I love photographing nature! The desert is a totally interesting place, with a unique and beautiful array of plants, flowers, and wildlife. I try to get out to experience as much of the desert landscape as I possibly can. Of course the summer and fall months can be a huge challenge because of the intense weather conditions. But once the winter months roll in the desert becomes a vast, exciting, photographic feast. There is also plenty of danger around every corner that you must be cautious of as well. I was once told by a local when I moved out here that, “everything in the desert is out to kill you!” I’m definitely careful whenever I venture out into the unknown.
Below are a few of my favorite photos from my most recent outing. As soon as it cools off outside I plan on taking many more trips to discover all of the new and fascinating hidden gems this expansive environment has to offer. Enjoy!
My second set of images in a series of local bird portraits I’ve taken over the past few years.
This time it’s a brown Muscovy Duck
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I see these little guys every time I go out to the park so I try to capture a few shots of them each time. It’s actually a lot harder than it seems because they’re so fast zipping around constantly. It’s a fun challenge to try and freeze them in motion or get in close enough once they’ve settled down. The last time that I ventured off into the park I took lots of shots of just the squirrels, but here are a few that I happen to enjoy.
Good morning! I hope everyone enjoys their day and their weekend!
While out at the local park shooting images of ducks, geese, and pigeons, I decided to venture off into the woods to shoot a few landscapes.
Upon entering a heavily wooded area this little kitten immediately noticed me. There were actually 2 kittens. One was all black with striking yellow eyes, but was extremely shy so he ran off the moment he spotted me. This colorful kitten was far more curious. He watched me as much as I watched him. He allowed me to get a little closer to snap a series of shots before becoming cautious of the clicks from my camera and running off. I was pleasantly surprised to find these 2 kittens living in plain view among so many different birds. They seemed to coexist in total peace. A family of ducks crossed the path directly in front of these cats without any incidents. I figured maybe the cats have lived there for a while and the birds are accustomed to having them around? Whatever the case, after my initial shots the brave little kitten would never allow me to get close enough for more in depth images again. Both he and his partner kept their distance from me no matter what trick I tried to employ.
I did manage however to capture a few images that I liked, but this particular shot stood out so I’d like to share it now. I’ll be sure to look out for this little guy and his friend the next time that I visit the park.
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I caught this little duck cautiously peeking at me while trying to rest, probably wondering what I’m doing?
I’d like to share with you some of the beautiful and exotic looking sea life I experienced while at The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. I hadn’t been to an aquarium in years! I use to love to go to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago as a child. Going as an adult and photographer was a much different experience because, I was finally able to capture images of all the interesting sights that I can now keep forever. This was a very lovely facility full of enthusiastic people and I hope that I get the chance to go back very soon. My favorite exhibit was the color changing jellyfish. They were so strange, yet so beautiful to watch. If you’re ever in Las Vegas I highly recommend taking your family to check out this very cool exhibition.
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This mother and her ducklings were out searching for food so I convinced my son to purchase some of the food they have in the machine to feed them. They all rushed over and gobbled it down immediately! I wish that I would have recorded their reaction because it was quite funny. I told my kids that this picture reminds me of them when they’re hungry and looking for food! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you all! I had a wonderful day today! I spent the day in unseansonably warm weather shooting with my aunt Robin. We were able to navigate the city in peace and quiet since most people were inside eating and celebrating with their families. Even more important than the pictures we were able to capture today was the experience of being out together as family enjoying each others company, and doing something we both love. Doing what you love is great but, doing it with someone you love makes it even better! Below is just a sample of some of the shots that I captured. I hope you enjoy them. Please be safe and enjoy the rest of your holidays!
This is a shot that I captured in December 2010. I love how the water reflections gives this image the look of a beautiful oil painting.