Golden Bison
Golden Bison
Cinnamon Bear
Cinnamon Bear
Edoras
Edoras
Wallaby Sunset
Wallaby Sunset
Dripping Moose
Dripping Moose
Squire of Parth Galen
Squire of Parth Galen
Capybrothers
Capybrothers
Eye Slit
Eye Slit
Hasufel and Arod
Hasufel and Arod
Fur Mountain
Fur Mountain
Goat Fur
Goat Fur
Golden Poplar of Lamar Valley
Golden Poplar of Lamar Valley
Fiddleneck Deer
Fiddleneck Deer
Playful Deer
Playful Deer
Spirit of the Caldera - Fairytale
Spirit of the Caldera - Fairytale
Young Coyote
Young Coyote
Wet Jaguar
Wet Jaguar
Grazing Pronghorn
Grazing Pronghorn
Joey's Breakfast
Joey's Breakfast
Marmot Triangle
Marmot Triangle
Pronghorn Profile
Pronghorn Profile
Jaguar Brothers
Jaguar Brothers
Red Deer Lookout
Red Deer Lookout
Golden Bison
Golden BisonA powerful bison makes his way through Lamar Valley, silhouetted agains the golden light of sunset. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming I left the car and headed down the valley. Soon I was surrounded by a moving herd of bison, who kept their distance. I tried focusing on one large male that was walking toward the sunset, which was especially colorful due to nearby forest fires. I let the sun shine straight into the lens, washing the whole frame into a golden light.
Cinnamon Bear
Cinnamon BearA black bear takes a breath of fresh air among the flowers, and stares up towards the sun. Lake Sherburne, Glacier National Park, Montana. We saw this cinnamon-colored black bear on the side of the road by lake Sherburne. He was eating berries and walking parallel to the road. I loved the look on his face at this moment, when it looked up and its eyes lit up, full of life.
Edoras
EdorasYoung wild horse walks in front of a large mound of tufa (porous rock formations composed of calcium carbonate) while being observed by a dark bird, at Mono Lake, California. The shifting clouds in the Eastern Sierra sometimes line up to create entirely surreal lighting situations. In this case, a yellow beam of light hit the lighter-colored sands in the far distance while the rest of the landscape was under a soft, purplish bounce light. It created an artificial horizon, and worked just right with the pale yellow color of the young horse. The bird was just extra, feels like an omen. Rather than going to the main south or north tufa formations during our Memorial Day Weekend trip (areas which were even more packed with tourist than usual) we took a dirt road around Mono Lake towards the more inaccessible and less-known tufa in the south-east. To our surprise, a team of horses was roaming around the area. I ditched the idea of setting up for landscape shots and instead stalked the horses to capture something unique. Tufa with horses is something I had never seen before, it was a much more interesting take than tufa against a pretty sunset. Luckily I had my rubber boots, so I could hike around the deeper marsh areas and thick reeds to find the best angles.
Wallaby Sunset
Wallaby SunsetFriendly wallaby with a split ear silhouetted against the golden sunset at Cape Bridgewater Blowholes, Australia. My swamp wallaby friend by the sea. Check out his white tail tip, and his split ear. We are best buds, he let me take a ton of pics, I gained his trust by following him quietly and pretending to not pay attention to him. By the end, I was just a few feet away, watching him eat and drink. He left towards the sunset, as a wallaby does.
Dripping Moose
Dripping MooseA bull moose stares at the camera after raising his head from feeding on the aquatic plants of Fishercap Lake. Glacier National Park, Montana. I was walking around Fishercap Lake, where I was told that moose come to feed at dusk. I spotted two grizzly bears on the mountain across the lake, but way too far to get any pictures. There I waited, until the bull moose showed up, slowly making his way through the shallow lake and feeding on the aquatic plants. He took his time feeding and approaching, eventually getting as close as 15 feet away from me. I was torn between the desire to remain still and keep photographing, and the instinct to move away, since moose can be quite dangerous. I felt like the moose did not mind me, it was he who approached while completely aware of my presence, so I kept still and respectful and waited for him to be on his way.
Squire of Parth Galen
Squire of Parth GalenA Belding's ground squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi) hides behind a bush while silhouetted against a bright tufa on the south shore of Mono Lake, California. When I saw this ground squirrel sneakily moving behind a bush, I dropped to the ground and got my camera as close to the grass as possible. I crawled on my elbows until I got the squirrel silhouetted against the white tufa in the background. I hit the shutter as a streak of sunlight hit his eyeball. Seeing the glint in the eye is usually my cue to take a photo, I try to time it to that more than to specific poses.
Capybrothers
Capybrothers
Eye Slit
Eye SlitA thick-furred bison stares at the sunset, revealing the horizontal pupil shape of his slitted eye. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It was sunset in Lamar Valley, and a herd of bison began crossing the 212 Highway right in front of us. I stayed next to the car and kept the telephoto mounted to get some really tight close-ups. The bison grunted to show their dominance, and stared straight at us vigilantly, but kept moving at a steady pace.
