Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Sandhill Cranes – Into The West

Into The West

Into The West

     A small cluster of Sandhill Cranes plow their way through a late Nebraska sky as the setting sun slowly dissolves into the West.

~ Anecdote and Sandhill Cranes capture, Into The West © Jerry L. Ferrara

Chinstrap Penguins – When Voices Raise

When Voices Raise

     A most desolate place on the planet, but starkly as well as startlingly beautiful. It’s also nearly impossible to fully describe in words and/or images.

When Voices Raise

On a rocky outcrop in a sweep of white
The colony does praise
Remains the vision of a starkly bleak sight
Except when voices raise

~ Poem and Chinstrap Penguins capture, When Voices Raise © Jerry L. Ferrara from an icy Hydrurga Rocks islet at the bottom of the world, Antarctic.

Rocky Mountain Elk – The Duelists

The Duelists

The Duelists

     A pair of combatants bring their weaponry to the battle. They are The Duelists.

~ Anecdote and Rocky Mountain Elk capture, The Duelists © Jerry L. Ferrara

Milky Way – What The Eye Might Not Know

What The Eye Might Not Know

What The Eye Might Not Know

What the eye might not know
Doesn’t mean it’s not so

Some have doubt there is God
But instead should be awed

~ Poem and Milky Way capture, What The Eye Might Not Know © Jerry L. Ferrara

Rocky Mountain Elk – The Victor and The Vanquished

The Victor and The Vanquished

 

 

     I purposely created this image as a high-contrast presentation. I wanted it to be stark and harsh … a visual statement that would complement the situation and the accompanying words. The Victor and The Vanquished is a moment of downcast and defeat, as well as of victory.

 

The Victor and The Vanquished

They came together in the meadow on a cool and brisk Fall morn
A bony lattice each displayed atop their heads adorned
Locking weapons the beasts engaged, as calm was torn asunder
The battle raged across the ‘scape evocative of thunder
In the moment of defeat the Vanquished turned away
The Victor boldly spoke triumph, giving no leeway

~ Anecdote, poem and Rocky Mountain Elk capture, The Victor and The Vanquished © Jerry L. Ferrara

Rocky Mountain Elk – And Voices Proclaim

And Voices Proclaim

And Voices Proclaim

Foliage aflame
And voices proclaim
It can’t be denied
The Fall has arrived

~ Poem and Rocky Mountain Elk capture, And Voices Proclaim © Jerry L. Ferrara

Rocky Mountain Elk – Keeping An Eye On Each Other

Keeping An Eye On Each Other

Keeping An Eye On Each Other

     The rut was in full swing as a cow and bull Rocky Mountain Elk pair came in close contact. They were just keeping an eye on each other.

~ Anecdote and Rocky Mountain Elk capture, Keeping An Eye On Each Other © Jerry L. Ferrara

Mule Deer – Ladies of the Evening

Ladies of the Evening

Ladies of the Evening

     Along the Missouri Breaks, a trio of Mule Deer doe leisurely strolled the rugged ridgeline at sundown. They were Ladies of the Evening set against a painted sky.
~ Anecdote and Mule Deer capture, Ladies of the Evening © Jerry L. Ferrara

Red-crowned Cranes – The Moon, The Cranes and The Atmosphere

The Moon, The Cranes, and The Atmosphere

The Moon, The Cranes and The Atmosphere

     The early evening sky was shaping up boldly as skeins of Red-crowned Cranes issued from the river valley below.  They painted paths unwaveringly through the rich sundown firmament winging their way to evening roosts.  Their cacophonous calls and power-stroking wings were a feast for ears and eyes.  Following the birds to the rear of my position as they passed, I noticed a nearly full moon hanging elegantly in the gloaming.  I quickly recognized an opportunity for another presentation.  Moving down slope, I set up facing the moon and placed a row of brush at the bottom of the camera’s view.  Then I hoped for the cranes to do their part and fly  between the moon and horizon.  Just as I set up this shot I turned to my back again and saw an unbelievably rich landscape in the offering.  As I swung away from the potential moon shot and focused on the trees and vista, a flock of cranes flew into the setting.  CLICK and the capture was made.  Returning to the moon, I reset the shot and waited…and waited…and waited.  Thinking the pre-conceived image was not going to materialize, I nearly gave up hope when over the obscuring trees, a sedge of Red-crowns burst into view just as I had pre-visualized…and thus the moon, the cranes and the atmosphere all came together.

~ Red-crowned Cranes capture and narrative The Moon, The Cranes and The Atmosphere, Hokkaido, Japan © Jerry L. Ferrara

Striped Hyena – The Shadowy Subject

The Shadowy Subject

A nocturnal creature makes a rare daytime appearance.

The Shadowy Subject

     Our safari vehicle was headed in the direction of the lodge and my thoughts mulled around the fact that it was too early to call it a day. Suddenly the four-wheeler lurched off the bone-jarring road and wound a meandering course, weaving through the wilds of the African bush. In short order the view ahead opened to reveal a small waterhole. That is where we came to rest … but only briefly. Within seconds, a creature I never thought I would see in the wild came out of the nearby brush and took a quick drink by the water’s edge. Then the Striped Hyena turned and casually walked up the escarpment. Our guide put the vehicle into motion and speedily set a course for interception. At the top of the rise we stopped and waited to see if the crafty creature would make a showing, and sure enough it did. Click … and the shadowy subject was captured!

~ Anecdote and Striped Hyena capture, The Shadowy Subject © Jerry L. Ferrara, Tanzania, Africa.