Nature and Wildlife






"Our Good Neighbor"
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000
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Taken in the yard of our old house in Cambridge.











"Hanging Dead Fish"
A fisheries market in the Far East, 2017
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I'm not a vegetarian.  Then again, I don't usually see where my food comes from.  But visiting this fisheries market -- with its live sea creatures, cooked fish, and everything in between -- gave me pause.  These fish were hung for decoration.











"Ibex in Black & White"
Ein Gedi, Israel, 2017
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"Half Dome, Tunnel View"
Yosemite National Park, California, 2003
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A soft look at a famous view.  The sunset (out of the photo) is reflected in the clouds.











"Feeding Falafel to Wild Bird"
Masada, Israel, 2016
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At the top of Masada, a tourist was snacking on a falafel ball.  There were a few small birds perched above us, watching.  She decided to see if a bird would take any food from her.  So she placed a small bit of falafel in her hand, and held it outstretched and still.  After a few moments, one of the birds flew down, stood briefly on her wrist, snatched the falafel in his beak, and flew back to enjoy it.  











"Eye Contact"
Yosemite Valley, California, 2003
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A few minutes earlier, I'd come across a bear.  But he was afraid of me and ran off!  With the deer, ironically, I was able to make a longer connection.











"Deer in Enclosure"
Anywhere wild animals are confined, 2014
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A tourist feeds a deer through the fence.











"Bird's Eye"
Delray Beach, Florida, 2012
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Tucking his head beneath his wing, and taking one last look, shortly before going to sleep.












"Sunset, Hydra"
Hydra, Greece, 2012
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On the island of Hydra, Debbie's in the foreground, enjoying the breeze against her face.  But she's also concerned.  The sky looks smoky because on the mainland (across the sea to the right, out of the photo) there was a major forest fire burning. 











"So Beautiful, So Gruesome"
Jerusalem Bird Observatory, Jerusalem, Israel, 2016
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My apologies if this isn't an easy image for everyone to view.  At the small nature reserve in the heart of Jerusalem, a beautiful bird (a Tree Kingfisher, I believe) has just swooped down out of the tree, captured a frog from the pond below, and then returned to its perch with the frog in tow.  Within minutes, the bird ate the frog.  Candidly, it was difficult for me to watch.  Just moments before, I'd been admiring the bird's colors.  Then, without warning, I was reminded of the cruelties of nature.











"Sheleg Sleeping"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2010
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Our dog, the king of our home.  "Sheleg" means snow in Hebrew.











"Sheleg Overexposed"
Jerusalem, Israel, 2014
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"Flight"
Sanibel, Florida, 2007
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Sometimes you just get lucky.







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