Hasufel and Arod
Hasufel and ArodTwo stallions watch the sun set as they roam freely among the tufa (porous rock formations composed of calcium carbonate) at Mono Lake, California. Rather than going to the main south or north tufa formations during our Memorial Day Weekend trip (areas which were even more packed with tourist than usual) we took a dirt road around Mono Lake towards the more inaccessible and less-known tufa in the south-east. To our surprise, a team of horses was roaming around the area. I ditched the idea of setting up for landscape shots and instead stalked the horses to capture something unique. Tufa with horses is something I had never seen before, it was a much more interesting take than tufa against a pretty sunset. Luckily I had my rubber boots, so I could hike around the deeper marsh areas and thick reeds to find the best angles.
Fur Mountain
Fur Mountain
Goat Fur
Goat FurA mountain goat showing its textured neck fur at the trail leading to to Hidden Lake. Glacier National Park, Montana. One can get really close to the goats in the trail to Hidden Lake, they are used to tourists and roam around the easy-to-travel path. One of the reasons why they like these trails is, unfortunately, because they like human urine due to the high salt content. Because of this, some of the goats in areas like Hidden Lake had to be relocated, they were getting too used to human pee, and started becoming a danger to visitors.
Golden Poplar of Lamar Valley
Golden Poplar of Lamar ValleyGolden poplar shines its last, vibrant fall colors, as three bison rest in the fields of Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The fall colors at Yellowstone were almost entirely gone when we arrived, but this one poplar in Lamar Valley still shone. To get the contrast against the blue mountains, I had to climb a steep and sandy hill and hold on tight to dry grasses. I slipped many times, but I needed a clean view without the overexposed sky for the photo to work.
Fiddleneck Deer
Fiddleneck DeerThree white-tailed deer climbing an orange hill of fiddlenecks. In a canyon road of the Temblor Range, California, during the Carrizo Plain superbloom of 2019. Close to the exit of the treacherous canyon road where we got stuck, we saw three deer climbing a hill full of fiddlenecks. I shot this from the truck's window, the deer disappeared over the hill right after.
Playful Deer
Playful Deer
Spirit of the Caldera - Fairytale
Spirit of the Caldera - FairytaleAt the end of a cold day, a bull elk rests next to the warm steam of the fumaroles at the West Thumb Geyser Basin of the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I followed the elk for about an hour, careful to keep him against the setting sun, and with the steaming fumaroles behind him, until he finally went to rest. I used no filters, instead, I removed my lens hood and held my lens close enough to touch the pine needles in front of me, causing a natural green/brown vignette and soft focus.
Young Coyote
Young CoyoteA young and colorful coyote runs through the undergrowth of the Wildlife Loop Road at the Custer State Park, in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We took one of the side roads to avoid crowds and find more variety in the Wildlife Loop area. We spotted the coyote while in the car, and slowed down. The coyote sat still, wondering why we were being so rude staring at him, and after an awkward moment he ran away. I shot this from the car's window, panning manually to keep up with his speed. Luckily, I matched the speed of the pan to the coyote and he remained sharp, while the background blurred with the panning motion.
Wet Jaguar
Wet JaguarJaguar explores the murky waters in the Pantanal as he searches for his next pray, at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve, Brazil. This was the first jaguar we saw (out of 5 on the same day!). We followed him by the side of the river while he was looking for food. He didn't catch anything, perhaps our boats scared off possible catches. I was the first to spot him, so our boat got a nice view for a bit, but soon enough other boats noticed us and approached and it became a madhouse of photographers. It's not the magical, seductive and wild experience I had imagined, there are too many people bothering the poor animals, and I was one of them and it didn't feel right. At least they are used to it, they don't seem to care at all about the boats that stop next to them.
Grazing Pronghorn
Grazing PronghornPronghorn antelope grazes at the Wildlife Loop of the Custer State Park, South Dakota. This species is the only member of its family, with the closest relatives being the giraffe and okapi. I dropped to the ground and followed him quietly as he grazed. He got upset, once or twice, but soon he learned I wasn't a threat and let me get close for some interesting angles.
Joey's Breakfast
Joey's BreakfastJoey breastfeeding from the pouch under the close guard of gray kangaroo mom at Halls Gap, Grampians National Park, Australia. These were first gray kangaroos we saw up close, at the Grampians National Park. There were dozens of them out in the early morning, and though the light was bad and the day a bit gray, that softness worked fine for the joey pic when converted to black and white.
Marmot Triangle
Marmot Triangle
Pronghorn Profile
Pronghorn Profile
Jaguar Brothers
Jaguar BrothersJaguar cub brothers explore the edge of a murky river in the Pantanal, at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve, Brazil. We saw 5 jaguars in a single day at the Pantanal. Jaguar mom was hanging around near these two cubs, as they played in the water. At one point, a male adult approached and the mother roared so loudly, that I thought the sound was fake at first, it was so large and metallic that it felt like a large sheet of metal had been struck and mixed with some other strange sound effects.
Red Deer Lookout
Red Deer Lookout
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