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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida

Wakodahatchee, Florida Office: PBC Water Utilities Department 2065 Prairie Road West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Phone: (561) 641-3429 Fax: (561) 641-3472 web sites: Birds of Wakodahatchee Virtual Tour of the Wetland Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department Wakodahatchee Official web site Area Vegetation Bird lists: Wakodahatchee Bird List Hours: It is open everyday from dawn […]

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Address: P.O. Box 68 St. Marks, FL 32355 Phone: 850-925-6121 Email:r4rw_smk @mail.fws.gov Web Page:GORP’s info on St. Marks or FWS St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge How to get there: From Tallahassee, FL-363 south to US-98, east on US-98 to Newport, south 3 miles on County Route 59 to the visitor […]

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex Address:1 Wildlife Drive Sanibel, FL 33957 Phone: 941-472-1100 Fax: 941-472-4061 E-mail:Julie_Hiller@fws.gov Web page:GORP’s Ding Darling Information How to get there: Drive approximately 15 miles southwest of Ft. Myers, FL, following the signs onto Sanibel Island. Hours: Wildlife Drive open 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM every day except Fridays. […]

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park Address: 40001 State Road 9336 Homestead, FL 33034-6733 Phone: 305-242-7700 Web Page:NPS Everglades National Park or Everglades National Park main site How to get there: By car, the main entrance and Flamingo Visitors Centers can be found by leaving Miami and points north via the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it […]

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Address: P.O. Box 100 Austwell, Texas 77950 Phone: 361/286-3559 Fax: 361/286-3722 Tour Information: For tour information call the Rockport Chamber of Commerce at 800-242-0071 Email:fw2_rw_aransas @fws.gov Web Page:FWS Aransas National Wildlife Refuge How to get there: On the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, the refuge is located 35 miles northeast of […]

Wildlife Ethics – You Are a Guest in Their Home

Parachuting Cats into Borneo In the early 1950′s, the Dayak people in Borneo suffered tragically from malaria and the World Health Organization (WHO) helped them by spraying DDT to kill the mosquitoes which carried the malaria. The mosquitoes died, malaria declined, but there were side effects. Among the first was the fact that the roofs […]

Frogs

Found under a leaf alongside the Sol Duc River of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, this red-legged frog remained patient while Brent moved to within four inches of its nose with a 55mm lens. Red-legged frogs are found along the United States coastal areas near permanent waterways and deep, damp forests. Mostly concentrated along […]

Snowshoe Hares

Yarrow is a favorite herb of hares, and this snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) was happily harvesting a huge patch of the herb next to a viewpoint pull-off along Hurricane Ridge Road in the Olympic National Park of Washington State. Active year around, their large hind feet make excellent “snowshoes” in the deep snow of the […]