Dec 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year by Megan Lorenz
Happy New Year, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

As we enter a New Year I find myself reflecting on 2013. My highlights would have to include getting phone calls from a National Geographic Editor, the honor of being a finalist in the annual NWF contest and other contest awards, signing up with some big agencies who work with me to license images, many exciting publications of my work, having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people through photography and travel. I visited Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Costa Rica, Newfoundland, Watkins Glen, Yellowstone and the Tetons along with many more local trips and camping for the first time in more than 20 years. I had some incredible wildlife encounters which I will never forget and I feel like I've grown as a photographer and on a personal level.

My life and heart feel very full with a job that is my passion and friends & family I love. I've been blessed with parents who are always supportive of me and my photography and it always means so much to hear they are proud of me. They've always been there and have shaped who I am and what I believe in.

With the good always comes the bad and this year was no exception. After the loss of my photography mentor and good friend in May, I often find myself a bit lost without his guidance. Gary was an important part of my life and I'm so grateful that I had him in my life even though it wasn't for long enough. I hope he realized how much I loved him and appreciated his encouragement, advice, willingness to share his knowledge and friendship. Did he realize that my successes never would have happened without him? He will always be remembered because I can't take a photo without hearing his advice running through my head.

The last time I saw Gary was three days before he died and he appeared healthy and happy. As I drove back to Cape Coral after visiting him and his lovely wife...I kicked myself as I'd forgotten to get a photo of us together. I thought about going back but decided that I'd just have to remember to do that next time I saw him. But there was no next time. That's really hard for me to swallow and it brings tears to my eyes every time that memory comes to my mind. I usually don't make New Year's Resolutions but I'm making one this year. I resolve to be more like Gary. To be open and giving with the people that I love, to express my feelings, to make sure they feel special and loved and to take more photos of those people and the special moments. I'm a photographer and yet I hardly have any photos of the most important people in my life, there's something very wrong with that.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2014 filled with great sightings, successes and time with those you love.

Dec 27, 2013

BFF

BFF by Megan Lorenz
BFF, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Edna & Luna's Client Session

Dec 26, 2013

My Bed Is Calling Me

My Bed Is Calling Me by Megan Lorenz
My Bed Is Calling Me, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

I think tomorrow is going to be a "stay in my pajama's all day" type of day. This was such a busy Christmas but so much fun. I got totally spoiled, spent lots of time with family and might have had a few too many drinks. Tomorrow I'm sleeping in!

Dec 24, 2013

Festive

Festive by Megan Lorenz
Festive, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Merry Christmas....wishing you all a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Dec 17, 2013

Festive Pug

Festive Pug by Megan Lorenz
Festive Pug, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Christmas is right around the corner and I'm still not ready...you?

Dec 16, 2013

Fox

Fox by Megan Lorenz
Fox, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Male Red Fox in Ontario, Canada

Stealthy Fox

Stealthy Fox by Megan Lorenz
Stealthy Fox, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Another one of my friend from earlier this month...

I love you pug!

I love you pug! by Megan Lorenz
I love you pug!, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Mack...my youngest pug who's now 8 years old :-D

Dec 15, 2013

New Legs :-D

New Legs :-D by Megan Lorenz
New Legs :-D, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

My favorite owlet in Florida...

Dec 14, 2013

Mmm...dinner.

Mmm...dinner. by Megan Lorenz
Mmm...dinner., a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Male Burrowing Owl in Florida

He's a leg man...

He's a leg man... by Megan Lorenz
He's a leg man..., a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

One of the "not so cute" sides of Burrowing Owls...that does NOT look appetizing!!!

Dec 13, 2013

You Bore Me

You Bore Me by Megan Lorenz
You Bore Me, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Burrowing Owlet in Cape Coral, Florida

Owlet

Owlet by Megan Lorenz
Owlet, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Burrowing Owlet in Cape Coral, Florida

Moose

Moose by Megan Lorenz
Moose, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Cow Moose in Algonquin Provincial Park

Dec 11, 2013

Orange Spring Mound

Orange Spring Mound by Megan Lorenz
Orange Spring Mound, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Orange Spring Mound along Upper Terrace Drive in Yellowstone National Park.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland by Megan Lorenz
Winter Wonderland, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Just a quick note about the foxes: Thank you for all the nice comments about the images, they certainly seem to be popular. I think many of my contacts will agree that I'm usually very forthcoming with locations and tips for wildlife I've photographed whether it's local or far from home. I believe that everyone that has a respect for nature should be able to see, photograph and experience these wonderful species.

Over the last few days I have been flooded with messages, emails and even offers of payment to divulge the foxes location. To prevent this turning into a circus and causing undue stress on the fox, I'm keeping the location private. Please know that I do not share that information with anyone including close personal friends and this is for many reasons. One of the most disruptive things to the fox would be a surge in the number of people visiting their den and the possibility that the less scrupulous workshop leaders would be willing to take people to the site. Would they leave their den? Get stressed and have a bad outbreak of mange? etc.

I have spent a considerable amount of time with these fox gaining their trust and I am very attached to them. I won't do anything to put them in danger. Please know that I feel terrible every time I receive a message from a close contact and I'm unable to share the info. I have a few photography friends that have been generous to share sightings with me and I hate that I can't return the favor in this situation.

