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Marmot at Ice Lake

Featured Photo: Marmot at Ice Lake (Silverton, Colorado USA)


After a 2500 foot ascent to Ice Lake near Silverton, Colorado, we were greeted by one of the resident marmots. These playful mammals favor the alpine meadows of the state’s higher altitudes. Not a bad view out the back of the burrow…

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Featured Photo: Floating Jellies

Featured Photo: Floating Jellies (Shedd Aquarium; Chicago, Illinois; USA)

These ethereal beings shift through seas in many shapes, sizes and forms.  I felt the stings of tiny jellies while snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands a few years ago and have learned to be alert for them in ocean waters.  Watching them undulate behind glass at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago was a notably more relaxed experience. Capturing their images without the help of a flash or tripod was challenging, but a slow film speed, low f-stop and anchored elbows helped.  So did holding my breath as if I were underwater again.
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Featured Photo: Belly Surfing Turtle

Featured Photo: Belly Surfing Turtle (Everglades National Park – Florida City, Florida; USA)

Was he trying to wiggle his way back off the rock? Or merely warming his toes in the Florida sunshine?  I have no idea. Hopefully he didn’t linger too long.  Alligators were cruising nearby.


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