Animals have always been captivating us.  They are depicted in the first cave art from approximately 30,000 years ago.  Today, we make them our sports team mascots and they star in our movies.  Our fascination with our beastly co-inhabitants is well founded and well rounded encompassing all dimensions of our blue dot.

Over the course of my time with a camera I have collected images of animals in their habitats. Not only is the final image enticing to the eye but the stories behind the image is usually quite interesting as well.  Immense knowledge can be learned from observation of the natural world.  This and many other reasons that I have pretty much fallen in love with the entire animal kingdom. Also they are just super cute. 

 A young colt at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary where thousands of wild horses roam free. This youngster learned to walk within 30min of his birth and is just getting his first teeth in this image.  South Dakota, 2011.

A young colt at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary where thousands of wild horses roam free. This youngster learned to walk within 30min of his birth and is just getting his first teeth in this image.  South Dakota, 2011.

 A black bear climbs a tree to gather berries in Grand Teton National Park. Each fall they gorge themselves on fruits and berries, paying little attention to any humans that might be watching them. In a rare moment, he looks towards camera and shows his beautiful face.  Wyoming, 2013.

A black bear climbs a tree to gather berries in Grand Teton National Park. Each fall they gorge themselves on fruits and berries, paying little attention to any humans that might be watching them. In a rare moment, he looks towards camera and shows his beautiful face.  Wyoming, 2013.

 An American Bison stands taking in the sun rays in Yellow Stone National Park. To capture this image as the herd neared us eventually crossing the road and river in front of us, I stood on the roof of the car as we drove through their midst.  Wyoming, 2013.

An American Bison stands taking in the sun rays in Yellow Stone National Park. To capture this image as the herd neared us eventually crossing the road and river in front of us, I stood on the roof of the car as we drove through their midst.  Wyoming, 2013.

 An Osprey sits atop its nest platform near Grand Teton National Park.  The bird inhabits much of the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. They are known for their ability to dive and capture fish with deadly accuracy.  Wyoming, 2013. 

An Osprey sits atop its nest platform near Grand Teton National Park.  The bird inhabits much of the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. They are known for their ability to dive and capture fish with deadly accuracy.  Wyoming, 2013.