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Thank you, 200,000 times! The social media era gives us the opportunity to reach more people, in more places, faster and more efficiently than at any time in human history. The power of strong images, together with the immediacy of storytelling, is the foundation of education. It helps raise awareness of conservation, and inspires people to make positive changes in their everyday lives. I’m humbled by the number of people who follow me and leave comments. Thank you, to every one of you! Please help spread awareness whenever you can, and feel free to share my posts. The more Nature Ambassadors we create, the better! #bear #polarbear #svalbard #norway #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #daisygilardini

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Grizzly bears are omnivorous. Their diet includes food of both plant and animal origin, which means their diet is as varied as the human diet. They eat grass, berries, roots, fungi, and seeds. They’re not hunters per se, but they are opportunistic meat eaters. They scavenge dead animals and eat insects. They will occasionally kill newborn, injured, or elderly ungulates. During the salmon run they like to fish, to build up the fat reserves needed for winter hibernation. #Alaska #bear #grizzlybear #brownbear #LakeClarkNationalPark #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #daisygilardini

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini | I personally don’t like to spend a lot of time in front of the computer editing images. For this reason, while in the field, I always try to capture the image with the best possible settings and framing. Of course, because I’m shooting RAW files, a little bit of post-production is needed afterwards. In my workflow, I usually try to keep cropping to a minimum, to hold the quality of the image. I also address dust removal, colour correction (if needed) and contrast. I find that, when processing animals with wrinkled skin, like elephants, I tend to adjust the image contrast a little bit more than I usually would, to enhance the animal’s traits and bring out their strong personalities. Black-and-white works beautifully for that, I find. #elephant #botswana #africa #chobenationalpark #blackandwhitephotography #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #daisygilardini

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini | There are two species of African oxpecker: the yellow-billed and red-billed. The two species are the same size. They’re also called tickbirds, because they eat ticks. You’ll often see them perched on the backs of cattle and big-game animals like buffalo, where they peck at every cavity for ticks. While they help the bigger animals get rid of pests, they also peck blood from open wounds, which doesn’t help the healing process. Wildlife researchers are debating the relationship between oxpeckers and large mammals for this very reason, trying to find the balance between symbiosis — a relationship based on mutual benefit — and parasitism. #giraffe #africa #Botswana #oxpecker #birdphotography #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #daisygilardini

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Patagonia is known for its strong winds and beautiful lenticular clouds. Lenticular clouds typically form over mountain peaks where there’s moisture. Lenticulars are also called standing wave clouds, because they’re associated with waves in the atmosphere. They develop when strong winds push air over a mountain. What is interesting is that the clouds stand still and remain stationary. Though wind may move through them, it doesn’t push them. Instead, the clouds change shape by continually forming and dissipating around the crest of the wave of moisture. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #patagonia #chile #clouds #lenticularclouds #landscapephotography #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #daisygilardini

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Photo by @daisygilardini | “In celebration of World Elephant day.” Have you ever wondered why elephants have hair? You can see from this picture they have hair even on their trunk… long hair! According to a paper from Princeton Environmental Institute professor Elie Bou-Zeid and researchers Conor Myhrovold and Howard Stone published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One, an elephant's sparse hair helps the animal dissipate heat more efficiently. Thermoregulation, the process that allows one's body to maintain its core internal temperature, is key for elephants, because of the elephant's body volume to skin surface ratio. Hair works by creating more area for heat to be released. The Princeton study showed that when the wind is low, when elephants tend to overheat, the hair acts like pin-shaped cooling fins, increasing convection cooling efficiency by 24 percent. #Botswana #ChobeNationalPark #elephant #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital #daisygilardini #worldelephantday

