Category Archives: Animals

Circle of life, in a small pond

A few weeks ago, while looking for a spring-time picture I found myself in a nature reality show like the ones on BBC narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Often in those programs there is the scene when the predator chases the prey. I always root for the prey to escape. I know logically that that [...]

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Patience is a (photographic) virtue

What’s the most important skill needed to be a wildlife photographer? Is it having a telephoto lens? Certainly, being able to get as close as you can without scaring away critters is right up there but not the most crucial. Having the knowledge of the habits of the various animals is also significant. Predicting when [...]

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Remebering Picasso

I first met Bobby Muñoz of Stockton and his English bulldog Picasso in 2013 as they were walking along the promenade at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton. When I say ”they were walking” I mean Muñoz was walking while Picasso was riding a skateboard, yes a skateboard. Now, that’s not something you [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: animals

“If we could talk to the animals, learn all their languages I could take an animal degree I’d study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle Alligator, guinea pig, and flea” – Talk to the Animals by Leslie Bricusse Animals are a source of fascination and subject matter for many photographers. They can be found in [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Animal kingdom

This past Tuesday was World Animal Day which is the inspiration for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Animals. As a kid, I liked watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. I remember watching Jim Folwer wrestling with a large wild animal, an alligator, water buffalo or other such beast, while the more elderly host of [...]

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Random Photo #66: Duck, duck…

7/13/2016: A white duck is reflected as it floats lazily on the still waters of one of the ponds at Victory Park in Stockton.

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It’s a dog’s life

They’re are called “man’s best friend” and indeed they are among the most loyal of pets. Today is National Dog Day. to celebrate here’s a gallery of dogs that I’ve photographed over the past 12 months.  

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Random photo #63: An angel on my shoulder

2-year-old chihuahua Sam balances on the shoulder of his owner Sabrina Price as she waits to pick up her granddaughter from her first day of school at Acacia Elementary School in Stockton.

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Mother Nature Monday #13: Hillside steer

7/31/2011: A steer grazes on a hillside along Highway 26 and Paloma Road near Mokelumne Hill.

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Mother Nature Monday #11: Unborrowing owl

5/2/2014: A burrowing owl sits atop a fence pole along Ruggles Frontage Road and Arch Airport Road at the Stockto Metropolitan Airport in Stockton.

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