The Great Escape. Even a Kingfisher has an off day. Taken last May at Alan McFadyen's amazing kingfisher hide in Dumfries, Scotland.Beanbag, Canon 1DX MkII with Canon 200 IS Mk II f2.8 lens at 105mm, ISO 2,500, 1/4000 sec at f4 #kingfisher#divingkingfisher#birdsinflight
Munguk beledu atau gelatik munguk adalah spesies burung dari keluarga Sittidae, dari genus Sitta. Burung ini merupakan jenis burung pemakan serangga kecil, ulat, laba-lab yang memiliki habitat di hutan dataran rendah, perbukitan, hutan pinus, hutan rawa, perkebunan, tersebar sampai ketinggian 1.500 m dpl. Wikipedia
Suda, the artist, resides in the Maetaeng Elephant Park in Northern Thailand. Suda lives there, along with other Asian elephants, who spend their long days painting, in order to entertain the many visitors to the park.
These tourists buy the paintings created by the majestic creatures, innocently believing they are helping support a good cause.
What they don’t realize is, these elephants have been painstakingly trained, and tortured, in order for them to learn the basic brushstrokes to create these “masterpieces” they are paying top dollar for, just to hang on their walls.
Elephants that paint, stand under the glare of the hot sun all day. They get painful sunburns without the benefit of a mudbath to protect them.
Tourists don’t like dirty elephants.
They slave for us humans. We ride on their painful, sunburned backs.
They are constantly bullhooked by cruel mahouts if they don’t mind.
Their delicate ears show the scars from a hundred “corrections” used in training a single proper brushstroke.
When I look upon Suda’s painting, I do not see the brilliant work of a clever, “artistic” elephant, but a tortured, imprisoned soul.
after a nice surf we started trawling for a fish to cook for our dinner as we suddenly 'bumped' into this beautiful whaleshark swimming along the back of the reef the other day! Oh #ningaloo .... I'm so happy to call this place #home !
I just saw someone post about this and immediately went and joined too. I’m super excited about @naturefirst and am committing to their core principles listed here which I practice already in photography. These guidelines are so important to follow as we see a lot of damage being done in our wild places and with our wildlife. While I always do this in the wilderness, I also would encourage everyone to apply these principles even to situations like this photo here. I am photographing a mama fox and her kits behind our house - we are staying on our deck and even though they are about 50 yards away, we are not trying to get closer as mama is nervous enough as it is with every dog that barks and other noises. I am using a 400mm/f2.8 fixed Lens with an extender and cropping photos down a bit. She isn’t bothered by us at all and we are trying to keep our dog inside when mama is out as well. You can practice these principles daily. Check out this new account and join me and others today! •
THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES
1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles
Posting No 1399:- White-throated or breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) (family: Alcedinidae) moulding the insect caught to immobalize before being swallowed, at outskirts of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
On this Earth Day we are reflecting on the beautiful photography and stories shared by 2018 speaker Kristi Odom
“I want my work to make people feel passionate about this world. With passion comes conservation. With passion comes change.” - @kristiodom
This picture comes from a personal project of Kristi's photographing monkeys in a sanctuary in Bolivia. The sanctuary is home to orphaned primates who can not be released back into the wild. Most were stolen from their mothers by poachers who kill the elders in order to take the babies. She witnessed their pain in their eyes. The pain of loss of home and family as well as the powerful connection and emotional undertones of the animals interactions.
“In this hard world, this work is a constant reminder that there is so much beauty.” - @kristiodom
Full summary of Kristi's Real Life talk is on the blog. Link in the bio @reallifeconference
. #earthday#reallifespeaker#reallifealumna 📷: @kristiodom