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Pack Structure (Parc Omega)

The wolf is one of my favorite animals and I love to learn about them and their pack structure. The structure of a pack is extremely important to their overall survival. The alpha is the leader but even the alpha was once a subordinate and/or possibly even an omega. All other wolves in the pack will be submissive to the alpha and beta wolves since the beta is usually the one to take over the alpha position in the future. The subordinates are basically the middle class wolves who will fight for dominance with the other wolves to improve their status in the pack and hopefully work their way up the social structure. Then comes the omega, they are the lowest of the social structure and usually are the one who gets picked on by all other wolves. These wolves can sometimes be the trouble makers or disrespectful wolves in the pack and can work their way out of this possible through respect and dominance. Even through the omega is the lowest in the social structure, if the omega is to die the pack may stop hunting as they morn the loss of one of their family members. Each wolf plays an important role In the pack structure and structure or hierarchy is key to the survival of the wolf pack. The loss or death of one wolf it can be extremely detrimental to the entire pack. You are only as strong as your weakest pack member so you must protect all in your pack to thrive.

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The Arctic Hierarchy (Parc Omega)

Hierarchy in a wolf pack is something truly amazing. By watching a wolf pack you can learn and identify so much about each individual including where in the social rank that individual wolf is. Looking at body posture and social behavior of the wolf pack you can identify the alpha, beta, subordinates and all the way down to the omega. The top ranked wolf in the hierarchy is the alpha male and female. These are the only two wolves which have the rights to reproduce and will control their pack. The alpha male will earn and maintained his alpha status through dominance and aggression over all other wolves in the pack. This means the alpha will be the first to eat, discipline other wolves if needed and prove the role of dominance over all other wolves in the pack. The only time the alpha will not eat first is once his pups are old enough to eat the raw meat, then the alpha will make sure his pups eat first while controlling the pack to make sure the other wolves wait their turn. The alpha can show dominance by body posture and language but if this is not enough to make the other wolves comply, then he will show aggression towards the other in the pack members to make sure they know who is in charge. The alpha is the leader, the dominant one and the one which should always be respected by all. You don’t just become an alpha, you must slowly make your way up the social ladder, work hard to earn the status of alpha and maintain that role to keep the position.

For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
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Coyote on the Move (Parc Omega)

This weekend I will be spending time with some great friends in Parc Omega again. The animals at this Parc are captive and yes animals are meant to be in the wild but don’t try to pass off captive photographs as wildlife. Wildlife is something that should be respected, photographed from a distance and not harassed nor baited. I have many wild Coyote images but usually they are extremely far away and/or very skittish which is why I sometimes go to places like Parc Omega to practice and capture some great images without harming the wildlife or myself. I see many birds of prey, wolves, coyotes and many other species being photographed either with no description or claiming/tagging them as wildlife which in my opinion is not right and in the long run will only cause harm to wildlife. The people viewing these images might then think they can go into the wild and get these kind of close up shots which again can really endanger yourself and the wildlife. The wildlife images I have been blessed with photographing did not come easy, they took lots of hard work, dedication and research of these animals while spending countless hours in nature to get a photograph. Many days I come away with nothing, that is wildlife, that is what keeps us going back out again and again and when that moment comes when you finally see the wild animal you hoped for it makes you so happy!

For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
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Whale watching in Husavik

Husavik is one amazing town filled with colorful boats and buildings. My friend and I randomly decided to book a whale watching tour while in Iceland and would could not have had any better luck. The clouds parted as we got to Husavik in the morning and we knew it was going to be a good day. Husavik is one of the best places in the worlds to whale watch our hope to see whales were up there. Upon arrival for our tour I had no idea what to expect. This was my first time on the ocean and first time going whale watching. I fingered no matter what it was going to be a great time on the ocean with my friend. Little did we know they had these amazingly beautiful and eco friendly oak ships with electric motors and sails to keep the sound down thus not disturbing the whale too much. A little ways out the calm water started to become waves, it was like a badass roller coaster that I didn’t ever want to get off of. One whale, two whales, three whales it just couldn’t get any better. My mind was blown as the one humpback whale was right beside our ship and so close I couldn’t photograph the entire whale and we even waited one whale breech, I was in such awe. Nothing prepared me for something so amazing and blissful as whale watching. On the high seas, well not really, the crew handed us some hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun, I was like, no way this keeps getting better! The bun was easy to eat but the waves and the hot chocolate was a little tricky, thankfully I practiced this a lot while horseback riding, you don’t want to spill your drink! Lol 😂 As we approached the docks my friend Steve yells “WHALE” 😳🙌 the ship turned as I got this image as we got our final view of these epic whales before heading to shore for lunch. What a memory! 😍😍

For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
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Falling for Iceland

