FRAMES: Photo Challenge #69: Wildlife

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.

I always get really excited for the yearly posting of this challenge because by far this is the one that gets the most entries. One might say I’m even sweetening the deal on this one, because not only will “Stand-Outs” be published in the October 13th edition of the Kitsap Sun, but the “stand-outs” and maybe even some “stand-out back-ups” will be published in the November issue of our Outdoor guide.

So, your photo challenge for the month, if you choose to except it of course, is to show me your best photo of WILDLIFE.

Our definition of wildlife is: animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and/or sea creatures living in a natural, undomesticated state.

That means unless your dog Fluffy the poodle is facing off with an angry bear-sized squirrel (or unless you can prove that Fluffy is now a wild dog roaming the hillside) leave the images of Fluffy in your photo album. I want to see photo of wild animals, wild birds, wild frogs, etc. While I always encourage you to shoot the challenge in the time-frame that it is posted, I will accept any photos of wildlife that you have shot in 2013, but they cannot have been entered for any of the other challenges that we have had.

You may send me a maximum of 7 photos for this challenge, so edit your work down to 7 images MAX shutterbugs.

Deadline for entries will be October 7th.

Entries may be uploaded via the “Upload Kitsap Frames Photo Challenges here.” link over on the right hand side of this page or you may email them to me if you prefer : mreid@kitsapsun.com

Please put your real-life name somewhere on the entry form if you use the handy photo uploader on the right side of this page.
As usual, here are some shots from our archives to get you thinking:
A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A lone baby raccoon sits in the grass at the future site of the Marvin Williams Youth Recreation & Community Center on Park Ave. in downtown Bremerton on Thursday. The youngster seemed to have gotten separated from its family and was picked up by the West Sound Wildlife Shelter. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A barred owl perches on a highway sign near Viking Way and Highway 305 in Poulsbo just before sunrise. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A pod of transient orcas visit Liberty Bay on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)
A buck deer walks along the Hurricane Hill trail in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, as the morning clouds burn off over the Olympic Mountains. (Larry Steagall / Kitsap Sun)
Seals lounge on a floating dock off the shore of Lemolo Shore Dr NE in Poulsbo. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Seals lounge on a floating dock off the shore of Lemolo Shore Dr NE in Poulsbo. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN)
A deer munches on the tall grass at dusk in East Park near the Bremerton YMCA. (LARRY STEAGALL | 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)
A sea lion and a trio of cormorants hang out on one of the navigational buoys along Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)

An eagle is pestered by a raven in Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

An eagle is pestered by a raven in Hansville. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN
A small mouse sits in the early morning sunshine in a gravel driveway in Brownsville. MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN
A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A finch perches in a budding tree along the shore of Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. (MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A bald eagle looks out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Salt Creek Recreation Area in Port Angeles, Wash. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A coyote stands in a field off Day Rd. on Bainbridge Island Wednesday. LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN
A tree frog clings to the stems of a flowering plant at a home in Brownsville on Monday, June 10, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A tree frog clings to the stems of a flowering plant at a home in Brownsville on Monday, June 10, 2013. (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 on June 10. 2011. (LARRY STEAGALL / 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 on June 10. 2011. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
An small orca's tail is visible after it breached near one of the buoys near the Liberty Bay Marina on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
An small orca’s tail is visible after it breached near one of the buoys near the Liberty Bay Marina on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

 

 

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)

A flock of ducks take flight about Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton. (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)

 

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

 

Evergreen Park Squirrel: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun

 

 

2 thoughts on “FRAMES: Photo Challenge #69: Wildlife

  1. The red-headed duck in the center of the photo at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton is a male Eurasian wigeon. They are quite rare in the United States. Apparently that one is hanging out with a flock of American wigeons. You were very fortunate to get that photo.

    1. Paul that is really interesting! It didn’t even dawn on me that there was a different kind of wigeon in that flock, and now every time I see a flock of wigeons I’m going to be scrutinizing the flock for that little red-headed duck in hopes of snapping a better photo of him. ;)

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