You Can’t Handle the Cute! Some Baby Grrrrranimals to Brighten the Holidays

Just a few baby animals to add some cute to your day. We took these at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


Time for my portrait.


Cute Cub

What a cutie! This little lion cub was quite curious about all the movement behind the glass.


Baby gorilla, Joanne, doesn’t look like she wants to eat her vegetables.

Dinner date.

A dinner date.

Supper time

Supper time.


Catfight after dinner.

Wrestling time.

Wrestle-mania, Cheetah style.

Sleepy time.

Time for lion cubs to chill.

Lion chain

Cat got yer tail?

Gorilla manicure.

Time for a manicure.


Mad Sally Lake

The Eagles are Coming! What Happens when your Vocation and Avocation Meet?

Bryce Canyon

A Bryce Canyon shot, Summer 2013.

Autumn of 2013 was particularly difficult for me in terms of life balance. After coming home that summer from a wonderful vacation in the western United States, I went into a bit of a rut photographically. I had seen and shot so many beautiful things that I found it difficult to be creative on my home turf.  That fall, I also had a very heavy teaching load, student count, and other professional obligations. In short, I was having problems motivating myself to get out and shoot, and my workload gave me a great excuse to lay fallow.

Turkey Vulture

A recuperating turkey vulture at the Chattahoochee Nature Center strikes a pose, December 2013.

I knew by the end of the semester that I needed a good outing, so the day after I submitted all my grades, I took some time to recharge. I decided to go to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on the north side of Atlanta, cameras at the ready. I didn’t know quite what to expect. I learned that the center provides a serene setting to rehabilitate and nurture injured wildlife, especially birds of prey. I began by practicing my wildlife shots on some of these birds before going on a nature hike around the grounds. As I hiked, I vainly pursued a cardinal who was proving quite elusive (Michelle really wants a good cardinal print to hang up in the winter). I took a couple of landscape shots of the river and pond, and I tried my hand at some more detailed nature shots as well. Continue reading