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Photo by @daisygilardini | The malachite kingfisher is one of the smallest and fastest kingfishers in Botswana’s Chobe National Park. This little guy is just around 13 cm (5.1 in) long and he is super fast, which makes it really hard to photograph. The kingfisher’s main diet is fish, as the name suggests. They perch above the water to observe any suspect movements. Once they spot their prey, they dive down into the water to snatch the fish. They usually return to the same perch to eat the fish. If you know that ahead of time, it’s easier to photograph them at that moment. #Botswan #ChobeNationalPark #kingfisher $malachitekingfisher #birdphotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini |“ In celebration of World Lion day”. Lions are listed as a vulnerable species in the IUCN Red List, with an estimate of between 20,000 and 39,000 wild lions left. They are facing a number of threats, from habitat loss and fragmentation — due to residential development and consequent increase of land set aside for farming — to hunting, human conflict and pollution. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the total population has decreased by over 40%. in just three generations. #Africa #lion #lioncub #OkavangoDelta #Botswana #motherhood #play #Pangolinphotosafaris #janine_wildlife_photography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | The special “Collectors’ Edition” of Canadian Geographic, currently on newsstands, features the best 150 wildlife images selected from Canadian Geographic’s 100,000-member Photo Club, which includes @CanGeo’s Instagram community. The collectors’ edition also features entries in Canadian Geographic’s Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition. I am honoured that my spirit bear portrait made the cut. Enjoy the magazine! #spiritbear #kermodebear #cangeo #explorecanada #canada @cangeo #britishcolumbia #greatbearrainforest #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini |The Falkland Islands / Malvinas is home to 85% of the black-browed albatross population. They are monogamous, which means they breed with the same partner every year. They nest on steep, tussock-clad cliffs. They lay a single egg in a nest made of mud, guano, grass and seaweed, built in the shape of a pillar. The chick hatches roughly after three months of incubation by both parents. They take turns caring for and feeding the chick, alternating time in the nest with time at sea fishing. The chicks are covered by a pale grey-white down from birth, and are extremely entertaining to observe. They’re ready to leave the nest around March/April. #albatross #blackbrowedalbatross #chick #Falklands #Malvinas #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Have you ever wondered why the number “3” works so well? In numerology, the branch of knowledge that deals with the significance of numbers, the number 3 is thought to be the perfect number. The Latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” means “everything that comes in threes is perfect,” or, “every set of three is complete.” The familiar “rule of three” suggests a trio of things and/or events is more significant or effective or satisfying than other groups of numbers. Our minds are kind of set to think in threes, probably because we like to think in patterns. The number 3 is the first number that defines a pattern. The number 1 is defined as a chance; the number 2 is a coincidence; while the number 3 is considered a pattern. There are numerous examples of how the rule of three is common in our language, speech, music, theatre (three-act plays), art and filmmaking (trilogies). Think about three wishes, three guesses, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Musketeers, etc. In art, photography and design, we have the “Rule of thirds,” the idea that images with three subjects create a pattern that is visually pleasing. #Africa #Botswana #ChobenationalPark #zebra #sunset #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Rain, wind, waves and other inclement weather conditions carve icebergs in the most amazing shapes. Doesn’t blue pool look inviting and refreshing, on this warm summer day? #Antarctica #iceberg #bluepool #climatechange #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Walruses reside year-round in Svalbard. Even though their current population trend is unknown, scientists have serious concerns about the loss of habitat due to climate change.The IUCN Red List of threatened species lists walruses as “vulnerable,” for this very reason. Walruses live in shallow coastal areas and need ice to rest on when between dives for food. Shot with drone permit n. RPAS 4503, issued by Civil Aviation Authority – Norway. #Svalbard #walrus #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Porpoising gentoo penguin, While swimming, penguins often leap in and out of the water in rapid series of short bursts. This allows them to breathe regularly, and also confuses and disorients potential predators. It’s a challenge to freeze a frame of them in the air during this behaviour, because they’re unpredictable and often suddenly change course while underwater. In this, they are masters at confusing the photographer as well! #penguin #gentoopenguin #Antarctica #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Have you ever wondered why the sky turns into magnificent colours at sunset and sunrise? Sunlight is white because it contains all frequencies of visible light. Sunlight is