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Blue whale diving for Krill
The biggest animal ever to live on our planet - the Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) rarely flukes up in the Azores. This one did it and, in so doing, nicely framed the Ilheus da Madalena for me, which are the two islets just outside Madalena harbour.
Portuguese Man o' War
The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards commended this picture of mine as Top 50 in the World in the awards’ Open Wildlife category.
Often incorrectly defined as jellyfish, the Portuguese Man o' War is a siphonophore - a colonial organism. While the bell is harmless, their tentacles can deliver very painful stings! I took this shot while the Man-o-war was floating on the water surface a few miles off the south coast of Pico Island (Azores, Portugal). Later on, at home, I looked at the picture and realised, much to my surprise, that I had got a shot with a very abstract mood from a 100% real photograph. Very calm seas and smooth wavelets led to the totally unexpected reflections.
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Short-beaked common dolphin
Porpoising Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) off Pico Island, Azores, Portugal.
All cetaceans (the general name we use to indicate whales, dolphins and porpoises) have blowholes, which are the equivalent of our nostrils. Baleen whales - such as the Bryde's whale you see here - have two blowholes, while toothed cetaceans only have one.
Newfoundland dog in the Atlantic Ocean
My male Newfie Coda, swimming in the open ocean off Pico Island, Azores, Portugal.
Cory's shearwater taking off
Locally called Cagarro, the Cory's shearwater is always encountered at sea around Pico Island, where I live. These seabirds build their nests in rock crevices and are socially monogamous.
A baby bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
Water playing with a surfacing Fin whale
Raven in Yellowstone
These guys see way more wolves in Yellowstone National Park than us humans, as they are virtually always there when wolves consume their prey.
Be Bear Aware!
My Newfoundland dog Coda looking a bit like a bear while walking back to me in the highlands of Pico Island.
Female business in Yellowstone National Park
Elk and pronghorn ladies walking down the sagebrush near Roosevelt Arch, the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, Montana.
Very talented climbers, I saw these two female Bighorn sheep just by the road in the the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, United States of America.
Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
A striped dolphin porpoising along the coast of Pico Island, Azores, Portugal
Blow without a Whale
Very special weather and sea conditions off the coast of Pico Island in the Azores made the blow of a Fin whale persist for a long time after the animal dove. When I got back to land, I looked at this 'ghost blow' and, suddenly, my thoughts went to the millions of whales slaughtered for centuries by mankind. This photograph is dedicated to their souls.
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Alya framed in curtains
My yellow-eyed pussycat Alya looking through the window.
Flower and complementary colours
Yellow and blue, green and purple. I shot this flower in Balaruc-les-Bains, France.
Nicely blending into the background, I found this Pronghorn sheep right after driving past Roosevelt Arch, the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana.
Ocean Crossroad in the mid-Atlantic
Another day comes to an end off Pico Island, Azores. A Fin whale is heading offshore, while a Cory's shearwater flies back to its nest on land.
Male elk having some rest in the shade at the Albright Visitor Center, Mammoth Hot Springs area, Yellowstone National Park.
Newfoundland dog in St. Bernard habitat
Coda the Newfie taking a break on its way to mountain refuge "Malga Patascoss", Madonna di Campiglio, Trentino, Italy.
Fin whale off the south coast of Pico
Spring on Pico Island is very high season for watching baleen whales (suborder Mysticeti) during their northbound migration towards high latitude foraging grounds.
Water is life
Four big guns that will never fire
Coda, my Newfie, in the "Rocca" (a fort) of Senigallia, Marche, Italy. My Newfoundland dog is for me a symbol of peace, being a "big gun" that will never fire, like the three cannons in the background.
Bumblebee in my garden
Perfectly still subjects are a must for sound macro photography but, personally, I would never restrain an animal or make it sluggish just to get a better shot. This bumblebee was feeding on nectar in my garden and never showed me more than its back. Fair enough for me!
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