This week I traveled to New Mexico to visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to photograph the tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and other migratory birds. The 57,000+ acre refuge was established in 1939 to provide a stop-over for these birds. The high desert conditions average only 7" of rain a year. In recent years artificially created marshes have…
The Marwari Horse is a rare and ancient breed originating in the Marwar region of Rajasthan, India. It is believed that centuries ago native Indian horses were cross bred to shipwrecked Arabians creating the beginnings of this breed. During the Indian wars they were prized for their bravery and loyalty in battle. However, with the British occupation (and their preference for their Thoroughbreds) the…
Old Car City is located in White, Georgia, about an hour's drive north of Atlanta. What began as a rural general store in 1931 is now touted as the World's Largest Known Classic Car Junkyard. Over 4,000 American made cars and trucks from the early 20th century, some dating back to the 1920's, are scattered over the 34 acre property. These wrecked and/or abandoned…
A few more images from my 2022 Frog Collection. My time spent with the frogs this year was a very productive one. Photographing these little guys and their assorted friends is always fun for me. I hope these images will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face as they do for me. Gallery of Frogs Those of you who have been…
While working on another project I was struck yet again by the grace and athleticism of horses. Sometimes poetry in motion and other times very free form and frequently comical. I've put together some of my favorites below choosing black and white to showcase these amazing animals. Grace The natural beauty and balance of a horse's gait is a pleasure to watch. The movements…
The Plight Of The Tiger There are nine subspecies of tigers. Three of these are extinct and one other is extinct in the wild. The surviving five species are all on the Endangered or Critically Endangered list. Hunting, poaching, loss of habitat, loss of food source, and other mostly man-made problems have severally diminished the populations of the big cats. The tigers that are…
This year I had time for some extra sessions with the frogs which means I have more images to share. Photographing the frogs and their friends is something that I look forward to each year. During the year I look for new props and try to come up with some new creative ideas to showcase these little creatures. Patrick Nabors, who makes all of…
Each morning while I was at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska mama bear (Agra) would bring her two cubs out to walk the beach looking for fish or clams. Not finding much she kept up a fast pace. The two cubs didn't seem to mind, running, playing and exploring along the way. The Morning Routine Agra's first stop was to check out the…
This year I had hoped to photograph the Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears fishing for salmon. My dates were for what has been traditionally the peak of the salmon run. However, as often happens in wildlife photography Mother Nature refused to cooperate. An inordinate amount of rain in previous weeks had raised the level of the water and the salmon had not begun their run.…
While in Africa back in 2008 I met a photographer, Jim Zuckerman, who organizes photography trips. One of his trips was a Frog workshop. I attended and was hooked. Through him I got to know Patrick Nabors, the frog's handler. When Patrick (and his frogs) moved near my hometown of Kansas City and set up a photography studio it gave me a perfect excuse…
This year's marathon photo shoot allowed me the opportunity to photograph not just frogs, but some of the other intriguing reptiles that my friend, Patrick Nabors, has in his collection. I was also able to experiment with some different set-ups for the frogs. Below are a few more of my images from this year. Frogs This first group shows the active Tiger-legged Tree Frog…
As you probably know I have a lot of fun photographing these little frogs and their friends. It's not my intention to portray them as they are in the wild. Finding props to show off their colors and agility is part of the fun. The frogs are carefully handled by their owner and come to no harm while being photographed. After eleven years of…
The Namib Desert runs the length of the coast of Namibia. Estimated to be 55-80 million years old it is possibly the oldest desert in the world. Needless to say, there is a lot of sand in Namibia. The sand itself is estimated to be about 5 million years old. It's unique reddish-orange color comes from the iron oxide in it. Within the portion…
Several years ago I made a trip to Namibia in southern Africa. Our first stop was at N/a'an ku sê, a wildlife sanctuary not far from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Established by conservationists, Marlice Van Vuuren and her husband, the sanctuary works to find ways for farmers and cheetahs and other predators to co-exist.
The colorful flowers of the Hibiscus attracted me to this plant a number of years ago. Quite a number of them seem to have followed me home. Most are the exotic or fancy hybrid Hibiscus, but several are the larger cold hardy variety. The Exotics With hundreds of color combinations the exotic Hibiscus blooms are breathtaking. Sadly the flowers only last for a day.…
Part V — Our last California shoot was of an unflappable horse named Morgan and her stable mates. Whether it was crashing waves or redwood forest Morgan calmly gave her all for the camera. (She is actually a Morgan Horse and has a longer name.)