also filtered by the air in the atmosphere. Light goes through different thicknesses of atmosphere and air particles, depending on the position of the sun, which in turn changes the sky’s colour from blue (shorter light waves) to yellow, pink, orange, red and purple (longer waves). This phenomenon is called atmospheric scattering. Basically, at sunset and sunrise, the light has to go through more air, because of the low horizon of the sun. More atmosphere means more molecules that scatter the blue and violet away from your eyes, leaving only the other longer wave colours. #sunset #iceberg #Antarctica #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | When photographing wildlife, I’m totally focused on my subject. Whenever I think something interesting is going to happen, I try to anticipate and start shooting in burst mode. This allows me to capture interesting and sometimes unexpected behaviour. If you wait until you see a hoped-for picture in your viewfinder, by the time your brain sends the signal to your finger to push the trigger, the magic moment is gone! This little cub was cuddling on mama’s back when, for a fraction of a second, his nose ended up very close to mama’s ears. If I were to caption this one, I’d say, ”Mom, can you keep a secret?” How would you caption it? #play #bear #polarbear #motherhood #cute #wapusknationalpark #canada #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Hippos spend up to 16 hours in the water every day, to keep cool and protect their skin from sunburn. They love to gather in big groups and float among water plants. Even though the giant Salvinia, also known as Kariba weed, is extremely photogenic, especially when hippos are part of the picture, it is a pest. This water plant is in fact one of the most noxious invasive species in the world. Originally from Brazil, it was exported by the pet industry to be used in aquariums and garden ponds. Dense colonies of this plant reduce water flow and decrease light and oxygen level in the water, negatively affecting biodiversity and harming the ecosystem, including fish and other partially submerged aquatic plants. #hippo #hippopotamus #Africa #Namibia #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Did you know that the African buffalo is one of “The Big Five” game animals in Africa? The term was coined by hunters to describe the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot: the elephant, the rhino, the lion, the leopard and the buffalo. The list of deadliest animals in the world according to World Health Organization figures as reported by the BBC (2016), features quite a few from the African continent. Mosquitoes are the no. 1 killer, with an estimated 725,000 fatalities each year, mainly due to malaria. Snakes rank second in deadliness, with an estimated 50,000 fatalities a year. In third place, you’ll probably be surprised to find dogs, with 25,000 casualties. Next on the list are tsetse flies (10,000), crocodiles (1,000), hippopotamuses (500), lions (250) and, finally, buffalo (200). #Capebuffalo #Africa #Botswana #chobenationalpark #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | King penguins definitely have a regal attitude! Shoulders back, breast out and head high, they're super funny to watch when they chase each other in courtship. The chase can go for a long time, actually. Usually it's the female that leads “the dance.” She's the one who decides where to go and when to stop. To attract a partner, the males perform an ecstatic display that includes trumpeting calls, while stretching their necks as far as they’ll go. If the female is impressed, she'll also take part in the display — stretching, bowing and bobbing heads. #falklandislands #penguin #kingpenguin #conservation #climatechange #malvinas #climatechangeisreal #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Human psychology has an innate tendency to anthropomorphize animal behaviour. Generally speaking, we like to attribute human emotions to wild behaviour. In photography typical anthropomorphic behaviour — like kissing — creates a connection between the subject and the viewer, even if that connection is tenuous at times. In some instances, this can result in misreading the animal’s biological behaviour. These two young polar bears are not courting, for example, but are play-fighting, practising for the more serious standoffs that will occur during mating season. #play #bear #polarbear #wapusknationalpark #canada #nikonswitzerland #nikonambassador @nikonswitzerland #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | If you have an opportunity to spend some time among the biggest land animals on Earth, you’ll probably immediately feel the powerful energy that surrounds these gentle giants. Science has proved time and time again that they’re extremely intelligent and inquisitive creatures. Having poor vision, they rely more on their well-developed sense of smell and touch than eyesight. During my recent visit to Chobe National Park in Botswana, this elephant got particularly interested in our boat. He approached slowly and started investigating us, smelling us with his super sensitive trunk, almost touching my lens. Once he decided my noisy camera was harmless, he quickly got bored and went back to to grazing. #africa #elephant #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | I have to admit that I have an obsession for bee-eaters! Every time I visit Botswana during the winter months, I spend every morning maniacally searching for them in the thick reeds of the Chobe River. This is the only time of day they huddle together in the first sun rays of dawn, to warm up before taking off for the day. I’m probably obsessed because I haven’t got the perfect picture yet. It’s extremely challenging to find them on a reed with a clear view, with no other reeds in front of them. It’s near impossible, too, due to the vegetation’s thickness, to keep enough distance between the birds in the foreground and the reeds in the background, which you need to achieve the perfect blurred bokeh effect. This year, this is the best I could do. It’s not perfect, which means I will have to go back next year and try again! #Africa #beeeater #birdphotography #botsswana #chobenationalpark #choberiver #conservation #togetherness #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Water lilies and lotuses are different species, even though they’re both aquatic plants that grow in shallow, calm waters and are similar in shape and habitat. Water lilies are common to the West, while lotuses are more familiar in the East. The main difference in appearance is that lotus’ leaves and flowers rise above the water level, while water lilies float on the water’s surface. #africa #waterlilly #botswana #chobenationalpark #birdphotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Painting by @davidmceown | “Okavango Dream” 30 x 22 inches, watercolour Inspired by a recent painting trip on the Chobe river and Okavango delta in Botswana. It was hard not for the soul to be stirred by the Ancient Rhythms that vibrate in the African landscape and the magnificent wild creatures that still cling on in the remaining national parks and private reserves. Follow @davidmceown for more painting and and behind-the-scenes stories. #elephant #elephantart #africa #africanart #okavango #choberiver #pangolinphotosafari #wildlifeart #surreal #watercolour #watercolor #conservation #illustration #animaldrawing #cangeotravel #gratitude #aquarelle #landscapepainting #watercolor_daily #contemplation

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Walruses are carnivores and their main source of food is shellfish. They forage along the sea floor in shallow waters (around 80m) and search for prey with their very sensitive whiskers. They have 13- to 15 rows of whiskers (vibrissae), for a total of roughly 400 to 700, which are attached to muscles and are supplied with blood and nerves. Once a walrus locates its prey, using its whiskers, they use their powerful lips to suck shellfish out of its shell. They can eat up to 4,000 clams in one feeding. #walrus #polar #Svalbard #wildlifephotography #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital @sailracingofficial #sailracing

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Your lens’ focal length will determine how big the sun will appear in your image. Use a wide-angle and your sun will be just a dot. Use a big telephoto and you will end up with a big sun. The same applies to the moon. The focal length determines how big the sun will be, in relation to the frame, but not the subject in the frame. What determine how big the sun is, in relation to the subject, is the distance between the shooting spot and the subject. Here’s a simple rule: For a subject of size “Y” you have to be at a distance of 100 x “Y” from the subject to have the sun be the same size as the subject. Let’s assume the elephant has a diameter of 6 metres. In order to have the elephant appear the same size as the sun, you will have to shoot from 600m away. #africa #elephant #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Painting by @davidmceown , “Polar Bear , #8”, 15 x 20 inches , watercolour. It is challenging to sketch these amazing animals as they can silently appear, then vanish quickly beneath the waters surface among sea ice and iceberg remnants while hunting for seals. This polar bear however did spend some time circling our boat, leaving everyone excited and holding their breath! Follow @davidmceown for more painting and and behind-the-scenes stories. #polarbear #polarbearart #arctic #wildlifeart #watercolorartist #watercolor_zone #acuarelle #aquarelle #animalart #animaldrawing #painting #watercolour #watercolor #climatechange #cangeo #oneoceanexpeditions

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Photo by @daisygilardini | After waiting for the spirit bear to appear all day, as the day passed and we were ready to leave the river, we were rewarded. She was probably sleeping under the tree all day without us knowing she was just a few metres away. With her little, still sleepy eyes, she acknowledged our presence and continued to patrol the river edge, stopping from time to time to fish. The Kermode or spirit bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. This subspecies of the American black bear has white or cream-coloured fur, due to a unique recessive gene. Their home is the well-named Great Bear Rainforest in B.C. on Canada’s West Coast. #greatbearrainforest #canada #britishcolumbia #explorecanada #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Elephants