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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Adventure - Yellowstone National Park

Planning my next big excursion into the wilderness of which is Yellowstone National Park. My last trip to this park was in 2011, and although it was truly an amazing experience, I felt I needed more time to familiarize myself better with the land and the wildlife that dwells within this volcanic realm.

Stay tuned for more updates about this trip and other cool places I will be traveling to this year to capture wildlife and other scenes of nature like you have never seen before!




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Green Iguana

A large Green Iguana suns himself in the trees on the tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Green, or common, iguanas are among the largest lizards in the Americas, averaging around 6.5 feet long and weighing about 11 pounds.

It is an invasive species in PR, and unfortunately has no natural predators and their increasing population wrecks havoc on agriculture and infrastructure causing millions of dollars in damage each year.



Green iguanas are found throughout tropical and subtropical North and South America. Green iguanas are common in Mexico and south throughout Central America and down through South America to Paraguay and Argentina. Green iguanas also occur throughout the Lesser Antilles and, in the past 20 years or so, the Greater Antilles and Southern Florida. In the Greater Antilles and southern Florida, green iguanas are an introduced species.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DINOSAUR TRACKS

Yesterday, I spent the day searching a Texas riverbed looking for the tracks of an animal species that has not walked on this planet for some millions of years. 

If you guessed "Dinosaur", you would be correct. Located just northwest of Glenrose Texas is Dinosaur Valley State Park, and it contains some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks existing in the world. 



Located there are two type tracks that have been found to date belonging to:

    Image result for Acrocanthosaurus
  • Acrocanthosaurus: The theropod tracks were most likely left by the carnivorous Acrocanthosaurus, a smaller relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. This dinosaur chased its prey on two legs, was 20 feet tall and 30 feet long, and weighed 3 to 5 tons
    Sauroposeidon by cisiopurple
  • Sauroposeidon proteles: A very large sauropod that was 70 feet long and 13 feet high at its hip, and it weighed 40 to 44 tons.

What an amazing place this is, and yes I found lots of dino tracks, of which I, unfortunately, cannot post just yet as it is apart of a larger photo assignment I am working on. That said, here is a cool image of the Paluxy River, and a painted mural scene of the two dinosaurs described above to allow you to visualize what once was so very long ago....






















Happy Trails!





Saturday, January 6, 2018

Kestrel Welcome

It always makes for a wonderful day, when a particular bird species I am seeking, elects to welcome me as I arrive at the gate. No folks, this is not a staged image, although I will admit, it might be really cool to have one as a pet...but then again, it would be even cooler to continue to see this little bird-of-prey free and wild to greet me once more another day.

Our smallest falcon, the kestrel is also the most familiar and widespread in North America. In open country it is commonly seen perched on roadside wires, or hovering low over a field on rapidly beating wings, waiting to pounce on a grasshopper. Kestrels nest in cavities in trees; in places where there are few large dead snags to provide nest sites, they may rely on nesting boxes put up for them by conservationists. - Source Audubon 

American Kestrel 2018

ICEBREAKER

Winter brings about a whole new opportunity to shoot wildlife if you are so "bold enough" to brave the chilly weather. 

Depicted is a Great Blue Heron who is seemingly walking on water, as his wetland domain froze solid overnight as the temperature plummeted. I waited for a long while to see if he would attempt to break the ice with his long sharp beak.......but no, I think he was just taking inventory of what was below lol.


ICEBREAKER


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Barred Owl Image

Always a good day when you come across a wild Barred Owl on the hunt in northern Texas. 

After a week of bone-chilling temperatures, the mercury finally climbed above freezing today, and my guess is that the field mice were out in abundance looking for food, and Mr. Owl woke early to join the feast per say:)


Barred Owl 2017

NEW Texas themed Gallery

I have decided to add a unique gallery to my website (http://www.naturesrealm.net/TEXAS-USA/) entitled "Texas USA". Yes, I am going to go outside my "wildlife box" a little, photographically speaking, and add some images of which I feel are just Texas Y'all.

My first image pays homage to cattle, of which is what many think of when they visit the "Lone Star" state....enjoy folks!

