Rockhopper Penguin, New Island, Falklands.
Close-up of a rockhopper penguin. Although they look awkward, it is amazing just how adapt these penguins are at hoping around steep, rocky terrain. I could watch them for hours – and did!
Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200 f/2.8 with 2x converter at 335mm. Exposure; ISO 640, f/9 1/640th of a second.
Leopard seal, Antarctica.
We were fortunate enough to see and spend time with lots of leopard seals this year in Antarctica. They are intimidating looking animals!
Jogging at sunset at Mai Poina ‘Oe La’u Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii
We are a bit behind on our website updates, but Janine worked hard while I was in Antarctica and was able to update our section of Maui Photos on our website from our wonderful time spent there just over a year ago.
Showcase image of Bryce National Park in the current issue of Outdoor Photographer.
I have subscribed to Outdoor Photographer many, many years – since my days as a beginning amateur. Back then I would devour every issue as I was so hungry to read and learn anything and everything about outdoor photography. I still subscribe today, now mainly to keep up with trends and friends – I am friends in one way or another with the authors of every major article in one recent issue.
So given this history, I must say I was very excited when they contacted us before my recent Antarctica trip looking for a high-res comp of an image for cover consideration. That would be cool! Days before leaving, they told us they would definitely use the image, if not for the cover as a Showcase image. I had my fingers crossed!
As you can see, it wasn’t selected for the cover, but it is still a nice honor to have been published in the Showcase section – so close!
Chuparosa wildflowers and Indian Head mountain, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.
We have decided to add an additional weekend photography workshop in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California this Spring.
I have been teaching a couple of workshops a year each winter for many years now. There is lots to see and do there with and without the desert wildflowers, although the flowers are always a bonus! Hopefully this year we will have some wildflowers. Late last summer, Anza-Borrego was about the only area in California that received a good rainfall – as did much of Nevada and Arizona. Since then, a few more storms have dumped rain in the area leaving me some reason to have optimism.
But even without wildflowers, there is plenty to see and learn – let me know if you have any questions, otherwise follow the above link for more details.
As I have done for a number of years now, I thought I would share my favorite photos from 2014, and some of the reasons why they are favorites.
Spring brown bear cub on its mom’s back, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
I have been doing two Alaska Brown Bear Photo Tours each summer for many years now, and these tours never fail to produce, including this image which is my favorite of the year. Cute pose, great morning light – this was a wonderful year for bears! Note, I do have a couple of spots left for the August trip.
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Blonde Fur Seal, South Georgia.
I love fur seal pups – so cute with tons of personality. And just when you think they can’t get any cuter, estimate vary, but maybe as few as one in a thousand are born leucistic with blond color morph.
Crabeater Seal, Petermann Island, Antarctica.
A crabeater seal hauled out in front of a massive iceberg arch near Petermann Island, Antarctica.
King Penguin, South Georgia.
Back home from Antarctica at last! You wouldn’t know it is January in Alaska – 46 degrees and no snow! I love these beautiful birds.
New Year’s Eve, Antarctica.
Sitting on a plane between Atlanta and Seattle on my way home from a wonderful trip to South Georgia and Antarctica. We had great weather / light wildlife, couldn’t have asked for more!
I have lots to share in the days ahead. Right now, adjusting back to being connected. It is weird to be so disconnected. Just now learning of plane crashes, ferry fires and who made the NFL playoffs. Funny how that stuff doesn’t matter when exploring scenery like this on the other end of the world But, it is going to be great to be home!
On a plane across country right now, soon I’ll be back in Antarctica! I won’t have internet for the next 30 days, so enjoy the holidays! See you in a month!
I have also pretty much disable comments since last year spammers had a hey day once they realized I wasn’t here to man the ship.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California.
The last two years have been very dry, but a heavy rain in August, a little rain last week, and possibly more this week give me hope for some wildflowers this year! Although, even without wildflowers, there is still plenty to see and photograph.
I have been doing a couple weekend workshops a year in Anza-Borrego for many years. This year I may only do one, and there are only two spots left, so if you are interested, give us a call or email. Here are far more details: http://www.wildnatureimages.com/Photo-Tours/Anza-Borrego-Photo-Workshop.htm
Update. Well that was fast – minutes after posting this, the last two spots filled. If you are still interested let us know – if we have enough interest, (and rain could do it) we will add a second weekend. Unfortunately there was a large increase in my Park fees, so we need a few people to make it viable. Thanks!