Photographing pets and animals in the wild, from dogs and cats, to dogs at the NYC Pride Parade and Hawaiian birds, or catching a glimpse of the beautiful wild life around us, while whale watching...these are a few of my snapshots of pets and animals.
|Ambrose, Kurt Weston's guide dog, at CNN headquarters. Photo by Alina Oswald.|
[Award-winning photographer Kurt Weston is the subject of my book, Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography. Weston won the 2nd CNN iReport Award for Personal Stories. I joined him in Atlanta, for the ceremony. Ambrose is his guide dog, a devoted friend and a gorgeous dog. In the above image, he is waiting patiently at the foot of his owner, in the cafeteria of CNN Headquarters, in Atlanta.
To learn more about my CNN iReport on Kurt Weston, check out Reflections on a Lifetime of AIDS.
To watch Kurt Weston accepting the CNN iReport Award and hear his acceptance speech, check out Kurt Weston accepts iReport award.
To watch CNN's Fredricka Whitfield interviewing Kurt Weston on CNN, check out Blind Photographers View of the World.
|Kurt Weston and Ambrose on the stage, accepting his award. CNN's Michael Holmes by his side.|
To read more about Kurt Weston's art and life, check out his biography, Journeys Through Darkness, written by yours truly, and including photographs by Kurt Weston. To find out what others have to say about Journeys, check out a review here. ]
I leave you with a few more pictures of pets and animals... As always, thanks for stopping by!
|Dogs looking through fence in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Alina Oswald.|
And if you think that photographing dogs or even cats (yes, Miss Fey :-)) is hard, try to catch a glimpse of a whale or dolphin.... It's challenging.
So, I'd like to share a few of my snapshots of images of animals and pets, and thank them for always being loyal, best friends forever.
But I don't photograph only dogs. I also capture cats, whenever they let me. (I know Miss Fey, you are in charge. Miss Fey is one of my favorite cats who thoroughly checked out my gear bag, and only after approving of its contents, she agreed to pose, briefly. She also meows on the phone, whenever I chat with her 'human,' which, by the way, is award-winning author T.J. Banks. To find out more about her books (including Catsong, Souleiado and Sketch People), check out her Sketch People blog here.
|Portrait of a Cat. To find out more, check out http://tjbanks927.blogspot.com/.|
|Cat Photography: Miss Fey. Find out more at http://tjbanks927.blogspot.com/|
Animals don't always have four legs. Some have two, and some have many more...like the sea (or I should say beach) creature below. I remember I was sitting on this Lanai beach a few years ago, camera in hand (with the long lens attached), catching my breath, when I noticed this...creature crawling in the sand. It begged for a picture.
|Nene the Hawaiian Goose. Photo by Alina Oswald.|
Needless to say, I couldn't spot any Nene. Disappointed, I got back inside the car and pulled out of the parking lot...and then I noticed it. The Nene, slightly larger size than a well-fed regular goose. It was talking in the grass, one step at a time. Not sure if it was looking for food, or for somebody to chase away. I snapped a few pictures with my iPhone, and took off.
|Sea creature on Lanai beach, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.|
Sometimes animals are not only humans' best friends, but also they find a sweet spot inside a vampire's heart, too.
|Even vampires love their pets. Here is Octavia, the cat, in the arms of her vampire. Photo by Alina Oswald.|