Last month I submitted an application for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Summit’s College Photography Scholarship. Part of the application was a portfolio of images, which many of you help me refine. A few days ago I was informed that I won the scholarship. Thank you all for your help with choosing the images! Below are the 15 final images I chose to subbit. Later, Ill post five images for the thematic gallery portion of the application. Thanks again!
A Costa Rican farm couple relaxes in an intimate waterfall near Nosara, on the Guanacaste Peninsula. Sadly, this cascade is slowly disappearing due to rerouted water for agriculture. I visited this spot seven years in a row, and in the dry season the falls are now completely dry.
Icebergs only glow blue when they come from very old ice originating deep within glaciers. Eons of compression eliminate most reflective surfaces. As a result, most wavelengths of light are absorbed. Blue wavelengths, however, penetrate deep enough to find internal surfaces and reflect outward.
In most places, wild Spider Monkeys keep their distance, making them hard to photograph. Costa Rica’s Corocavdo National Park is different story. The park is so isolated that many animals show little fear. This infant dropped out of the high canopy to get a better look at a fellow primate.
Java Macaques live in societies with a strict dominance hierarchy, in which every monkey knows its place. Stepping out of line around superiors could mean death! This female screeches in terror as another, higher-ranking female moves in to attack her for eating fruit that was not rightfully hers.
This Spanish Mediterranean Island has a population of 5,000 people, yet during the summer months almost a million people visit. This sunrise reminded me of the winter’s end. Soon, the sun will be high in the sky and people will crowd the beaches to soak it up.
Arboreal Graveyard: On a recent road trip in Southwest Australia, I found this bizarre landscape. As far as the eye could see, dead, whitewashed trees emerged from the salt-covered earth like ghosts. The twisting trunks were dried and split, yet they were not decomposing, presumably preserved by the salty environment.
While conducting research on the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog’s amazing warning coloration, I spotted this individual struggling for freedom in a spider-web. Toxic skin will prevent predators from eating them whole, but when predators such as spiders consume them from the inside out, their alkaloid skin toxins won’t save them.
While on a week-long canoe trip in Florida’s Thousand Islands area, I set up my gear on a beach with snowy egrets. To my surprise, this Reddish Egret swooped in and began hunting. With his wings held high, he danced around the shallows, flushing fish into the open.
Considering their abundance, Kangaroos are very difficult to photograph! During a four-day road trip in SW Australia, we saw dozens of these cute marsupials. However, success comes to the persistent and I was happy to get a portrait of this juvenile with his mother.
I study lizards in the Pityuses Archipelago, Spain. On of my experiments required me to incubate eggs. After two months of daily checking, I saw an egg move. I immediately set up my photo gear and waited. The event took almost nine hours, but watching this guy emerge was worth the wait.
The Shingleback is a slow-moving species of blue-tongued skink. If threatened, it arches its head back and exposes its blue tongue in dramatic display posture. While these lizards are common in SW Australia, they are unique being one of the only lizard species that mate monogamously over multiple years.
We spotted this snake during a research trip to La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. These snakes dangle from branches and sway their bodies to mimic a vine blowing in the wind. Lucky for us, there was no wind, and snake’s oddly rhythmic motion caught our attention.
This Ibiza Wall Lizard is unique to tiny Negra island. Lizards on these islands have learned clever tricks to stay alive. For example, this lizard is waiting to prey on insect pollinators of this endemic onion relative. Little does the lizard know that he too is pollinating the plant!
As the photographer for a conservation initiative, I visited dozens of farms. This organic chocolate farmer works harder than his non-organic counterparts. He and his son labored 14 hours per day in the tropical heat. I couldn't help but feel self-conscious about my soft palms when we shook hands.
My first encounter with Flamenco - a band of street performers send rhythm through the narrow streets of Granada, Spain. The experience was so powerful that Flamenco soon became one of my favorite genres of music and dance.