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Awwww….Baby Fennec Fox

The 58 gram fennec fox kit feeds every two hours on Pedialyte mixed with a puppy formula.

I need to change the tag line for this blog to photo tips and really cute baby animals. This week’s awww comes in the form of a two-day old fennec fox. The native of the Sahara desert in North Africa adapted to its environment by developing shockingly large ears. With little prey in the desert, they use their 6 inch ears when locating food underground. Legend has it fennec fox can hear the beating heart of a lizard nearly a… Read More »

Latest Baby Giraffe at Safari West

Giraffe Fun Facts: Giraffes have longer forelegs than hind legs.

Ok, I admit it I’m a sucker for animal stories. Turns out nearly everyone else is too. Animal stories can be the scourge of editors in our business however. They draw big attention while the supervisors meeting stories tries to keep up. Now that we can count hits, we know animal stories are big. A video I shot of a giraffe birth three years ago has been our top video since it was shot, with over 2 million hits last… Read More »

How-to: Watching the Sparks Fly


The first lesson when photographing welding: CLOSE YOUR EYES!. Even through layers of glass and two mirrors, retinal damage is possible. You can set up a tripod. I’m a gritty photojournalist, so my tripod is my legs spread, arms tucked in close, deep breath, squeeze the trigger slowly. For welding, I set up the shot, focus, close my eyes and just let the camera shoot at 8 frames a second when I hear the arc welder spark. Second lesson when… Read More »