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May 31, 2022

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE    "Moose Calving Season"

Denali National Park, Alaska

Mid-May is calving season for moose in Alaska, but because last winter was so brutal, moose newborns are rare this year. When the cows face poor nutrition during the winter, the fetuses are reabsorbed.

Or like these twins, born malnourished and weak, with a poor survival rate. These only lasted less than a week before disappearing (cause unknown).

Canon R5, RF100-500 f4.5-7.1 lens at 500mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f8, ISO 2000, handheld.

May 1, 2022

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR MAY    "Just The Boys Playing"

In The Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

When the rains begin to fall in Africa the elephants and other large mammals become less dependent on waterholes or rivers, since water is now available almost everywhere. These mature bull elephants are lazy, and know a good thing when they find it and don't bother to leave for greener pastures.

So after a long day of eating luscious vegetation along the river, the 'boys' let off some steam roughhousing in the river.

Canon R5, RF100-500 f4.5-7.1 lens at 300mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f7.1, ISO 1600, handheld.

March 30, 2022

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL    "The Bushes Have Eyes"

Male Lion In His Lair, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The eyesight of African guides never cease to amaze me. Another guide had given us a very broad location and as we drove along a very bushy section of road our guide spotted this lion hiding. Basically spotted a patch of tan and the eyes, and had to point that out to us 'blind' tourists! With a little back and forth of the vehicle I was able to get an image with both eyes.

Canon R5, RF100-500 f4.5-7.1 lens at 400mm, exposure of 1/400 sec at f7.1, ISO 2000, handheld.

February 27, 2022

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH    "Brutal Winter Continues"

Blowing Snow In The Alaska Range Mountains, Alaska

While our extreme cold temperatures of January may have lessened in February, they were replaced by gale force winds as a continuing train of storms hit the state. And the wind chill of such winds feels worse than equally extreme cold with no wind.

Living in a mountain pass can be challenging; the winds from the south are funneled which increases their speeds, and in a major wind storm like this, the mountain tops get gale force winds too.

Canon R5, RF100-500 f4.5-7.1 lens at 254mm, exposure of 1/1250 sec at f8, ISO 100, handheld.

January 31, 2022

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY    "Serendipitous Browsing"

Subadult Moose, Denali National Park, Alaska

So far this winter the word 'brutal' best describes our weather--from freezing rain to blizzards to deep freezes have made life difficult for both humans and animals.

This 8-9 month old calf is doing what moose do to survive the winter, browsing on deciduous tree branches, but what isn't obvious is that he is standing on a 6 foot snow berm to reach branches that are normally out of reach.

Canon R5, RF100-500 f4.5-7.1 lens at 363mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f8, ISO 6400, handheld.

January 1, 2022

IMAGE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY    "Dogs Can Fly?"

African Wild Dog, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Well maybe not flying for any distance, but a wild dog chasing an impala puts all of its energy into the chase, and sometimes that means being airborne.

This is the Alpha Male of the 13 dog strong Ash Pack. And in case you are wondering, the impala got away by running into a thick Papyrus swamp.

Canon R5, RF100-500 f4.5-7.1 lens at 238mm, exposure of 1/500 sec at f7.1, ISO 10,000, handheld while panning.

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