Creature Photos

An admitted quirk in my creative vision, I seem to have an aversion to taking pictures of people, except the occasional unwitting subject. But I have no such aversion to photographing other life forms. Problem is, I lack the patience, sense of adventure and quick reflexes to do it well, and I probably also don’t have the right equipment.

It’s not that I haven’t tried. But in Alaska I saw no whales, moose or eagles. The mountain goats in Geiranger, Norway weren’t all that photogenic. The wild javelinas in Arizona were making threatening noises. And most of the armadillos I saw when I lived in Texas were, um, flattened.

So, domesticated beasties and slow movers dominate my portfolio, including an understandable surfeit of pictures of my beloved late cat, Amalfi, who was both domesticated and a slow mover, and also pretty damn cute.

 

Matt and Charlie, resident cheetahs at Panther Ridge in Florida, 2008

Matt and Charlie, resident cheetahs at Panther Ridge in Florida, 2008

The ever-curious Amalfi T. Cat, 1999

The ever-curious Amalfi T. Cat, 1999

 

Amalfi in his more athletic days, 1998

Amalfi in his more athletic days, 1998

An Aruba iguana, 2007

An Aruba iguana, 2007

 

Jellyfish, Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2010

Jellyfish, Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2010

 

Ponies in the Mist - Assateague Island, 2016

Ponies in the Mist – Assateague Island, 2016

 

A trio of gulls in San Diego, 2006

A trio of gulls in San Diego, 2006

 

Cona and  Brina and an unsuspecting bobcat, 2017

Cona and Brina, and an unsuspecting bobcat taking refuge from the rain, 2017

 

The gig's up!

The gig’s up!

 

Aztec, a magnificent jaguar at Panther Ridge, eyeballs me, 2008

Aztec, a magnificent jaguar at Panther Ridge, eyeballs me, 2008

 

 

Hey, uh, want anything else with those fries? (Fairmont Princess Resort, 2008)

Hey, uh, want anything else with those fries? (Fairmont Princess Resort, 2008)

 

A busy bee in Austin, 2007

A busy bee in Austin, 2007

 

Zen Seagull, Assateague Island, 2016

Zen Seagull, Assateague Island, 2016

 

Cona, my watercolor ocicat, 2016

Cona, my watercolor ocicat, 2016

 

 

Red-tailed hawk, Eagle Mountain, AZ, 2016

Red-tailed hawk, Eagle Mountain, AZ, 2016

 

 

Cona on the hunt during a catwalk, 2014

Cona on the hunt during a catwalk, 2014