There are lots of fox in Algonquin, just walk the trails and drive around during the right time of day/year and you might be lucky enough to see them. If you know of this location or if/when you do become aware of any fox den, I hope you think about what effects disclosing their location could have on the fox and make their needs a priority.

Perfect way to spend the day...

I'd rather be doing this any day than sitting around or being in the city.

Cheeky

Cheeky by Megan Lorenz
Cheeky, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

These days everyone thinks they're a photographer...

Reynard





Reynard, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.
Male Red Fox in Algonquin Provincial Park

Dec 10, 2013

Whiskey Jack

Whiskey Jack by Megan Lorenz
Whiskey Jack, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Feeding the Gray Jays in Algonquin...photo taken by Chris MacDonald with his new 7D.

Vixen

Vixen by Megan Lorenz
Vixen, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Female Red Fox in Algonquin Provincial Park

Sneaky Fox

Sneaky Fox by Megan Lorenz
Sneaky Fox, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Male Red Fox in Algonquin Provincial Park

Trust

Trust by Megan Lorenz
Trust, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

I've had great experiences with this Red Fox and his mate in the past...but this weekend was so special.

Fox Pair

Fox Pair by Megan Lorenz
Fox Pair, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

I miss my friends already...it was a special weekend and I really didn't want to leave them!

Dec 9, 2013

White & Red

White & Red by Megan Lorenz
White & Red, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.
Three Red Fox. Falling snow. Wild animals comfortable playing and napping in your presence. What's better than that?

Dec 6, 2013

Sleepy

Sleepy by Megan Lorenz
Sleepy, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

This is going to be me tomorrow....have to be up at 5am and it's already 12:30. Ugh.

The Frog & The Ant

The Frog & The Ant by Megan Lorenz
The Frog & The Ant, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Costa Rica

Places to go...

Places to go... by Megan Lorenz
Places to go..., a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Costa Rica

Dec 5, 2013

I'm never drinking again!

Burrowing Owlet (coughing up a pellet) in Cape Coral, Florida

Dec 4, 2013

Dec 2, 2013

Family Portrait

Family Portrait by Megan Lorenz
Family Portrait, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Mom in the front...Owlets in the back.

On The Lookout

On The Lookout by Megan Lorenz
On The Lookout, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Back to Owls for a bit ;-)

I don't think so bud...


I don't think so bud... a video by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Touchdown chasing down a competitor in Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park

Touchdown & His Ladies


Touchdown & His Ladies a video by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Touchdown & his Harem in Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park

Fragile Formations

Fragile Formations by Megan Lorenz
Fragile Formations, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Closeup of Dryad Springs along Upper Terrace Drive in Mammoth, Yellowstone National Park

Dec 1, 2013

Spasm


Spasm a video by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Spasm Geyser in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park

Midway Miracle

Midway Miracle by Megan Lorenz
Midway Miracle, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

Elements

Elements by Megan Lorenz
Elements, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Thermal Elements & Features - Yellowstone National Park

Looking for the ladies...

Elk in the Madison Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Beware

Beware by Megan Lorenz
Beware, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Love all the different signs...

Like Clockwork

Like Clockwork by Megan Lorenz
Like Clockwork, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Nightly visitor to our cabin in Silver Gate, Montana.

Welcome to Silver Gate

Welcome to Silver Gate by Megan Lorenz
Welcome to Silver Gate, a photo by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

Just outside the North East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park...Silver Gate, Montana.

Does a bear.....


Does a bear..... a video by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

This answers one very old and common question and look at all those bluebirds!!!!

Christmas Print Ordering Deadlines

Just a quick note...if you're ordering a print for Christmas, please note the following deadlines!!

Holiday orders take 1-3 business days to process, so order by these dates (domestic orders to US and UK only):

6 to 10 business days:  Last day to order is December 5th
3 to 5 business days:  Last day to order is December 12th
2 business days:  Last day to order is December 17th
1 business day:  Last day to order is December 18th

Thank you for all the recent orders.  If you have any questions, please visit my website at www.mlorenzphotography.com and use the contact form or send me an email.

Lazy Bear Cubs


Lazy Bear Cubs a video by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

One of my favorite moments in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.

Bears On The Beartooth


Bears On The Beartooth a video by Megan Lorenz on Flickr.

This was one of the most maddening wildlife sightings on my Yellowstone/Tetons Trip. I had the GoPro running as we were driving along the Beartooth back towards Cooke City and we were in a no stopping zone because of bridge work (although there was no work happening that day because it was a weekend but the rules still apply).

As we're driving along, I did a double take and looked at my travel partner who confirmed what I just saw. Huge Cinnamon Grizzly sleeping on a rock about 50 feet from the road. We kept driving and a few seconds later (at about 1:54 in the video) we see a massive black Grizzly walking through the forest on the right hand side. He looks far away in this video but those who are used to the wide-angle view of the GoPro will realize that he was very close and it was the perfect opportunity for some great photos. Isn't that always the way it goes?!!! Still a thrilling sighting for me even without photos.