My today post is about the wildlife photographer Art Wolfe and his outstanding animal camouflage photography.
Check out some images from Wolfe’s collection. Can you spot the hidden Animals in these photos?
They don’t appear to show a lot, but look again and you might just see nature’s masters of disguise at work.
First image is...a Great Gray Owl has positioned itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of this camouflage in Oregon, United States.
Here...it's a white-tailed ptarmigan manages to keep a low profile among the snowy vegetation in Manitoba, Canada.
Here.....a spectacled caiman (a type of crocodile) hides among the leaves in the tropical grasslands of Venezuela.
Here...a Blue Dacnis in Panama.
Here....a mischievous family of Japanese macaques almost seem to vanish in their rocky habitat on Honshu island.
Here...a wandering tattler chick blends into its rocky background perfectly in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, in Alaska.
Here...a horned adders golden colour as it matches that of the sand in the Namib Desert where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface.
Here...a giraffe, vertically camouflaged by the shape and colour of surrounding vegetation, in Transvaal, South Africa.
Here...this individual, whose species is a member of the Antelope family, hides in vegetation in Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
Here...a Wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest.
Here...a male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.
Here...a Nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington.
Here...the mottled markings of the California Ground Squirrel help it to evade predators by blending in with its rocky environment.
And here...a Bengal Tiger tantalises its prey by virtually vanishing from view among the undergrowth in India’s Bandhavgarh National Park.
Wolfe's "Vanishing Act" project gives you the feeling that there’s no human presence in the photos whatsoever, as the artist captures real-life animal camouflage skills. The camouflaged creatures blend seamlessly into their surroundings to protect themselves from predators or to stop their prey from spotting them.
Wolfe spent years trying to capture the amazing beasts in a way that has never been seen before. This camouflage project, which he started in the 1980s, has taken him all over the world in his quest for perfect shots.
He says it has always been his goal to support the conservation issues by 'focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth'.
For more of his work, you can visit his website: artwolfe.com
There’s one thing I keep thinking while going through his photographs: how on earth did he spot them himself?? These incredible photos almost always need a second look as it’s hard to spot the animals at the first sight! Amazing really!
Hope you had fun spotting the hidden animals.
Images from here.
Have a breezy day,