Visions of the Palouse

The Palouse, about 70 miles south of Spokane, Washington is a majestic region especially during the harvest season. Sometimes called the Tuscany of America, there are patterns, designs and strong lines creating a visual palette of colors. Below are a few of the photos I have processed so far. All are available for purchase by clicking here.

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Humpback Whale Taking the Big Dive

Humpback whales are beautiful, graceful and  majestic mammals ranging 40 to 60 feet in length, weighting as much as 44 tons. We were fortunate to catch a couple of Humpbacks on a recent trip to Boothbay Harbor in Maine.

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Lucy of Largo

Lucy Screech Owl-CW (1 of 1)Last week we took a drive down to the George C. McGough Nature Park which includes the Largo Bird of Prey and Exploratory Nature Center. Inside the Nature Center, at the front desk, we were introduced to Lucy, a Screech Owl who has become the Center’s official greeter. Visitor’s love Lucy and I got the impression Lucy liked all the attention she receives.

Lucy Up CLose (1 of 1)Unlike the other birds of prey at the center, Lucy is completely healthy. So you  may be asking, what is she doing at the center? Why isn’t she out in the wild? Well, according to the  volunteers we spoke to, Lucy was stolen as a chick from her nest by someone who decided the owlet would make a good pet. She was so young, her eyes were still closed at the time. When she eventually opened her eyes, Lucy’s first sighting was that of the human who took her from her natural home. This person began posting photos on their Facebook page which was discovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. The owlet was confiscated and the individual was given a hefty fine. Lucy, who only knew humans,  could not be released into the wild. She taken to the Largo Bird of Prey and Exploratory Nature Center where she is happy being among her own kind….people.

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Planet Earth II

After a ten  years wait, Planet Earth II begins this coming Saturday on BBC America. Once again, the stunning photographic wildlife adventure is narrated by Richard Attenborough. The recent advancements is technology (photographic, drones) will make this a breathtaking journey. Check out the trailer attached below.

 

Orca Whales and Seattle

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I recently returned from a one week trip to Seattle and the nearby San Juan Islands in Washington State. It’s a beautiful part of the country and Seattle itself comes across as sophisticated and hip. My wife and I spent most of our time in the San Juan Islands, the town of Friday Harbor to be a bit more specific.

Our main purpose for the trip though was to photograph the Orca whales that roam the nearby waters. For three days we were on a  small boat hunting, photographically, for these gentle giants. I thought I would share some of the final results.

All photographs are available as prints, t-shirts, greeting cards, tote bags and more at the link below. Please feel free to just browse.

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Invasion of the Lovebugs

Lovebug Mates

   It’s that time of the year in Florida when those pesty yet romantic lovebugs make themselves one of the horrors of living in the Sunshine State. Twice a year, like many married humans, lovebugs begin to mate. Unlike humans they preform this blatant sexual activity out in the open for everyone to see. In the process, corrupting Florida’s youth and even worse making life a nightmare for drivers. While in the throes of wild passion along roads and highways they smash into your windshield like kamikaze pilots making a massive ghastly mess.        Continue reading “Invasion of the Lovebugs”