Weekly Wow! Week of April 13, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Polistes Dorsalis Wasp” © Lee Hoy Photography
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Polistes Dorsalis Wasp” © Lee Hoy Photography

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, April 13, 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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Photographing Birds in Jacksonville in the Winter

A group of White Ibis at Riverside Park in Jacksonville, FL.
A group of White Ibis at Riverside Park in Jacksonville, FL.

In the winter, many birds migrate out of the northeast US, where I live, to warmer climes. Some go as far as South America, but many overwinter in Florida, making that state a haven for bird photographers. And a nice warm get away from the snow, ice and cold of home.

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Weekly Wow! Week of April 6, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: " Galapagos Sea Lion Blowing Bubbles” © Susan McConnell
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: ” Galapagos Sea Lion Blowing Bubbles” © Susan McConnell

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, April 6, 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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Learning While Stuck at Home

Image of a bird in flight from Scott Dere’s December 2019 NANPA webinar on Photographing Birds of Prey. Watch a recording in the webinar archive in the Members’ Area of NANPA’s website.
Image from Scott Dere’s December 2019 NANPA webinar on Photographing Birds of Prey. Watch a recording in the webinar archive in the Members’ Area of NANPA’s website.

Nature photographers are used to being outside—hiking, leading tours, teaching classes, seeking new vistas.  Now that the restrictions related to the novel corona virus have most of us stuck at home and confined to the neighborhood, what can we do to scratch our nature photography itch?  One enjoyable and productive way to spend your time is in learning new skills or refining your existing prowess through NANPA webinars, sponsored by Tamron.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 30, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Western Grebe Female Offers Her Chick a Feather to Eat” © Diane McAllister.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Western Grebe Female Offers Her Chick a Feather to Eat” © Diane McAllister.

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, March 30, 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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Close to Home

Great Blue Heron in Flight

Story and photos by Tom Haxby, NANPA Board President

It is an understatement to say that these are unprecedented times, but we nature photographers are a hardy bunch. We’re accustomed to physical and intellectual challenges in our pursuits of excellent visual stories. And this isn’t the first time we’ve weathered the need to re-imagine how we do business.

In short, you’ve got this, and NANPA is still here to help.

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24 Inspirational Nature Photos for These Trying Times

Showcase 2020 Best in Show, Birds: “Sandhill Cranes at Sunset in Central New Mexico” © Keith Bauer.
Showcase 2020 Best in Show, Birds: “Sandhill Cranes at Sunset in Central New Mexico” © Keith Bauer.

Stuck at home with schools, parks and restaurants closed?  Tired of practicing “social distancing” during the COVID-19 outbreak?  Give yourself a break from the chaos and anxiety and spend a few minutes with spectacular images that were judged the top 24 photos in North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) Nature Photography Showcase.

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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Melissa Rowell

2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Birds. "Dance of the Great Blue Herons, Delray Beach, Florida" © Melissa Rowell.
2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Birds. “Dance of the Great Blue Herons, Delray Beach, Florida” © Melissa Rowell.

How I Got the Shot

I arrived at Wakodahatchee Wetlands later than I had planned and knew I wouldn’t have long because of an impending storm. I grabbed my short, light Nikon 200-500mm lens, and walked slowly around the boardwalk hoping to find a quiet area where I could spend some time. Suddenly I spotted two Great Blue Herons interacting atop a tree. The male was attempting to entice a female with his elaborate stretch display, and she was playing hard to get. Fascinated I stopped to watch them just as serious bill duels erupted between the pair. Thunder began rumbling in the distance, and their long, flowing plumes were accentuated as the wind picked up. I was thrilled to witness this dramatic behavior which continued for a few brief moments signaling what I hoped would be the beginning of a strong bond leading to a successful breeding season.

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 23, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Flamboyant, Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland” © Vandana Bajikar.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Flamboyant, Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland” © Vandana Bajikar.

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, March 23, 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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Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Newton Hightower

2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Mammals. "Nectar Bat and Banana Plant Flower, Costa Rica" © Newton Hightower.
2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Mammals. “Nectar Bat and Banana Plant Flower, Costa Rica” © Newton Hightower.

How I Got the Shot

While traveling in Costa Rica, I had the opportunity to photograph nectar bats in the rain forest at night. I set up my camera and lens with multiple flashes to provide the light necessary to produce this exposure. I sat in a chair a few feet away and watched them swarm the blossom. A couple of them even bumped into me!

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