A Black-throated sparrow. Since we didn’t have any guests here at the Desert Photo Retreat this weekend, I decided to spend some time in the blinds last night. This is such a cool little bird!
For the first time in years, I’m offering a Kenai Fjords National Park photo tour! In fact I’m offering two of them, and I have 1 spot remaining on one of the trips remaining available.
This trip has it all! A helicopter photo flight with the doors off and an extended landing high in the mountains. A paddle among the huge Icebergs of Bear Glacier Lagoon. Four full days / nights on a 65 foot yacht with a total of only four guests – we will be spending out days and evenings in the most amazing landscapes, not to mention all the wildlife including whales, puffins otters and eagles. This trip is timed around the peak of the killer whale viewing season. Plus, first rate lodging, Alaska Railroad and so much more. Follow the link for all the details.
Can you find the bat? This was a bit of a lucky photo. Typically to capture bats you need a really fast camera trigger setup and this is usually accomplished by having the shutter open, and having the trigger connected directly to the flashes. Here, since I’m photographing slower moving mammals, I have the trigger connected to the camera. The bat should have been long out of the frame, but it must have circled back or something. Nice surprise!
Gray fox love to climb up on rocks, stumps and trees. Unfortunately, this one has walked right past this stump night after night as he comes in for a drink – that is until last night! Unfortunately his ears got blocked a little bit, but it is a start!
A female cardinal in flight thanks in part of Olympus Pro Capture “time machine”! This is a recent image from the lower blind at the desert photo retreat.
Here are some house finch gathering at the edge of the new reflecting table at the morning blind.
It is fun to take a few minutes to look back on the bast year as I select my favorite photos – it is a good reminder at just how blessed I am to live this life, and travel to so many amazing places with wonderful people!!
For those interested, here are more: Favorite photos of 2018, Favorite Photos of 2017, Favorite Photos of 2016, 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. Guess I have been doing this for awhile. Thanks to Jim Goldstein for starting this!
I left out so many cool images, including mating and playing bears and bubble-net feeding and breeching humpback whales! But, I had to draw the line somewhere. Looking forward to 2020!
I know I have commented over the years as to how surprised I am with how many animals will share the water hole at the same time – especially skunks with others. Here is a hooded skunk on his way to the waterhole which is just out of the frame on the right, with a ringtail watching! Crazy. This ringtail is at the spot a placed some catnip.
For this image I used three flashes, one camera right, one camera left, and a I added a third one behind the log for highlights.