Category Archives: Wildlife

Photo of Texas Longhorn

Photo of Texas Longhorn

Here is a recent photo of a Texas Longhorn posing for me among the wildflowers. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and to all the moms, Happy early Mother’s Day!

Texas Longhorn

Classic Texas

Not my typical Texas landscape photos, but I saw this Texas Longhorn walking nonchalantly along the street and I figure I would snap a shot. The Texas Longhorn picture reminds of today’s gloomy weather. Hope everyone is getting some needed rain.

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Florida Manatee and Calf Photo

Florida Manatee and Calf Photo

I had an opportunity of lifetime to swim with the Florida manatees in Crystal River also known as West Indian Manatees (Trichechus Manatus); one of the premiere places to see manatees during the winter months due to the spring fed 72 degrees year round temperatures as manatees need warmer waters to survive the chill winter ocean temperature. These gentle giants who also are endangered species due to boat propellers can reach 13 feet, weigh up to 3,000 pounds and feed on large submerged vegetation.

Here is a photo of a Florida manatee mother and calf, which I photograph just around 7 a.m. on one chilly morning as the air temperature was hovering around 36 degrees. The manatee calf begins to nurse within a few hours after birth by suckling from teats under the pectoral flippers, which amazingly I had the opportunity to witnessed.

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“Breakfast” – Florida Manatee and calf in Three Sisters, Crystal River, Florida.

Florida Manatee and her calf in Three Sisters, Crystal River, Florida.

Hawaiian Sea Turtle Picture

Hawaiian Sea Turtle Picture

One of my many highlights of my Hawaii trip other than photographing a rainbow with a beautiful landscape and beach settings was photographing the Hawaiian sea turtle underwater on one of my last dive trips. At one time, the sea turtles were one of the species that was endangered. Fortunately with the Endangered Species Act that was passed in 1973, these gentle giants are coming back in full force and even some locals dubbed the turtles as the “chicken of the sea”. I like this picture of all the sea turtles I photograph the most because this little one stretches over 5′ wide and 4′ long and it was swimming by as it was high-fiving me. 🙂

High Five – Sea Turtle, Kauai, Hawaii
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Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage

Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage

I have a lot of conflicts shooting wildlife and landscape because both types of photography requires good lighting which is around the golden hours. I often see some amazing wildlife out in the field such as bears, coyotes, long horn sheep, foxes, deer, all sorts of birds, jack rabbits, wolves, and many more, but unfortunately I don’t get a shot of them as they are too fast (or I’m too slow).

This one particular morning I was fortunate enough to see a cattle egret in the grass following the cattle to catch the insects they stir up. The combinations of fresh spring grass, subtle light, and lonesome egret sort of made this ordinary photo stand out for me. Although I live in Texas, this was my first time actually seeing a Cattle Egret close-up. During their breeding plumage, the Cattle Egret develop orange-buff breast and crown, and the bill, legs and irises become bright red for a brief period prior to pairing. They are quite beautiful especially during their breeding attire.

Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage – Ellis County, Texas
Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage

Mute Swan Photo

Mute Swan Photo

Ansel Adams, one of the most famous landscape photographers who took thousands of photos in a year if not more, once said, “twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”. I believe the reason Ansel Adams said that because he understood how important light is and how we have no control over it.

Case in point: I wanted to photograph a pair of swan with fog and mist. I had the location of the swan, some fog was predicted to occur the following morning, and when I got to the location I was disappointed to see nothing happen like I planned. The pair of swan did not even seem to like being around each other and the fog occurred, but not on the water. I did manage to come away with this photo that I like. I took advantage of some unique soft light to isolate this swan which at times look translucent.

Strike a Pose – Mute Swan – Carrollton, Texas

Mute Swan Photo

Burrowing Owl Photo

Burrowing Owl Photo

I am definitely not a wildlife photographer by any means; in fact, the beginning of this year is my first attempt to try it. The Burrowing Owl is tiny (this particular one is only 9″ tall) and unlike most owls, they are often active during the day. The Burrowing Owl can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas and nest in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs.

This is rare treat me to see an owl much less an adorable 9″ burrowing owl. I hope you guys like the photo as that is how I feel sometimes. =)

Does this dress make me look fat? – Burrowing Owl – Dallas County, TX
Burrowing Owl Photo