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June 2013 "Late Breakup"
Icefloes Off The Coast Of Greenland

I've just returned from another enjoyable photo safari to Iceland, where like home here in Alaska and other Nordic countries, this past winter just wouldn't leave, so spring was late in arriving. Estimates are that Nature was set back about 2-3 weeks.

On the Iceland Air return flight from Reykjavik to Anchorage, the shortest route is not a direct line, but actually an arc that curves northward to about 500 miles from the North Pole before dropping back down towards the north coast of Alaska. This route crosses Greenland and then follows its western coast before passing over the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The icepack along Greenland was in the process of breaking up--even from 37,000 feet, some of the icefloes looked gigantic!

Canon Powershot S95, exposure of 1/320 second @ f7.1, ISO 80.

May 2013 "Wildebeest Migration"
Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti Plains, Tanzania

Although the wildebeest migration is best known for their crossings of the Mara River in Kenya, they actually spend most of the year on the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania. Where on the plains depends mainly on where the rains fall, with the promise of fresh grasses, but in April as the long rains begin they disperse more widely since fresh grass is everywhere.

In late March of this year a large portion of the herd was situated near Ndutu on the boundary between Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The clouds in the background hint of more thunderstorms, which were followed by the more intense long rains several days later.

Canon 5D Mark III, EF 100-400 f4.5 lens at 400mm, 1/400 second exposure at f8, ISO 160, handheld.

April 2013 "A Strange Encounter"
Two Adult Male Cheetahs Confront Female & Her Cubs, Serengeti

Late last month I was photographing this mother cheetah and her three 10 month-old male cubs in the Ndutu area of the Serengeti, when these two very large male cheetah brothers came calling. They specifically harrassed the cubs--not very apparent in this photo, but they have one of the cubs pinned to the ground between them--and even chased them. Lots of growls and hisses, but they never really harmed the cubs. What was confusing to me is why the mother didn't defend her cubs more strongly (one of the primal urges), beyond hissing at the males? Discussing this with my guide, Fadhil, he thought that the males were most likely the father(s) of the cubs, and the males were really only interested in her estrus condition. And maybe putting the teenagers in their place?

Canon 5D Mark II camera, EF 100-400 f4.5 lens at 310mm, exposure of 1/250 second at f6.3, ISO 500, handheld with Image Stabilization.

March 2013 "Silky Waterfall"
A Silky Smooth Waterfall, Part Of The Dynjandi Waterfall Complex

For some reason, freeze capturing a waterfall with a fast shutter speed just isn't the same as the implied fluidity of a slow shutter speed. Here a speed of 1/2 second allows the fast moving water to blur, but retains the sharpness of the rocks and vegetation.

This is one of the many picturesque smaller waterfalls on the Dynjandisa River, below the main Dynjandi waterfall. To see more examples of Iceland's waterfalls, as well as many other images of Iceland, check out the new Iceland Portfolio.

Canon 5D Mark II camera, EF 24-105 f4 lens at 50mm, exposure of 1/2 second at f22, ISO 50, on a Feisol tripod and Swiss Arca ballhead B-1.

February 2013 "Sunset Runner"
Shorebird At Sunset, Ocean City State Park, Washington

I've just returned from a "Highway 101 Tour", a leisurely road trip along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Not a photographic tour, but a tour with cameras, mainly to escape some of the Alaskan cold weather.

Unlike Alaska, most beaches along the Pacific coast are sandy, and slope very gently towards the ocean. This provides a vast feeding table for the birds, who as each wave retreats, race along the just exposed sand in search of tidbits to eat. The ripples in the sand and the sunset colors add a little drama to the rather mundane task of feeding.

Canon 5D Mark III, EF 100-400 f4.5 lens at 400mm, 1/2500 second exposure at f6.3, ISO 125, handheld.

January 2013 "Art On The Rocks"
Art On The Rocks, Gardur, Iceland

While maybe not quite my idea of art, this photographer was intently creating her version of art by photographing colored plexiglass panels placed on this rather unique formation of basaltic columns, along the beach at Gardur, near Vik. I do have to admit, tho, that the splashes of color on the gray basalt did pop out.

Canon 5D Mark II camera, EF 24-105 f4 lens at 105mm, exposure of 1/100 second at f8, ISO 160, handheld with Image Stabilization.