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June 2nd, 2012

Dolphins in the Trees

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphin underwater, Brazil
KUOW, the Seattle NPR affiliate, is running a ten-minute piece today on my Amazon River Dolphin story for National Geographic. I will talk about the assignment, the highs, the lows, the challenge of story-telling – and the scary things that swim in the water. As a photographer, I find it a little unsettling not to …
May 31st, 2012

A River Recovers

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Life bursts out of the mud, Elwha River
For months I have been tracking the recovery of the Elwha River in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. After the removal of two obsolete dams that have been barriers for salmon for a century, the river is now running free again, from headwaters to the sea. One of the big questions has been how quickly the river …
April 29th, 2012

Telephoto Landscapes

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Fading Light, Carrizo Plain CA
I was waiting, unsuccessfully, for some kit foxes to emerge from their den at sunset. They never showed, so there I was, stuck with a 500mm lens on my tripod and a lot of time on my hands. It was a glorious sunset, throwing shadows on the ridges of the Temblor Range (home of the …
April 18th, 2012

Changing Plans

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) Eating seastar (Pisaster) Puget Sound, Washington
In photography, as in Life itself, whatever you might have planned on a particular day can quickly be superseded by events. Sometimes that can work in your favor – sometimes not. For me, today brought an unexpected gift. I set out this morning to photograph the flocks of Brant Geese on the beach below my …
April 2nd, 2012

Reptile Dysfunction…

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus)
OK, OK, I just liked the title for this post. But it gives me a chance to talk, again, about my firm belief that almost all wildlife images are improved by getting down and dirty. Yes, I mean dropping down to the animal’s eye level – no matter what sort of filth you may have …
March 27th, 2012

The Next Generation

Posted By Kevin Schafer
San Joaquin Kit Fox family
They are tiny, still gray, and seeing the world for the first time. This family of kit foxes had six pups, and I was lucky enough to get a series of shots of them outside the entrance of their den. This after many false starts, empty frames, and lousy weather. Now I know why there …
March 18th, 2012

Timing is Everything

Posted By Kevin Schafer
San Joaquin Kit Fox...sort of
The San Joaquin Kit Fox is one of the rarest mammals in North America, having the great misfortune of being adapted to the dwindling habitat of California’s Central Valley. What was once a great arid grassland is now largely a world of farms and pastures; most of the native species (like this small fox) are …
March 13th, 2012

Pinterest…and the end of Everything

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis, NW Territories, Canada
With staggering regularity, someone comes along with a new idea, a new website, and a new way to channel social media in bold, new directions. One of the latest of these is Pinterest – which allows users to showcase and share things they like. Simple enough- and enormously powerful. Suddenly anything cool can go global …
March 9th, 2012

A Short Commute

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Pacific Black Brant, Puget Sound
I have spent most of my career getting on airplanes to far-flung locations around the world: Ironically, I have almost no local wildlife coverage. But when a flock of migrating Brant Geese landed on the beach below my home in Seattle, I couldn’t resist putting on my 500mm and heading down there. Fortunately there are …
March 7th, 2012

Aurora Alert!

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, Canada
A powerful X5 solar flare occurred yesterday and is sending a major ion blast towards the earth. If you live along the northern tier states and have clear skies tonight, and especially tomorrow night, it would be worth looking for a dark clear northern horizon – and bring your camera! ┬áKeep an eye on the …