Landscape photography presents one type of challenge. In order to take
advantage of the early morning or late evening Moments of Light
you might need to get up early or stay out late. The same holds true for
wildlife... not for the lighting conditions, but because many wild animals
are more active early in the morning or just before sundown.
To become a truly expert wildlife photographer you will really need to
study wildlife. Pick an animal and learn its behavior patterns. What does it
eat? Where is it found? What are its habits? It can be hard enough to
take a good picture. Trying to find your subject at the same time makes
it that much more challenging.
You will also need to consider your equipment. For birds or smaller animals
a larger and faster lens is helpful. Faster film is a less expensive route to consider as well.
But you didn't come here to read about this stuff, you probably came to
see pictures. So, on with the show!
This particular wildlife photo did not require getting up early, staying
out late, or buying any particular equipment. It is a caiman from the
Bermuda zoo. Does this qualify as wildlife? That's probably more of a
philosophical question which will be discussed on our Soapbox area that
will be launched later this year.
Caimans are more closely related to alligators than crocodiles. Although
you can't see it in this picture, a caiman (and its cousin the alligator)
will have a U-shaped nose rather than the crocodile's more pointed
More pictures of Bermuda wildlife...
Sometimes the line between tame and wild is blurred, even when the animal
does not live in a zoo. For example, this fox is just waking up and starting
her morning patrol. She lives in a park that is inside city limits in
Wheatridge, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Prospect Park is a wonderful
place, and many city residents take advantage of the jogging and biking
trails. The foxes that live there - and there are quite a few - are very
used to people coming and going, and as a result it is often easy to get
closer than you could if she were truly wild.
Prospect Park, Colorado
This is another animal that has probably become accustomed to human
presence. The slopes of Mount Evans, Colorado
are home to both bighorn sheep and mountain goats. We found this herd of
goats and climbed up on a rock to take pictures. We were very lucky...
the herd was grazing in our direction. These two goats - a mother and
her fresh kid - happened to walk right past where we were positioned to
Because of the number of tourists that drive up to the summit of Mount Evans,
these goats are used to having their picture taken. That doesn't mean that
they are tame! But just like the foxes of Prospect Park, you can get great
photographs fairly easily. We have several more pictures of these beautiful
"Mountain Goats on Mount Evans"
Mount Evans, Colorado
Studying an animal's habits is a good way to start learning where you should
go in order to get pictures. The next step is to be lucky enough to be in the
right place at the right time. For that reason, many wildlife photographs
that you see are taken with captive animals.
We have never seen a mountain lion (also known as the cougar or puma) in the
wild. And we're not sure that we would enjoy it if we did. This picture was
taken in the Denver zoo.
Another way to get good wildlife pictures is to know their habitat. That's
how we got the picture of the mountain goats shown above. Another way is to
understand their environment. Most people don't go to Yellowstone in the
winter as most of the park is closed. But the parts that you can get to are
often flooded with wildlife. The winter snows drive the various inhabitants
of the park down into the more sheltered valleys for survival.
Like this coyote here. We spotted her about 30 to 40 yards off of the main
road. When we stopped, she stopped as well. We were able to get some nice
pictures until she got bored and walked off.
"Coyote in Winter"
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Finally, one of the first (and still favorite) wildlife photos that we took
is from another visit to Prospect Park (Colorado), this time in the winter.
This lovely fox was trotting down the path and stopped to look off to the
side. While she was posing we got this picture. We generally crop this
picture and display it in a long, narrow frame to enhance the perception
that there is something just off the picture that holds her interest.
Thanks for taking a tour of some of our wildlife photos.
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Prospect Park, Colorado