While I wasn’t so happy with the tour operator on this my second trip to the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, I was able to capture some interesting landscapes and wildlife shots. I was able to concentrate on one of my favorite subjects, abstracts, especially in the glacially carved mountains of Spitsbergen. Also, I wish Vanishing Act didn’t already go to print because I got a couple really good camouflage photos involving a hungry Arctic fox.
Some of you may have seen my July 8th post about the tiny hummingbird nest I discovered clinging to a branch on one of my Japanese maples. I was able to get a few more photos before the last of the fledgelings flew the nest. He was a fat little guy and very demanding on his parents!
If you create a natural habitat you soon get wild animals to share the space. I invite you to see my garden up close on July 20th during the West Seattle Garden Tour (WSGT). I will be on hand to greet visitors and sell and sign books as a benefit for WSGT
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The WSGT donates net proceeds of the event to support Seattle-based community gardens and other non-profits that promote horticulture, education, or the arts.
Look what I discovered in one of my trees when I was pruning with my friend!
If you create a natural habitat you soon get wild animals to share the space with. I unfortunately left for a trip right after discovering these cute little guys and figured they would fly the nest before my return. I sent requests to several of my friends to go photograph them while I was away. My assistant Libby Pfeiffer made it up there over the weekend and got some nice shots. She reported the mother was vary concerned about her presence, and would only land on the opposite side from her camera. You can see how much they grew in a few short days! Also, I want to mention to those near Seattle, if you want to check out my garden, it will be part of the West Seattle Garden Tour on July 20th. I will be there to greet visitors and sign books.
Often my favorite shots are serendipitous and this image of a single Gentoo penguin on an iceberg is one of those cases. Here along the Antarctic Peninsula, Gentoos live on just a few islands.
As we approached slowly in the Zodiac there were several penguins sitting and standing on the iceberg, and I remember thinking to myself that it would really be cool if there were only one. As if on cue, three of them dove into the water leaving the one. I expected the straggler to follow, but it stayed as if reading my mind.
By remaining on the iceberg, the single penguin on its little chunk of ice became a metaphor for dwindling ice packs throughout the world. I wanted to show the enormity of this penguin’s world so I chose to use a 16-35mm f/2.8 wide angle lens while holding a graduated neutral density filter to give the sky more impact. The deeper gray of the sky also brings out the deep blue hues of the icebergs in the distance. On sunny days the opposite is true; the brighter sky diminishes the color of the ice. I also did something I don’t normally do: I put the subject in the center of the frame. By doing this I am making a statement about the vast expanse of this environment and the limits of the ice.
I have three trips to Antarctica coming up. Two are sold out but you can get on the wait-list:
National Wildlife Week 2014 is March 17th-23rd and will celebrate wildlife and water. Water is a life source for all living creatures (whether human, animal or plant) and we all depend on having clean waterways.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim March 3, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.