A few weeks ago I flew into Los Angeles, California to start my 2015 southwestern nature photography trip, and within 20 minutes of being released into the wild I stumbled into this yearling California sea lion. I could tell instantly that something was not right. It was too bony, seemed a little lethargic and wasn’t terribly concerned about me

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Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest

Lately I’ve been shooting more new images faster than I can edit & caption them, so over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be finally getting new images of the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest ready and sharing a bunch of them as fast as I can upload. Click any image to enlarge…. enjoy! I appreciate any feedback in

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The Wildlife in Florida, the Sunshine State

Happy 2015! After an inexcusable absence, I’m back with some new photos! As expressed in my last newsletter, I’ve been working like a maniac lately (370+ hours in December of straight working conditions!) and trying to get all my ducks in a row to open a photography studio here in the Seattle, WA area. I just got

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Portraits in the Florida Wilderness

Fakahatchee Barred Owl An adult barred owl watches from the hardwoods at the northern end of the Fakahatchee Strand early in the morning in Southwest Florida near Golden Gate. Carolina Saddlebags Dragonfly Found throughout the Eastern United States and some of the Canadian provinces, this large attractive dragonfly was photographed in the wild and swamp-like

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A Herd Apart – The Wild Bison of Antelope Island

Just outside of the city limits of Salt Lake City, Utah – on the Great Salt Lake is a remarkable mountainous island called Antelope Island. Also a state park, this island has a wonderful natural history along with a very interesting habitat and diversity of wildlife. In order to keep this post short and sweet,

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When Wild Animals Make People a Natural Resource

A few days ago I was driving eastward across the state of Washington across the barren sagebrush desert with my family when one of my boys needed to use the restroom. We stopped just east of Ellensburg at the Ryegrass Safety Rest Area in Kittitas County, and as usual… I started poking around the rocks and sages for

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A Bird is Three Things: Feathers, Flight and Song

A quick post for today, and a trio of brand new photos of some of North America’s most beautiful coastal birds. Click on any image to enlarge. A roseate spoonbill wades through a salty mangrove marsh on Sanibel Island, Florida on a late winter morning in search of the crustaceans that give its vibrant pink color.

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Mushrooms and Pikas and Bears – Oh My!

Last weekend I was on a more relaxed nature photography trip than my usual frenzied “cover as many miles as possible on no sleep” routine and brought a friend along with me for some camping and hiking. The first day way spent above Lake Mowich near Spray Falls area and up in the Spray Park area in

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