Happy Trails, Dennis






Monday, January 1, 2018

Reflections of Nature

To start off 2018, I thought I would share a special collage of some of my most favorite warm and colorful waterfowl images to help you take the chill off this bitterly cold day across most of the US.

Please check out all my latest images at www.naturesrealm.net

Happy Trails!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy 2018 Everyone!

Just thought I would take a brief moment to wish all of my blogger friends a very happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support and as the saying goes..."you ain't seen nothing yet"...so stick around awhile, and tell all of your friends to come visit as well! Cheers!!



Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 Contest Winner

Always good to end the year on a good note. I was notified by the Dallas "Trinity Commons Foundation" board of directors that I have been selected as a prize winner in the 2017 Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest".

I have won both 1st and 2nd place in the Pro Wildlife division with a series of closeup Dragonfly images submitted. As always I am extremely humbled and grateful to have my work recognized by others.

Check out all of the winners in all categories at the following link:

http://www.trinityrivercorridor.org/



Friday, December 22, 2017

Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest 2016 - Top 100 Slideshow

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Snow Geese Landing

Here is an image I took in 2013 of which I rediscovered this evening and thought I would give it a much-deserved encore performance. 

I have taken hundreds of Snow geese pics over the last few years, and this is by far my best to date based on its overall composition, lighting, clarity and aesthetic beauty in capturing these amazing birds in flight.




Portrait of a Turkey Vulture

The Turkey Vulture... not one of the prettiest bird species on planet Earth, but a species that plays a vital role as a scavenger. Vultures eat dead animals. That sounds gross, but it helps to stop the spread of disease as well as control feral animal populations.
Most people will only see this bird flying high in the air cruising within the hot thermals on a warm afternoon. They have been known to travel upwards to 200 miles a day in search of food using a highly developed keen sense of smell to guide them.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Leopard of the Masai Mara

Although the Lion may be King in Africa, it is the elusive and secretive Leopard that has always held my imagination. Traveling for days on end, from Mount Kenya to the north, to the Masai Mara triangle to the south, our safari team's searched non-stop to locate any signs of Leopard being present. On a few occasions, a fleeting image of one was spotted, only to disappear back into the dense underbrush like a "thief in the night". 

Leopards are very cunning felines with the strength to pull a carcass 3x their weight up a tree. They have mastered the art of stealth and can be within a mere few feet of their prey before they ever know they are there. 

As would be the case, on our last day on safari, a call came in that a Leopard had been spotted by another vehicle a few miles ahead walking within a tributary of the muddy Mara River. 

With great haste and a high sense of urgency, we put the vehicle in high gear and quickly headed toward the coordinates provided. Upon arrival, all of our vehicles converged and scoured the banks for some time before our elusive Leopard decided to pay us a special visit instead. Sitting beneath one of our safari vehicles, she sat for some time staring into the distance at what might be her next meal. She gave us no real notice and seemingly used the outline of our vehicles as a means of camouflage before moving on.

One cannot put into proper words the thrill of this moment, and how fortunate we were to see this amazing animal so up close and personal.






Thursday, December 14, 2017

Published Interview - VOYAGEDALLAS

An early Christmas gift to my little photography business via being interviewed in a local online magazine here in DFW called VOYAGEDALLAS. Click the link and enjoy reading my story:)

http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-dennis-stewart-natures-realm-wildlife-photography-fort-worth/

VoyageDallas Published Interview 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Graceful Flight

A beautiful capture of a "Great Egret" effortless flying across a Texas waterway. The Great Egret or "Common Egret" as it is also known as, is a large bird species easily identified by its beautiful white plumage. It has four sub-species across the world, and it can be typically seen anywhere that there is water such as a lake, pond, river or creek. 

I took this image with a Nikon D810 camera body with a Tamron 150-600mm lens free-standing (No tripod).

Great Egret in Flight

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Today I am entering some of my favorite 2017 wildlife images into the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the year competition. I have never entered this competition before, but as the saying goes, " you can't win if you don't play"!

ABOUT: Now in its fifty-third installment, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. The competition is owned by the world-renowned and trusted British institution, the Natural History Museum.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year series consists of a major exhibition at the Museum and a worldwide tour. The winning images appear on this website and leading publications worldwide. As a result, the photographs are seen by millions.

