Tag Archives: Animals

Wildlife Awards Photo

This absolutely striking wildlife photo won the award for best animal portrait and is by Nick Dale of the UK. https://www.nickdalephotography.com/about

Nick Dale/World Nature Wildlife Awards 2020

A Bengal tigress with a catchlight in her eye lies up to her neck in the dark shadows of a water hole.

The interplay of light is stunning.

The full article can be seen here: https://mymodernmet.com/2020-world-nature-photography-awards/

Bison and Muskox

There are many woodland bison everywhere here in the north. In the spring and summer, they love to loiter on the roads, and drivers have to be very cautious of them, especially at night. Sometimes, a congregation of them will make the traffic wait. There’s no way you want to try to herd or nudge a bison, as they will charge if annoyed.

Try explaining that to your insurance. “I was just stopped on the road, minding my own business, when a bison came out of nowhere and ran full-tilt at my car …” Yup, okay.

So it makes sense to include one of these iconically northern animals …

… along with a snow sculpture of a muskox. Also notoriously bad-tempered, you do not want to upset them.

Photo by Florian Schulz

The snow sculpture looks much more docile, though, especially as it’s missing its horns. Very tempting for children, I think!

Despite that, the artist did quite a good job, don’t you think?

Happy Monday, happy week. 🦬

A Fox for All Seasons

A determined fox continues to hunt, despite the nasty weather.

John Blumenkamp Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Entitled A Fox for All Seasons, this photograph was taken on a freezing February afternoon in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photographer John Blumenkamp watched the fox for hours, weathering the wind and sudden drops in temperature to take this stark image of a winter survivor.

Stay warm, everyone. Happy Friday. 🙂

Moose Nibbles?

As a mostly northern country, we sometimes face interesting considerations.

The moose like the road salt splashed onto the cars, says a national parks spokesman.
File photo.

Officials in Jasper National Park, Alberta, are warning motorists not to let moose lick the salt from their vehicles.

And they are extremely attracted to salt, especially the kind that may be all over your vehicle in the winter.

Parks Canada file photo.

As you may imagine, an 820 kilo (1800 lb.) moose coming near your car might not be a good thing. It’s dangerous for them and you; moose can be aggressive and will charge if they feel threatened. And, as an added incentive, there’s a $25,000.00 fine for non-compliance.

Another reason for the problem is that the wolf population (the main moose predator) has been declining, and now there are more moose than usual.

The advice? Drive away carefully when you see moose approaching your vehicle.

If you’re interested, here’s the article.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/37736/now-canada-has-road-signs-telling-people-not-to-let-moose-lick-their-cars

Have a good week and remember, keep the neighbourhood moose away from the nibbles. 😉

More Comedy Wildlife Photos

I found more of these humorous wildlife photos together with commentary from the photographers and just had to share.

There are more of these entertaining photos at https://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/gallery/comedy-widlife-2020-competition-winners.php

Tim Hearn
with his picture
Hide and Seek
“As this azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the Marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets.”

Tim Hearn

Krisztina Scheeff
with her picture
Seriously, would you share some?
“Atlantic Puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are – well – as you see, some do better than others! I just love the second puffin’s look – can I just have one please?”

Krisztina Scheef

Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Tiger Hug

This amazing photograph of a Siberian tiger hugging a tree was taken in the wild with a hidden camera. The camera was set up in the forest and then left to be triggered when the tiger came by.

Sergey Gorshkov’s winning Wildlife Photography of the Year image is called “The Embrace.”

As you can imagine, pictures of these extremely rare tigers are difficult to get and this one has very deservedly won the Wildlife Photography of the Year competition for photographer Sergey Gorshkov.

To read the original article, click here: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/science-environment-54518336

Enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