Entries by Josh Cripps

Lines of Force

Taken on Tern Island, Northwest Hawaiian Islands on March 13th, 2009 In 2009 I had the pleasure of volunteering for one month in the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Sanctuary in Hawaii. I was stationed during that time on the aptly named Tern Island, where every year approximately 160,000 Sooty Terns (plus 20 other seabird species) come […]

Eye Candy

Taken on Tern Island in the French Frigate Shoals, Northwest Hawaiian Islands on March 11th, 2009 When I had the opportunity to visit Tern Island, a tiny coral speck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I had one image and one image only in mind that I wanted to capture while I was there: […]

Going to Tern Island!

Woot!  In a sudden turn of events (no pun intended), the powers that be have seen fit to allow me to visit / volunteer at / shoot Tern Island for a whole month, starting NOW!  Tern is in the French Frigate shoals, a series of small coral atolls about half way between Honolulu and Midway.  […]

The Best Job in the World?

If you folks haven’t heard about this, Tourism Queensland is running a contest whereby the winner gets “The Best Job in the World.” More specifically, the position is caretaker of Hamilton Island, which is part of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef. The position requires you to snorkel, scuba, spa, trek, and explore […]

The Thing!

Taken in Karoo National Park, South Africa, on September 13th, 2008 Camping towards the very end of a trip to South Africa, I woke up one morning to find the campground being besieged by desert tortoises, who were there to feast on the campground’s grassy areas. This particular tortoise had more things on his mind […]

Camouflaged Colt

Taken in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa, on September 12th, 2008 After a prolonged graze this young zebra lay down to have a snooze under the watchful eye of its parents. However, rather than disguising the colt as nature intended, its black-on-white stripes served to help it stand out against the golden hue of […]

Imfolozi Elephant

Taken in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa, on September 11th, 2008 On the third day of a four-day bush walk in Imfolozi Game Reserve, our evening was made interesting by two elephants who decided to browse their way through the trees near our camp. Watching them demolish leaves, branches, and even whole trees, we […]

Cautious Camouflage

Taken in Kruger National Park, South Africa on September 7th, 2008 While on a lunch break durimg a self-drive safari in Kruger National Park, we spotted this chamelon slowly making his way across the picnic area to a tree. As we watched him move from the ground to the tree, his color changed from a […]

End of a Dusty Trail

Taken in near the northern border of Kruger National Park, South Africa September 2nd, 2008 There are few better places to spend your birthday then Kruger National Park, which is absolutely teeming with African wildlife. And there are few better ways to spend your birthday than scanning a river in search of hippos, only to […]

Cutest Cubs

Taken at the DeWildt Cheetah Research Center, South Africa August 31st, 2008 Wild cheetahs have a perilously shallow gene pool. So much so that conservationists worry that a single disease could wipe out all the remaining wild cheetahs. Fortunately, there a few places that run active cheetah breeding programs in order to diversify the cats’ […]

Aloe Polyphylla

Taken in the village of Malealea, Lesotho, on August 25th, 2008 Aloe plants are found all over the world but none of them can quite match the geometric precision achieved by the spiral aloe, which is native to the highlands and Drakensberg Mountains of Lesotho and South Africa. I found this excellent specimen in the […]

Karoo Creation

Taken in the Great Karoo Desert, South Africa on August 21st, 2008 Photography is all about being in the right place at the right time, and I believe that making the two come together is really 95% planning. Usually that remaining 5% only makes the difference between a good photo and a great one. However, […]