As though in compensation for our steamy, hot summers in south Louisiana, the air is filled with the heady scents of Magnolias, Gardenias and Roses. I'm very fortunate to have all three outside my door. I've been enjoying photographing them and thought I would share a few of my images.
Santa Cruz Mountains — Going from dusty paddocks to the lush pastures in the Santa Cruz Mountains was a pleasant change. The horses at this location were owned by individuals who graciously offered to allow us to photograph them. All were beautiful animals including the short guy with Icelandic heritage.
Lazy K Ranch — Today's Quarter Horse is a unique breed created by first the needs and circumstances of our colonial forefathers, and then by those of the western settlers. It began with the first English horses brought in by British colonist.
Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Horse — Fewer than 200 of these horses exist in the world today. They are the direct descendants of the horses brought to the New World from Spain by Padre Kino in 1681. Circumstances kept a small herd isolated in Mexico for centuries.
California Lusitanos — I recently returned from a reunion (which took place in California) of some of the equine photographers who have traveled the world with Tony Stromberg . Of course, this was also a photography trip. Among the numerous places we visited was California Lusitanos.
Part V….Alligator Farm (Continued) — The Alligator Farm in St Augustine allows so many opportunities to photograph a number of birds that I decided to divide these images into more than one post.
Part III — Before leaving the west coast of Florida I went to Coral Gables in search of Burrowing Owls. I was shocked to find that many of the burrows that I’d visited in previous years were no longer there. Instead, houses were built or being built.
Ballet of the Reddish Egret — I have always been fascinated with the method the Reddish Egrets use to catch small fish. It reminds me of a somewhat frantic ballet. Their movements are quick and energetic sometimes running, sometimes jumping or flying low over the water.
Part I — Circumstances the past couple of years have prevented me from making my annual trip to Florida to photograph birds, so I was very happy to finally make it back last week. I began my sojourn on the west coast below Fort Meyers.
Part II — Photographing Snowy Owls in the dead of winter in Canada was one of the coldest photo shoots I've ever done. There was a day where it was so cold that you ran the risk of frost bite if you exposed any of your skin.
Part I — Burrowing Owls are one of the smallest owls of the 171 species known world-wide. Adults will weigh between 5 - 8.5 ounces with a wing span up to 21". They are the only owl that lives underground.
The Camargue Horse is one of the oldest breed of horses in the world. They are found in the Camargue area of southern France where for centuries they lived wild in the marshes and wetlands along the Mediterranean coast.
A few years ago I left my husband and travel friends in London and flew to Rwanda from sea level to my lodge at 7,000 feet. The next morning I headed out to meet the gorillas...
Images From Alaska, USA — A number of times I've traveled to Alaska to photograph the Bald Eagles that congregate there in the winter. It's quite a sight to see hundreds of eagles flying, diving, fishing or just sitting in trees.
Part I — Twelve years ago I photographed my first little exotic frogs. It has since become an addiction. Now, once or twice a year I visit my friend, Patrick Nabors, to photograph his tiny reptiles.
If you are like me you're ready to say goodbye to Winter and welcome Spring. Here in southern Louisiana we are just beginning to see signs that Spring is almost here.
Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa — Although Zimanga has spectacular photography/observation hides it also has plenty of wildlife to photograph during game drives.
The Royal Stables of Córdoba — The original Royal Stables were established by order of King Felipe II in 1570 to establish and promote the "Spanish Horse" which was the precursor to the Andalusian/PRE breed.
The Venice Carnevale has a history going back supposedly to 1162. In 1296 it was declared an official holiday by the Senate of the Venetian Republic to be celebrated the day before the beginning of Lent.
Yeguada Guardiola Fantoni — The Spanish have been involved in breeding exceptional horses for centuries. They are rightfully proud of the PRE (Pure Spanish Horse) that has evolved.
Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa — A session in one of the overnight hides means you have the afternoon with sunset, the entire night, and sunrise with a morning session.
Cortijo de Garrapilos (Florida Barca) — Cortijo de Garrapilos is a Spanish military facility. It's primary goal since the late 1800's has been to produce stallions both PRE and Arabian to improve the bloodstock of horses throughout Spain.
Rancho Los Angeles — Below are a few images of the beautiful horses at Rancho Los Angeles. Quite a number of their stallions and mares are Cartuja, considered the purest of the PRE (Pure Spanish Horse).
Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa — Scavengers, hyenas, vultures, Mirabeau Storks, jackals and the like, are an important part of the ecosystem in Africa.
Hacienda Buena Suerte — Andalusia is "horse country" in Spain, but it's not just PRE horses. At Haciendo Buena Suerte we photographed PRE, Lusitano (a close first cousin of the PRE), and even a couple of American Quarter Horses.
