For those of us who can’t spend thousands on an African Safari, places like Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Washington provide a way to get close to wildlife without spending days in a blind, hoping for something interesting to pass by. I took the family here a couple weeks ago. My favorite animals are the predators, but because the massive enclosure sizes to let animals roam a bit more than your typical zoo, sometimes it’s hard to see them.
The cats were resting in the back of their enclosures, so even at 300mm I had to crop this photo so much it wouldn’t be worth using for a print. Still, good lighting and I managed to get their eyes. Animal photos usually aren’t worth anything unless the eyes are sharp.
Cougars are some of the most graceful, regal, magnificent animals. Most of the shots I got of this one, his brows shadowed his eyes. This one shot he tilted his head up to watch a bird and I got the light in his eyes.
Wildlife photography is not my forte, but it’s fun to dabble in it once in awhile.