In 1905 irrigation canals from the Colorado River were overwhelmed and the resulting disaster gave us the Salton Sea. Now a major stopover for migratory birds, the sea is estimated to support thirty percent of the population of American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), pictured here.
Pushkar is said to be one of the oldest cities of India. In the Hindu mythology it is said that Brahma sat here when he created the world. The city is home to hundreds of temples, but some are off limits to foreigners. In the late hours of the day I was lucky enough to quickly snap this photo through the entrance of one such temple.
Monument Valley is featured in just about every old western and Wile E. Coyote cartoon, but this iconic landscape takes up a much smaller area of the american west than one would think, occupying just five square miles of southeast Utah. This picturesque landscape is part of the Navajo Nation and driving the seventeen mile loop you find many old settlements still in use.
Zebra need no real introduction. A common site throughout eastern sub-Saharan Africa they aren’t easily confused with another species. The Plains Zebra (Equus quagga) pictured here produce on average a foal a year. These young zebras are able to stand within fifteen minutes of birth and to suckle within the first hour. Being able to move on one’s own within such a short time is incredibly advantageous for an animal such as this, the plains of Africa are a very dangerous place. As you can see young Zebras like this one spend the first few months of life without perfect stripes, their famous marks are adorned with a furry red tinge.
One of my favorite excuses to get up uncomfortably early is to try and take pictures in the changing light of the rising sun. Most of the time it’s really cold and you don’t get any really great photos (sunsets always being better for that) but everyone once in awhile you get to see something amazing. Grand Teton NP is a perfect place to wait and watch as much fewer people visit this park than its much more famous neighbor to the north, Yellowstone.
A young monk looks back into the crowd as incense burners pass alongside. Tsongkhapa died way back in 1419, but before he did he founded the Gelug school of Tibetan buddhism. McLeod Ganj in Northern India is where the most famous member of the Gelug school, the Dalai Lama, calls his home. Every year on the anniversary of Tsongkhapa’s death the monks unroll a massive tapestry and chant mantras in his memory.
The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) pictured here is the larger of two species of flamingos that spend some part of their year here in Lake Nakuru of central Kenya. The Lesser Flamingo, the smaller and less colorful of the two species, can sometimes be found in groups of up to two million individuals.
Primarily a nocturnal animal the desert kit fox (Vulpes macrotis arsipus) can sometimes be spotted in the early hours of the day. Unfortunately due to human activity they can now commonly found in busy areas such as this construction site in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Considerable effort is made to protect these animals in California where they hold a special status. Neighboring states, however, have not put any laws into effect to ensure their protection.