This oasis of California fan palms was seen in Mountain Palm Canyon. This palm species is the only native palm found in the continental USA west of the Balcones Fault Zone of Texas.
This magnificent Cork oak is among the largest one will see. A human subject has been included to understand the stature of this very old tree.
Several foxes were seen on the ridge top near the coastal zone of L'Anse Aux Meadows.
This Orangutan was seen arboreally at a range of about seven metres.
A small troop was seen in the wilderness area of the Ugab River valley. Most of the year there is utterly no flow in the mainstem. Access to this roadless region is only by small planes capable of landing on the desert floor, since there are no airstrips within 100 miles.
This critter was in a captive enclosure that i was invited to enter. Note that the animals here can only co-mingle with humans if they are unsuitable (usually by dent of disability) to be released into the wild. The Irwin facility has an extraordinary animal care ethic and state of the art vet hospital.
Seven of these large pinnipeds were seen on the sandy backshore, within the view of Marinelli Glacier on Tierra del Fuego. We had to take a small zodiac boat in order to get ashore from our cruise ship.
This fossa was seen in the evening in a disturbed area of the rainforest. Note that forest clearing here leads to complete loss of plantlife and utter soil surface erosion.
This mother and cub were seen in a riparian area of the wilderness for an afternoon of salmon fishing. The mother was teaching the cub to fish in these shallow waters, black with running salmon. I was at a range of about nine meters in photographing these subjects.
Seen growing among rock outcrops.
This individual was seen high atop a piling timber at the coastal edge.
This individual was sitting near the riparian area at high elevation, about 2000 metres. The rangers here assert this frog is capable of overwintering in virtually icy soils, and more hardy than any other European anuran with respect to cold tolerance.
This Scaly male fern was seen in the higher elevations of Andalucia, north of Cordoba.
This is the only photograph i have submitted of an animal not in the wild. There are so few Siberian tigers left, that most of them are present in this China Siberian Tiger Preserve. Sadly their natural habitat has been so degraded that the species is limited by available habitat and is close to being functionally extinct in the wild.
This herd of wild horses was observed grazing near the marsh. These are truly wild animals found in several isolated herds in the Baltic countries.
This Weka was seen on the sandy backshore of Ulva Island, off the southern tip of South Island, New Zealand.
These Peruvian pelicans were seen on near shore rocks somewhat north of Las Salinas. On some of the same rocks were seen Humboldt penguins.
This Cape buffalo was seen at a range of about ten metres. It was part of a herd of about 140 individuals seen near the boundary of the Mala Mala Preserve.
I had to stop my car to avoid hitting this critter. He stayed still on the paved surface and was quite alive. After my photograph, he hopped happily away. There were dozens of this species appearing after the first rains to this region for the season. He measured about three cm SVL. He exhibited the characteristic eye stripe for this species.
This Painted hunting dog was observed guarding a den in the northern Okavango Delta.
I photographed this Nile crocodile at a range of seven metres from my canoe on the Kunene River. He was ostensibly waiting to prey on primates who come to the river to drink.
This cactus has the classic appearance of E. engelmannii, with a clumped open form featuring slightly tapered cylindrical forms, and spines about 3/4 inch in length.
This pine was seen in the Hedgehog Scrub Zone on the southern versant of the Sierra Nevada Range in Andalucia. The landscape is dramatic with rocky outcrops alternating with pine forests and scrub.
This Red-crowned crane was one of a wild flock seen in the muddy marshlands in the Songhua River basin; the flock was seen in flight, as well as foraging terrestrially. There is only a small population extant of this endangered bird, due to habitat destruction in this region.
Seen in a swampy area in a characteristic pose of stretching its wings.
This young cheetah was observed on a playtree, a (usually dead) fallen tree that is used for scent marking and scratching. Note the prime habitat of thorn scrub, that exhibits considerable open characteristics, ideal for cheetahs to hunt.
Seen on the forest floor of Ulva Island amid a climax podocarp/mixed broadleaf forest.
Several of these Zebu were seen grazing in clearings within the rainforest in northeastern Madagascar. Although it is likely that some farmer regards this animal as his property, the Zebu was grazing open range, and essentially had the freedom to roam open country.
This individual was seen in the act of hauling out of the surf to join a colony of approximately 50 other individuals basking on the backshore.