Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a seriously low gas tank in the photo juggernaut, so please send in your good wildlife photos.  We’ve already almost done away with the “photos of readers” feature due to a lack of participation, and I’d hate to ditch this feature, too. Fortunately, Joe Routon sent some photos of H. sapiens and their creations in their native environment. Joe’s captions are indented. (Remember, our own species is also “wildlife”.)

This is my photo of the Famine Monument in Ireland that commemorates the 400 starving people who died on a forced march during the great potato famine in 1849. Over 1,000,000 people died as a result of the famine.
 
In 1847, when American Indians heard about the struggle, the Choctaw Indian Nation, who, 16 years earlier had suffered on the Trail of Tears (a forced march during which 4,000 Indians died), gathered $170 (almost $5,000 in today’s money) and sent it to Ireland. The Irish didn’t forget. A few months ago, after 170 years, they heard about the extreme suffering of the Navajo and Hopi Indians during the coronavirus pandemic, and they raised more than $3.6 million for the Indians’ relief fund.

My photo of an early morning hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.
I made this photo of the Ponte Vecchio from a window in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The sculptured bust is Alexander the Great.

Here is my photo of a camel train in the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
When in Europe, it’s common to encounter brides and grooms. Unable to restrain myself, I almost always ask if I can take a few photos. Here’s one that I made of newlyweds in Pisa, Italy.

13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. Rick, I made that photo several years ago and applied some Photoshop to give it an Old Masters’ feel. I’m a professional painter, and I like to give some of my photos a painterly look.

  1. What a wide variety of wonderful shots. Thanks, Joe! Particularly like the Ponte Vec hio one, having studied for 6 months a Firenze right before the big flood of ‘66.

  2. I love your photos and love starting the day after seeing them. They have such a wonderful brilliance.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Bet you didn’t even need to drop spheres of different masses from the top of the tower to figure that one out, either.

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