Fall in the Smoky Mountains with Tom Croce

Join us in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for three days of photographing elk in the Cataloochee Valley and landscapes and fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway

NANPA Weekly Wow: June 19-25

River of Silence, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA © Rodney Lough

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NANPA Weekly Wow: June 12-18

Oystercatcher Feeding Time, Fort Myers Beach, FL © Ursula Dubrick

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The life of the sea otter

Story and photography by Frank Toller

These marine mammals live mostly on the North Pacific coast and typically weigh between 31 and 99 pounds. They are able to live their entire life in the water, in part because of a massive fur coat, the densest in the animal world. They feed on invertebrates such as sea urchins, clams, crab, and abalone as well as octopus and some species of fish. The otters will use rocks to scrape their prey and open shells, making them unique among marine mammals as tool users.

The sea otter population has risen from 1,000 to 2,000 years ago to 100,000 now. © Frank Toller

The sea otter population has risen from 1,000 to 2,000 years ago to 100,000 now. © Frank Toller

They can go onshore and occasionally will do so. The otters are very friendly and while taking these pictures on Jetty Road at Moss Landing, California [55 miles south of San Jose on the coast], I observed the animals allowing children to approach within six feet. The kids and pups seemed equally curious about each other. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: June 5-11

Hot Spring Terrace at Sunset, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA © Tom Horton

Hot Spring Terrace at Sunset, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA © Tom Horton

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NANPA Weekly Wow: May 29 – June 4

Sandhill Crane sunrise over frozen pond, Bosque New Mexico © Stan Bysshe

Sandhill Crane sunrise over frozen pond, Bosque New Mexico © Stan Bysshe

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NANPA Weekly Wow: May 22-28

Palmetto Gecko, Namib desert, Namibia © Wendy Kaveney

Palmetto Gecko, Namib desert, Namibia © Wendy Kaveney

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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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NANPA Weekly Wow: May 15-21

 

'Frozen Wave', Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland © Jeremy Woodhouse

‘Frozen Wave’, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland © Jeremy Woodhouse

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A feeling is worth a thousand pictures

Story and photography by Tim Irvin

We were deep in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada (about 500 miles northwest of Seattle), the home of the white spirit bear. Before us was what we had hoped for. The bear had accepted our presence and was now perched on a rock mid-stream scanning the creek for salmon. Her white fur was wet from overnight rain and steam rose from her back in the morning sun. It was like a scene from National Geographic television – only this was live.

Spirit bears (also known as Kermode bears) are an exceedingly rare sub-species of American black bear with a recessive genetic trait that makes their fur white. There are perhaps only 200 to 400 in existence and they are found only in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. © Tim Irvin

Spirit bears (also known as Kermode bears) are an exceedingly rare sub-species of American black bear with a recessive genetic trait that makes their fur white. There are perhaps only 200 to 400 in existence and they are found only in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. © Tim Irvin

Our group of photographers and nature buffs was thrilled. Between snapping photos we glanced at each other – smiling widely, giving each other the thumbs up. We never could have imagined this exact scene beforehand, but the hope of being part of something like this was why we had come. Continue reading