Flickr member leahy3 has taken this great image of a dog guarding shoes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
My flickr contact Maciej Dakowicz has posted a wonderful image of a mother dog and pups in Kolkata, India.
Flickr member Jamond Cheng took this great image of a dragonfly with his Ricoh GR (fixed 28mm lens so he had to be close).
Flickr member Debbie has taken an incredible image of a coyote and her pups howling. Incredible.
My flickr contact Helena has posted an outstanding image of a jellyfish in Norway taken with her Sony RX1.
Absolutely incredible footage of an osprey catching fish (and other sea creatures). Watch full screen, it will blow your mind.
[via Dave Homrok]
Flickr member Eric J. Olsen has caught a great picture of an Italian greyhound with his Sony RX1.
Jesse Freidin is a most excellent dog photographer.
This is some of the most amazing beaver video you’ll ever see. BrianKGoingWild filmed this beaver lodge construction in the pond behind his house in Canada. We’ve only seen the beaver at Pine Swamp once and it was thrilling. No way did we get this close. This is absolutely spectacular footage.
This is a brilliant highlight reel from John Downer Productions’ work done for the BBC’s Animal Planet. The photography is incredible as is the music soundtrack. Zoom it out, the images are well worth it.
John Downer Productions is a media company specialising in wildlife television, feature films and commercials. It has won numerous international awards for its innovative approach to filmmaking. It made its name by abandoning the traditional style of nature documentary and pioneering a highly inventive subjective approach. Through the use of new dramatic techniques it was possible, for the first time, to plunge the audience into the animal world.
More information on the full piece and the cameras used can be found here: Polar Bear – Spy on the Ice. Find lots of other fantastic pieced by this excellent media company here: John Downer Productions: Programmes.
Check out the fantastic behind the scenes video toward the bottom of this page: Earthflight (behind the scenes). Zoom it out, its well worth it.
Flickr member gray_dog has captured some great looks from these two dogs with his Nikon 1 V1.
Flickr photographer iMaic87 has posted a wonderful image taken with the Sony RX100.
Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. Combining the resources of National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before.
Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.
The extraordinary footage that follows is a compilation of multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming.
This is an incredible piece of video and I highly recommend that you watch it full screen and all the way to the very end so you can see the making of piece and a real time chunk of video of how fast the animals were really running.
The cheetah’s heads are so steady it’s like they’ve got gyroscopes built into them. Having had a cat I can vouch for the fact that cats have special abilities in this area, no doubt to enable hunting on the run but cheetahs being the fastest cats on earth take it to a whole different level.
[via The Kid Should See This]
Adult Male Jumping Spider at Sunset – Phidippus mystaceus
I saw the above video of Thomas Shahan’s work on wimp.com this morning.
Not only do I love Thomas’s photographic work but the narration of the video is spot on about photographic process. He really walks the walk and he’s got a great attitude for any kind of photography.
Yes, Thomas has great images of spiders but there’s a lot more to this guy than macro photography. Dig around and you’ll find guitars, basset hounds, and more.
In March of 2010, nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen traveled to Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba to photograph polar bears and their young emerging from their winter dens. Watch as these tiny, months-old cubs play and wrestle while their mother keeps a close eye on them from the den.
[via Cute Overload]
Brace Mountain from Alander Mountain
Alander Mountain, New York. These are the still shots I took the day we saw the rattlesnake. I’ve put a note on the spot down near Brace we ran into the snake. The hike is a loop: up the gully on the right to Alander, down behind and left and then south to Brace out of frame on the left, then back to the gully on the right on a blue trail straight down the center of this frame. The loop is about 12 miles although the snake cut off the last few miles to Brace. See the next few images for more on this.
Dave confronts rattlesnake
South Taconic Trail, New York. You can see he/she wasn’t all that big (maybe 3′) but the darn thing had an extremely loud rattle and it was really pissed off.
You can see it’s a beautiful animal and you can also see that we attempted to get it to move by tossing sticks at it. All that did was piss it off and keep it rattling longer.
In case you missed the rattle, here it is.
Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I hike this seven mile stretch of the AT a lot because it’s close to the town we live in and it’s a great section of trail that’s tough enough so it’s not all that popular with other hikers.
This section of the AT has become home to more timber rattlesnakes than any section in Connecticut and while we hike it a lot, we’ve only seen one once before.
This one was smaller, about three feet and lighter colored. Dave thought it was close to losing its skin and that’s why the color was so dull. As far as I’m concerned, a rattlesnake is a rattlesnake and this one was a few feet off the trail, close enough to strike a hiker sitting down on the rock next to it.
We only saw it by accident because there was a wild orchid a few feet away that Dave bent down to take a shot of. Good thing he saw this guy in his peripheral vision.
Last week a black bear was wandering around the Colorado University campus and ended up in a small tree. A student called 911 and they came and darted the bear, padded his fall from the tree with a foam pad, and took him away. A student captured the bear in mid-fall and the image made its way into the school newspaper which sold the image which then went viral.
It’s an interesting situation and commenter Bob Cooley has the most fair minded commentary about it (in comment thread).
Then there’s Taras Dzedzey’s link to a Russian site with Photoshopped variants that made me laugh pretty hard.