Photography : Wildlife

“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.” ― Paul Oxton

Snow Fox
Snow Fox

A fox looks silly with snow on its nose, having just searched for food beneath the powder.

Wise Fox
Wise Fox

A red coated fox looks into his snowy environment, perfectly framed by an arching log.

King of the Mountain
King of the Mountain

A mountain goat stands majestically on a ridge, perfectly illuminated by Golden Hour lighting bouncing off the canyon walls. I patiently earned the trust of this very timid herd by spending a few hours near them, allowing me to get the perfect angle.

Duet
Duet

Two gulls lift their wings in unison, as graceful as two ballerinas. A radiant sunset bounces off snowy mountains in the background and onto a reflective Salt Lake, while the gulls search for food. Capturing two wings up at the same time was luck and makes for a rare shot. My boots were so muddy from this series that now I just keep them in the car as my muck shoes. The vibrant pink hues are the true colors as my eye saw it, only slight adjustments to exposure in camera raw, no photoshopping.

A Mirrored Struggle
A Mirrored Struggle

With the seagulls battling for the same fish, the reflection makes us realize these two different creatures are really quite the same-- two birds, mirrored to each other, in turn mirrored by the water. There is also something interesting about the beauty of the sunset juxtaposed with the clash of the fight; as they are reflected together in one image, this fight for life and the sunset-- all nature-- are one in the same, are all beautiful, and even the struggle of life is beautiful.

Pelicans in Winter
Pelicans in Winter

A line of resting pelicans makes a calming composition at sunrise on the Salt Lake.

Solace
Solace

It was a surprise to see pelicans in the mountains with snow and ice floats. It was also surprising to see their reflections in the calm salt lake, their pristine coats blending with the landscape.

Pelicans in a Line in Winter
Pelicans in a Line in Winter

This lineup of pelicans during the winter is rare, but the salt in Salt Lake keeps it from freezing and makes a welcome home for the migrating waterbirds.

“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Because humans want to save things that they love.” ― Steve Irwin