Saturday, April 30, 2011
What's this naturalist, photographer, and biologist to do when he's not hiking a trail or chasing the light? The answer I'm about to offer is likely to surprise you all... he's planning the high school prom. The life I live is a veritable hall of mirrors defined by both paradox and coincidence. I happen to be a one-time field ecologist who now finds both security and passion in educating future doctors, researchers, environmental activists, and citizens. The work that fulfills me each day, is fraught with a strange irony. I loathe opulence, and am likely to be one of the few who has ignored the royal display of wealth plaguing the media landscape throughout the week. Yet, here I am the co-coordinator of the most opulent event sponsored by my employer each year. Call me the prom guy, charged with organizing a self-indulgent event for the massess.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Wildlife and nature photographs have become ubiquitous as the world embraces the digital revolution. There are so many beautiful images visible today that it is challenging, if not impossible, to produce any one picture that is truly unique or displays a level of excellence that separates itself from the work of others.
Rather than showcasing a series of bests that competes with the bests found throughout the web, this book seeks to tell a story with its words and images.
Our story is a story about place, conservation and process. "The Last Stand" is a compilation of blog posts I authored following our second trip to Africa. This book is a photo blog from a Kenyan Safari written from the perspective of an evolutionary biologist, teacher, conservationist and photographer.
We hope that our images and words inspire the adventurer in us all and the desire to protect our fragile natural resources.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today is Earth Day 2011.
For some New Years Day is the time for resolutions, but I've never been a resolution type of guy. In fact, I can't recall a single pledge to "change" or "do" that I have ever made on a New Years Day. I'd be a lier if Earth Day will bring out the resolutionist in me, but... I feel confident in claiming that I will continue to live an Earth friendly life and teach the ethics of sustainability to my students, friends, and family.
|Moro Rock Sunset, Sequoia NP|
Nikon D2H + Tamron 180mm f2.8 macro
|Tallest Trees, Redwood NP|
Canon 20D + 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Saturday, April 16, 2011
The scenario is a familiar one, and I’m nearly certain that you’ve been asked some permutation of this question before... You’re stranded on a desert island, what’s the one... (fill in the blank)... that you want, need, must have?
Today’s "blank" is brought to you buy the word L-E-N-S. That’s right, what is your one must have, couldn’t shoot without, gotta save from sinking boat lens? My inspiration for this post began at fredmiranda.com. FM is a photo community that I frequent for its interesting discussions about gear, amazing landscape photography, and occasional humorous post. During the week there have been a number of discussions about trading gear or saving for an elusive optic... my favorite focal length... a 300mm f2.8 lens.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
When Mormon settlers crossed the Mojave in the mid-19th century they "saw" the hands of Joshua reaching towards the heavens... so goes the origin of this tree's colloquial name.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
It's never a guarantee of warm weather, but spring is officially here!
Today's post is a gallery that celebrates another seasonal transition.
Image #1: Willow River Falls. Willow River State Park. Canon 5DmkII + 50mm f1.4 @ f16 w/ Fader Vari-ND
Image #2: The Flood. William Obrien State Park. Canon 7D + 300 f2.8IS
Image #3: Reflecting Spring. William Obrien State Park. Canon 7D + 300 f2.8IS
Image #4: Willow River Falls II. Willow River State Park. Canon 5DmkII + 50mm f1.4 @ f16 w/ Fader Vari-ND
Image #5: The Melt. Willow River State Park. Canon 5DmkII + 50mm f1.4 @ f16 w/ Fader Vari-ND
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