Wildlife Game of Thrones: Wolf versus Crow Animals Citizen Science Nature Photography 

Wildlife Game of Thrones: Wolf versus Crow

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence “Through the bleak and early morn, Where a stronger will is sworn, Where the moments move so slow, And seem to never let you go.” —Excerpt, “The Wolves and the Ravens” by Rogue Valley The wolves and the crows Recently I took advantage of some lovely winter weather to visit the wolves at Wildpark Bad Mergentheim in Germany. While there I mostly used my telephoto lens to get close-ups. I briefly switched lenses to get some wider views of the context—trees covered in frost; the wolf…

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Life Cycle of a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Animals Biology Nature Photography 

Life Cycle of a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

By Yvi San Google+ The pipevine swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor, is a relatively small black swallowtail with gorgeous, iridescent blue scaling. It measures approximately 7–10 cm (2.75–4 in) from tip of wing to tip of wing. It is commonly found in the Deep South, but during the summer you can find it in the Southwest, including parts of California, and from Kansas to New York. Last year I planted woolly Dutchman’s pipevine, Aristolochia tomentosa, to attract this butterfly to my garden. I was rewarded at the beginning of summer with…

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Animals Citizen Science Environment 

Osprey: Bird of Many Names

By Steven Spence guān guān jū  jiū           ‘Fair, fair,’ cry the ospreys 关   关   雎 鸠 zài  hé zhī zhōu            On the island in the river. 在  河 之 洲 (Opening lines of the famous Chinese poem 关雎 Guān jū  [1]) A Bird of Many Names Depending on where you live, the bird pictured here may be called an osprey, a fish hawk, a river hawk, a sea hawk, or even a fish eagle! To avoid such confusion, scientists use one name, usually derived from Latin, to describe each species.…

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A humpback whale off the coast of Baja California in December 2015. Animals Nature Photography 

Magnificent Humpback Whales of Los Cabos

By Max Goldberg Following the adventurous Alaska trip my father and I took last summer, for winter break my family and I traveled to Baja, specifically Baja California Sur. For those who slept during world geography, Baja is the little pointy area south of California and west of Mexico. Baja is well known for its wildlife. Seeing the whales is one of the biggest attractions here. Many whale species, including humpbacks, grey whales, blue whales, and right whales migrate to Baja and other warm waters in the winter to mate…

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Nature Photography Science and Art 

Alaska Wildlife Photography: Behind the Scenes

Hello! My name is Max Goldberg, and you may have seen multiple stories and photos of my adventures in Alaska last summer. As you read, you may be wondering, “How did he get those pictures? They have to be fake. Also, how do I get to Alaska? What gear do you recommend?” Before we get into all that, I should give you a little background. First, you simply cannot just get up and go to wild Alaska, unprepared. Not only dangerous, but incredibly stupid. During the entire trip, my father and I…

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Bald Eagle, Kodiak Alaska Animals Nature Photography 

Bald Eagles of Alaskan Skies

By Max Goldberg During my last trip through Alaska, I was primarily focused on photographing the wild grizzly bears as they fished for salmon. I soon realized, however, that the salmon and bears were not the only animals around. All of a sudden, a magnificent adult bald eagle leapt from it’s nest directly across from me, and flew low over the river. After a long day of watching the bears, my father and I started to walk back to our cabin at Brooks Lodge. He decided to head all the way back,…

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Grizzly Bears, Salmon, Alaska Animals Nature Photography 

Grizzly Bears Fishing for Salmon in Alaska

By Max Goldberg This is the latest installment of wildlife photographer Max Goldberg’s adventures in Alaska. Enjoy more of his photos of wild grizzly bears here. Watching the grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Alaska was quite an entertaining experience for me, as I had never seen anything like this in my life. I got to see the whole process: catching the salmon, skinning the fish and eating the brains (those are the fattiest parts), and getting back to the falls to do it again. I will admit that the sound the…

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Photographer in Alaska: Grizzly Bear Fight Animals Nature Photography 

Photographer in Alaska: Grizzly Bear Fight

By Max Goldberg This is the next installment of wildlife photographer Max Goldberg’s tales of wild grizzly bears in Alaska. After crossing a river in our waders, we found the mother and three little cubs on the bank of another river.  We set up our cameras and tripods and watched the little cubs climb over their mother and goof off, getting shots of the raw cuteness. Now, we were sitting in a large open marshland, with hungry male bears all over the area–not where a mother of three new–born cubs…

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Wild Alaskan Grizzly Bears, photographed by Max Goldberg Animals 

Grizzly Bears Catching Clams in Alaska

By Max Goldberg This is a continuation of our Photographer’s Adventures in Alaska series. Previously from wildlife photographer Max Goldberg: Adventures with Grizzly Bears and Grazing Grizzly Bears After some much needed rest, my group of photographers got back into the dinghy, and headed back towards shore. At this point, the tide had gone out and there were approximately 200 yards of beach that we had never seen before. We jumped out of the dinghy, and started to walk up the beach. Once we put all our gear down, and set up our bucket…

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Photographer in Alaska: Grazing Grizzly Bears

By Max Goldberg, Contributing Photographer Grazing Grizzly Bears: This is the second installment of wildlife photographer Max Goldberg’s latest Alaskan Adventure. After spending a few days at Brooks Lodge, my father and I went back to Anchorage, Alaska, and took three flights to our next destination: the Natural Habitat Ursus. The Ursus is an old crab–fishing boat converted into a floating home–from–home, and our base for the next week. Every morning, we would eat breakfast, put on our waders, get into a skiff, and go to shore looking for bears.  …

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