missed it by …

Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

I head out into the wild looking for the consummate wildlife image. I have visions of shooting regal-looking animals in gorgeous natural vistas, dappled with perfect light.

Or maybe I’m capturing the perfect interaction between two wild critters, or a life and death struggle as a predator tries to stave off starvation while its prey tries to live another day. So many possibilities …

My photos are going to win the grand prizes of grandiose wildlife contests and pay me like I won the lottery.

My daydreaming is rudely interrupted when I realize that I just took a picture of a pelican mooning me. Ah well, maybe next time.


If you’re going to insist on taking photos, I’m going to keep mooning you. Bottoms up.


Yikes these dandelions are sour. I need some meat!

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Don’t mind me I’m just dreaming about a little sleep walking.


Can someone turn up the light … trying to fish over here.


I know there’s a piece of grass hanging out of my mouth. What exactly did you plan on doing about it?


I’ve seen the big guys do this. I’m pretty sure this is right. So what happens next?

Latest Comments

  1. Paula says:

    I’m trying to decide between the grass-chewing bear and the sleep walker as the favourite here 🙂 Altogether amazing wildlife photos!


  2. melodylowes says:

    Candid wildlife, eh? Au naturel is quite attractive – butt shot or not! hehe I quite like that one actually- the movement suggested in the water and the clarity of the moment are kinda exciting…


  3. Delft says:

    I for one love your quirky wildlife.
    Where else do you get to see the underside of a Pelican’s feet?


  4. mimar9 says:

    The picture conveys reality.

    Wrongness is judgmental.

    Vision can be distorted.

    Capturing the moon varies over time.

    Bottoms up connotes definitive assessment.

    Downward focus for a watering reason.

    Not up to your expectation?

    Don’t feel compelled to pull the trigger.


  5. Phil Lanoue says:

    Gotta love a pelican butt shot.
    You have cornered the market on great faces here!
    Also interesting to see the centerboard on the ridge of that pelican’s bill indicating it’s in breeding plumage. This is something I have never seen in person.


  6. caleephotography says:

    These are great shots, and I love the funny captions 😀


  7. Mary says:

    Powerful pieces as usual Lyle, you know exactly how to caption your fabulous photographs – these are great!


  8. Mike Powell says:

    Your birds and animals have personality and individuality, not like the more idealized “models” that we tend to see in many photographs. You caught them in real life! it seems so “normal” to capture them with funny expressions and odd poses. I suspect that if someone with a camera stalked us for a few hours during a typical day, they’d come up with lots of shots like this. I really like the shot of the bear with the stalk of grass (tell me that you’ve never chewed on a stalk of grass–I have), but my absolute favorite is the final shot of the juvenile head-butting. Come to think of it, your photos begin and end with a butt. Obviously you don’t follow a policy of no ifs, ands, or butts.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Yes, I’m guilty on the butt policy and guilty of chewing on the odd stalk of grass which has surprising flavour! I like your comment about animal personality. It’s funny because sometimes we can strive too hard to make a photo of an animal seem just right and take away their personality.


  9. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    I love your blooper reel photos. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing an animal in perfect light when it refuses to look up at you, other than not having the camera ready when the animal does look up.


  10. janeslog says:

    Great photos.I’ve no chance of photographing brown bears in Scotland unless I’m at Edinburgh Zoo!


  11. idiotphotographer says:

    This reminds me of why I usually stick to buildings and landscapes, they are less likely to moon you unexpectedly. Thanks for giggles, these are the best out takes I’ve seen in a while!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Ah but between the moons and the frustrations comes the pure thrill of catching the beauty of wildlife and that’s what keeps me going back. Happy to be the best of the worst:)


  12. Alison says:

    I feel your pain; I have so many photographs like that, and they haunt me!


  13. artsifrtsy says:

    Ahhh – too funny. I was going through my shots yesterday morning and found that I had been mooned several times by a titmouse – not his best side.


  14. jonathan stenvall says:

    Nice shots! 🙂 Love the commentary to 🙂 //Jonathan


  15. Gunta says:

    Definitely an award winning butt shot. The rest are great too, but the commentary takes the prize!


  16. mflahertyphoto says:

    Such a coincidence! I missed a fantastic rainbow shot last night by “that much” too! By far this is the toughest part of photography for me, putting all the failures behind. I love both bear shots!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      The bears always hold a special spot for me. I’m not sure if I’m getting any better at getting close – it still feels like a miss. So I try to save it with humour and then, ironically, sometimes get a better response when I post them. It makes you wonder.


  17. Kathryn says:

    So beautiful,funny and clever…I


  18. Deb W. Trotter says:

    Photos are great; captions are hilarious!


  19. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat says:

    Wonderful post. Love the commentary.


  20. Michelle at The Green Study says:

    I love the bear one, because I can imagine how it might frustrate a photographer…certainly helps to have a sense of humor!


  21. sagescenery says:

    Such an interesting shot of the pelican with the color of the beautiful water, and the gorgeous webbed-feet! I feel as if I’ve traveled quite a distance to chat with these awesome animals!!! Thanks!!


  22. Honie Briggs says:

    I wish I had an award worthy of these shots. Your captions are exactly what the creatures would say if they spoke English. I’m sure of it. Exceptional work, as always, Lyle.


  23. Katalina4 says:

    Hilarious! And a pretty good butt shot…


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