a portfolio of images that represent my approach to photography. I enjoy capturing images of landscape and animals with a focus on the little things that stand out to me.
The name "Flamingo" comes from the Spanish for "color of the flame". Their beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they eat. The pink or reddish color comes from carotenoids in their diet of animal and plant plankton. When flying in a flock, their top speed can be as high as 35 MPH.
South African Giraffes usually live in savannas, grasslands and woodlands where food is readily available. They are the tallest living terrestrial animal and are majestic to watch as they effortlessly cross the landscape. Herbivorous animals, their primary source of food are the leaves of the Acacia tree.
Did you know that Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.
Bali is an island in the archipelego chain of islands that make up Indonesia. From beautiful mountains and volcanos to outstanding beaches and towns, there is an endless amount of natural beauty to observe.
Macaques abound in the Monkey Sanctuary in Ubud. Stunning rice paddies and ancient fishing villages continue to support the economy as they have for centuries. Temples such as Ulu Watu and so many others dot the landscape. But nothing compares to the generosity of spirit of the Balinese people.
The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin that lives north of the equator. It can survive due to the cool temperatures resulting from the Humboldt Current and cool waters from the depths brought up by the Cromwell Current. The Galapagos Penguin species is one of the banded penguins, the others of which live mostly on the coasts of Africa and mainland South America.
It is an endangered species, with only approximately 1,500 individuals left in the world.
Did you know that 50% of the planet's Blue-Footed Boobies can be found amidst the Galapagos Islands? These creatures are named for their unusually colored feet and the unusual nature of their being. The Blue-Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is a seabird whose diet consists entirely of fish. The color of the feet directly correlates to the health and age of the bird. The brighter the blue, the healthier/younger the animal.
The mating ritual of the Booby is one where the male shows off his feet by dancing for the female as well as "sky-pointing" his bill up to the sky while spreading his wings. It's quite a sight to see.
From Maine to Washington, Chile to Italy, Autumn is beautiful across the planet. Whether the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, you'll find a warm, rich color palette, falling leaves and a quality of light like no other season.
The Waved Albatross breeds primarily on Espanola Island in the Galapagos Islands. They are notable for their 7-8 foot wingspan, their amazing mating ritual which includes a lot of ducking and bowing and rapid swaying back and forth, as well as clucking and tapping their bright yellow bills in a unique rhythm. They also mate for life.
They can fly for hours at at time, gliding along wind currents. Typically, due to their enormous wings, they take flight by jumping off cliffs.
The Galapagos Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is an iguana that has a unique ability to forage in the sea, making it the only seafaring marine reptile.
Marine iguanas are algae eating, color-changing, free-diving reptiles with a habit of sneezing. (Because they eat while swallowing saltwater.)
When not feeding, they typically lay in the sun all day, because they are cold-blooded. They need the warmth of the sun to aid in digesting their food and keep body temperature up.
Males display bright colors during mating season.
Lion's and tigers. Cheetahs and leopards. These cats are amazing to observe in the wild. Their speed is alarming, and the efficiency in which they strike is incredible. Catch their gaze and sense their intelligence.
Chile is the longest country in the world, from north to south, measuring 2,647 miles. Centrally located, the Lake District of Chile offers much to all. From natural springs and lakes to over 2,000 massive active volcanoes and the majestic Andes mountain range, it's an outdoor and nature lover's delight.
Chile is also home to Patagonia, one of the largest untouched natural resources left in the world. The national drink is Pisco, and worth trying if you have the opportunity.
For such a small country, Italy's visual beauty is boundless, with over 40 UNESCSO world heritage sites--the most of any country in the world. From Venice and Milan to the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Puglia, and so many more, Italy is a place that impresses continually.
Everywhere you go, history comes alive. From centuries old vineyards to Roman antiquities to architecture that is ageless, time and place are given context in a way that is impossible to match in the United States.
One species of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) the bush elephant, is the largest living terrestrial animal on the planet. African elephant societies are arranged around family units and the bulls and matriarchs are extremely protective of the young.
Elephants communicate primarily through touch, taste, smell and sound. Some sounds are infrasonic and too low for humans to hear.
There are about 15 species of Darwin's Finches (also known as Galapagos Finches). The smallest are the warbler finches and the largest is the vegetarian finch. The main difference is in the sizes and shapes of their beaks.
