The Joy & The Art

Just “messing around” today with some images that I selected via the
“throwing a dart against a wall of pictures” method.

My first two are actually purposeful selections and great ones at that.

This first one comes from Jim Zuckerman, and unlike all of my own
Meercat photos which come from a local zoo, Jim’s come from the wild’s
of Africa.

Great light, great pose and great shot!
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This spectacular landscape comes from Noel Casaje and was created in a
country which has some of the greatest mountain scenery in the world,
Argentina.

The way that cloud form mimics the river below, is amazing and is a once
in a lifetime catch.

Well-done Noel!
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My own images today were not selected for their quality but instead
because I happened to notice each of them as I perused one of my
secondary hard drives.

You can only spend so much time with predatory animals like foxes
before you will find them with food. The primary food for foxes is
small mammals. I have actually seen more foxes with rabbits than
anything else but here we have photos of kills of a squirrel, a Ground
Hog (what’s left of it), and a vole.

The easiest way to accomplish this sort of image is to find a fox den
with little ones. Dad, or when given the opportunity to get out and
hunt, mom, will bring home a series of meals for the family. That
means they will be relegated to a cache, somewhere near the den.
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Of course there is nothing like finding a predator in the act of
hunting. This coyote was about three feet from me, and I was out of
the car and in the open. I did not pursue him/her, it came to me as I
was apparently standing near a mouse or a vole.
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Wet bunny! This young Eastern Cottontail rabbit was munching some
(wet) grasses right next to my car. The younger they are the more
naive they are. Thankfully for it, I hunted with cameras not guns.
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I never thought about it much when I was doing wildlife photography,
but I looked at birds differently than I did mammals or
reptiles/amphibians.

The first difference is obvious, birds fly. At least most birds do.
There was however something more. I think in some ways I treated them
more like flower blossoms. Maybe jewels.

The male Downy Woodpecker and the female Red-winged Blackbird that you
see below, are no less blossoms than a blossom, or jewels than a
jewel.

Patience, perseverance, and endurance nets the photographer pictures
that even when they are ordinary, are special.
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I love putting up posts that contain the three major disciplines of nature photography. That would be wildlife, landscapes and macros.

Today’s entry into landscape photography is a 1992 film image made at White
Sands National Monument in New Mexico.  It was made near sunset whilst
the light danced across the dunes.  This image is more subtle than some of my White Sands work.

Some days in the field can be soooo
satisfying.
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Next we have macros. Three flower images but one is also a wildlife image.

When my back held out, crawling around in search of close-up subjects
to photograph was my favorite thing to do. There is an entire world
right at our feet.

There’s a million (at least) ways to photograph a flower. Below is one
of those ways. We need not show the entire flower to make a compelling
image of that flower.
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A Spiderwort flower.
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A Spiderwort flower with a Hover Fly.
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I always lump sunrise/sunset images in with landscape photography. It
really is its own thing. It has its own feel and mood.

As is usual, the photo below was made at sunrise rather than sunset,
although either one will provide the photographer with an incredible
subject.
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I know that as the years go by, I write less and less abut the
technical aspects of photography. The Xs and Os if you will. I taught
those things for so many years that I spend more time now in
attempting to share the joy of photography.  From time to time,
hopefully, I use that joy to share the art of photography as well.

May God Bless,
Wayne

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