Between travel and a major home remodel I'm running a little late on looking back at 2016. It is always rewarding to take a look back over time to relive some of the photographic opportunities I've had and also to see how I've grown as a photographer. Here are some of my favorites from 2016.
I'll start with my second winter trip to Yellowstone in January. One of my most memorable wildlife experiences of all times was with this young bobcat. I followed it's tracks into the woods near Roosevelt cabins. As I stood in the silence looking around it appeared and just sat there for a few moments. It was certainly a lot calmer than I was at the moment. I entered this photo in the Yellowstone Forever Photo Contest and placed in the top 100 out of 11,000 entries. To top it off my little bobcat will be on the cover of their publication released in May. Yellowstone Forever
Another look as it turned to say Goodbye.
Back home in Florida, spring is always an exciting time as new babies are arriving. Here a Sandhill Crane enjoys some quiet time with her two small colts.
Spring 2016 was great for photographing babies. Here a male pileated woodpecker checks on his offspring. We also had nesting barred and great horned owls at our local Circle B Bar Reserve.
Owls are always one of my favorites. Here a pair of barn owls rest in the shade of an oak tree.
At our local wetlands reserve, Circle B, there are a few bobcat but they are very elusive and rarely seen. One morning I got a text from photog friend Bill Little that a young bobcat was resting in a tree just off the main trail. I grabbed a camera, hopped in the car and to my pleasant surprise it was still there.
In August I made my second trip to Alaska spending a week at Lake Clark National Park and another week between Homer and Seward. Here a mother brown bear and yearling cub are clamming at low tide.
Brown bear mom nursing her three cubs.
Two cubs play fighting over a clam shell. This photo was published as part of the Daily Dozen on NationalGeographic.com.
Chasing a silver salmon in Silver Salmon Creek, and yes she did catch it.
Alaskan bald eagle with an attitude photographed along the coast at Anchor Point, AK.
What would a trip to Alaska be without a moose. This large bull was photographed at Beluga Wetlands near Homer, AK.
2016 was certainly a rewarding year both in personal enjoyment and recognition. 2017 is off to a great start with a trip to Yellowstone in January. I'll be returning to YNP in May for an extended stay followed by a visit to parks in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. If you'd like to come along with me you can follow me on Facebook .