A Quick Photo Trip to the Badlands

Landscape Image of the Sculpted Contours of the Badlands , South Dakota  © Tom Haxby
Sculpted Contours of the Badlands , South Dakota © Tom Haxby

By Tom Haxby

Recently I found myself wanting to visit and photograph the Badlands. Just visiting South Dakota would be a first for me. It’s one of the few states I have never set foot in. Like many others during this pandemic, I feel more comfortable avoiding crowds, driving, staying in a tent, and doing my own cooking. So, into the truck went the camping gear and camera equipment and off I went on an odyssey to the Badlands of South Dakota!

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Weekly Wow! Week of September 7, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Sparring Red and Green Macaws, Pantanal , Brazil” © Judy Lynn Malloch
Showcase 2020 Top 100 Winner: “Sparring Red and Green Macaws, Pantanal , Brazil” © Judy Lynn Malloch

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, August 24, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

The 2021 NANPA Showcase competition is open! Enter your best photos between now and September 21st and maybe you’ll be featured in next year’s Weekly Wows or, better yet, win a prize! Get all the details on the 2021 NANPA Showcase page.

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Weekly Wow! Week of June 1, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Cattle Egret in the Boragaon Landfill” © Carla Rhodes
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Cattle Egret in the Boragaon Landfill” © Carla Rhodes

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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The Resilient Spirit of Yellowstone Bison

Bison walking through Soda Butte Creek, a Tributary of the Lamar River.
Bison in Soda Butte Creek, a tributary of the Lamar River.

Story & photos by Debbie McCulliss

Photographing bison in Yellowstone National Park is on many photographers’ bucket lists. These magnificent mammals are certainly photogenic, but learning a bit of their history, and the role they play in the ecosystem gives us a deeper understanding of both bison—or buffalo as they are known to many people, and their environment, as well as imbuing our photos with additional layers of meaning.

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Weekly Wow! Week of February 24, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Spherical Moeraki Boulders Are Otherworldly in the Early Light, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand South Island" © Ian Frazier.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Spherical Moeraki Boulders Are Otherworldly in the Early Light, Koekohe Beach, New Zealand South Island” © Ian Frazier.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, February 24, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Order your copy here!

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Morgan Heim – Young Photographer Profile

Photographs by Morgan Heim

Interview by David C. Lester

Morgan Heim in the field. © Sara Thomas WWF

Morgan Heim is a full-time freelance nature and wildlife photographer who brings unparalleled intensity and compassion to her work.  The easiest way to appreciate this is to take a look at her website, morganheim.com and go through the projects she has tackled over the past eleven years.  From photographing the work of drug trafficking organizations (primarily the dismantling of their work by scientists and law enforcement agents) that run industrial-scale marijuana growing operations in California forests with an estimated value of $31 billion, and that have a terrible impact on the environment, to stopping along the road to memorialize animals that have been killed by motor vehicles, Morgan’s approach to conservation photography leaves a deep and contemplative impression on the viewer that doesn’t pass quickly.

While Morgan feels lucky to get to work steadily on projects, there is still a tremendous amount that she  wants to do.  “My overarching goal is to have the work that I do provide a meaningful contribution to conservation,” Morgan says.  “I’ve gotten a good start on a lot of things, but there’s a lot left to do, both on the projects I’ve already undertaken, as well as new projects in the future.  For example, fishing cats are still endangered, and a little money was raised to help them, but my work won’t save the fishing cat,” she says.  Morgan says that when she works on a project, she wants to be part of the process and part of the community.  She enjoys the journey and the challenge.  She’s not only excited about creating images, but how she is able to use them.

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NATURE’S VIEW: My favorite megafauna of all time

Story and photography by Jim Clark

Okay, here’s one for you:  What did the mama buffalo say to her little boy in the morning when he left to go to school? “Bison!”

I know, corny as all heck, but it’s the only joke I can remember. Besides, bison are my most favorite charismatic megafauna of all time. I can spend hours in Yellowstone’s Hayden or Lamar Valley just watching a herd of bison grazing, rutting, playing, swimming, running, wallowing or whatever; it doesn’t matter.

Bison graze near Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. © Jim Clark

Bison graze near Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. © Jim Clark

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Yellowstone Bison Story with Happy Ending

Story and photos by Kathy Lichtendahl

© Kathy Lichtendahl

© Kathy Lichtendahl

A couple days ago my husband and I were headed home from a meeting in Gardiner, Montana by taking the preferred shortcut through Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. As we approached the confluence of the Soda and Lamar Rivers, we noticed two young bison standing on a small island in the middle of the rushing water. One of the youngsters plunged into the water in an attempt to cross the Soda and was quickly swept off his feet. A look of panic came over his face as he struggled to turn and regain his place on the island. Luckily for him, he was successful and he and his partner then crossed the wider and slightly safer Lamar to more solid ground. Continue reading