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December 2008 "Testing The Waters"
Spotted Hyena and Flamingos, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

I've just returned from another sucessful photo safari in Kenya! Like each of the dozen previous trips, this one was unique--the short rains started 6-8 weeks early, so everything was lush green upon our arrival. Examples in future months...

In Lake Nakuru National Park we watched this hyena chasing the flamingos, not that he could catch any, but searching for an injured one that couldn't fly. He finally spotted one about 100 yards offshore, swam strongly out and caught it, and returned to solid land to eat it.

Canon 1D Mark II camera, EF 500mm f4.5L lens, ISO 100, exposure of 1/500 at f9, on Foba Ballhead and Kirk window mount.

October & November 2008 "Wish You Were Here"
Reticulated Giraffe, Samburu Game Reserve, Kenya

Consider this your personal postcard from Africa--you know, the "wish you were here" kind--as I spend the next 5 weeks photographing in Kenya (East Africa).

On my itinerary is Samburu Game Reserve, where tranquil early morning scenes like this are common--animals feeding in the cooler morning temperatures, ahead of the stifling heat of the afternoon.

Canon 1D Mark II camera, EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS lens + EF 1.4X extender at 180mm, exposure of 1/100 at f8, handheld.

September 2008 "Don't Look Up"
Snowshoe Hare

The early-August weather in the Alaska Range Mountains was quite wet and windy this year, and a blustery North wind almost blew down an old step ladder that I had left leaning against a shed. Luckily for this oblivious hare, it had wedged itself solidly before falling completely!

Canon 5D camera, EF 100-400mm f4.5L lens at 235mm, exposure of 1/125 at f5.6, ISO 500, handheld with Image Stabilization.

August 2008 "B&W The Easy Way"
Horsetail Falls, Valdez, Alaska

In a world riot with colors, black and white pictures are usually made, not found.

But on a bright foggy morning, deep in the shadows of Keystone Canyon near Valdez, flowing water over a black rock-face produced one naturally. The dreamy quality was accentuated by a slow shutter speed.

Canon 5D camera, EF 100-400mm f4.5L lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/10 at f22, on Foba Ballhead and Feisol tripod.

July 2008 "Redback Vole"
Redback Vole

Lawns in rural Alaska are rare to almost non-existent--most are au naturel, if they survived the home-building stage intact. Imagine not having to mow the lawn?

I was working outside when I noticed this Redback Vole frequently popping up from under a 50+ year old burned stump. Hoping that he would continue to do so, I set up my camera and long lens, and waited--and was rewarded by one last appearance.

Canon 1D Mark II camera, EF 500mm f4.5L lens, exposure of 1/250 at f7.1, on Foba Ballhead and Feisol tripod.

I.O.M.Aug'08