use their ears to regulate body temperature in the heat. Flapping them acts like a fan. It moves air around the body, and cools the blood, that is circulating through the ear veins. Cooler blood lowers the elephant’s core temperature by several degrees. The ears also indicate when the elephant is curious, angry or feels threatened. In these situations, it will spread its ears wide and face the subject of interest or fear. #africa #elephant #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | I simply love how the back light catches the grass in the African savannah. It makes the entire scene glow, giving it a surreal, dreamy feel. Whenever driving by a field of glowing grass, I instinctively look for any subjects that might happen to be grazing in it. As much as I love the backlit grass, as it creates that magical ambiance, it can be a real pain when trying to get a clear view of the face of the subject without having any long stalk of grass right in the middle of it. #africa #zebra #wildlifephotography #okawangodelta #botswana #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini |Arctic foxes are very well adapted to survive extremely cold environments. Their white winter coat is the perfect camouflage. Their short ears, short nose and furry soles have also been adapted to cope with such an extreme environment.They often curl up tightly and cover the nose and paws in their furry tail to prevent heat loss. #fox #arcticfox #polar #Svalbard #wildlifephotography #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Emperor penguins perform a wide range of displays during courtship, from bowing and swinging their heads to trumpeting loudly. This display continues throughout the breeding season, when parents trade places while taking care of the chick at the colony. The display ritual seems to strengthen the bond between them. #penguin #emperorpenguin #Antarctica #snowhillisland #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #wildlifephotography #birdphotography #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Baboons have incredibly entertaining personalities. One could stay hours observing them without getting bored for a single second. Drama is always present, as these never-tired creatures simply love to bug each other — playing, fighting, mating. After spending endless hours photographing them I simply wish I had the same energy and flexibility of movement. #africa #baboon #wildlifephotography #chobenationalpark #botswana #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Baby elephant are simply ADORABLE! The mini version of the biggest animal on Earth evokes immediate feelings of tenderness in just about everyone. After a gestation period of 18- to 22 months – yep! almost two years – the calf is born around 250 pounds (115 kg) and stands about 3 feet (1 metre) tall. Baby elephants don’t really know how to use their trunk for the first 6-8 months of their life. Before they learn how to use it properly for eating, drinking and bathing, they swing it around in an extremely comical way. This young elephant fell down on his butt while playing with an older calf. Balancing with his trunk and legs, he could finally stand up and start chasing the other fellow again. I love to spend time observing them … so much fun! #africa #elephant #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | When it comes to silhouettes, less is more! The key to success is to look for a clearly outlined subject and avoid overlapping multiple subjects. Keep in mind that the goal of a silhouette is to render your subject as a shape with a clearly defined outline, with no colour or texture. So the shape needs to be absolutely perfect to work. In contrast to normal portraits, when I like the subject to look at me — possibly with the head tilted a bit in order to see both eyes, creating a 3D effect — I find that profiles work best when shooting silhouettes. In this shot, the egret’s long legs created a separation between the bird’s body and the tree branches. The egret’s long neck and beak helped create a successful and strong silhouette. #africa #greategret #birdsphotography #chobenationalpark #botswana #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | When photographing wildlife, I try to “work my subject” whenever possible. Basically this means shooting with different lenses while trying every possible angle. When the opportunity presents itself, I prefer to lie on the ground and be at eye level with my subject. Depending on the animal I’m photographing, whether it’s docile or dangerous animal, shy or fearless, I choose one lens over the other. I love wide-angle portraits as they give me the chance to get close and personal while including the background habitat. Sometimes, though, I find it too intrusive and I opt for a telephoto lens instead. In this particular case, I wanted attention on the big harp seal’s eyes only. My 200-400mm lens allowed me to zoom in and focus on a tight close-up without disturbing the seal. #climatechange #seal #harpseal #wildlifephotography #canada #explorecanada #quebec #magdalenIsland #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | This little fellow is one of the most beautiful and iconic birds in South Africa, for sure. The Lilac-breasted roller average size