Sharing moments in time…


Hi Everyone,

My name is Scott Randall and I am a retired civil servant having spent 32 years working for the U.S. Dept of the Navy.  I enjoy music (and try to play the acoustic guitar), golf, skiing, travel, and more recently photography.  Although I have “dabbled” in taking pictures over the years, I have gotten more into it since I retired and have somehow accumulated much more photography “stuff” than I ever thought possible.

I started this blog after a trip to South America and it has been a great place to share our travels to Europe, India, Alaska, the South Pacific, Africa and many places within the US of A.  You’ll probably notice that I love photographing wildlife and we have been privileged to see and photograph a wide variety of incredible animals in their natural habitat all around the world.   I also enjoy candid “people” photography and interesting landscapes so you might see some of that mixed in between the creatures.  Who knows, I might even record some of my “significantly less than professional” guitar playing and post it here some day (listener beware).

I’ve been astounded by the number and diversity of the visitors the blog has had and completely blown away by the number of folks that “follow” these pages on a regular basis.  I thank you all for your interest and support.  Our list of places (and creatures) to visit never seems to get any smaller so I hope to be able to keep sharing interesting sights and experiences with you all.

In any case, I hope you enjoy your visit and I look forward to any feedback you may have on the blog, my photography, or anything else that may strike your fancy.


90 responses

  1. Good to “see” you!

    June 28, 2011 at 6:39 am

  2. Hi Cathy,
    This is all your doing so I had to complete my profile….thanks again.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    • Amy

      Wondering if I can use a photo in a sermon this Sunday? I couldn’t find any other contact information –

      July 30, 2014 at 11:55 am

      • Hi Amy – let me know what photo and what you what to use it for – shouldn’t be a problem. I just ask that you attribute the photo to me.

        July 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  3. Scott, I found your blog through Patti and my first thought as I scrolled down the front page was, ” Oh cool, another professional photographer’s page.” If this is “dabbling” I can’t wait to see what happens when you get good at it!

    July 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

    • Alan,
      I really appreciate your comment. I am definitely still learning alot but enjoying capturing “my world” as best I can. I hope you can visit from time to time to keep me on the right track!

      July 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    • autisticaplanet


      October 9, 2013 at 12:12 am

  4. I really think your pictures are incredible – they’re beautifully taken and you capture fantastic moments or expressions. I’m really happy I’ve stumbled across your blog and I’m looking forward to seeing more!

    October 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    • Thanks Dounia and welcome to the blog! I’ve got some shots I took yesterday that I think folks will like – hope you check back. OBTW – I’m definitely impressed with your language capabilities. I have enough trouble with my native English.

      October 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

      • Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and the kind comment you left. I’ll definitely be checking back in to see your new photos – looking forward to it!

        October 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

  5. This is what’s so good about the weekly photo challenges, we get to meet so many wonderful writers and photographers! So glad to have found your blog today.

    December 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

    • Angeline – Thanks – hope you come back and have checked out some of my other wildlife photos (my favorites) – the bears in August were incredible!

      December 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

  6. I have myspace site but the quality is not good. but am trying to improve this.. and thanks for your interest.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:35 am

  7. I enjoy looking at your photographs as they show me a world I have not seen. I enjoy reading your posts and looking at the beauty of your pictures. It is for this reason that I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please see my post for details 🙂

    February 14, 2012 at 3:32 am

    • Thank you so much Colline – I’m honored that you enjoy the pics! I’ll keep the spirit alive today with my post….

      February 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

  8. I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – please click on the link for all the info, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!

    February 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

    • Dounia, Sorry for two things – 1) that is has taken me this long to reply to you, and 2) even though I appreciate your thoughtfulness for this nomination, I hope you don’t mind if I don’t “play” for this one after just finishing the Kreativ blogger response. I’m not sure what I would add to that response or what different people I would nominate. Again, I appreciate your nomination and hope we continue to converse over our blogs. Take care, Scott

      February 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      • I completely understand, so please don’t worry about it at all! 🙂 I just hope that my post will bring other people to your blog as your photos are absolutely incredible. I always look forward to seeing your new photos! I also hope we can continue to converse on our blogs – I look forward to future comments and to more beautiful photography!

