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White pelicans @ Riverview Park in Dardnelle

In the past few weeks, I’ve tried to carve out some time to go out with friends and photograph wildlife. Here are two of my favorite photos that I shot yesterday at Riverview Park in Dardnelle, Arkansas. The white pelicans fly up to the dam and float downstream in the river in order to attempt to catch fish. Whever they see the gulls dip down for a fish and they are close, they try to awkwardly fly over and steal the fish away. Most of the time the gulls are so quick that the pelicans cannot grab the fish. The only time the pelicans really win out is whenever the gulls fight over the shad or the fish is too big for the gulls to pick up.

White pelican landing in the Arkansas River @ Riverview Park in Dardnelle

White pelican attempting to steal fish from Ring-billed gull in the Arkansas River @ Riverview Park in Dardnelle

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Riverview Park @ Dardnelle, Arkansas

Last week, I was very busy meeting potential wedding clients. I had some awesome meetings and officially booked four weddings for this year. In between all of these meetings, I managed to squeeze some wildlife shooting in at Riverview Park in Dardnelle, AR. This time of year, the park is full of Ring-billed gulls, Great blue herons, and White Pelicans. Here are three of my favorite pictures from last week’s trip.

Great blue herron wtih fish

Ring-billed gull tug-of-war

Ring-billed gull tug-of-war

Ring-billed gull fight

Ring-billed gull fight

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Top 25 Pics of 2009

Here are 25 of my favorite images from 2009! It was a very busy year for me. In January, I traveled to Iowa to photograph bald eagles in below zero weather. It was super cold, but I got some great shots of our national bird.

In July, I took a month off to photograph out west. I spent time photographing in the following states: Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. I learned a hard lesson while out there though…always back up your images. I lost over 800GBs worth of pictures when a hard drive I had stored them on crashed the last day of my trip. The only images I have from the first 3/4s of the trip are 28 that I posted to Facebook. I lost all of my images from Great Sand Dunes National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. My advice to anyone who is taking a big trip…take backup hard drives. I tried to save some money by just using one hard drive and it cost me 1000s of images.

In October, I had the pleasure of photographing Sarah & Brent’s wedding at Ocean Lodge in St. Simons Island, GA. We took some great shots there and then went for a day after/trash-the-dress shoot at Jekyll Island with a couple of their friends and had a lot of fun. Most of my favorite wedding images from the year come from that shoot!

I had a great year in 2009 and I can’t wait to see what opportunities present themselves in 2010. I’ve already booked quite a few weddings for next year, and I’ve had some great meetings with potential clients this week. Happy New Year to all my old and new friends. I wish you all a blessed and joyous 2010!

Bald eagle about to capture a shad from the Mississippi River, Leclaire, Iowa

Armadillo fight, Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas

Great Blue Heron in flight above the Arkansas River, Riverview Park, Dardnelle, Arkansas

Falling Water Falls, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Little Rock 4th of July Fireworks celebration, Arkansas

Mountain goat family atop Mt. Evans, Colorado

Big horn sheep fight, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Pika, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

bull bison

Bison bull, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Twin Falls, Richland Creek Wilderness Area, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

Sarah & Brent, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Sarah & Brent

Sarah & Brent, St. Simons Island, Georgia

sarah and brent 3

Sarah & Brent, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Sarah & Brent, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Kat & Matt, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Tammy Herman - These pictures are absolutely awesome. You are very talented.

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