My favourite wildlife photographs from 2017

It took a little longer to find time to complete my review of my wildlife images this year.  Due largely to general busyness and some measure of procrastination.  So I appreciated the irony that one of the areas I have put a lot of thought into, and work to improve, is patience.  Looking back, this focus on waiting is helping me to get closer to the wildlife imagery that I want to be creating.  Waiting for the animals, waiting on their schedule for something to happen, can be a challenge – sometimes, like in the cold, a significant one.  I’m happy that I laid down on the snow, crouched in marshes, hiked into valleys and froze my fingers to find those opportunities and try to do something with them.

The 2017 gallery can be viewed at this link or by clicking on any of the pictures in this post.

A comparison with my 2016 wildlife gallery suggests some subtle changes.  I see exploration into some ideas, blurs for one, that is interesting.  I’ve been trying to bring more imagination into my wildlife images.  Lot’s more to work on there.

Comparing years past with the last one, I like the direction and that stirs up the motivation coals.  The latter always being a good thing, I think.

6 responses

  1. Very impressive pictures. I like the flowing moving pictures of the birds … These are interesting areas in bird photography …
    Best regards, Jan

    March 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

  2. These are lovely, but in your gallery your surprised mallards, munching squirrel and watchful deer are absolutely delightful!

    February 16, 2018 at 11:06 pm

  3. Wonderful photos, Chris!

    February 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

  4. It would be difficult to note which are my favorites. I am always spellbound by your artistry and exactitude. The first photo is quietly arresting to me. But I enjoy how the defining character of the creatures (at those moments) comes through and helps me appreciate them even more.

    February 16, 2018 at 7:33 pm

  5. That kingfisher is splendid. The avocets in the gallery are, too — I remember them. Your intention to bring more movement to some of your photos intrigued me. I suppose any new photographer struggles for clarity, but I have a few bird photos I’ve considered not so good, because of such things as wing blur. I’m going to have another look at them, from a different perspective.

    What you say about patience resonates, too. I sat by the upper reaches of a slough recently, trying to figure out what “that noise” was. After about a half hour of not moving and just listening, I found out, as dozens of blue crabs came crawling up out of the water onto the shoreline. I’d been hearing them in the reeds.

    February 16, 2018 at 5:18 pm

  6. The wildlife images you have been trying to bring more imagination into are my favourites.

    February 16, 2018 at 11:34 am

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