Category Archives: Wildlife and Nature

Flower Collage

Here’s a fun photo project…and an idea I stole from my wife (I explained to her that I was improving on her idea – it didn’t go over well).  Go find a green space and see how many flowers you … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Sierra Leone: Day at the Beach

This weekend the weather was supposed to be – well, “not as bad.”  So we planned a trip to the beach – a great opportunity to unwind a bit after a harrowing few weeks at work.  A co-worker and I … Continue reading

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Found Film Friday: Yellowstone Part 2

Last week I posted the first installment in a series of posts in which I share images from a collection of 14 rolls of Ektachrome slide film requiring an outdated chemical process, but which I decided to develop with black … Continue reading

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Baby Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have been on this earth for 110 million years, compared to humans’ 200,000.  If my math is correct, relating Earth’s 4.6 billion-year existence to a 24-hour clock would have seen sea turtles arriving at around 11:26 pm…and humans … Continue reading

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“Blessed:” My Entry for the “India Is” Video Contest

All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.” –  from the Yogashastra (Jain Scripture), from around … Continue reading

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Goa is for the Birds – Literally

Just north of Panaji, Goa’s “small but spritely” capital, where the Mapusa and Mandovi Rivers meet, is what appears to be an island – Chorao Island – which has 11,000 inhabitants, and whose western end is a 1.8 square kilometer … Continue reading

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Check Out my Entries for the B&H Wilderness Photo Contest!

B&H Photo (I really should own stock in that company, as much money as I send them) is hosting a Wilderness Photo Competition – and the grand prize(s) are safari trips to Namibia and Botswana.  Yes, I’m sending mainly wildlife … Continue reading

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Using emotion to persuade? Leave the sledgehammer out of it

I used to say in Army PSYOP that the most effective way to get inside an adversary’s decision cycle (i.e. get him to do something he wouldn’t otherwise do) is to do so in a way that your adversary doesn’t … Continue reading

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How do tortoises “get it on”?

Ever wonder how turtles and tortoises “get it on”?  You’d think they were cursed by anatomy, but yes, they do mate – there’s no “you lay the eggs and I’ll come along after and fertilize them.” Animal Planet’s probably all … Continue reading

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Free Jungle Sounds

Every now and then I come across some sounds that might be of use to other video hobbyists.  These are pretty clean, high quality recordings taken with a Rode Videomic.  Feel free to download the sounds and use them for … Continue reading

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Exploring Madagascar’s Jungles at Night

If you ever find yourself in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in Madagascar, be sure and check out the “night walk”.  You can hire a tour guide who will walk you down a quiet, dark road flanked by thick jungle, and alert … Continue reading

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The Right Music for a Video. But Not Quite.

Sometimes finding exactly the right ‘feel’ music for a video is the most fun part of video editing, and other times I dread it.  Because I already know that it’s going to be impossible to find music that won’t be … Continue reading

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Attenborough’s “Africa” Features Namibia – Prepare to be Amazed! (updated)

If you have access to BBC One (or live in the UK, where you can stream it from their website), you’ll want to check out the six-part series on Africa that began airing Wednesdays starting January 2nd.  The first episode, … Continue reading

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Namibia’s “N/a’ankuse” Needs a Filmmaker

The N/a’an ku se charity lodge, wildlife-sanctuary-and-a-whole-bunch-of-other-stuff is looking for a filmmaker.  It’s not a high-paying job, but it’s a good cause and a great opportunity to hang out in Namibia and take pictures of cool stuff. The organization occupies … Continue reading

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Destination Namibia: How do you Market a Country?

I remember talking to one of Namibia’s tourism officials shortly after they had returned from the 2011 Adventure Travel World Summit in Chiapas, Mexico, and he was pretty excited about Namibia’s prospects in hosting the 2013 summit, knowing it would … Continue reading

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Madagascar on 12.12.12 part II: the Snake

For my second installment in the “One Day on Earth” project, in which filmmakers around the world are invited to contribute footage which may be used in a feature-length film, I was also in Madagascar’s Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.  Technically, we … Continue reading

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Madagascar on 12.12.12 part I: the Lemurs

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I have been pretty excited about 12.12.12.  Why?  Because that’s the day the third “One Day on Earth” film is to be recorded in every country around the world.  The first … Continue reading

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Preview – Wildlife of Madagascar

Simply amazing – Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.  Here is a preview of the kinds of things that will be posted in the near future on video. Though they are wild, these ringtail lemurs are very curious. This white-ruffed lemur is “just … Continue reading

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Gentle Giants: Elephant Encounter II

The sheer power and grace of elephants is difficult to convey.  When they come in from the bush to drink water, and roll around in the mud, they absolutely dominate the scene, and other animals wait patiently until they’ve had … Continue reading

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Elephant Encounter

We pulled into the parking area for one of the watering holes at Etosha, and noticed immediately that there were several large groups of elephants enjoying the place. One group was in the mud bathing, another was off to our … Continue reading

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Lions and Impalas

At Goas watering hole, around the center of the driveable part of Etosha National Park, we stumbled upon a pride of lions – it must have been seven.  But the really strange thing was the impalas and the way they … Continue reading

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Lion Encounter

In most parts of the world, seeing a lion is a very much controlled experience – typically in a zoo.  In Etosha National Park in Namibia, you have to keep your camera handy because there’s no telling when you’ll see … Continue reading

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Animal Shorts!

A handful of short wildlife videos from a recent trip. In the first, we discover how the “puff adder” got its name.  Then, see a group of banded mongooses – mongeese? – doing silly things.  Finally, a crocodile enjoys a … Continue reading

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Zebras at Dusk

The “golden hour” directly before sunset offers really interesting options for photography.  If you’re on a game drive in Namibia at the right time in the right place, you can get some truly stunning photos.  Unfortunately, however, you’re at the … Continue reading

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Filming Bee-Eaters in my Yard

I remember one day walking into my back yard at dusk and seeing an odd flash of blue in a tree – out of the corner of my eye.  Imagine my surprise when I realized it was a group of … Continue reading

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