Reviewing 2017

As is now tradition, I wanted to review the last year and see what goals I was able to accomplish from my bucket list. Last year was another fantastic 365 days! I traveled to three different countries leading to whole new adventures and experiences

I am including only the highlights from this year in this post (for the full list just click the link above). I am also only showing one or two images of each species/location, if you want to see all the pictures from that subject just click that name and the link will take you to the appropriate gallery.

Visit and or Explore
Andes (2015, 2016, 2017)

Reviewing 2017

Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) in dry puna, Abra Granada, Andes, northwestern Argentina

Zambia

Lechwe (Kobus leche) females in floodplain at dawn, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Lechwe (Kobus leche) females in floodplain at dawn, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Every South American Country (Bolivia 2015, Argentina 2015, 2016, 2017, Chile 2017)

Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female in front of mountains, Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female in front of mountains, Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Photograph
African Cheetah

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) twenty-one month old sub-adult female, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) twenty-one month old sub-adult female, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Geoffroy’s Cat

Geoffroy's Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi), habituated female, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

Geoffroy’s Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi), habituated female, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

African Lion

African Lion (Panthera leo) six year old male smelling air, Kafue National Park, Zambia

African Lion (Panthera leo) six year old male smelling air, Kafue National Park, Zambia

1000 bird species in the wild (I am at 294)

Wattled Crane (Grus carunculata) flying over floodplain, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Wattled Crane (Grus carunculata) flying over floodplain, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Lesser Rhea (Rhea pennata), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Lesser Rhea (Rhea pennata), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) flock taking flight, Amelia Island, Florida

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) flock taking flight, Amelia Island, Florida

300 mammal species in the wild (I am at 151)

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) sub-adults huddled together and sleeping, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) sub-adults huddled together and sleeping, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) buck feeding on aquatic plants in marsh with Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa) on back, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) buck feeding on aquatic plants in marsh with Cattle Tyrant (Machetornis rixosa) on back, Ibera Provincial Reserve, Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) three year old male feeding on male Puku (Kobus vardonii) kill, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) three year old male feeding on male Puku (Kobus vardonii) kill, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Every endangered or threatened animal in California (7 out of 130)

Santa Catalina Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) running, Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California

Photographed this threatened Santa Catalina Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) running, Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California last year.

Another spectacular year, which always gives me enthusiasm for making next year even better!

How about you, anything particular that you photographed in 2017 that you are really happy/proud of?

*If you are interested in purchasing any of the pictures displayed in this post, please check out my fine prints page for pricing.*

Reviewing the 2014 Photographic Year

As is becoming tradition, I wanted to review the last year and see what goals I was able to accomplish from my bucket list. Last year was quite amazing as I traveled to six different countries to spend almost all of 2014 abroad. This provided many opportunities to have some very unique experiences.

I am including only the highlights from this year in this post (for the full list just click the link above). I am also only showing one or two images of each species/location, if you want to see all the pictures from that subject just click that name and the link will take you to the appropriate gallery.

Visit and or Explore
Tropical Rainforests (Adding to last years jungle adventures was a four week trip in June to Uganda)

Tropical rainforest in swamp, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Magombe Swamp, western Uganda

Tropical rainforest in swamp, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Magombe Swamp, western Uganda

Australia (2014)

Gum Tree (Eucalyptus sp) forest, Murramarang National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Gum Tree (Eucalyptus sp) forest, Murramarang National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Photograph

African Golden Cat (June 2014) – More on that later :)
Scottish Wildcat (September 2014) – More on that later :)

3 species of Civet (Completed this goal with getting a picture of an African Civet in June, 2014)

African Civet (Civettictis civetta) walking through rainforest at night, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

African Civet (Civettictis civetta) walking through rainforest at night, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

This year I added “All 3 Puffin Species” and I have one species of the three after photographing the Atlantic Puffins on Skomer Island:

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

1000 bird species in the wild (I am at 234, having added 44 species this year), just a few here:

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) carrying nesting material, Bay of Somme, Picardy, France

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) carrying nesting material, Bay of Somme, Picardy, France

Red Grouse (Lagopus scoticus) male, Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, United Kingdom

Red Grouse (Lagopus scoticus) male, Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, United Kingdom

Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) male, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) male, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) landing with fish prey, Lake Albert, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Western Rift Valley, Great Rift Valley, western Uganda

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) landing with fish prey, Lake Albert, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Western Rift Valley, Great Rift Valley, western Uganda

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia

300 mammal species in the wild (I am at 107, having added 10 species this year), just a few here:

L'hoest's Guenon (Cercopithecus lhoesti) in tree, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Magombe Swamp, western Uganda

L’hoest’s Guenon (Cercopithecus lhoesti) in tree, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Magombe Swamp, western Uganda

Red-tail Monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius) in tree, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

Red-tail Monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius) in tree, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) female chewing grass at sunrise, Mount Taylor Nature Reserve, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) female chewing grass at sunrise, Mount Taylor Nature Reserve, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

20 critically endangered and 50 endangered species (I am at 6 and 22 respectively)

Eastern Red Colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) mother and young, Kibale National Park, western Uganda

Eastern Red Colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) mother and young, Kibale National Park, western Uganda (endangered species)

Another great year, which always gives me enthusiasm for making next year even better!

How about you, anything particular that you photographed in 2014 that you are really happy/proud of?