is 14.5 inches (37cm), and it’s a strong and swift flier, which makes it extremely difficult to photograph in flight. Birds-in-flight photography is challenging and frustrating. Once you’ve learned the basic techniques, though, it’s just a question of practice. At the end of the day, after shooting thousands of images, you’d be happy to have a few that are sharp! Patience and perseverance are the key to success. These are my camera setting when photographing birds in flight: - manual mode - auto ISO - 1/4000 of a second (the smaller the bird, the more speed you need) - f/4 to f/8, depending on the size of the bird (the bigger the bird, the more depth-of-field you need) - continuous focus (AI servo in Canons) - 9 centre focus point - back focus #africa #lilac-breastedroller #birdsphotography #chobenationalpark #botswana #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Caption @sealegacy |Every year thousands of visitors travel to Alaska during the peak summer season for the experience of a lifetime: the opportunity to watch bears fish in water as clear as glass, right from the water's edge. Bear-viewing and all related service providers (air/boat taxis, guides, lodging) reported $34.5 million in sales. Pebble Mine would change all of this. Forever. Mine construction will alter the ways that these bear move through wild Alaska and their relationships with humans. But there's still something you can do to try and change the future for these bears. Join us and all of the people in Alaska already standing up to #SaveBristolBay. Make sure your voice is heard - sign Sealegacy petition (link in the bio). If you live in the USA you can make a public comment via this link https://pebbleprojecteis.com/publiccomments/neweiscomment #NoPebbleMine #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #Alaska #brownbear #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Baobab trees are found in arid regions in Africa, India and Australia. There are nine different species of this genus (Adansonia). They all have huge trunks that can store up to 120,000 litres of water (32,000 gallons). They can live thousands of years. Maybe this is why, when close to them, one can feel a kind of wisdom energy. During my last adventure in Botswana, we had a great opportunity to photograph this beautiful baobab under the Milky Way. I used an exposure of 25 seconds at f4, with the ISO camera setting at 2500. #africa #baobab #nightphotography #milkyway #botswana #landscapephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Elephants congregate along the Chobe river to drink, after a day on the savannah eating grasses, foliage from trees, bark, twigs and other vegetation. They require an enormous amount of water and food, because of their huge size. They eat between 200-600 pounds (90-270 kg) of food a day. and drink up to 50 gallons (190 litres ) of water a day. During periods of drought they have an incredible ability to locate underground water and dig well-holes, which also provides water to other species. They’re a keystone species for this very reason. They influence the environment they inhabit, and quite often help others. #africa #elephant #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | The hippopotamus is not one of “The Big Five” game animals in Africa, but perhaps it should be. The term was coined by hunters to describe to five most difficult animals to hunt in Africa: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard. Hippopotamuses are dangerous animals, aggressive and unpredictable, even though they’re vegetarians. They are huge animals. Males can reach up to 1500 kilos (3’310 lbs). That makes them the third largest land mammal, after elephants and rhinos. They’re different from the other two, though, because they’re semi-aquatic. They spending most of their day in the water, and graze on land during the night. Contrary to what many people think, their diet consists almost entirely of grass and not aquatic plants. They’re territorial in water, but not so much on land. #africa #hippopotamus #botswana #chobenationalpark #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Adélie penguin males perform an ecstatic display to attract a partner, often trumpeting and stretching their necks as far as they'll go. Viewed at the right angle, when they do so, a nice heart shape appears under their neck. #Antarctica #penguin #adelipenguin #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags e #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Painting by @davidmceown | “Encounter” 22 x 30 inches Recent studio painting inspired from field studies drawn in Africa. It was very moved to be in the presence of this rhino and have time to sketch and ponder the behaviour , power and it’s precarious existence in this age of habitat loss and threat of poaching. I am in gratitude for the parks , reserves , photo safaris and conservation groups that are working so hard and with often great sacrifice to protect these amazing animals. I was happy to deliver this painting in person to a private collection in Botswana last week! Follow David @Davidmceown for more paintings and stories behind the scenes #rhino #rhinoceros #whiterhino #savetherhinointernationa #rhinoswithoutboarders #pangolinphotosafari #wildlifeart #watercolour #watercolor #drawing #pleinair #conservation #illustration #artforconservation #sketch_dailydose #sketch #animaldrawings

