I have a friend from New York visiting me here in BC. We actually flew back together after my amazing 2015 Winter X Country ride. Should really rename my last trip to Spring Like Ride. 😉 Anyway, I am back to BC and for this week playing tourist. Soaking all the beauty my area has with my friend.
Dear Blog…my journal about everything. Since January 30th 2014 I have been consumed with the hurt that comes with a separation of a relationship I thought was supposed to be forever. As our legal issues get closer to a close, I can’t help to but feel even sadder. Time certainly has past by, I am hesitant to even talk about my separation to anyone because it feels so old news. I feel at this point I am becoming a burden on others and I can sort of tell. Even when I reach out…at times specifically ask to talk I no longer have the few who used to respond. Continue reading “It’s not getting any easier…”
National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall grand-prize winner will be announced in December of 2013. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries so far for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 39 images, with captions written by the individual photographers. [39 photos]
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The Birds-of-Paradise Project reveals the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth. After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. This trailer gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage that resulted. Filmed by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and Eric Liner. Continue reading “Birds-of-Paradise Project Introduction”
Humans have always been mesmerized by the beauty of the animals that share this world with us. Because of that, many great photographers dedicate so much time trying to capture them in their best moments. Here are 20 examples of that:
The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon in the west. There are few things in nature as photogenic as the sky at sunset, especially animals. The rich bright gold, pink and orange colors make unusually beautiful pictures of animals illuminated by the sun.
The earth’s current rate of extinction is greater than at any other time since the dinosaurs disappeared around 65 million years ago.
THE NATURAL EXTINCTION RATE (aka background rate) describes how fast plants, mammals, birds, insects, etc. would die off if humans weren’t around. Scientists state that today species are disappearing at almost 1,000 times the natural rate, meaning we’re losing around 150-200 species every day. Close to 15% of mammal species and 11% of bird species are currently listed as threatened with extinction.
With an increasing human population, more and more land is being appropriated to develop cities, acquire natural resources, and build farms, amongst other reasons. This means loss of habitat for many animal species. In addition to this, other beings need to contend with human-caused disasters such as oil spills, climate change, and acid rain. And on top of that there’s the issue of over-hunting / -fishing and poaching to sustain an illegal market that trades in animals. Continue reading “21 Endangered Animals you should see before they’re gone”
Almost all owls use camouflage. If one is sitting still, often only its voice or its eyes will give it away. Thanks to some keen-eyed photographers, here are some pics of these awesome birds blending in to their environments…
OK…these are some amazing photos but in some of them I can not find the wildlife…can you????? If you can zoom in it might help.
As a wildlife photographer, Art Wolfe of course takes pictures of animals. But not just any pictures. He finds and captures scenes that include animals so at home in their environment that you can hardly tell they’re there…
Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist and marginalized by the demands of sustained development in emerging markets. Guides, rangers, researchers, ecotourists, photographers, artists and conservationists around the world apply themselves everyday to sharing, studying, photographing, writing about, protecting, conserving and celebrating the “wild” with their guests, co-workers, colleagues, and local communities. These amazing photographs are a window into their world, a world where the lions, elephants, orangutans and leopards still reign supreme and we can dream of that perfect morning in the wilderness…
The Bush Boyes and Ranger Diaries have teamed up to bring you the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness”. These stunning photographs are selected from hundreds of submissions and are intended to bring the beauty, freedom and splendor of the wilderness to as many people as possible around the world. Please submit your best photographs from the wildest places to the Ranger Diaries wall (www.facebook.com/rangerdiaries) and stand a chance of being featured in the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness” published each week. This initiative is all about SHARING and CARING about wild places. Please “Like” this blog post and share this link with as many people as possible… So begins the “Ranger Revolution”… Anyone can be an “honorary ranger” if they share and care about the wilderness, stimulating positive change for wild places around the world… Join the revolution now!
Bear, a large, heavily built mammal with shaggy fur and a short tail. Formerly, bears were widely found in the northern forests of Europe, Asia, and North America. Due to intensive clearing of land for farms, they now live only in remote areas, in forests and on mountains. Bears are hunted for their pelts and meat. Unprovoked attacks on humans are rare, but all bears are dangerous when wounded or when their cubs are threatened. Because of their playfulness, bears are popular with visitors at zoos. There are many stories about bears—especially children’s stories, such as the familiar “Three Bears.” Small children often have toy bears, called teddy bears (named after Theodore Roosevelt, who was a noted bear hunter). American Indians regarded bears as supernatural, and some primitive peoples, such as the Ainu of Japan, for example, worshiped bears.
It’s amazing how such a scary and dangerous animal can be soooo cute when it’s small. Here you will see couple of really cute baby bears. I only except from you is one big awwwwww