Wish me Luck
Dennis




Monday, December 4, 2017

PATREON SUPPORT

All, I have recently updated my Patreon site seeking support from folks like you to assist me in taking my wildlife photography to that "next level".

For your convenience, I have added five levels of support each representing one of the "BIG FIVE" animals of Africa just for fun. The Elephant contributor is the highest support level you can choose, but whatever you decide is fine by me......and btw, some cool freebies are included!!!
For those unfamiliar with Patreon, there is a short tutorial within the overview once you click on the link.


Doe in a Thicket

I caught sight of a Doe in a thicket this morning across a meandering Texas waterway within the Fort Worth Nature Center. She blended in so well with her surroundings that I never actually saw her at first until I heard a rustling of leaves as she was scurrying about foraging for food.
The craggy look of the trees, roots, and brush combined with the reflection of the Doe in the water really makes this shot nice.
Happy Trails

Doe in a Thicket 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Lioness of Samburu


To see a Lion in the wild in Africa is an experience one cannot forget. Here a lioness prowls no more than 10' away from the safari vehicle I was so thankful to be surrounded by. 


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fight for Elephants

The African Elephant...nothing is more synonymous with the continent of Africa than this majestic animal. From the sweeping grasslands of the Serengeti to the coarse sands of the Namib desert, the African Elephant has roamed here for countless millennia surviving against flood, famine, disease, and never-ending civil strife and war waged everywhere around them. 

Over the last century, hundreds of thousands of African Elephants have been illegally killed by poachers. Most of the large male "Tuskers", as they are more commonly known, have long since disappeared, their faces cut off, tusk removed, and their corpses left to rot in the harsh African sun. 

Back in the early part of the 20th century, there may have been as many as 3-5 million African elephants roaming across Africa. Today estimates are that there are only around 415,000 according to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).

It is difficult to fathom that an amazing species such as this may someday disappear altogether from the African continent simply because of someone wanting to have a piece of jewelry or ornament made of ivory to adorn their mantlepiece. 

There is however continued hope, as more rigid laws are enacted and more resources are allocated to protect those elephants left standing and hopefully reverse this strategy of which mankind is 100% responsible for. 




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo are quite simply intimidating and one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. No, they are not carnivores, but they do congregate in large herds with can weigh upwards of 1300 lbs. If threatened they will protect themselves very ferociously even against Lions. 

The Cape Buffalo is considered one of the "Big 5" animals of Africa, and are routinely and unfortunately sought out by trophy hunters where hunting is still allowed. 

Both images depicted were taken in Lake Nakuru, Kenya Africa this past year. 



 CAPE BUFFALO HERD
CAPE BUFFALO HERD


CAPE BUFFALO


Monday, November 20, 2017

"Sunrise on the Mara"

A serene landscape image I took in Kenya on the Massai Mara of which whispers in your head...what is out there in the fog waiting? Hmmmm......


Sunrise on the Mara

Nature is rarely for the faint of heart as is depicted by this closeup scene of two large male lions gorging themselves on a recent Zebra kill.


The Killing Field









Sunday, November 19, 2017

Giraffe Family Massai Mara

The Giraffe is now listed as a vulnerable species according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the body that administers the world's official endangered species list.
Fortunately for me, I saw hundreds of Giraffes in Kenya including this large family of which passed by my camera lens in 2017. What a magnificent sight to see, and what an amazing animal species this truly is! I can only hope and pray that generations to come will continue to recognize the need to protect them and the many other species now deemed threatened or endangered on this earth.
Happy Trails....

GIRAFFE FAMILY

Saturday, November 18, 2017

AN OLD LION

In February of 2017, I traveled to Africa on a photographic safari with a dear friend of mine William (Bill) Newland. In July 2017, Bill sadly died...

Bill was a British American who absolutely loved nature, hiking and exploring our natural world. While in Africa, he never once complained and endured endless hours upon end on some of the roughest terrain imaginable. I never realized it at the time, but it was very likely that our African adventure was probably something on his "Bucket List".....although he never informed me of that fact outright, nor about how ill he probably was.

I am honored to have been able to spend time with my friend Bill during the last months of his life here on Earth and wish him Godspeed on the new journey he is now on. We will meet again someday...of that, there is no doubt.