Yeguada Cartuja — While the PRE (Pure Spanish Horse) is one of the oldest breed of horses, a strain of the PRE called Carthusian is said to be the purest of the breed.
Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa — In Africa hides (aka blinds) are becoming more popular. A hide is usually established at a watering site.
Part II - Cats — This year the abundance of elephants and their calves seemed to be the theme in Kenya. However, we were also fortunate to see a few cats as well.
Earlier this month I was in Andalusia, Spain, photographing beautiful horses, enjoying delicious food and wine and the gracious people of the area. The horses were mainly PRE (pura raza espanola or pure Spanish horse) although there were also a few Friesians and Arabians, etc.
Lewa Conservancy is located just south of Samburu National Reserve at a higher altitude and at lower temperatures. It was originally founded as a Rhino Sanctuary in 1983 to protect the critically endangered black rhinos.
More Sightings — The northern part of Kenya has a lot to offer in the way of wildlife. There are species unique to the area, a number of vulnerable or endangered species, and some that are just unique to Africa in general.
Gerenuks — The northern part of Kenya has some unique animals that aren't found in other parts of the country. One of the oddest is the Gerenuk, aka Giraffe gazelle. The word gerenuk means "giraffe-necked" in the Somali language.
Elephants — Although Samburu is only a little over 100 square miles it has a fairly large concentration of elephants. This year has been a good one for elephants in Kenya. We saw many babies in all of the areas that we visited.
Giraffes — In Kenya the Reticulated Giraffe is unique to the northern part of the country. It's the giraffe you would normally see in zoos with it's rich, deep color and bold pattern. We encountered quite a number in the Samburu Reserve.
Lion Cubs In Training — Samburu Reserve is one of three interlinked reserves in the northern part of Kenya with the Ewaso Ng'iro River running through them all. Samburu is semi-desert and HOT. Dry red soil gives almost everything a red cast.
With the limited travel options these past couple of years I had time to work on my backlog of images, and I entered two international contests as well. The first one was the Wildlife Photographer of the Year sponsored by London's Natural History Museum.
Part IV — There are some 1600 elephants in the park, the largest concentration of elephants in Kenya. Included are some of the largest tuskers found anywhere. These are truly remarkable animals. It always surprises me that an animal this large can move without making a sound.
Part III — As man encroaches more and more on lands that support wildlife the population of many these animals continues to drop.
Part II — For photographers Amboseli is a magical place. The light can be soft or dramatic, the skies can be clear or filled with dust, the lake can be as smooth as silk with amazing reflections or ruffled with the wind. You never know what you will find, but it will always be special.
Part I — Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s smaller parks. Although only 151 square miles it is the core of a much larger ecosystem that crosses over into Tanzania. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 19,340’, is an impressive backdrop for the park on clear days.
Part III — These are the last images in this series and as usual I've had a lot of fun putting them all together. I hope that you've enjoyed them as well. I'm already looking out for unusual props for next year.
Part II — I enjoyed the challenge of finding new props for my little frogs as well as trying out some new techniques. The red gladiola turned out to be a real find as it went from bud to flower stage in the days that I photographed.
Part I — Once and sometimes twice a year I make time to photograph Patrick Nabors' tiny exotic frogs. I've been doing this since 2008, and it's something that I never tire of. It's fun, challenging and rewarding. This year was no exception.
PART IV — Each year while photographing Bears (weather permitting) we have the opportunity to take a boat to a nearby tiny island which we call Puffin Island. The island is made up mostly of rocky cliffs with a small beach. Here colonies of Horned Puffins nest and breed.
PART III — Our guide took us to a bear who was relaxing on a log near a small inlet. Unfortunately, the mosquitos were so bad that he couldn't get comfortable. His solution was fun to watch and gave me the images for this series.
PART II — There's more to see and enjoy in the park besides bears. Occasionally you'll see a fox or a black bear. Eagles make nests in the trees where they have fresh fish in their front yard, and the meadows are full of wildflowers. I was lucky to catch an Eagle sitting on a piece of driftwood on the beach.
PART I — Each summer for the past eleven years I've headed to Lake Clark National Park in Alaska to spend a little time with the Coastal Brown Bears. There are no roads to the area on Cook Inlet where the bears congregate. Weather permitting we take a small "Bush" plane from Anchorage landing on the beach near our lodge.
Travel opportunities have been limited this past year, but in June I was able to travel to Idaho to photograph one of my favorite subjects. At the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which caters to photographers, I enjoyed photographing beautiful horses and the amenities of the ranch for 5 days.