Preserved-Animals

Mink in Alaska are larger and darker than most weasels. They can hunt on land and water, preying on fish, rodents, birds and insects. Mostly solitary, they only gather during breeding season in the spring. However, this mink at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve doesn’t seem to be thinking about romance. Photo by J. Mills, National Park Service.

An amazing pic of a moose enjoying the delicacies at Denali National Park in Alaska. Moose in the park tend to live in forested areas that are often close to lakes and marshes and other bodies of water. They graze on grasses, underwater vegetation, bushes, coniferous needles and deciduous leaves. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service. 

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 Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

I arrived at around 4:20 in the afternoon, the park entrance was unattended and you just had to leave your payment in the drop box there. I grabbed a map of the park and I was all set. The main road that you see took you into the heart of the preserve; vast open spaces surrounded you in all directions. I parked the car and unloaded my bike and my gear; I was then on my way after choosing a random trail.  The first thing that greeted me was a deer which I spotted right on the side of the road; I was able to snap a few quick pictures before it skipped away! I biked and took pictures for around four hours total and I did not encounter a single person aside from the park ranger on my way out. All that time and I covered but a tiny fraction of the place. The storm clouds above scattered rain showers from time to time and I preferred it that way as it gives the photos a certain mood as well. It was a perfect day. Next plan is to go back on a clear cloudless day and shoot the stars and hopefully the milky way at night! I can’t wait for where the next adventure will take me.

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

The wind and cold don’t bother this muskox. Its long, coarse outer fur keeps it waterproof and windproof. Its underfur, qiviut, traps its body heat to keep it very warm. Muskoxen are one of the only large animals hearty enough to survive year-round in the Arctic. Although their populations have fluctuated over the last century, today they number around 3,800 in Alaska – many of them in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Photo by National Park Service.

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Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro, Japan

This museum, opened in 1953, is the only museum in the world dedicated to the nasty parasites. With over 45,000 items in its collection, it displays about 300 of them at a time. Look at glass jars full of the most evil-looking bugs, worms, and creepy crawlers, and know that if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time they could invade your body, too. 

View a real 8.8 meter-long tapeworm that was removed from a living human. See preserved animals whose bodies were ravaged by parasitic invasion, such as a turtle whose tongue was replaced by a parasite. Look at a photo of the body of a man whose scrotum was so enlarged by parasitic invasion that it hung down to nearly his ankles and was as wide as his torso. (Source)

Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska provides some of the few remaining unaltered habitats for bears. With about 2,200 brown bears in the park, scientists are able to study bears in their natural habitat, visitors are able to enjoy unparalleled viewing opportunities (from safe distances) and the bears are able to continue their life cycle largely undisturbed. Photo by Mike Clime (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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Nick Miller
Cape Town, South Africa | San Francisco, USA
Sony a7R II

You’ve been to so many amazing places in different corners of the World in the past year, which ones stuck out for you the most and why?

I always love Italy. The Italians (and some other Europeans) have this “slow food” culture where they eat, drink and chat around the dinner table for hours. In contrast to the fast-paced, eat-and-watch culture in the West, I find this so refreshing. Italy also has such a rich history, incredible food (if you know how to avoid the touristy restaurants) and many different climates to adventure in. I highly recommend this to first time travelers - but make sure you learn about the history before hand, it will make your trip so much better! Rick Steeves’ podcasts are a good start.

Who are some of the photographers that have inspired you to create more?

I’m lucky to be friends with many great photographers (too many to mention by name) who all inspire me to push to the envelope. People who’ve practically helped me with my photography (especially in the early days) would be @funforlouis​ and @mrbenbrown. More recently I have to give props to Rob Strok who convinced me to get a drone.

Cape Town or San Francisco?

Cape Town for living, San Francisco for inspiration. The standard of living that is attainable without being “loaded” in Cape Town is unmatched by any place I’ve been to (so far).  It has great weather, a fantastic foodie culture and loads of awesome outdoor activities to do.

San Fransisco is well-known for its culture of technology and innovation. I love coming here to keep my finger on the pulse of the most forward thinking place on the planet (and taking that with me wherever I go).

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