Thanks in large part to all of you, this photo won that contest I mentioned! Folks were asking me for the results, but the entry and then judging deadlines were such that I just got them myself. And this photo is the winner! Thank you very much to all of you who gave it a vote so it made it into the judge's consideration. The prize for this competition was a year's free subscription to the website that I use to host my photo sales. This is a bit off the normal topics of tiny house life, gardening, cooking, off grid life, etc. but at least some of you know that another of my passions is wildlife photography. Occasionally though someone will suggest that I make photos available for sale, so apparently not everyone knows that they already are! :) And this prize is wonderful because it's allowing me to keep that as an option for now. Go check it out at https://arielcelestephotography.zenfolio.com !
I love being able to share the glimpse of beautiful wildlife and nature that I am able to see and capture. Though I was considering dropping that option. I try to keep the various printing options reasonably priced so most people who care to could enjoy glimpses of nature in their own homes. Did you know that even looking at nature pictures seems to improve human health according to a study by the National Health Institute? (https://www.sciencealert.com/just-looking-at-photos-of-nature-could-be-enough-to-lower-your-work-stress-levels) And I do sell a few prints, but after the cost to actually print the photo and ship it to you, the profit that comes to me every year has been less than it costs to keep the site that makes that possible. So.... I was considering just dropping the option since it seems a little dumb for it to be actually costing me money out of my pocket.
But I love being able to provide the option for others to add the natural beauty of the natural world to their homes and lives through photos. So thanks to your assistance with winning this contest so the site will remain for at least another year!
If you've never checked it out before, or weren't even aware that I enjoy wildlife and nature photography, here's a taste of a few of my favorite shots over the years. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wildlife and love being able to share a peek into that world for those who don't have the same opportunity. From fleeting glimpses of wild creatures to beautiful landscapes. Some of which require days to walk to, decades of waiting and observation to see, getting out well before daylight, or many hours of holding still in the cold. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Check out lots more photos over at https://arielcelestephotography.zenfolio.com and then click on "View All Photos" to find them sorted by topic or kind of wildlife. New shots are added regularly as I'm always pursing new photographs. Thanks again for all your support!