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Tag: Wildlife

It’s Been a While…

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A frozen Missouri River steaming as the Sun Rises over the City.

Snowy Geese taking off out of Smithville Lake.

Bald Eagle flying low over the Missouri River. I saw six eagles this day!

Bortle Study. A study of light pollution and our (in)ability to view a night sky.

I was hoping to have more time to update the blog since the holiday, but the 9 to 5 has had me swamped. However, I have found time to do a lot of shooting, even if I can only get out for an hour or so. Above are a few of my favorite shots over the last month.

Angela and I spent last Sunday searching for the Snowy Owl at Smithville lake. We didn’t find it, but were in the right spot. It may have already started it’s journey back to the Arctic. We did however, see a lot of wildlife and a bunch of migrating Snow Geese. (there will be more photos from that afternoon to come soon.) I have also been tracking and following a Bald Eagle family along parts of the Missouri River, working on a Bortle Studies project (Our (in)ability to see a starry night sky in a heavily light polluted setting , and continuing my Kansas City 365 project.

Here’s to staying productive and becoming better in 2018. I’ll update you as much as I can along the way.

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The Past Two Weeks

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Kansas City Fire Department on Grand Street Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

Street Car Flyby at Truman & Main Street Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

City loop towards the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts

Squadron of American White Pelicans migrating south for the winter.

Young Buck hiding in the brush along the Missouri River

I’ve been busy behind the lens and on two wheels over the past few weeks. My main focus has been quality over quantity, working on time lapse videos, and updating Amazon wish lists so I can upgrade some equipment. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the las two weeks.

I’ve spent a lot of time wondering around downtown and along the Missouri River. It’s that time a year where night-time starts ruling my world, so I’ve started shooting some light trail and time lapse photographs to get ready for it. Late last week I was walking a trail sown by the river, when I came up three small bucks, I’ve been following all year, hiding in the woods. That same night I witnessed a squadron of American White Pelicans on their migratory flight south. I thought they were geese at first, till I was reviewing the images. HaHa.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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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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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!!!