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January 16th, 2015

Trip Report: The Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal

Posted By Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) The Pantanal of Brazil is the world’s largest tropical freshwater wetland area, and is a great location to photograph a number of species including caiman, giant otters, hyacinth macaws, and many other tropical bird species. But forget all that: the Pantanal is the best place in the world to see and photograph wild jaguar! …
August 6th, 2014

Help Save the Amazon Dolphin!

Posted By Kevin Schafer
An Amazon River Dolphin or "Boto" swims through the flooded forest canopy with her calf.
Five years ago, I photographed a story for National Geographic Magazine on Amazon River Dolphins (“Botos” in Portuguese). It was a thrilling project, a chance to tell the story of a remarkable animal that most people had never heard of, living in the flooded forests of the Amazon. At the time, these dolphins were abundant,largely …
May 24th, 2013

Behind The Shot: ‘The Piranha-eater’ by Marcelo Krause – The Pantanal, Brazil

Posted By David Alexander Willis
'The Piranha-eater' by Marcelo Krause - The Pantanal, Brazil
The Pantanal is one of the largest wetlands on Earth. It is home to a wide range of animals and plants that live by the flood cycle. The main challenge in photographing underwater in the Pantanal is to find a place with reasonable underwater visibility. Near the end of the wet season I was trying …
October 28th, 2011

The Eyes Have It

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) Cristalino River, Amazon, Brazil
There are pretty few rules in wildlife photography, but there is one which you’d want a pretty good reason to break. This is it: the only thing in the picture that really needs to be in focus is the eyes. Case in point: with this head-on shot of a dwarf caiman in the upper Amazon, there …
October 18th, 2011

The Joys of Camera-Trapping

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Giant Armadillo, emerging from den, Pantanal, Brazil
This is one of my favorite shots from my recent trip to Brazil – and I never tripped the shutter. That was done by the animal himself, a rarely-photographed Giant Armadillo.  (Although it may look like the common Texan 9-banded armadillo, this puppy is 3.5 feet long and can weigh upwards of 75 pounds.) Only a …
October 14th, 2011

More from Brazil

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Hyacinth Macaw, Pantanal
The Pantanal is a vast, seasonally-flooded wetland in south-central Brazil. It is also a conservation success story based on an unexpected, but effective, model. Because the annual inundation makes agriculture largely impossible, the land is typically held in large Fazendas – enormous tracts of privately-owned ranch land.  On these ranches, cows share space with giant …
September 28th, 2011

Amazon Dispatch

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Brazilian Tapir Swimming, Cristalino River, Amazonia, Brazil
We are half-way through our month in the wilds of Brazil, and just spent an extraordinary week in the southern Amazon basin.  At one level, going after wildlife in the rainforest is a complete crap shoot – you never know what you will find, if anything. Some days are quiet, with nothing visible, and others …
March 18th, 2011

Brazil’s Landscape Treasures

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Serra das Orgaos National Park, Brazil
No, I am not blogging from Brazil – although I wish I was.  Most of us know little about this massive South American country except their annual Carnival and the beaches of Rio.  Few Americans know, for example, that some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet is no more than an hour or …
March 9th, 2011

NG 50 Greatest Photographs

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) Underwater, Brazil
I got some pretty cool news today: my image of Amazon River Dolphins that appeared in the June 2009 issue of National Geographic has been included in their “50 Greatest Photographs” app now available for the iPad.  (I don’t have an iPad,  so I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently, it looks beautiful). Preview here. …
August 2nd, 2010

Chasing Jaguars

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Wild Jaguar resting, Pantanal, Brazil
Five years ago, I took a gamble and traveled to Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands to try and photograph wild jaguars. I had only seen a jaguar once before, in Peru – over a decade before – but  had not managed to get a picture. Suffice it to say, therefore, that in the intervening years seeing jaguars …