Hidden Speed

When you see a big African cat in the zoo, you really don’t get a sense for how these creatures blend into their environment. When you catch a glimpse of them passing through the tall grass in Tanzania, it is an otherworldly experience. This cheetah was passing at a slow trot and yet he was still…

Sunning Shag

What surprised me the most about the Able Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand was how absolutely gorgeous every section was of our 5-day backpacking trip. One minute you’re overlooking the surrounding bays from the treetops, the next you’re ducking under a thick array of Beech trees where the sky and water are barely visible, the…

Potato Bug

This tiny little beetle is a part of the Crop Beetle family and is known as the Colorado Potato Beetle, or more simply the Potato Bug. According to pestproducts.com, it can actually be found in much of the Continental United States even as far away as Florida, but it was discovered in the Rocky Mountains…

Sticking Your Neck Out

I found this rather alert tortoise at the Denver Aquarium. If anyone knows what kind it is please let me know as I did extensive research and couldn’t come up with a definitive answer. I guess I need to plan another trip to the aquarium to find out. As aquariums go the Denver one in…

Angelic Flight

“Ready… GO!” Those were my instructions to my wife as she took off running down the ocean pier into a flock of resting seagulls and I stood ready to snap their frantic flights. It wasn’t until I said this that the potential consequence went running through my head… I’m going to get pooped on. I thought too late…

Standing at Attention

Have you ever run across a rabid badger while on a 14-mile slog through the wilderness? No? Me neither… not yet anyways. This little yellow-bellied creature is in fact a Yellow-bellied Marmot. (See what I did there?) I was photographing the landscape surrounding Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park when my wife started aggressively “Pssst’ing”…

Butterfly Bush

This small, vibrant red butterfly is an endemic species to New Zealand and is known as the Red Admiral. It is also referred to as Kahukura by the native Maori people. My wife and I came across the little creature while hiking the Routeburn Track on a side trip up to Key Summit.

Routeburn Tweeting

This photo was taken as my wife and I traversed our second day of the Rouetburn Track in New Zealand. The thick clouds had rolled in overnight and we weren’t seeing much for the extreme effort we were expending while making our way up and over the 4,300′ pass. Then this beautiful little bird graced us with…