Cape Town, South Africa, is located on the shores of Table Bay, under the watchful gaze of iconic Table Mountain, at the extreme southern tip of Africa. Cape Town is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, that was once home to many founders of the anti-apartheid movement. Nelson Mandela, the former prisoner-turned-president, was held on nearby Robben Island for several decades, before being released and successfully uniting the country post-apartheid.
Nearby Cape Town is Stellenbosch, the oldest established wine country outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, around the mid-1600's, and certainly worth visiting.
The impala is one of the most common and most graceful of all Africa’s antelopes. A slender, agile creature, it can clear formidable obstacles and run at speeds faster than 35 MPH. They use their tremendous speed and agility to avoid predators. Males are called rams, and females, ewes.
Most young impalas are born around mid-day as this is the safest time to give birth since most of their enemies are resting. Half of all newborns are killed by predators within the first few weeks of life.
The beauty of a landscape is undeniable. I've had the privilege of traveling across much of the world, and still can not get enough.
From the otherworldly 'scapes of Iceland to the overwhelming beauty of the Sahara. From savannas to the tropics. Alaskan snowscapes to Australian rainforests. It's all an ever-changing canvas to capture and enjoy.
Lighthouses are iconic structures that were built to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous reefs, safe entries to harbors, and more recently are able to aid in aerial navigation.
Before the development of clearly defined ports, mariners were guided by fires built on hilltops. Since raising the fire would improve visibility, placing the fire on a platform became a practice that preceded the development of lighthouses.
Today, they are visual reminders of the past and are quite popular tourist attractions.
Zebras evolved among the Old World horses within the last 4 million years. They are fast animals, reaching speeds of up to 65 MPH. They have excellent eyesight and can see in color.
Zebra fun facts: It's thought that a zebra's stripes serve to help camouflage the animal in long grass. It's also possible that the zebra's stripes may have evolved to help keep biting insects at bay. The monochromatic pattern seems to throw off the visual system of insects.
The Galapagos Sea Lion is a species of sea lion that primarily breeds on the Galapagos Islands. Fairly social, they are frequently seen sunbathing on the beaches and rocks, or gliding gracefully through the surf. They have a loud bark and are extremely playful in nature.
Did you know that mother sea lions can recognize the bark of their own young?
The Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise. Almost every island in the Galapagos has it's own species. The oldest Giant Tortoise on record lived 152 years. They can grow to over 5 feet in length and weigh more than 500 pounds. Temperature determines the whether a hatchling will be a male or female. Hot seasons produce males, while cooler seasons seasons produce females.
Farms and ranches are so visually interesting. Everywhere you look, there are animals, landscapes and structures that have existed for centuries and are a part of the American fabric.
From horses and cows to pigs and chicks, farms offer a visual feast.
Who doesn't love a sunset? The sky is illuminated in a spectrum of colors, and every day is different from the next. From flaming reds and brilliant blues to outrageous oranges and eye-popping yellows, it all happens in a matter of minutes and is always the most colorful time of day.
New England is comprised of several states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. It is rife with history, having been one of the earliest English settlements in North America. In 1620, Pilgrims settled at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, followed by the Puritans in Boston, 10 years later.
New England is full of natural beauty: mountains and lakes, coastal villages and remote towns. Each season offers spectacular opportunities for capturing beautiful imagery, which excites me to return over and over.
Sally Lightfoot Crabs are vibrantly colored in shades of reds and oranges. This crab has 5 sets of legs and lives amongst the rocks at the frequently turbulent, windy shore, just above the sea spray. It feeds primarily on algae, and is quick and agile. Young Sally Lightfoot crabs are black with red spots, and take on more red as their shells evolve.
Winter is a season to get out and experience. From sledding and skiing to snowshoeing and skating. There's nothing like the refreshing, bracing air and atmosphere when you're up to your knees in snow...
It's also a season of amazing beauty. The quality of light in winter adds a warm glow and reflects off the snow.
Vultures are scavenging birds of prey and are divided into two groups: Old World Vultures and New World Vultures. Old World vultures, (shown here) are seen in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Because vultures have weak feet and legs, they do not carry prey back to their chicks. Instead, they will gorge at a carcass and regurgitate food from their crop to feed their young.