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There is a Sample Sale coming soon! Lots of changes are going to be happening around here and you get to benefit from it.

Some products will be retired, which means there’s extra inventory to let go of. I’ll be putting together a Sample Sale of products which will no longer be offered in the shop. I have some 2017 calendars remaining, which I would hate to throw into recycling, so I will repurpose them as ready-to-frame matted prints.

Everything will be priced to sell!

VIP email subscribers will get 24-hour advance notice of the sale before the rest of the world. If you want to be in the know and get first dibs, you can sign up here.

Mark your calendars for June 8th and remember to check back here for the link to the Sample Sale!

 

  • Studbuckett - I’m looking forward to your sample sale.ReplyCancel

The turtle and the eel at nomahegan park

Nomahegan Park, located in Union County, New Jersey, has a multitude of wildlife hanging out in the water and it’s surroundings. But, who would have thought there were eels in that water? Certainly, not me!

I took my camera and tripod on a hike to find some turtles and turtles I did find. I set up my camera and tripod where this big turtle had been chilling out with a smaller turtle on some wood in the water. The smaller turtle decided to go for a swim.

My photos had seemed a little fuzzy to me, so I opted to use the self-timer and do a continuous burst of photos to prevent any shaking my hands may have been doing. It was pretty uneventful and getting dark, so my fiancé and I packed up and headed home.

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Upon looking through the photos on my computer, we noticed this black thing in the water and wondered what the heck that was. Was it another turtle? Was it a fish? The next photo showed it moving more out of the water towards the turtle. If you notice, the turtle saw him coming and moved his leg out of the way and under his shell. We could clearly see it wasn’t another turtle and didn’t really look like a fish. After a little research, we decided it was an eel. That eel sure is evil and creepy looking! I don’t blame the turtle one bit for moving away.

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The next photograph looks like the eel was actually trying to attack the turtle, but he failed in his attempt. I did a little research after capturing these images. The funny thing is that turtles prey on eels, not the other way around. This was one bold eel trying to turn the tables, although unsuccessfully.

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In the first photograph, I played around in Lightroom with the luminosity and really liked how it created a painted effect over the entire photograph. I had tried that effect on other photographs, but it didn’t look as cool as it did for this one. If you would like to purchase this print you can do so in my online shop.

I hope you enjoyed this little story about the turtle and the eel. You can add this to your box of useless information that could be used as a good conversation starter one day. It’s times like these that nature is so interesting to me. I, however, would never want to be swimming in water with an eel like that!

 

  • Jeffrey Blake - Glad I didn’t go swimming at Nomahegan Park!ReplyCancel

Ant Hill - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

The National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest is held annually, showcasing some of the world’s best nature and wildlife photography. They encourage photographer’s to donate some of their images to help their cause of saving wildlife species and their habitats. They choose several winning photos, give out some prizes and publish those winning photos in print and online.

 

Backyard Deer - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

I participated this year, submitting the 10 photographs shown throughout this post. I was completely amazed to see how many photographs were submitted. Last I checked, the count was at 18,779 and the deadline date for submissions is March 31. I would guess they will have well over 20,000 images by then. That is quite an impressive showing.

 

Breakfast Date - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

It’s no wonder that it takes them until October to decide on the winning photographs. It would be a tough job to widdle all those entries down to the top 10 best of the best photographs.

 

Hawk

 

Nature is one of the things I believe we should all appreciate. It is a huge part of what our world is made of. I think we often take for granted the beauty and wonder that surrounds us in our every day life.

 

Icy Cold Swim - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

So often, wildlife habitats are taken over by developments in order to make money. These wildlife creature are pushed out of their homes and are all of a sudden considered a nuisance to what used to be their habitats. They are forced to venture out and find new homes in order to survive.

 

Red Highlights - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

This sort of thing happens to people too, when the government authorities use eminent domain to force a sale of a property because they see a better use for it. Often times, this is upsetting even to the people who weren’t pushed out of their homes. I find it funny that the correlation between these two circumstances is often not made.

 

Spider at Home - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

I believe we all have rights that should be protected and that we need to fight for. Nature and wildlife often cannot fight these things by themselves. We have lawyers to help us do our fighting, but they need organizations like the National Wildlife Foundation to do theirs.

 

Undercover Snail - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

Organizations like these are so important for so many reasons. The National Wildlife Federation is obviously doing a wonderful job of bringing awareness to their cause. After all, tens of thousands of photographs were submitted for just this one event. Click here to see the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest Gallery.

 

White Pony Close-Up - National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest

 

We can all do our part to support and bring awareness to those things which we believe in and feel are important. What is your cause?