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Category: Wildlife

World Rhino Day

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Black Rhinoceros

Western Lowland Gorilla

Taveta Golden Weaver

Grevy’s Zebra

In honor of World Rhino Day (one of the most critically endangered species on Earth.), I thought I’d share a few photos from my recent family vacation to Disney World. We visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom the day before Hurricane Irma impacted most of Florida. I was particularly excited about going to this park. Not, just to photograph animals and birds. But to be in the presence of many critically endangered animals, and learn more about what conservations efforts are being done to keep them from just becoming Zoo trophies. I was happy to learn that Disney invests a great deal in conservation and preserving animals natural habitats. They also do a great job on educating people on conservation efforts, through exhibits and hands on learning.

Back to the Black Rhinoceros. There are less than 5400 Black Rhinos left in the world, which makes them a CRITICALLY ENDANGERED species. And even worse, the West African Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2016 after not being seen in the wild in over a decade. Their decline in population was caused by European hunters in the 1850s, and more recently due to recent illegal trade. You can find more information here at WWE. And check out more about World Rhino Day here.

Also, picture above is another endangered species, the Western Lowland Gorilla. Their population has declined 60% in the last 20 years do to deforestation and hunting. Read more about them here.

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The Great 2017 Eclipse

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Composite of the 2017 solar eclipse in Kansas City, Missouri

View of Kansas City at totality of the 2017 solar eclipse

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

After a whirlwind weekend of traveling through the southwest (more of those photos to come in the near future), we came home to a packed city waiting to view the Eclipse of the century. I had planned out a spot on the northwest side of the city, that I hoped wouldn’t be too packed. When I arrived to setup around ten in the morning it was pouring down rain, but I was the only one in the park. 🙂 The rain let up around a quarter after a eleven, just in time to setup and start the eclipse. Around noon the park started to fill up with people. I think by the time the full eclipse happened, there were only 30 people in the park.

I setup three cameras to shoot the eclipse. One pointed towards the sun, one pointed towards the city, and the other setup to time-lapse as the shadow passed over. As the eclipse approached, the clouds started rolling in. We hit totality just before the clouds rolled in. Where I was setup, there was just over a minute of totality, with the clouds it was almost cut in half. But still made for some exciting shots, and I was still able to capture the Diamond Ring phenomena, which I was most excited about.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do. Now it’s time to start planning for 2024.

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Liberty Bend at LaBenite Park

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LaBenite Park Nature Trail

Missouri River from LaBenite Park Nature Trail

Missouri River from LaBenite Park Nature Trail

Liberty Bend Bridge | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/16 | ISO 100 | 10 sec. | 10 exposures

I spent some time at LaBenite Park last night, a new place for me. It had a nice nature trail, and a conversation area you can camp at with permits only. There were many access points to the river that aloud me to catch a great sunset, and got a few long exposures of the Liberty Bend Bridge. I’m still unsure if I will return to the park. It was a little sketchy and filled with trash. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT! But it has great history and was stop along the Lewis & Clark Expedition and It’s another place to check off my list of places to explore along the Missouri River.

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Learning and LOVING IT

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Bambi

Young buck along Missouri River Front Trail

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Missouri River

Missouri River

Purple Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)

Purple Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)

I’ve been working on documenting/identifying wildflowers and birds I see while riding/hiking, alongside woking on my wildlife photography. I’ve recently figured out that I will need to update some of my equiptment to get the quality I’m looking for, but that will come in time. There are over a thousand photos I’m trying to get to, to edit, and share.

I’ve taken a small break from shooting in the city, but on the plus side, I’m shooting more than ever and LOVE IT!!!