Category Archives: SHOT FROM THE FILE

Harbor Seals – All Hauled Out

All Hauled Out

All Hauled Out

     In a remote setting off the Alaskan Peninsula coast, a small pod of Harbor Seals leisurely lounge on rocks jutting through the water’s surface.  They were “all hauled out”.

~ Anecdote and Harbor Seals capture, All Hauled Out © Jerry L. Ferrara

Jaguar – Into The Landscape I Fade

Into The Landscape I Fade

Into The Landscape I Fade

Wear I an attire that most quite admire
its pattern breaks up my fine form

For all that you see, might not really be
what many consider the norm

Yet far from complete, the ruse remains deep
spotted coat surely does aid

For when I do walk, that deathly cold stalk
into the landscape I fade

~ Poem and Jaguar capture, Into The Landscape I Fade © Jerry L. Ferrara

Muskrat – On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

On Thin Ice

     I wasn’t quite sure, at first, what I was looking at as I gazed out from the parking area at City Beach [Sandpoint, ID] toward the ice-covered edge of the lake.  Grabbing my binoculars and focusing on the distant object, the mystery was quickly resolved.  A Muskrat sat atop the frozen surface where it had hauled out a matted clump of vegetation.  Gustily it was munching away while standing on thin ice.

~ Anecdote and Muskrat capture, On Thin Ice © Jerry L. Ferrara

Mountain Goat – High Above The Clouds

High Above The Clouds

High Above The Clouds

High above the clouds if you dare
Where the atmosphere is so rare
Lives a beast sure-footed they go
And trek with ease, ridges and snow

~ Poem and Mountain Goat capture, High Above The Clouds © Jerry L. Ferrara

Red Fox – O’ Wily One

O' Wily One

O’ Wily One

O’ Wily One from whence you come
Your presence you do share
From snowy mist your form does twist
Appear you from thin air

What do you seek with eager peek
Perhaps a murine meal?
While on the stalk your gestures talk
You’re not above the steal

So carry on, O’ Wily One
You have a role to play
Your presence brings a mix of things
And rodents at the bay.

~ Poem and Red Fox capture, O’ Wily One © Jerry L. Ferrara

White Pelican – A Grandiose and Graceful Move

A Grandiose and Graceful Move

A Grandiose and Graceful Move

     A White Pelican performs a grandiose and graceful move as it forces the release of the water’s grasp on its substantial body.  Once let go, the sizeable water bird swims skyward.

~ Anecdote and White Pelican capture, A Grandiose and Graceful Move © Jerry L. Ferrara

Giant Otter – Fish Dinner

Fish Dinner

Fish Dinner

     In the wilds of Brazil a Giant Otter paused in the shallows of a riverine margin and enjoyed a recently caught fish dinner.  When done with the victuals, the plucky “river wolf” swam off with members of its rowdy pack.  The “romp” [the collective name for otters] seemed acutely fixated on searching out more meals.

~ Anecdote and Giant Otter image, Fish Dinner © Jerry L. Ferrara

Leopard – Baby Chui

Baby Chui

Baby Chui

Chui:  Swahili for Leopard

     Showing strong signs of what’s to come, this baby Chui pauses briefly.  At this stage of its life, the diminutive Leopard cub is but a fraction of what it’s adult size will be, but the intense and leveled stare foretells of a formidable predator.

~ Anecdote and Leopard capture, Baby Chui © Jerry L. Ferrara

Polar Bear – Rub-A-Dub

Rub-A-Dub

Rub-A-Dub

     Six days of shooting and there was no snow on the ground. Many of the bears were brown-looking due to dirt adhering to their coats.

     Then it snowed and stuck … a true Arctic look completed by bears with clean coats. Here one bruin rolls gleefully in the “white stuff” cleansing its furry body.

~ Anecdote and Polar Bear capture, Rub-A-Dub © Jerry L. Ferrara

Desert Tortoise – Start of the Day

Start of the Day

Start of the Day

     Today’s image, Start of the Day, goes way back to the era of color film.  This Desert Tortoise was just waking up and exiting its burrow to forage in the desert’s early morning coolness.  The image has a publication history having been used in National Wildlife Magazine and a National Geographic book titled The Secret Lives of Animals.

~ Anecdote and Desert Tortoise capture, Start of the Day © Jerry L. Ferrara.  California’s Mojave Desert.