"Mountain Lion"
This photograph is from my "Best of" Collection and so far, is my favorite mountain lion image.

First, let me say that mountain lions are incredibly difficult to find in the wild.  Most images, including this one, are taken in captivity.  There are many reasons they are difficult to photograph in the wild, but the biggest reason is the fact that they are so secretive and they are often most active in the evening hours.  Having said that, it by no means takes anything away from this amazing cat.

Mountain lions or cougars have an intimidating look.  They are by nature a dangerous wild animal and should never be approached in a wild setting.  Being and obligate carnivore, it must feed on animals to survive  and that makes them a danger to humans.  Although they are a dangerous animal, they would much rather have a tasty deer than attack a human.     

I think this image looked best as a black and white.  The stark contrast really brings out the eyes, mouth and texture in the fur. The grain in the image helps reinforce the raw, wildness of the cat.  The eyes are fully engaging the viewer and forcing us to almost see his thoughts.  What an amazing animal!

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"Elk in Fog"
This photograph is from my Smoky Mountain Elk Collection and so far, is my favorite elk photograph.  

It was a cool September morning in the Great Smoky Mountains.  The kind of morning where I can here every twig snap and every leaf crinkle as I walk along the mountain paths and roads. 

Along one of the meadows, a large bull is making his way up the valley through forest and field.  He is a beautiful elk with well sharpened antlers and one strip of greenery hanging from where he was thrashing earlier that morning.  Only 50 yards away, another bull eyes him carefully and keeps his distance.

It is such amazing time of year as each bull tries to secure his own harem for breeding season.  Sometimes there are clashes between bulls, but I am least guaranteed to see great poses and showdowns each autumn.  In the end this bull was not the strongest or at least most aggressive bull that day, but he was such a great looking animal.

I can't wait to see what is in store for me next year as I explore the Great Smoky Mountains!


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"Love is in the Air"
This photograph is from the Hummingbird Collection and is another one of my favorites.  The soft pinks in this image, provided by the pink flowers used for the background, symbolize love and friendship and compliment the cute little hummingbird.  

Furthermore, think this is the perfect image to celebrate February 14, 2020.  I do not know, but perhaps we have gone too far with Valentine's day, and it has just become yet another holiday.  However, there is still a romantic part of me that hopes this is not true, and I believe the intent of the holiday is still present.    

The history of Valentine's day is one that has slipped into mythology.  Some claim it was a priest who would marry couples despide an edict from Claudius forbidding young men to marry.  Other people claim it is a pagan holiday.

Whatever your belief is for this holiday, I believe the spirit of what most consider the holiday of love is well presented with this hummingbird.  I wish all of you a wonderful Valentine's day.  We are only on earth for a short period of time.  Give someone a hug and tell them you love them!

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"Hummingbird with Petunias"
This is a photograph from my "Best Of" collection.  It is no secret to those who follow my work that I love hummingbirds.  In fact, I have labeled this adventure "The Hummingbird Project."  Every May and June my goal is to capture the ruby-throated hummingbird in a new and fresh way.

This image is without a doubt my favorite from The  Project.  The juxtaposition of the two flowers and the hummingbird form a strong composition, locking the viewer in along the lines of the invisible triangle.  This hummingbird, a male, has amazing color and the reflection of the red gorget can clearly be seen.  The background is a clean background of local vegetation and further helps the viewer concentrate on the subject.  


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The problem with rabid type "A" people is that most of the time they are right, but no one actually cares about the little stuff they are right about. Most of what they go on and on about are little things that do not impact how the business or life for that matter runs.
They see others as people who "just don't care", when in fact, we see ourselves as people who care about what is important in life. Sweating the details can be very important, but in many cases it is just a waste of time that could be better spent on taking larger steps toward the goal. Type "A" people have a difficult time figuring out what is "Mission Critical" and instead drift from one issue to another, constantly working on perfection. I heard a CEO once say that perfection is the enemy of progress. I totally understand where he was coming from.
We need type "A" people in our lives to make us stop and think about little things, but in the end they are just a major pain in the behind and are the stuff grey hair and headaches are made from. Making matters worse, most of them are smug, condescending and in some cases, flaky as can be.
I don't know where I am going with all this, as there is nothing any of us can do about it, but put up with it. The flip side of all this, of course, is they see us as lazy uninterested people. So be it!  

I will be out there looking at nature and absorbing all the beauty that God has for us.  I won't question God as to why he didn't make the northern cardinal brown because it makes more sense for his survival!




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"Strong Soul"
This is a photograph from my "Best Of" collection.  There have been moments in my photography adventure where an image stops me in my tracks and literally helps define who I am as a photographer.  This image became that image for me.

At about twenty yards away from me, this American black bear stopped, brought her paw up to her mouth and looked right at me. In that moment I saw her eye to eye.  There are often powerful emotions that are evoked when looking into the eye of an animal or another person.  Some, in the past have called the eyes the windows to the soul.  Perhaps they are the windows to the soul, I do not know, but I do know they are full of emotion.

I entitled this "Strong Soul" because no matter if I see sadness, strength or confidence in the look, it tells me she has a strong personality.  By the way, I have never seen anger when looking into her eyes, but I do see some sadness in one of her eyes. In the other eye, I often see confidence.  One thing is certain, this bear changed me forever.


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"Nesting Great Blue"
This is a photograph from my "Avian Florida" collection.  On this particular occasion, I was traveling through a wetland and noticed that there were several great blue herons, which had begun to nest among the palmetto trees.

As quickly as they had the energy to do so, they would pull sticks from one tree and fly over to their tree they were building their nest.  This was an interesting behavior to watch, so I knew I had to not only document this activity, but create something beautiful for my internet friends.  This  moment simply could not be wasted!


The image above was a culmination of my efforts that day to get just the right flight photograph.  This image perfectly describes what I saw that day and will keep the memory alive for all to see.
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