Sunday Nature Stills – 12/05/2021

It’s surprising sometimes how precarious life can be.  Sometimes a whole ecosystem can be just 30 feet wide.  I took this photograph at Heron Reef in the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast of Gladstone, Australia. The coral only lives at a specific depth were the light is strong enough, but it is always covered in water during low tide and protected from wave damage.  To the left, the cliff drops down to the depth of the surrounding sea. To the right, the water depth increases again to the inner protected water of the coral cay.  In-between those depth extremes, is a thin strip of abundant life.  Not too deep, and not too shallow; just right.

Sunday Nature Stills – 10/31/2021

As we were settling into a camp spot along the Tonsina River in Alaska one evening, I could hear crunching dry leaves in the nearby forest.  We always kept a close eye on things in case a bear, wolf, or moose came into our camp area (it had previously happened), but in this case it turned out to be several little rabbits that were after the grass on the edge of our camp spot.  That particular evening was really memorable for some reason.  It was the first night in months were it actually got dark at night.  We also shared our camp spot that night with a nice older French couple that had driven all the way from Tierra Del Fuego.  Traveling is cool in the way it leaves you with so many unique memories.