We close out the year with a look at my top wildlife shots of 2018. Here in Colorado we are home to an abundance of wildlife and I can find much of it within short drives from home. From the massive moose to the diminutive American pika, my camera has been trained on many of these creatures. I hope you enjoy the show and wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Continuing a look at my ‘top shots’ from the past year, we now get to a genre that takes up a big percentage of my photos – raptors. From eagles, hawks and falcons to owls and vultures, I simply love these types of birds. They are noble, agressive, vicious and graceful, all at once, and while not always easy to get pictures of, when I get a good one it is very satisfying.
My travels this year were largely confined to Colorado but that is not necessarily a bad thing. From the mountains to the prairies, our scenery here is second to none and provides fantastic photo opportunities no matter where you are. These are my favorite landscape captures from the past year. Best viewed full screen.
As the year comes to a close, I am creating some video slideshows of my ‘top shots’ covering a variety of subjects. Since it is Freedom Friday, I start with my favorite, the American Bald Eagle. I hope you enjoy it and check back in the coming days for other photo subjects. View full screen for the best effect!
I opted not to spend my Labor Day laboring. Well, unless you count lugging my camera and tripod in Colorado’s high country. 😉 I had hoped to get pics of bunches of Moose but only got images of one but he was a good one.
This big bull really, really wanted the last of the velvet off of his antlers. He took his frustration out on a little, spindly pine tree, vigorously rubbing on it. This is just a quick shot of what was almost 10 minutes of the big guy beating up the tree. By the time he was done, there wasn’t much bark left on the little guy.
I was shooting while driving so am pretty darned lucky the images of this speed demon came out as good as they did. Haha! Taken in Logan County, Colorado.
Pronghorn (often incorrectly called antelope) are the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere and second in the world only to the Cheetah. They can sprint at speeds up to 60mph and run for extraordinarily long distances at slower speeds.
Great story about an amazing photographer! I can only hope to be 10% as talented as Tom Mangelsen. I love this: “Do you have patience with people the same way as you do animals?” Tom: “No.” “Do you like animals more than people?” Tom: “Yes.” Huh. I would have answered similarly. 😀
The last of my annual recap slideshows with what I consider to be my photo event of the year.
My brother and I made plans to be in the path of totality three years ago. In the month or so leading up to it, I read and practiced as much as I could about how best to photograph this once-in-a-lifetime event.
With totality only last two minutes or so, I couldn’t afford to screw up! 😉 Thankfully, all that preparation paid off and I captured some great pics (IMHO) of this celestial event from start to finish.
I don’t know what the new year will hold for photographic opportunities but I don’t expect it will be able to top this. Happy New Year, everyone!
We share this planet with some pretty darned amazing creatures and I am blessed to live in a place where wildlife is abundant and easily accessible.
This past year I was able to photograph animals large and small, all impressive in their own right. From North America’s rarest mammal, the small but ferocious Black Footed Ferret, to the massive Grizzly Bear, I’ve captured images of dozens of species, all wondrous in their own right. This video slideshow provides a look back at my favorite images and wildlife encounters from 2017. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!
As most everyone knows, these majestic creatures are my love and passion. I spend more time photographing Bald Eagles than any other creature and simply cannot get enough of them.
This past year I was fortunate to have captured images of dozens of them, most notably I documented two nest sites that both successfully fledged young. Here are my top shots of these raptors from the past year.