Check out some of our favorite photos from past National Wildlife photo contests. Each week we'll celebrate nature and wildlife from a different state and this week we're featuring Maine's wildlife and wild places!
Photographer Gordon Michael Brown writes, "While shooting flower images in Warren, Maine I heard this little male singing." The Virginia resident made this portrait of a common yellowthroat with a Nikon D300s and 500mm lens.
Maryland resident Robert Miller made this landscape image of a rocky coast in Acadia, Maine at dawn's first light with a Nikon D300 camera and a long exposure of 2-3 seconds. Learn more about landscape photography and how to use the right tool for the right impact.
Nature photographer Michele Barker writes, "I was checking a spot along the Penobscot River in Brewer, Maine where there had been eagle sightings. To my surprise, I didn't find any eagles but instead found this harp seal resting on the ice. I stayed there for more than an hour photographing this seal as it posed for me. There had been some other seal-sightings on the river this past winter, but this was the only time I witnessed. It was such a great opportunity to observe and photograph this wonderful animal." The Maine resident used a Canon 5D with a 100-400mm lens to capture the moment. Read about a fearless photographer that travels into the depths of winter to photograph harp seals.
North Carolina resident Jack Mohler writes, "The porch at my great-grandmother's home in Mount Desert Island, Maine is shared by several generations of chipmunks and a few rogue red squirrels. I caught this one enjoying a few sunflower seeds in a solo moment of relative peace." The youth photographer used a Nikon Coolpix P510. Here are 10 nutty facts to make you appreciate squirrels.
Landscape photographer Carr Clifton made this 'Spruce Forest and Fog' image in Maine's Acadia National Park with a Toyo 45A Field View 4x5 camera. The California resident writes, "This is one of my best photographs from 30 years or photographing, and among my best known images."
Downeast Audubon President Leslie Clapp writes, "This baby great horned owl had fallen out of its nest and was being tended by its parents. An animal rehabilitator came to make sure it wasn't injured, and it was fine...just a bruised belly." The Maine resident documented the moment using a Canon 7D with a 28-300mm f/5.6 lens. Get a rare look at baby great horned owls, from NWF's blog.
Wildlife photographer Pam Wells writes, "I took a long hike into Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge to photograph orchids and other wildlife. This goldenrod spider sat atop a fern, and I got this unusual shot" using a Canon 30D with a 100-400mm lens.
Ohio resident Ronald Schaefer photographed this award winning image of "two kissing puffins" from blind on Maine's Machias Seal Island with a Nikon D300 and 200-400mm lens. Read The Puffins Keep Their Secrets, from National Wildlife's archives.
Wilderness photographer George Sanker made this portrait of a pine marten in Maine's Baxter State Park with a Nikon F5 35mm SLR film camera with a 500mm lens on a tripod. To photograph this inquisitive mammal, the Massachusetts resident "followed this marten, from a distance, as it hunted in the campground. When it stood up to scan its surroundings, I shot low and vertical." Learn about big climate challenges facing small mammals, including the American pine marten.
Photographer Christopher Crowley explains, "Apparently startled by a predator, this New England cottontail jumped into a pond and swam out to a boulder to escape danger." The New Hampshire resident captured the moment in Baxter State Park with a Canon 1V 35mm SLR film camera and a 500mm lens. Read Bunny Boom and Bust, from National Wildlife's archives.
Nature photographer Judd Patterson writes, "The week at Moosehead Lake in Maine had been long and wet. Each day I was met with still more rain, but I only had a limited time that I could stay in this boreal forest habitat. I pushed on and found that many birds were still busy singing. I thought the wet vegetation added a lot to this image of a male magnolia warbler staking claim to his territory." The Florida resident used a Canon 5D Mark III with a 500mm f/4 lens.
Kentucky resident Bill Stath made this image of a Maine lighthouse at Sunset with Canon equipment.
Virginia resident Sandra Andrews writes, "While watching the monarch butterflies gather together in Acadia National Park before their winter migration, I caught this one just as it was taking flight" using an Olympus 3MP digital camera. Learn more about the monarch's winter migration, from National Wildlife.
Wilderness photographer George Sanker writes, "This big bull moose and I both arrived at a mountain pond at sunrise in Baxter State Park in October. I crouched low for perspective and set up along. As the moose approached, I began shooting vertically for the shape of the shape of the moose facing me head-on and to include the beautiful fall foliage reflected in the water." The Massachusetts resident used a Nikon F5 35mm SLR film camera with a 500mm lens on a tripod. Read about The Deepening Mystery of Moose Decline.
Maryland resident Roy Scott captured the "awkward flight" of Atlantic puffins on Machias Seal Island using a Canon 7D with a 150-600mm lens. Read There's Nothin' Like a Puffin, from Ranger Rick.
Maine resident Robert Diadone photographed this portrait of a gray treefrog in his backyard habitat with a Canon PowerShot SX100. Learn more about tree frogs in NWF's Wildlife Guide, and learn how to help frogs in your backyard habitat.
Kentucky resident Whitney Robison made this image of a field of lupine along Highway 1 in Maine with a Nikon D60 and 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. She writes, "Leaving Baxter State Park I noticed these pink, purple, and white flowers popping up by the ditches in the road. I thought they were beautiful flowers, and as I came upon a field full of them I had to stop and try to capture what I saw before me." Did you know that roadsides can provide vital sanctuaries for pollinators and other wildlife? Learn more from National Wildlife's Habitat Highways.
Wilderness photographer George Sanker made this portrait of a "curious river otter on a partially frozen beaver pond," in Acadia National Park using a Nikon D7000 with a 200-400mm lens on a tripod. Read An Otterly Amazing Comeback, from National Wildlife's archives.
Maryland resident Julie Steinberg shot the view from the top of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park with a Nikon Coolpix camera. She writes, "This was a beautiful but very difficult hike, so I was glad that I carried my lightweight camera." Read about Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and learn how you can take action to defend this National Monument under attack.
Wildlife photographer Pam Wells writes, "This wild Maine bobcat heard the click of my camera and sat down close to my blind to figure out the sound's origin. I was reminded that cats act like cats, no matter the species or size. Fortunately, its curiosity allowed me to obtain some wonderful photos." The Maine resident used a Canon 7D with a 100-400mm telephoto lens. Read an interview with Pam and NWF affiliate Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM).
More from the National Wildlife Federation:
Learn about NWF Affiliate Natural Resources Council of Maine
Visit NRCM's website
NWF blogs about Maine and NRCM
Find National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges in Maine
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