Adorable Polar Bear Plays in Flower Fields

Canadian photographer Dennis Fast took advantage of his stay at the Canadian lodge Churchill Wild in Manitoba to capture this rare sight. Popularly known for its proximity to polar bears, Fast took snapshots of an adorable polar bear playing among the fireweed field. The bear is seen rolling among the lush field, as well as eating some of the stunning plants.

Polar bears are known to be one his favorite subjects, which he captures on ground level, unlike other photographers.His main objective as an artist is to capture wildlife sceneries and adventures, which are rarely experienced by others. 


Today the Department of Awesome Camouflage is wondering if there’s any creature more impressive than the Lichen Katydid (Markia hystrix), an insect that looks like it’s actually made out of delicate lichen. It looks more like something out of a fairytale than a real-life insect, but that’s simply because the natural world is so freaking awesome!

Lichen Katydids are native to Central and South America. Wildlife photographer David Weller captured this mesmerizing footage of a Lichen Katydid somewhere in the Cartago Province of Costa Rica carefully making its way across some vegetation that looks like it might’ve grown from its own body :

Photos by David Weiller, RachelleSmith, Holguer Lopez, and Robert Oelman respectively.

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Milli Vedder
Kitsap County, WA
Nikon D7000 

You shoot the majority of your shots in portrait orientation. It works really well with the location that you shoot (the tall trees and the falling streams). Is there any other reason which drew you specifically to the format?

The vertical nature of my subjects calls for portrait orientation to capture them in their true appearance and beauty. There also seems to be more to see in photos shot in portrait orientation, just because of their increased height compared to horizontally shot images. I keep coming back to vertical shots and seeing more, while horizontal shots don’t keep my attention for as long.

You often capture wildlife and fungus while shooting. Is there any creature or fungus which you’ve hoped to capture that you’ve missed or never stumbled upon?

While I see so many animals and mushrooms during hiking, I have yet to see an antlered buck outside of velvet. I will never understand how hunters find them so easily, but I’m sure if I just keep looking I’ll find and capture one on camera. Owls are also on my “to capture” list. During the summer of 2014 I had a beautiful barred owl land in the lower branches of a tree not far from me, but as I went to photograph it, the owl flew away. That wasn’t the last time I’ve seen an owl thankfully, I saw another barred owl a year later, and a snowy owl right next to my house over the winter, so I’m confident someday I’ll be able to capture one on camera.

Almost all of your pictures seem to have been shot in the rain (or shortly after). Is it really that wet over there, or do you just prefer those conditions when shooting? 

It really does rain that much here, we average around 52" of rain annually (the US average is 37" or so), so I’ve learned to work in rainy conditions. However, I do enjoy the way rain makes a forest and its inhabitants look. Rain makes forests look so alive and vibrant; it helps mushrooms grow and feeds the streams and lakes I so often photograph.

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A pair of blue-footed boobies show off during a courtship dance on a beach on the Galapagos Islands, near Ecuador. The routine was captured by wildlife photographer Tui De Roy who was only three feet away from the birds as they danced for the camera. She said: “The blue feet serve as an indication of the owner’s state of health - the brighter the feet, the fitter the bird.”

Picture: Tui De Roy/Solent News & Photo Agency (via Pictures of the day: 1 May 2014 - Telegraph)


Boy risked his life to save baby deer…

Astonishing bravery of boy who risked his life to save baby deer in Bangladesh river by holding it above raging floodwaters.

Teenager jumped into river in Noakhali, Bangladesh to save the animal.

The boy called Belal held the young fawn in one hand above his head.

Onlookers were unsure whether the boy was going to appear again.

Wildlife photographer Hasibul Wahab captured the brave act while visiting on a photography trip.

When he made it to the other side the locals cheered.

The fawn rested on the side of the river bank after it was rescued by the boy.

The baby deer was reunited with its family after it was saved from the river in Bangladesh.

SOUTH AFRICA, Kruger Game Park : Dr Marius Kruger © and member of the Kruger National Park keeps the head of a rhino up during a white rhino relocation capture on October 17, 2014. The Kruger National Park relocated four rhinoceros from a high risk poaching area to a safer area as part of ongoing strategic rhinoceros management plan. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

The missing skink: Amateur wildlife photographer captures first ever pictures of snake-like lizard with tiny legs that was assumed extinct
The rare reptile, which looks more like a snake, was pictured by a wildlife photographer during a visit to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The rare reptile looks more like a snake, but on closer inspection it actually has four tiny legs that make it a type of lizard. It also has a notched tongue rather than the forked tongue of a snake.

Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen, 48, was visiting the Masai Mara in Kenya when a ranger pointed out what he thought was a snake by the side of the road.

The Dutch photographer took several pictures of the 20ins long serpent before it slithered off into long grass.

When he got home Sjoerd did some research online and found a description of a Western Serpentiform skink which matched what he had seen, but couldn’t find a single picture of one..


Dusk on the hillside by captured views
Via Flickr:
young female California Quail stretching her wings thanks always for stopping by to visit and share….risa


Good news! For the first time since 1924, a wolf pack has been spotted in Northern California! The California Department of Fish and Wildlife captured these photos of five gray wolf pups and two adults.

nrdc has been working for years to prepare California for this by helping the state prepare a wolf management plan and advocating for nonlethal coexistence practices throughout the west.

Learn more!

Looking Out for Her Best Interests by captured views
Via Flickr:
Male California quail looking out for the female below