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Category Archives: Wildlife

The Art of a Moth

Brent has a beautiful eye for capturing the essence of a photograph. This moth is perfectly framed on the pine needled covered ground at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. Moths are amazing. There are over 160,000 species of months, nearly ten times the number of butterflies, so sayeth Wikipedia. We love photographing moths. […]

The Spider That Thinks He’s a Flower

Many years ago, Brent VanFossen was hiking around the Olympic National Park in our favorite area of Hurricane Ridge during the beautiful alpine wild flower season. He spotted this plumb yellow crab spider poised perfectly in the middle of lupine leaves like the yellow center of a flower. It’s arms were outstretched, waiting for dinner […]

Flying, Driving, Walking: Changing Our Perspectives on Traveling

The Arctic Tern has been found to have the longest annual migration of any animals in the world, traveling 44,000 miles in ten months, the equivalent of three round trips to the moon from earth in its lifetime of about 30+ years. When I think about how much and how far we’ve traveled, the Tern […]

Arctic Ground Squirrel in Grasses

You can’t travel up to Alaska and through Canada without running into the ubiquitous Arctic Ground Squirrel. Brent found this cooperative ground squirrel near our campsite in Alaska, a brown fuzzy creature against the lovely green grasses in the background, dotted with buttercups. Photographing these animals is like “shooting fish in a barrel,” as my […]

Alligator Head Scratching

This image continues to make me laugh after all these years. We were photographing the Alligator Farm in Saint Augustine, Florida, and Brent spotted this alligator off to the side with a tree leaf on its nose, and both of us jumped back when another alligator plopped its claw down on the head of the […]

Nature Photography, Stink and Smells

In an older article I found on Boing Boing, it mentions how humans can track smells which helps us learn about how animals can track smells. UC Berkeley researchers report that humans can determine where a smell is coming using just our noses. In Berkeley study study, subjects were presented with essence or rose, cloves, […]

Wildlife Photography – Wild Thing, I Think I Love You

Getting to Know You “Are you taking pictures for National Geographic?” A 500mm f4 lens attracts this kind of attention. Brent turned to the woman. “Why? Do you represent them? Are you buying photos for National Geographic?” The man next to us laughed out loud, shattering the quiet at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. “I’m […]

Attract Wild Birds – Bird Supplies, Identification and Success Tips

We love bringing you new sites and information on wildlife and birds, and we found another good site. Attract Wild Birds offers a wide range of wild bird identification information, articles on attracting and feeding wild birds, and all kinds of information for wild bird enthusiasts. One of the greatest treasures on the site is […]

Alaska Wildlife and Scenics

Photographing in Alaska is not just a joy, in many ways, it’s a privilege. So few places are left in the world with easy access to nature, Alaska is very special. There is one main highway that basically circles the state, passing by some of the most beautiful and wild areas left in the world. […]

Under the Covers – Camouflage Techniques for Photographing Wildlife

The life of a nature photographer does have its exciting moments, especially when you get under the sheets with your camera. The use of camouflage can make a difference in how close you can get to nature. Many animals are threatened or suspicious of sights, sounds, and smells they don’t recognize. The human form and […]