Top 2013 Nature Images Including Wildlife Photography
The year 2013 is slowly winding down. 2014 is knocking on our front door, waiting for new adventures, new journeys and many more photos of the natural world. This year in 2013 I did not travel much, or did I? With all images on my hard drives swirling around like the hands of a clock, sometimes it’s difficult for me to remember. Thinking about it and seeing all folders sitting under my 2013 file, it looks like I did. Oh yes, right. A trip to Spain, France and Austria, not to mention all the trips to Germany! The best journey I took this year was like a dream come true; to Svalbard in the Wild Arctic. Far north. I was lucky enough to get a spot on the tour of great photographers in Europe.
Now it is time to decide which images are the best nature photographs I have! Well, there is no specific wildlife image or favorite landscape image, all my nature photographs are my favorites, since every single image has a story behind.
The dream had come true. The wild Arctic was calling my name! I needed to prepare for a place I’d never been. At 82-83 degrees, a place that was very cold, filled with ice, close to north pole. Lots and lots of ice. Witnessed the birth of ice as well how far the ice retreats in summer time! Something to think about and to react! We were surrounded with ice like I’d never experienced. This expedition for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, the natural world in the far north was breath taking, not to forget the light, faaantastic. An experience that will stay with me forever.
In this post I have compiled my “favorite” nature and wildlife photography images, and they have been hard for me to choose. Every image that I took is my favorite. Not to forget they are all like my children on those swirling hard drives. And those hard drives are going all day, every day and only rest when I travel or sleep or I’m walking my dog in the forest.
Starting with wildlife photography, animals in their very own natural world. More Polar bear images in my galleries.
Good night, sleep tight! Polar bear embedded in the cliffs high above the arctic sea on the Karl XII island. We have been in a few zodiacs taking turns to take pictures of this tight sleeping polar bear. It was not easy to get this one under the hood. Rough sea, zodiac rocking, dawn light, but we managed. f/5.6 1/800sec. ISO 4000 300mm f/2.8 & 2x ext. III on a MK IV
My thoughts, when I was taking this image of a polar bear sleeping tight under the full moon: Good night, sleep tight. Hope you do wake up in a better world! That you will find always the food you need to survive. That you never have to struggle to swim through the rough sea for 1000 Miles to reach the pack ice. That you live looooong! That we humans wake up to realize, that we, the humans, cannot live without nature! Nature has its place on the planet for its reason! When missing a few pieces in the wheel, the wheel will not work like a clock!! We should think about this.
Same island where we have found the sleeping polar bear, Karl XII island. We have seen this polar bear up in the cliffs. Not pristine, as you can see, this is nature as it is! No snow or ice for this polar bear to roll in to get clean. This polar bear was climbing in the cliffs, always looking back to another polar bear, as well sitting high in the cliffs. Polar bears get sometimes stuck on islands without any food for them around! Seals follow the ice, the ice shrinks further back to north, every year further! We have seen polar bears eating sea weed on one island for their hunger instead of their normal food, seals…etc. Sadly every year less ice is in the arctic and those gorgeous animals have to suffer from that! I think in these days we all do know why! f/5.6 1/500sec ISO 3200 70-200mm & 2x ext. III
Walrus checking us out in the zodiac. We were cruising in the zodiac near the beach of an island, where we had spotted a polar bear strolling near the water. Nearby a group of walruses were sunbathing, like they do much of the day. As we drew closer some of the walruses came into the water and were as curious to check us out as we were to check them out. f/7.1 1/1250sec ISO 800 70-200mm & 2x ext. III
Born in Svalbard. We found this polar bear walking along the arctic sea eating sea weed! Since the the sun was behind him, this was a great opportunity for shooting some backlit images. We were able to stay with this polar bear for quite a while until it changed it’s direction. Walking up toward the ice cap of the island Kvitøyjøkulen. f/6.3 1/1250sec ISO 800 70-200mm & 2x ext. III
Moonstruck seagull on the beach of Karl XII island. Cruising along in the zodiac we took turns with other zodiacs of our group photographing a polar bear sleeping up on the cliffs under the light of the full moon. Then I spotted a lone seagull in the vast expanse that stole the scene…. sort of. This seagull came in very handy to check various settings for the polar bear sleeping up high in the cliffs. f/5.6 1/400sec ISO 1250 70-200mm & 2x ext. III
Coming to Landscape Photography of the year 2013
Lighthouse Pointe De St-Mathieu in Brittany. I was at this lovely sight twice, the second time there were finally some cooperative clouds in the sky. Myself placing on a little cliff opposite the Lighthouse with quite a steep drop down into the sea. A little spot behind a big rock gave me a little bit of shelter from the strong winds. A 4 min exposure, along with a Big Stopper attached to my wide angle lens, gave me this result. f/22 240seconds ISO 100 17-40mm
Where? Out there… North! On our way back to Longyearbyen, we again witnessed the magic light from the far north. I took this image from the moving boat with the 70-200mm. I managed to wrap myself around a pole, hooking my leg around it to stay stable, like a fancy human tripod. It worked very well throughout the trip for my Arctic Landscape Photography. f/6.3 1/50sec ISO 3200 70-200mm
A majestic ice sculpture in front of one of the many glaciers that Kingsfjorden, Svalbard has to offer. While cruising through the ice bergs in front of the glacier, we happened upon this one. The magic morning light, set this apart from all the others. What magical light we were fortunate to encounter on this trip. Mind blowing for me, wow! f/6.3 1/1600sec ISO 3200 70-200mm
Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain. What wonderful architecture and it’s still under construction! This image is of the ceiling of this gorgeous building. I was glad that I booked my entry ticket online. If you ever go to Barcelona, make sure you book your tickets online for all you want to see, unless you want to stand in line for an hour or more. f/7.1 1/15 ISO 500 17-40mm
Many more photographs I have on my hard drives swirling around from 2013. Hope you enjoyed the images I picked for you 🙂
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By Anette Mossbacher