A Wild(life) Year in Photography!
Me and the Roaming Bison in Colorado.
Photo by Eric Peffer.
It has been been a wild year for me, in many aspects. One of those areas that continues to make my head swirl, is the amazing desert I live in and the wildlife I have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with.
Most of the photos are from my home base in Catalina, Arizona, although photo adventures to Colorado and New Mexico have added some new animals and geography to my photo line up.
Part of the large herd of elk in Colorado (approximately 150)
I have a number of things in my favor:
1. An eye for things that are 'wild'
2. a 70-300 lens
3. Many of my photo adventures are with a wildlife biologist.
4. I run in an a desert area where I see maybe 1 person a month. More of a true desert setting.
5. Just plain luck
Family of 4 Bobcats in the neighborhood
Many of my photos are taken during my daily runs through the desert. I typically run near sunset, which I feel is a better time to see animals plus it puts me on the highest road in our area to capture stunning sunsets. The runs limit my camera options but I have had good success with a decent point and shoot camera (Samsung WB350F). The Samsung is sporting a 42x zoom. Oh yeah!
One of the four bobcats (family) in the neighborhood
My goal, when possible, is to take film along with photos. I may put together a film blog for this year.
I think back to last year and I did not get much in the way of wildlife photos while this year has been phenomenal. Looking toward 2016.
Wild horses near Fort Garland, CO
Enjoy the photos!
When I grab my camera, I aim to get photos and video. Check out the videos on my latest blog:
Wild horse near Fort Garland, CO
Bighorn Sheep - Taos, NM
Redtail Hawk - Klondyke, AZ
Not totally 'wild' but a wild setting - near La Veta, Colorado
Rattlesnake on one of my runs - Catalina, AZ
Roadrunner near the house - Catalina, AZ
At the house
A Javelina visit during a run - Catalina, AZ
Horned Lizard during a run - Catalina, AZ
Young Desert Tortoise - Catalina, AZ
Walking Stick, almost stepped on and bypassed - Catalina, AZ
Tarantula visit on a run - Catalina, AZ
Tarantula on one of my runs
Gila Monster at the house - Catalina, AZ
Family of 4 Bobcats in the neighborhood - Catalina, AZ
Bobcat photo published in a local paper
Young Desert Tortoise on a desert run - Catalina, AZ
A brief stop during the Race Across America as wild horses cross the road in Utah
During the Race Across America - Pagosa Springs, CO
Praying Mantis, Lori & Eric in Klondyke, AZ