This was during a brief sunny break last night in a storm that has brought us yet more rain, about 3/4 of an inch over night and it is still falling. Another storm is on the horizon for next weekend – could be good news for desert wildflowers!
The two baby javelina are still alive and growing! This was last night at sunset. The night before, the gray fox showed up on my game cam at this same time, so I was hoping for him, but this is a great consolation prize!
I’m excited to see my water feature working. The drip, made from steal pipe appears to be javelina proof – no small task But more importantly, I wanted a nice background which I think I have. I also wanted to control the access to the water so that the birds and mammals would all have to approach from the same direction. This way they would be facing the blind and the nice evening light. I had given this a lot of thought and so far it is working – even the birds are facing the camera almost every time!
I’m such a sucker for these beautiful Arizona sunsets! This was Monday night’s.
These cute little guys look like a chipmunk, however chipmunks live at higher elevations.
I spilled a little bird seed in my portable blind and had one of these guys come inside and eat it at my feet! Good sign that you don’t need a blind to photograph these guys!
This is a cute little ground bird. Experimenting with blind locations with a temporary blind at my water source last night.
Although I don’t like cows, I couldn’t resist photographing this family on a rainy New Year’s Day. In the last week or so, we have received a lot of rain really greening this area up!
Gosh, another busy, exciting fun year!
We began with a couple winter months in Alaska before heading to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. While there, we closed on 10 remote acres of land in Arizona which will be home to future photography blinds and workshops. In March I headed to Antarctica where I traveled below the Antarctic Circle – by May, I was above the Arctic Circle in Alaska! The other half of April and May was spent in Arizona working on the new land. We had great success on my photo tours, both the Alaska Bears and Alaska Bear and Whale Whale Tours went very well, as did the polar bear and Alaska North South trips I also guided for others. By October we were back on the Southern Ocean for more penguins, before finishing the year working hard on our new Arizona land. No wonder I miss home!
So here are a few of my favorite images from the past year thanks to a tradition started by Jim Goldstein many years ago.
For those interested, here are more: Favorite Photos of 2015, Favorites of 2014 Favorite photo of 2013 Favorite photos of 2012 – favorite photos of 2011 – favorite photos of 2010 – favorite photos of 2009 and finally, favorite photos of 2008.
I had so many amazing close encounters with whales while in Antarctica with Cheesemans’ that it is hard to pick just one image, but I’ll go with this one thanks to the amazing back-drop of the Lemaire Channel.
We are seeing a wide variety of wildlife on our Arizona property, especially birds! This was from May.
From another Cheesemans’ trip – the Alaska North / South where we flew over Mt. Denali with my friend at Kantishna Air – an amazing experience!
From my June Alaska Bear Photo Tour. Even though we see this every year, it still amazes me when such a powerful creature shares such an intimate and vulnerable behavior.
I could have included a number of images from this wonderful backpacking trip Janine and I did with Patrick Endres, but I narrowed it down to one.
Similarly, I wanted to include a bunch of images from my Alaska Bear and Whale Photo Tour – we had so many fantastic photo opportunities including humpbacks and sunset with a full moon, but I narrowed it down to this big guy with the perfect pose.
It was great to have a snow storm for one of the two polar bear trips I guided this Fall, the owl was a bonus!
Ice on the windshield of my car in Seward back in September.
I always enjoy my time I spend with Dean and crew with Discovery Voyages in Prince William Sound, and this past Summer was no exception. In fact, it was exceptional, especially given the warm weather and sunny skies we had for some awesome kayaking!
My favorite assignment for the year was with the Alaska Sealife Center. It was a treat to capture all four sea lions in the same frame!
Seemed like the polar bears were extra active this year – so I had to go with a playful one for my favorite!
Hard to narrow down my South Georgia / Falklands trip in October with Cheesemans’ to just one photo since I captured so many – lots of which I haven’t shared yet, but you can’t beat a nice day at St. Andrews!
Gotta have an aurora photo – this was from a polar bear trip.
Finally I have to finish with an Arizona sunset! Not only am I standing on our beautiful piece of property, so are all these saguaros!
Here are some honorable mentions – as you can see I love bears, and can’t leave these out!
Thanks for looking!!
I was home for such a short period of time, I haven’t had a chance to share very many images from South Georgia, or even the experience I had here at Right Whale Bay that was one of the more memorable wildlife experiences I have ever witnessed. But, more on that tomorrow.