Have you heard of the Raja Ampat Islands? They are a unique archipelago off the Western tip of the big island of New Guinea. I’ve been intrigued by this region ever since reading The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace, and exploring this region above and below water has become a personal passion since my first visit in 1990. It doesn’t hurt that the islands harbor birds-of-paradise, and the coral reefs are now known to be the richest in the world.
As a rain forest biologist and a marine enthusiast, I’m fascinated by places where the rain forest meets the sea. Raja Ampat is a premier example of this. In fact, it is the best I have ever seen. The striking islets of uplifted limestone eroded by sea and weather give Raja Ampat some of the most striking scenery in Indonesia. Here, as elsewhere, the land and sea are intertwined, and due to very little runoff from the porous limestone islands, corals can grow right up to the shore, even under overhanging forest, as you can see in the featured photo below. I hope you are inspired to visit Raja Ampat some day, to support the growing green tourism economy there. I certainly plan to go back as soon as possible![Read more…] about Where Reef Meets Rainforest
Between spending time outside photographing winter birds here in New England, I’ve been in my studio working through my archives gathering old favorites and discovering unpublished gems for a potential book project on my bird photography from around the world. This week, I was “virtually” in Australia, reliving a series of expeditions to the remote Cape York Peninsula where some years ago, our team from National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology worked to document some of the rarest and most endangered species found in this wilderness. One of the standouts was the Golden-shouldered Parrot, an endangered species with only about 300 breeding pairs remaining. I was able to photograph them in their unique habitat dotted with giant termite mounds. I hope you enjoy the images and behind-the-scenes video below. It is always my hope that by sharing the stories of endangered species, we can increase awareness and have a positive impact on their future.
THE LANDING – GOLDEN-SHOULDERED PARROT
THE LANDING is not yet in our Fine Art online gallery, but let us know if anyone is interested in a print and we can make it happen! Let Rachel know at Studio@TimLaman.com.[Read more…] about The Parrots and The Termite Mounds
I hope this finds you well and feeling optimistic about 2021. It’s going to be another challenging year, but I think things are looking up. Stepping outside last night to have a look at the full moon, I was reminded of my image below. It’s not often I can include the moon in an image of birds, but when it happens, it makes for something special. I hope you enjoy the story behind the image.[Read more…] about Capturing the “Ibis Moon” Image
I’d like to wish you all belated greetings for the New Year. It’s been a rather rocky start here in the USA to say the least, but I’m optimistic that better times are ahead, and that by some time later this year, we will be able to resume international travel, gathering in groups, and many other things that we have had to put on hold in 2020.[Read more…] about
I’m sure you have all heard the expression “Once in a Blue Moon”, but did you know that a blue moon refers to the second full moon that falls in one calendar month? This is pretty rare, occurring only about once every 2.5 years, but we had one recently on Oct 30, and I happened to be in the right place to photograph it. Not that a blue moon looks any different than any other full moon, but still, the novelty of it added an element of interest. This second full moon of October coincided with our first snowfall here in Massachusetts, and while it was snowing in the evening and the moon was not visible on Oct 30, I went before sunrise the next morning to one of my local haunts, Walden Pond, planning to photograph the sunrise after the fresh snow. When I got there, still well before sunrise, I saw the full moon setting over the pond and raced to get set up and get a few shots before it disappeared. The pond had not yet frozen, so the water, being warmer than the air, was creating a beautiful mist over the lake. Combined with the fresh snow and moon, it was a very atmospheric scene, and I felt very lucky to be there to witness it that morning and capture the image below. You make your own luck, as they say, and that certainly applies in nature photography![Read more…] about Once In A Blue Moon