Wildlife in Yellowstone

Yellowstone (for those of you who are not familiar) is absolutely full of wildlife. Mountain Goats, Bison, Elk, Bear, Wolves, Coyotes, and Eagles are just a few of the numerous species that one can see during a trip. While walking through Upper Geyser Basin (the area immediately surrounding the Old Faithful Inn), we saw our only Yellowstone Bluebird. The colors of the bird were amazing, especially in such an area. It lighted on this apparently dying conifer, and the contrast between the orange needles and the hue of the bird had me scrambling for my camera. I was just glad it stayed there long enough for me to get the picture. Hope you all enjoy!

Yellowstone Bluebird

Yellowstone Bluebird

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

The saying goes “You can’t judge a tiger by his stripes”. However, I can judge a tiger by his teeth. And they tell me to not get too close. This week’s photo challenge is From Lines to Patterns. Tigers fit into both categories, with their lines making up their patterns, which allow them to effectively hunt and survive. This one really struck me, I hope you enjoy it too!

Omaha Zoo Tiger

Omaha Zoo Tiger

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Unkempt Horse

We had a big cold front come through on Monday, February 18. The clouds came rolling in, and the sunrise was amazing. I got out and was taking pictures, and this horse looked at me as though to say “It’s getting cold out here… Take me with you.” I realized at that moment I could not take him anywhere, especially since he had not even bothered to comb his hair. How absurd that he would think I would take him out looking like that!

Unkempt Horse

Unkempt Horse

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Zoo life

Last year, my wife and I went to Omaha, Nebraska, for a weekend trip with a couple of our friends for a birthday. While we were there, we visited the Zoo. Omaha has a wonderful zoo, so if you’re ever in that area, make sure to stop and visit. This lizard was sitting on a log, basking in the warm light and just chilling out. Enjoy!

Omaha Zoo Lizard

Omaha Zoo Lizard

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Come on in… The water is Polar Bear Perfect!!!

I love zoos. Sure, seeing the animals in their natural habitat is better, but how many people would get to see some of the more exotic animals if it weren’t for the zoos? One of my bucket list items is to go on a photography safari in Africa. But that’s going to take a while to get to that point. So, here we are at the zoo. The zoo in St. Louis, MO is beautiful. This polar bear was swimming around in circles, and he kept wiping his eyes with his paw. It made it seem that he was quite at home in the zoo.

I took this photo with our old point and shoot camera, so the quality isn’t quite as good. I guess another trip with my Nikon D5000 is in the works… 🙂

Swimming Polar Bear

Swimming Polar Bear

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