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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.  






Friday, November 17, 2017

SAFARI HOME VIDEO

Just a quick video I put together of some of the amazing images taken on a recent safari to Africa earlier this year.  - Happy Trails!!!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

AFRICAN SUNSET


The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa...for he has so much to look forward to! 




Monday, November 13, 2017

Great American Bison

Random images I have taken over time of the great American Bison. A magnificent animal of the old west of which I can now only imagine the thunderous herds of countless millions of which once roamed the vast grasslands of America....oh what a sight that must have been. - Happy Trails!







Sunday, November 12, 2017

BIG FIVE OF AFRICA

Many travel to Africa in hopes of seeing the "Big 5" animals of Africa as they have became known, but most come up way short in their quest unless they are extremely dedicated and willing to traverse great expanses of agonizing terrain in hopes of capturing even a fleeting image of one of these amazing animals in the wild.

The elusive Leopard is by far the most difficult of the five to spot, as they stay well camouflaged within the tall grasses and trees that mark their territory. The Black Rhino is as well very skittish of humans, as they have been hunted almost to extinction over the past 50 years, and although their eyesight is poor, their hearing and sense of smell are extremely good.

I was very fortunate to have great guides of which allowed me to locate and photograph each of these animals during my last safari. If you are interested in purchasing prints or novelties of any of these amazing "Big 5" images, I invite you to visit my website at www.naturesrealm.net where you can view them separately along with many other amazing images taken.




Saturday, November 11, 2017

SNOW GEESE 2017

Imagine the sound of thousands of wingbeats displacing the very air all around you as a large flock of Snow Geese take to the skies in a perfect harmony that simply dazzles the senses, and you will know how it felt to take this image.


Flock of Snow Geese
FLOCK OF SNOW GEESE 2017 - Copyright Dennis Stewart/Nature's Realm Wildlife Photography (c) 

Friday, November 10, 2017

BIG BUCK

A few early morning white-tailed deer came down to say hello to me as I meandered across their meadow. Always nice to see a buck with full antlers galore, although at times they can become quite territorial and aggressive, so I always make sure I keep my distance, especially in the rutting season. 




Thursday, November 9, 2017

Music to Work To

Nice Autumn day here in the great state of Texas with the sun shining and mild temperatures galore! Decided to do a little photo editing this afternoon, and nothing gets me in the mood better than listening to the likes of Frank Sinatra & Bobby Darin. Yep, I am a "man out of time", but would have it no other way!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

IUNC REDLIST of Endangered Species

http://www.iucnredlist.org/

A very good source of information to learn about the species on this Earth of which are threatened and endangered due to a litany of potential causes worldwide.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Holiday Promotion 2017

Aerial Attack

When you think of Africa, you might typically think of the big predators as being the Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyena. What you might not expect to experience would be a ferocious attack from above by a Martial Eagle swooping down and latching onto a baby gazelle being valiantly defended by the mother to no avail:(

The below series of images depicts this precise scene as it occurred on the vast plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya Africa, and although I felt sad for this baby gazelle and especially for the mom, the saga of predator and prey is a continuing storyboard of which has played out countless times throughout our history, and represents the circle of life of which we all play a role.  

These images along with many others never seen are available for purchase at http://www.naturesrealm.net/








Sunday, November 5, 2017

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM



If you are a Instagram guru, you can now follow me as I meander about in search of that next great wildlife shot!





Wildlife Shooting Tips for the Newbie and Seasoned Professial

Since so many of my friends have inquired about my wildlife photography techniques, I thought it time to share what I have learned through much trial and error over the years. 
1. Don’t be afraid of your camera.
2. Be observant of your surroundings, nature is everywhere and an amazing moment could be right around the next bend in the road or even beneath your very own feet.
3. Always try to get as close to your subject matter as possible without disturbing their space.
4. Focus on the eyes if possible, as it brings life into the shot.
5. Focus on shooting “Animal behavior” or “Movement” as this tells a story without many words needing to be spoken.
6. Lighting is extremely important, as great moments (trust me I know) can be lost if the lighting is not right.
7. Composition is equally important. try not to always center your picture, especially if the surroundings add so much more interest to the overal image.
8. Although I believe any lens can take great wildlife shots, you do need to know the limits of your lens in relation to what you are shooting to effectively capture the moment.
9. Take LOTS of pictures and practice, practice, practice…..the good thing with digital cameras, you don’t have to worry about buying film anymore.
10. There are NO golden rules to wildlife photography….break them or abide by the…just have fun!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Martial Eagle Attack 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

National Bird Day

Jan 5th is National Bird Day; hence in recognition here are just a few of my favorite images of our fine feathered friends.















Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Endangered T's

Here is a first look at a few t-shirt designs that I am embarking on depicting highly endangered wildlife species such as the Tiger reflected below in this post. 

My goal is simple; bring about continued public support and awareness to save these amazing creatures from extinction before they are no more. Further updates on this will come in the weeks and months ahead.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Prairie Dog Town

Prairie Dogs are always so very cool to watch, especially a large colony or "Prairie Dog Town" as they are better known as. 

They are very observant animals, and always, always vigilant for any danger of which may be near. I spent the better part of a morning getting them to adjust to my presence, and the sound of my clicking camera always being pointed at them.











Sunday, January 1, 2017

Approaching Emu

Like a living dinosaur, the EMU is the 2nd largest bird in the world, is flightless, and is an amazing creature that forever wanders about the Australian landscape, its native home.Fortunately at least at present, this bird species is doing quite well from a conservation status.

My favorite aspect about this image is the golden landscape of which nicely accents the Emu as it slowly approaches me.

Approaching Emu 2016



Happy New Year 2017

In your life, may there always be love and laughter in the air; Someone wonderful to pair; Warm kisses and life to share; And you’re always in top gear!
Happy New Year!






Sunday, September 25, 2016

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

As a follow-up to a prior post, my new website has now officially launched, and I invite all of you to visit and check it out at your leisure. I still have a ton of photographs to load into the galleries before the holiday season, but all the basics are now done (thankfully), and now I can get busy doing what I love most......taking pictures of wildlife and nature!

oh, btw, the site name is now called http://www.naturesrealm.net and it will be a "One Stop Shop" to check out all of my favorite wildlife images, buy prints and spend some virtual time together.









Friday, September 23, 2016

Pelican Migration Begins

Coming around a bend in the road at the Hagerman Wildlife National Refuge earlier this week, I happened upon a sea of White Pelicans freshly arrived from their summer homes somewhere up north. Yes, the yearly White Pelican migration had now begun in earnest, and oh what a spectacle of nature it is to see. They numbered in the thousands from my estimation, and that is more than I can ever recall seeing in many, many years in around this area.

The sky was clear, and the temperature outside was hot and you can tell the Pelicans were pretty tired from their long journey. I too, was feeling the heat as I sat quietly with my camera, clicking off one shot at a time. As most wildlife photographers know, the afternoon is the worst time to take pictures outside....nonetheless, the opportunity was now, and I tried my best to capture the moment I saw before me.


THE FLOCK






Thursday, September 15, 2016

SNEAK PEAK - NEW WEBSITE

Sneak preview of my new wildlife photography website I am developing to "SHOW AND SELL" my amazing nature/wildlife images!

Still much work to be done and hundreds of images to be loaded, but I thought I would blog to get some early feedback as to your thoughts and suggestions. The name of the link will be changing once I am finished; hence please do not forward or repost until I officially launch the site.

The purchase options (Prints and Keepsakes) however are fully operational should you want to buy something different for a friend or relative depicting one of my cool wildlife images to get an early start on your holiday shopping!

https://dennisstewart.smugmug.com/


Monday, August 29, 2016

Yellowstone Bison Take 2

I generally keep every image I have EVER taken, and upon reviewing some of my Yellowstone pics, I stumbled upon this awesome Bison shot that for whatever reason I totally forgot about. What I like most about this image is the pure simplicity of the shot depicting this magnificent beast with a natural and subdued backdrop of yellowstone vegetation.

Bison are so dark in coloration, that in order to bring out their details, you must have a contrasting background such as this to make the image really pop off the screen.

Yellowstone Bison - Dennis Stewart 2011