Dec 13

Wildlife Photography Number 14- Baby Seal and Mother

Baby Seal and Mother
Not being a professional or somebody that is extremely well off, my photography opportunities are usually limited to the things around me and in being in the right place at the right time.  What I mean about being at the right place at the right time usually comes down to me being lucky.  Yes, I can increase my odds of being lucky by placeing myself in good lighting conditions e.g. the early morning – late afternoon, but where I am in my life right now I cannot stay in one location and wait for the right conditions.  So, usually I just have to shoot what is available and hope that it will be something memorable.  Karen and I got that chance one day on vacation. 

Karen and I were on our way to Yellowstone National Park we were leaving early from Kansas and wanted to be in Omaha to be there when the zoo opened.  If you have never been to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha you are missing out.  It is arguably the best zoo that Karen and I have ever been to.   Do not bother going to our list page and looking under zoo for our review of it becasue as of right now we do not have one.  At the time that we went to the zoo creating this website was not even on the radar, and the pictures I have of it would not do the zoo justice.  It is on our list of things to do so hopefully we will get to it in 2012.  Well, I digress.   Karen and I ended up making it to the zoo when they opened and we were lucky to see a brand new baby seal.  It was not more than 5 hours old when we got there.  How lucky is that?  I got to take a couple of shots of the new born before we needed to move on we still had a long drive ahead of us and this was the best one that I took. 

I like this photograph because it represents the newness of life.  The photograph shows the baby seal looking up at its mother for comfort and support, and the mother turning towards the pup.  It is truly amazing how fast baby animals are ready to move.  Overall, this is one of my favorite wildlife photographs because being an amateur photographer it is more about being in the right place at the right time then it is about being a professional and setting up the right shot using patience, dedication, and time.

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