Category Archives: photography

Why nature photography is so wonderful

Professional nature photography, or so I’m told, is a life of tedium and routine, but the downs are more than outweighed by not only the great photos one gets, but by the experience of communing with nature—especially animals.  That experience is shown in an piece on deMilked called “20 pictures showing that nature photographers have […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

This morning we have a panoply of bird photos by reader Karen Bartelt. There was a mixup with the photos, so I’m doing best I can with the IDs. I’m sure, though, I messed up some of them, so I ask readers to help correct the woodpeckers. [JAC: I think all photos are properly labeled now.] Most […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Ed Kroc sent in some seabirds: Here are some wildlife photos you might enjoy. These were taken on a trip last month to the southern end of Vancouver Island. The first two photos are of Black Turnstones (Arenaria melanocephala) at sunset on Whiffen Spit in the town of Sooke. First, they are bathing in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

From the tropical forest of Ecuador, we get a chilling report from Lou Jost, who can’t even go to the bathroom in peace! His notes include a classic line: “I pulled up my pants and ran for my camera.” Arachnid-on-arachnid violence in my bathroom! As I sat down on my toilet recently I saw a jumping […]

Great un-PhotoShopped photos

Reader Stephen Barnard, himself adept at photography, called my attention to a piece on Bright Side called “The 100 best photographs ever taken without photo shop“. Now I can’t vouch for that statement, but the photos are superb. Go see them; I’ll show you only ten, with attributions when they are given (captions come from […]

Reader’s wildlife photographs

We’ll have a short selection today because I have a biology post hard on my heels. Fortunately, reader Kip Roof sent in four bird photos with a description. Roof notes that he doesn’t know either the common or Latin names of these birds, so I’ll leave the readers to identify them. His notes and captions are below; […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have some photos from a new contributor, Jessica Drew, who got to participate in a nice wildlife census: I thought you would like to see some pictures from my trip to Midway Atoll to participate in the annual albatross nest count. Every year during a three-week counting period, Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers systematically […]

Readers’ wildlife photos, purloined edition. (Or: “You won’t believe this stunning mantis!”)

Instead of presenting our own readers’ photographs, I wanted today to highlight a post by naturalist/evolutionist/photographer Piotr Naskrecki from his wonderful website The Smaller Majority.  I doubt that Piotr reads my site, so he probably doesn’t qualify as a “reader,” but I do know him and have permission to reproduce his photos. That’s good enough for me, for today’s […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I hope you like birds (who doesn’t?), as we have several today. First are two photos of the house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) by Stephen Barnard in Idaho. I get lots of these on my lab windowsill, competing with the squirrels for sunflower seeds: Finally some sun, but it’s cold. We’ve had about three feet of snow. […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We begin with four Peruvian bird photos from reader Karen Bartelt: First two taken at Machu Picchu, second two on the coast south of Lima:   Rufous-collared sparrow, Zonotrichia capensis: Blue-and-white swallows, Notiochelidon cyanoleuca: Inca terns, Larosterna inca: Peruvian pelicans, Pelecanus thagus: And two birds from Ecuador: Here are two of many I snapped in the […]


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