My first trip to Iceland was more than amazing, so amazing that I never wanted to leave. I left the the island wanting to go back to see the waterfall, landscape, fjords, people and the northern lights. During the first trip it was all go, explore, enjoy and it truly got my creative going. I think we ended up drive over 3,500km around the island, off the ring road, exploring the Westfjords and even the highlands. My first time ever seeing the ocean and touching the ocean was in Iceland. We went to Vik and I was in awe over the waves, church’s, the basalt columns and black sand beaches. I remember like it was yesterday, the joy and bliss of traveling around the island and experiencing cultures, people, food and landscapes that I have never seen before. When in the northern part of Iceland my friend and I decided to book a whale watching tour which I will share an image from soon along with a story which goes along with it. I will be heading back to Iceland very soon to just relax and enjoy the beauty around me. I am so excited and blessed to be given the life I have and I look forward to sharing the stories, photographs and experience with all of you. Thank you so much for your support!

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The Horse and The Sunset

I can’t wait to get back to Iceland and spend much more time with the amazing Icelandic horses! They are everywhere around the island, all with a personality of their own. This specific horse I have shared an image of before as it ran up from the coast to posed so perfectly during this epic sunset. It was one of the moments that will live with me forever. It started out with my friend and I eating dinner and noticed the sky lighting up with colours. We then inhaled our dinner to get out to photograph the brilliant sky at any location we could find. We noticed several horses off in the distance so I decide to make the noise I use to call in my horses and then next thing you know this beautiful Icelandic horse was right in front of us. We watch the sunset with the horse and several horses before heading to our next camping location to try our luck at some more northern lights.

For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
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Aurora and the Storm

Finally got around to editing some more Iceland photos. Iceland is one epic place with so many places to explore, enjoy and just be at peace. Taking the time to get off the beaten path is something I love so much and this place was truly something special. We pulled into the highlands of Iceland as it was the only place with potential that night to be clear. We make some dinner in the middle of nowhere and setup our camp site. Once the sky darkened we knew we had hike to this volcanic tube and try our luck. The aurora came out and put on a crazy awesome display while this epic storm cell just kept building and building which made for a great photo opportunity. I snapped this quick pano before climbing down into the lava tube to capture so many different angles. This was such an epic night to remember!

For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
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A Cold Night on Brewer Lake

The ice, the wind and the beautiful winter sky is something to witness. Starting with the ice and the noises it makes, from the pops and cracks to bubbling sounds that sometimes make me jump. Then comes the wind which is bitter and cold but it helps to clear our skies and allows for one to truly view what the night sky has to offer. Now for my favorite part which is those epic nights skies. Crisp and clear with longer nights and shorter days allows for a great chance to view some many things from the aurora borealis (northern lights) to some of my favorite constellations. One of my all time favorite constellations is Orion (The Hunter) which shines all night from the south east and later sets in the Southwest, the hunter lights up the southern sky and allows for everyone to enjoy the view of many amazing deep space objects. In this picture you can see the northern cross section of the Milky Way setting over the eastern part of Brewer lake, while the freezing cold temperatures and wind helped to reveal much the beautiful ice. Winter is so much fun, you just have to get outside to truly enjoy it! 😀🙌

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For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
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Monogamous - A Poem for Our Swans

Did you know that swans are monogamous? These amazing birds will find a single mate and this relationship will last a lifetime! Very rarely will “divorce” occur in this animals kingdom but sometimes divorces can happen due to a injury or even death. The other night I could not sleep, I was so sad over one of the local swans tagged “R04”. He recently hit a hydro pole and the result was some not good. Although it has survived the impact the wounds look serious. We are unsure what the exact injuries are but many in the community have come together to try and locate R04 to help him get to a rehabilitation center. On Wednesday, around noon we finally located R04 and his mate was staying right by its side. Sadly we have not been able to get him the help he needs and is very skittish due to the injury. I must thank everyone who has been on the lookout for R04 and helping to try to rescue him. I pray this weekend someone will relocate him so he can the help he truly needs. Thank you so much for reading this and for enjoying my photography.

Here is the poem I wrote which is dedicated to R04

We travel this earth together
Always together
We find our place
Outside and on the lake
Through the waves
I will always praise
The love you bring
Is just the thing
A special bond
That lasts forever
A bond so strong
Nothing will help me move on
Once and always
Together forever

Stay strong R04!

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The Black Wolf (Parc Omega)

Did you know the black wolf is actually a mutation of the grey wolf (canis lupus)? This genetic mutation is a result of dogs breed with the wolves approximately 40,000 years ago. It is a mutation in the K locus gene which results in a mutation known as melanism. Melanism is derived from the Greek meaning “black pigment” and is basically the opposite of albinism or Leucism (albino, leucistic, white or lack of pigment). These wolves are far more common in North America than Europe and tend to be found much more in the boreal forested regions which are much darker than the tundra, allowing them to blend into their surroundings much easier.

For more information on workshops, guiding or private lessons be sure to check out my website or email me for more information.
cowboywithacamera@gmail.com
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