Wildlife Butt Photography

by Melinda J Johnson February. 23, 2019 230 views

It seems I’m known among friends and family for two markedly conflicting little quirks; the dichotomy a source of endless jokes.

Apparently, I’m the “animal whisperer”. I have a tendency to get approached by wildlife of all kinds, on land and in the water. They often coming shockingly close with curiosity, and some have just come up and sat on me… my shoulder, my foot, my lap…. (I’d share that last story, but honestly, you’d never wrap your head around it.) I sometimes get followed around by something entirely wild, and on a few special occasions, they’ve boldly requested affection… a little petting behind the ear, a scratch in a hard-to-reach place, or tickles under the flipper.

Sadly, I’m also the “butt photographer”. For reasons that are lost on me, if I’m carrying a camera, I’m usually presented with a butt. It’s that, or we don’t see any wildlife at all within reasonable proximity. The animals aren’t scared of me, or trying to walk off. Either they were posed as such, butts front and center when I first spotted them, or they see me with my camera, do a little metaphorical eye roll, and give me their butts.

Over the past week, I was reorganizing photography files, and couldn’t help but chuckle at all the butts I’d captured. It’s probably not just me. The presence of a human does generally encourage wildlife to make a retreat, or at least position itself for one, just in case. There’s a part of me that wants to request a 365 Project dedicated to our favorite wildlife butt shots, because I know we all have a few that were too cute to discard. …I stress, WILDLIFE, because human butts stop making cute photographs after around the age of three.

Meanwhile, my family will continue to joke, before any excursion, that I should probably leave my camera at home, so they can enjoy some epic wildlife encounters…that no one will believe, because… no pics. Here’s a few of my favorite butt shots, including one of a silly raven that danced all around me in some kind of play taunt, maintaining a tail-first presentation all the way around, wagging with pride.

The Clown

The Clown

This foof was orbiting Wapiti School, in Cody, WY.  (Ironically, this is also the school that Nancy DeMoss used as an example in her support of allowing schools to be armed.)

This foof was orbiting Wapiti School, in Cody, WY. (Ironically, this is also the school that Nancy DeMoss used as an example in her support of allowing schools to be armed.)

This was an adorable exchange.  The Red Dog repeatedly kept bumping, pushing, and rubbing on mom, trying to get her to play or interact, but she was not giving up that nap.

This was an adorable exchange. The Red Dog repeatedly kept bumping, pushing, and rubbing on mom, trying to get her to play or interact, but she was not giving up that nap.

This mule deer was being a booger.  It stood at backwards-attention like that, clearly listening to my every move, but refusing to turn and look, even for a second.

This mule deer was being a booger. It stood at backwards-attention like that, clearly listening to my every move, but refusing to turn and look, even for a second.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 9 months, 2 weeks ago

joy thumbsup

#1 - head on the same level as the butt - could be a politician ...
#2 - my favorite 
#3 -I prefer a bear in the wild, who is going away and showing its butt instead of coming closer and showing its face with all its teeth! bear 

Btw. there is a German Saying: Ein schöner Rücken, kann auch entzücken! Let's have a very free translation: A beautiful back(side) can also be an delight

When I scrolled through my pictures, I found this: https://www.photoblog.com/strohschneider-laue/2018/04/25/caught-in-the-act/

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Melinda J Johnson Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 9 months, 2 weeks ago

OH, Sigrid!!!  I laughed so hard at your comments, I scared the dogs awake, and brought my boys running in my direction with anticipation of something awesome.  'Turns out, your rhino pictures are "beyond awesome" in their eyes!  smile

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Björn Roose 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Wildlife does indeed tend to turn its back on photographers (I share your experience). I think it's a way of protecting itself from the evil (camera)eye smile

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