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Chase Dekker Wild-Life Images  Photographer | Biologist | Conservationist Currently based in Monterey, CA Prints, Calendars, and Tours here:

I’m pleased to announce that my Mount Rainier sunset image is the Landscape Category Winner in the 2018 Windland Smith Rice International Awards. It’s a great honor and privilege to be recognized by my peers for a shot that I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time for. You’ll be able to see this photo in person as it is currently hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

On our first full day in Wyoming, we visited one of my favorite black bear areas in search of them feeding on berries. As soon as entered the woods, this owl flew directly overhead and of course, we had to put the bear search on hold. I thought at first it was a great gray as I had seen many in this location, but it turned out to be a great horned. The great horned owls can be a little more skittish than the grays, but this one was very relaxed and didn’t move around too much. I liked this shot because if I hadn’t seen the owl flying, perches like this show just how brilliantly these animals blend into their surroundings. We may have never found it!

What’s better than great weather and active whales? That’s what October is all about in Monterey Bay! I only have a small handful of spots left on my final whale photography workshop this Sunday, so come join me out on the water! If you’re planning even further ahead, I have a couple spots left on my Tonga whale swim tour next year, so send me a message if you’re interested!

Right before sunset, we found this cow moose getting followed by a bull who had half his antler ripped off from a previous duel with another male. We were a pretty good distance from the pair when they decided to take off towards us in a fast paced trot. I backed out of the way and let them run on by as they splashed down a small spring nearby. I suppose these two lovebirds thought an evening bath would be pretty romantic!

Only a couple days left to pre-order my 2019 Nature Calendar! Follow the link above to get yours!

I just returned from a fantastic journey of chasing fall colors in New England. No place on earth does fall as spectacular as the few small states in America’s Northeast where hillsides are covered in red, orange, yellow, and green hues. While I’ve been to the New England region before, this was my first time visiting in fall and I am already looking forward to next year’s visit!

Just wrapped up a couple great photo safaris in Wyoming. Autumn is such a wonderful time to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, as everything is in transition. The leaves change color as the temperature cools and the wildlife are in their final preparations for the long winter season. Excited to post a few new images from this recent trip!

Here's a good formula for getting a cute wildlife photo: Meadow full of pink flowers + four fox kits + wait for them to get in a big pile for a nap = success!

Looking forward in a few days to tracking these guys in the dense Rocky Mountain forests. I always love photographing black bears feeding on berries as they fatten up for their long winter sleep. Many get more excited at the sight of grizzly bears, but I tend to prefer the more timid black bears as they have a more laid back and relaxed attitude. Don't forget you only have a limited time to preorder my 2019 calendars, so use the link in my bio to get yours at a reduced price!

This is what it's like being in the middle of a humpback whale and sea lion stampede. What a rush!

I wanted to thank everyone that helped me reach over 20K followers! I appreciate you joining me on this journey more than you could know. As a thank you, I'd like to give everyone the promo code "thankyou20" to use on my website. Here's to all the adventures ahead!

One of my favorite moments from Tonga was when this humpback mother turned towards us and seemed to purposely push her calf our way. Maybe it was a gentle nudge to encourage the calf to interact with us or not be scared. I couldn't be too sure, but the calf wasn't having it as he kept rolling around the top of her head. It's always nice when you have a mountain of mother to rest on!

We don't know exactly why, but humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean tend to have much less white coloration than humpbacks in the rest of the worlds oceans. So while visiting Tonga, it was really amazing to see the striking coloration on the Southern Hemisphere humpbacks. I had seen them before during a visit to South Africa, but not like this!

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