*If you are interested in purchasing any of the pictures displayed in this post, please check out my fine prints page for pricing.*

My Bucket List

My Bucket or Life List, What Ever You Want to Call It

The concept of a bucket list has been around for a while, maybe the most famous person to start it is John Goddard. He came up with his list of 127 goals when he was fifteen and has now accomplished most of them. I really like the idea of setting yourself goals no matter how ridiculous they may seem so you know what you are striving for. This way you won’t make excuses, but will focus on achieving these goals. The point is not to check them off to check them off but rather to have amazing experiences that mean a lot. My list will continue to grow as I learn about new things and I will continue to update it as I experience some of the things below:

Visit and or Explore
California (even though I have lived here 15 years I still can’t justify checking this one off)
Alaska
Tundra
Boreal Forests
Deserts (Yemen 2011, Oman 2012)
Temperate Rainforests
Tropical Rainforests (Borneo 2013 Spring, Gabon 2013, Borneo Winter 2013, Uganda 2014)
Prairie
Andes (2015, 2016, 2017)
Khakaborazi National Park in Myanmar (Alan Rabinowitz’s park)
Nepal
India
Tibet, including Aru Basin, the Changtang, and the Tibetan Plateau
Japan
Borneo (2013)
Indonesia
Australia (2014)
New Zealand (2013)
Kenya
Tanzania
Namibia (including Etosha National Park)
Madagascar
Egypt
Zambia (2017)
Botswana
Canada
Galapagos Islands
Every South American Country (Bolivia 2015, Argentina 2015, 2016, 2017, Chile 2017)

Hike or Climb
Mount Shasta (May 2009)
Mount Whitney
Pacific Crest Trail
John Muir Trail

Photograph
Jungle Cat
Black-footed Cat
Sand Cat
Chinese Desert Cat
European Wildcat (September 2014)
African Wildcat
Asiatic Wildcat
Pallas’ Cat
Rusty-spotted Cat
Flat-headed Cat
Fishing Cat
Amur Leopard Cat
Iriomote Cat
Sunda Leopard Cat
Mainland Leopard Cat
African Cheetah
Asiatic Cheetah
Northwest African Cheetah
Jaguarundi
Gulf Coast Jaguarundi
Mountain Lion (June 2010)
Bobcat (June 2008)
Canada Lynx
Eurasian Lynx (October 2016)
Balkan Lynx
Iberian Lynx
Ocelot
Texas Ocelot
Margay
Colocolo (Pampas Cat) (April 2015)
Colocolo (Pantanal Cat)
Colocolo (Colocolo)
Andean Mountain Cat (April 2015)
Northern Oncilla
Southern Oncilla
Costa Rican Tiger Cat
Kodkod
Geoffroy’s Cat (April 2017)
Serval
Barbary Serval
African Golden Cat (June 2014)
Caracal (December 2011)
Marbled Cat (March 2013)
Borneo Bay Cat (December 2013)
Asiatic Golden Cat
Sunda Clouded Leopard (March 2013)
Clouded Leopard
Snow Leopard (October 2016)
Bengal Tiger
Sumatran Tiger
Malayan Tiger
Northern Indochinese Tiger
Amur Tiger
Jaguar (August 2015)
Sri Lankan Leopard
Indochinese Leopard
Persian Leopard
North Chinese Leopard
Amur Leopard
Arabian Leopard
Javan Leopard
Indian Leopard
African Leopard (October 2013)
African Lion (July 2017)
Asiatic Lion
Ringtail
Musk Ox
Bald Eagle catching fish
Black-backed Kingfisher
Rufous-backed Kingfisher
Yellowstone in winter
Bosque del Apache with Snow Geese (December 2010)
3 species of Civet (Malay Civet, Common Palm Civet, African Civet)
1000 bird species in the wild (I am at 234)
300 mammal species in the wild (I am at 107)
20 critically endangered and 50 endangered species (I am at 4 and 22 respectively)
Every endangered or threatened animal in California (6 out of 130)
Every species of puffin (Atlantic Puffin 2014)
Every salamander species of California (7 out of 52 species and subspecies)

Achieve or Do
Fly in a fighter plane
Swim with wild dolphins (Summer 2007)
Become a full time photographer
Have an article in National Geographic
Have my own photography exhibition (June 2011)
Publish my own photography book
Do an ironman triathlon
Become proficient in the use of a kayak, a rifle, sling, and bow and arrow
Own my own company (March 2009)
Be a BBC wildlife photographer of the year
Skydive over Hawaiian islands
Backpack California for one month
Travel around California in a car for one month
Learn Kyudo
Bike across America (Summer 2010)
Travel to Patagonia with my dad
Go lugging, bobsledding or skeleton sliding
Paraglide in Chamonix, France in winter
Hold a tarantula to overcome my fear of spiders
Photograph wedding for free for couple who can’t pay a professional photographer (June 2011)
Help my brother get over his fear of heights
Build a kayak or canoe with my brother
Travel through Europe with Kailani
Travel through the Sahara with Kailani
Hike the Kiso with Kailani
Hike the Camino de Santiago with Kailani
Go to Madagascar and bring my mom
Go whale watching in Tonga or Mexico with my sister
Spending time with a Red Panda with my sister
Have my sister join me on a photo trip