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Photo by @daisygilardini | It was 1997 when Thomas D. Mangelsen published the book “Polar Dance.” I was just starting my career as a wildlife photographer at the time. I still had a day job as an accountant, and was saving all my money to pursue my passion and dream to become a full-time photographer —one day. The book's cover had an image similar to this one, which inspired me to be patient and persevere. It took me a while to give up that day job, but I finally  turned full-time in 2006.  Today — 22 years later —  I am full of gratitude for photographers like Mangelsen who deeply influenced my life. #play #bear #polarbear #wapusknationalpark #canada #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital @thomasdmangelsen

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Photo by @daisygilardini | The “little bee-eater” is one of the smallest bee-eaters in Africa. In wintertime they love to warm up at the first sunrays. They pick a reed and fluff up their feathers in order to absorb as much heat as possible before taking off for the day. It's extremely difficult to find them among the thick reeds as they're perfectly camouflaged with the vegetation.  #Africa #beeeater #birdphotography #botsswana #chobenationalpark #choberiver #conservation #togetherness #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | During courtship, birds of a feather don’t necessarily flock together — at least not the traditional way. Instead, males come face-to-face and show off their bills, hoping to appeal to a potential mate. The female decides, but the male has to put on a show first. King penguins are among just a handful of seabirds that reflect ultraviolet (UV) light from their bills. UV light is invisible to the human eye, but can be seen by most birds. The male king penguin uses this as a cue to attract females. The contrast between the bill’s black background and often bright surroundings enhances UV light reflection, which in turns makes it easier for the female to see. #wildlifephotography #penguin #kingpenguin #southgeorgia #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | I'm finally back home after a month on the road! It  started with a few talks in Switzerland and Germany, and then I was off to Botswana. It was great to catch up with old friends, and meet new ones! Botswana never disappoints. I’d like to thank my guests who made the trip memorable, and the great organization by @PangolinPhotoSafaris. My good friends Guts and Janine (@janine_wildlife_photography) always make us feel home and are great hosts. Thank you… I'm already planning my next visit! I'll be home for the next few months, catching up with editing, and look forward to sharing more images of this last adventure with you. #Africa #lion #lioncub #OkavangoDelta #Botswana #motherhood #play #Pangolinphotosafaris #janine_wildlife_photography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Milk is extremely important. It’s unique to every species because it contains specific nutrients and antibodies. A polar bear mother’s milk has a creamy texture. According to University of Alberta biologist Andrew Derocher, it’s a bit chalky, salty and fishy — fishy, because it has a lot of oils which come from the bears’ diet of seal blubber. It’s salty and chalky because of its mineral content, which includes sodium. It’s creamy because of the high fat content, which varies depending on the age of the cubs. The younger the cubs, the fatter the milk. At an early stage, the fat content can be as much as 40%. This is because polar bear cubs are born underdeveloped and need a certain amount of fat-rich nutrients to sustain their growth. #motherhood #bear #polarbear #wapusknationalpark #canada #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Shooting during golden hour in the Polar Regions often means being up in the middle of the night. Even if it’s hard sometimes, it almost always pays off in the end, on many levels. Photography pushes us and allows us to witness some of the most spectacular wonders of Nature. These moments of pure quietness are simply priceless. I love every minute in the field. #Antarctica #sunset #iceberg #landscapephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Grizzly bears are omnivorous. Their diet includes food that’s both plant and animal in origin, which means their diet is as varied as our own human diet. They eat grass, berries, roots, fungi, and seeds. They’re not hunters, but they are opportunistic meat eaters. They scavenge dead animals and will eat insects. They occasionally kill newborn, injured, or elderly ungulates. During the salmon run they prefer to fish, to build up the fat reserves needed for winter hibernation. Contrary to what many people think, bears are not great fishers. They’re successful just 25% of the time. The less experienced the bear, the better for the photographer, though! Inexperience means more jumping and running around, and good splashes in the water. #kamchatka #bear #grizzlybear #lkurillake #wildlifephotography #Nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizedoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital