Today, December 4, 2020 is Wildlife Conservation Day. A day set aside to bring awareness to illegal poaching and the cruelty inflicted on animals and endangered species. In honor of this day, I am sharing some photos of animals that I have taken over the years. Most professional wildlife photographers use burst mode to capture animals in their natural habitat. Well, my photography skills are not that savvy; I use the old fashioned method of point and shoot (always with a camera, never with a gun). By being in the right place at the right time, and with a little bit of luck, I have managed to get a few reasonable photos.
I sat on a hillside overlooking Puget Sound for hours watching a pod of Orcas play in the water, and getting nothing but images of splashes until I was finally able to get this photo.
I spotted this beautiful swan in Kensington Gardens, London, UK.
This owl was hanging out in a tree right outside my office building in downtown Seattle on a warm spring day a few years ago.
I spotted this hawk near VanArnam Vineyards in eastern Washington.
There is a skulk of foxes near American Camp on San Juan Island that are quite bold and don’t shy away from humans.
Years ago I hiked around Paulina Lake in eastern Oregon with a group of friends. Halfway through we stopped to rest and this little chipmunk crashed our picnic.
Another picnic crasher, this time at San Juan Vineyard.
This little critter was sunning itself on a rock in the gardens of the Nezu Museum in Tokyo.
Again in Tokyo, these turtles were also enjoying the sun.
I love taking photos of eagles; they are so majestic and beautiful. I spotted these on Galiano Island, BC, Canada.
When taking photos of animals be sure to keep a safe distance, they need space, not human contact. I hope more conservation efforts will be put in place to help preserve threatened species. A world without animals would be a very sad place.
Stay safe and healthy,