Welcome to the blog for Steve Hinch Photography.
On this page you'll find photographic information on the places I've photographed recently as well as some technical information on the photographs themselves. I'll also post updates on what I've seen and experienced in Yellowstone and abroad, current wildlife sightings, and anything else of interest. Check back often for updates!
November 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Each month of the year presents something different. November is often overlooked with autumn turning to winter and snow begins to cover much of the higher elevation. But, with the bison and elk rut long over, the bighorn sheep take center stage as the big rams fight for dominance for the right to breed with receptive ewes. This ram was occupied with challenging some of the other rams while also checking out the females. The out of focus ram in the background was less impressed.
November 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that nature lover in the family? Fine art prints and books make great gifts any time but especially at this time of year. Due to the production and shipping times on metal prints, to receive your order by Christmas, the last day we can accept orders for metal prints for the holidays will be December 7th. For all other products, including books and photographs on archival photo paper, please order by December 14th. As always, for orders not needed before Christmas, we accept orders year round and we thank you for your continued support!
November 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment
The Kalalau Valley is one of the most scenic places on earth, and I've been fortunate enough to see and photography many scenic places. We drive up from sea level to over 4,000 feet to the end of the road through Koke'e State Park to see this view at sunset. The temperature at sea level was about 84° Fahrenheit but by the time we had climbed 4,000 feet, it was only 60° Fahrenheit. The light was constantly changing as the clouds rolled off the nearby Ridges. Kauai's Mt. Waialeale is the second most rainy location in world, receiving over 460 inches of rainfall per year but much of the mountainous area of Kauai receives similar rain totals. Standing here watching the light change was nothing short of spectacular as I gazed down to the ocean 4,000 feet below. It felt as if I was in some movie with CGI effects rather than a real landscape, but it was real and unlike anything I could have imagined.
November 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Ilio holo I ka uaua is the Hawaiian for the monk seal and means the "dog that runs in rough water." As I mentioned Sunday, we were so fortunate to see one of these rare animals on our last day on Kauai. Only 45 monk seals call the waters around Kauai home and about 100 live around the main Hawaiian Islands making the monk seal one of the most rare seals in the world. They feed all night which also happens to be the time when their most dangerous predator, the tiger shark, also hunts. So the seals not only must find food but also stay alert for hunting sharks. During the day, they will haul out on a beach or rocky cove and sleep in the sun all day, going back to the water at night again. Even this young 2 1/2 year old seal had scars, whether from an encounter with a shark, from another seal, or from a boat propeller, indicating the dangers these animals face. Thanks to the work by the Marine Mammal Center and their volunteers, these seals are provided special protection and hopefully their numbers will begin improving in the near future.
November 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment
As wonderful as our recent trip to Kauai was, we weren't blessed with the best weather. High surf warnings, even on the south coast, limited our time in the water and I only snorkeled one time. One of my favorite animals is the endangered green sea turtle so I was bummed I wasn't able to photograph them under water. But one morning, my wife and I took a random walk along a rocky coast where we discovered around ten or so turtles feeding in cove below. Using a telephoto lens, I was able to photograph them as they surfaced. This turtle surfaced just as one of the larger waves rolled into the cove and I was able to photograph it surrounded by the beautiful blue water as the wave crested. The green sea turtle is an endangered species like the monk seal and nene that I posted earlier in the week. The monk seal and nene are only found in the Hawaiian Islands are number approximately 1,000 and 2,000 animals each. Green sea turtles can be found around the world and number over 80,000. Conservations efforts world wide to protect nesting sights and limit illegal harvesting are helping to keep green sea turtles as part of our world.
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