It snowed the day we were arriving in the Outer Banks. I just had time to grab this image of the Bodie Lighthous before the sun dropped. The snow reflected the purplish light just as the sun's last flames settled in the west.
This sunset might look like a painters' interpretation, but in fact it looked like this. The South East is enduring drought conditions, we had no clouds or rain, yet this evening this sunset favored us for a few minutes.
Each morning we set out in small boats to look for wildlife. The camera I had planned on using for this trip fell and broke the first night in Brazil. It was stuck at F/7.1 and ISO 800, which seemed to work perfectly for dawn and dusk views on the water.
During daylight these waters are alive with the creatures that make their living on the water. At dusk everything goes quiet and the river turns to glass, the trees become lacy silhouettes against the sky and reflections in the water.
These puffy little clouds lit from below by the rising sun were a treat for me. It was drawn and the world felt new again. This area of Brazil is made up of plateaus and forest as well as savannah. We were staying at a Posada named for the Harpy Eagles we were hoping to see in this area.
These are bachelor males, which form a sub-heard of individuals 4 to 7 years of age. During the dry season they are a bachelor herd, but rejoin the females for the duration of the wet season to mate and protect the calves. Adult males "play and spar".
Sunset on the Okavango River with a yawning hippopotamus. The yawn is a threat gesture, and we witnessed a lot of it before everything quieted down with the hippos. Hippopotamus skin is very sensitive to the strong sun and so they spend much of their day in the cooler water.
Towards the end of our stay in India we were treated to some bird watching from the water. I was astonished that we could see this gorgeous owl. Bubo bubo is one of the worlds largest owls, his wingspan can reach 74 inches. This is male because his "ears" are so upright. He might be about to snatch a heron, as other birds are prey of this owl.