FRAMES: Photo Challenge #54: Wildlife

Yes we have done the wildlife theme before but it is one of the most popular themes we’ve had so I’m going for it once again!

There is a wide variety of nature right outside of our doors. You don’t have to go on a safari to get a great picture of a wildlife here in Western Washington. Grab your camera (film, digital or even a simple iPhone) and get outside and show us what you see; be it birds, creatures with fur or those slimy snakes and toads hiding in the mud. Maybe you’ve recently been on a whirlwind vacation to Yellowstone this summer and shot a bazillion photos of bison…if so share your best one!

Our definition of wildlife is: animals, birds, reptilians, amphibians and/or sea creatures living in a natural, undomesticated state. Therefore do not even think about submitting photos of your pets this is a WILDLIFE challenge therefore unless you can guarantee that dog or cat is roaming wild and free in the neighborhood without a hint of domestication just save those photos for when we have a pets challenge.

The deadline for photos will be Monday, August 20, 2012 so you’ll have about two weeks to stalk that deer family that has been hanging out in your backyard.

Again we encourage you to shoot the challenge during the time frame that it is posted for but for this challenge we will accept any photos taken in 2012 since sometimes those wild creatures just don’t bend to our will and show up when we need them to.

***Your name must be attached somewhere on the photo uploaded, put it in the caption/description area, with the image title or in the “taken by” spot on the upload site so I can credit you correctly. Those I feel worthy of a “stand-out” nomination will be published in the Kitsap Sun print edition.***

A recap of rules and regulations will be posted at the end of this entry.

Here are a plethora of examples from our archives:

A pair of herons fish along the shore at the boat launch on a rainy Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Kingston. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)


Orca whales ply the calm waters of Dyes Inlet on Wednesday as it swims past the Naval Hospital. (Larry Steagall  | Kitsap Sun)

A flock of ducks take flight about Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A dungeness crab scurries along the dock at Ilahee Park. (MEEGAN M. REID/ KITSAP SUN)

Kayakers share a lake with a moose at Teton National Park. (Meegan M. Reid)

A male osprey returns to a waiting fledgling with a fish in his talons at their nest on top of one of the lights at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Seals lounge on a floating dock off the shore of Lemolo Shore Dr NE in Poulsbo on Wednesday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

A blue heron is silhouetted against the morning sky as it perches on a piling in the Bremerton Marina. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)


A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

Little birds perch on the back of a bison on Antelope Island, Utah.
(Meegan M. Reid)

A small bird perches on the limb of a bare tree in West Bremerton. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

A juvenile bald eagle takes flight from the shore near Harper Pier in South Kitsap on Tuesday. March 13, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID/ KITSAP SUN)

A buck deer has plenty of green plants to chew on in Manette. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

A blue heron snags a fish in the Olalla Lagoon on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers help a black bear escape from a cage in the Central Cascades as their Karelian bear dogs get ready for the chase.  (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun)

Evergreen Park Squirrel: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun


***To recap: Every week or so we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will begrudgingly accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) or click the “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Entries” button over there on the right side of the page and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).