Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Awaiting Spring"

Pine Grosbeak  -  Allenspark, Colorado

Pine Grosbeaks have been daily visitors at our bird feeders for about a month. One morning when I went to let Diana our for her morning constitutional, there were a dozen, or so, feeding on our front porch. One thing is certain, they are always welcome guests and have definitely added a bit of color to the snowy landscape around our home in the mountains.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Winter Respite"

American Elk  -  Estes Park, Colorado

Lori and I made a run to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Estes Park a couple of days ago on St. Valentine's Day. Afterwards, we decided to take a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park and see what we might encounter in the way of wildlife subjects. About the only thing we came across in the Park were a trio of coyotes, images of which I will share with you a little later. However, on the way into the Park, we encountered a couple of bull elk near McGregor Mountain Lodge, along Fall River Road. It was snowing pretty good, which added to the mystique of the day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Together, We Can Make A Difference

"Bright Eyes"
Leopard  -  Kenya, Africa

Changing Our World:  One Photograph at a Time
©2012 Lori Huff
The wind is howling, so rather than brave the elements, I decided today would be a good time to go through some of my images. As I sit in front of the computer in my nice cozy cabin, a warm fire glowing in the wood stove, I start to think about what my images are saying to other photographers and to people in general. Here are the thoughts I would like to share and hopefully get you thinking of ways to spread this message to others.

Wildlife photographers introduce others to various insights in the world of nature. Every time we show an image of our wild brothers and sisters, we create an awareness of how these animals live and the habitat where they reside.  Our needs are destroying the world – more oil, more timber, more roads. The list goes on and on. We are destroying the very habitat these animals need to survive.

The places we visit and photograph may someday vanish. If we, as photographers and as a people, do not involve ourselves in protecting our wild brothers and sisters and the places where they live, the only thing that will remain are pictures of a vanishing wilderness.

Look at your photographs, and those of others. Continue photographing the world of nature, but more importantly, SHARE your images. You are building a portfolio of our natural world. Become one with nature. Believe in what you are doing and you will return with life changing images. Know that one person can change the world, and that my friend is you.

So, as the snow starts to fall and the wind continues howling, I can’t help but think of our wild brothers and sisters. What can we do to assure their survival, not only for their sake, but also for future generations as well as ours? 

Lori Huff, my partner, is an accomplished photographer in her own right. She and I share the same values when it comes to our wild brothers and sisters. That's why I chose to share this article that she wrote, in hopes that it will motivate others to action on behalf of wildlife around the world.
- Weldon Lee