        February 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      • Thanks for understanding Dounia

        February 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  9. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please see my post for details 🙂

    February 27, 2012 at 3:11 am

  10. Hi Scott – thanks for your comments about my series, “My Day With A Lion Pride.” It was a fantastic trip! I went to Tanzania and the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Caldera, and Tangiere National Parks. A fabulous trip. We saw everything! Where did you go in Africa?


    March 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    • Anne – we went to South Africa both times. Once to the private Madikwe preserve and once to Kruger National Park.

      March 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  11. Hello, Scott. I’ve really enjoyed following your blog. Your photos are really great – and you say you are dabbling! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I hope you’ll accept and pass this to others. Here is my post:
    Thank-you for keeping the blogosphere a beautiful place!

    March 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

  12. Hi Scott,
    I’m the Creative Director for Pacific San Diego magazine. I was wondering if you would be interested in getting some of your photos published? We are gearing up for the May issue and doing a feature on what kind of wild life you can find around San Diego. You have quite a few of the animals on your blog and your photos are amazing. Please get a hold of me at

    hope to hear from you.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  13. Hello Scott! I work with Pacific San Diego Magazine, and we all really love your photography!

    I’m interested in featuring your photos in an upcoming issue. Please email me at so we can talk!

    Thank you,

    April 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

  14. Because I love your pictures, I nominated your blog for the ABC Award: Have a nice day, and please keep posting such lovely pictures 🙂

    April 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

    • Jennifer,
      Thanks for your kind thoughts on my photography. I’ll try to keep posting whatever I can find that I think you and other will like!

      April 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

  15. Love your blog. You’re doing a great job! And I won’t hold you being a Nikon owner against you. lol

    June 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    • Carol,
      Its amazing I get any photos at all with such inferior stuff… 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

  16. purpleowltree1234

    Are you still sending Photos of the Day? I’d love to get on that list if you are. 🙂 Pls let me know.

    June 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    • Rach,
      I no longer send emails with the photos of the day but I try to post a photo on my blog most days. You can receive an email with the photo in it by hitting the subscribe button at the bottom of my home page. Thanks for your interest!

      June 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

  17. purpleowltree1234

    Thanks Scott, I shall be happily awaiting your photos you post here. 🙂 I’ve subscribed. 🙂

    June 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    • Thanks Rach – if you like animals, you might want to go back into my old posts, I’ve been lucky enough to get a lot of decent wildlife photos from lots of different places. Welcome to my blog!!

      June 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  18. purpleowltree1234

    Awesome! Thank you Scott! 🙂

    June 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

  19. crystalwalkerphotography

    Great blog and wonderful photos. I use a D5000 and D2X (trying sell it so I can get the 7000 or 300s). I’ve heard wonderful things about the D7000. Love your pronghorn portrait shot. We get a lot of them around the region of Co that I live in.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

    • Crystal – Thank you for your comments! Especially appreciated from such an accomplished photographer. Your horse portraits are great! You are lucky to live in Colorado – always one of my favorite places to visit and photograph.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

      • crystalwalkerphotography

        Why thank you. Believe it or not I am a beginner. I started getting into photography about 3-4years ago when I first found out about there still being Wild Horses in Co. I am one of the lucky few natives.

        June 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

      • Crystal – must be an affinity between beginners (I started about a year ago) – and Nikon shooters, of course! OBTW, I really like the D7000 but then again, I don’t have a lot (other than the 5100) to compare it to.

        June 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

  20. crystalwalkerphotography

    I had an Olympus before my Nikon and I hated it. Very happy with both my Nikon’s and four lens’s. Just wish I had a 500mm for photographing wild life.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:49 am

    • Yup – my 150-500mm Sigma gets a lot of use for the stuff I normally take. Not very good in low light but pretty sharp for daytime shooting – and not all that expensive.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • autisticaplanet

      Can either of you tell me if the Nikon D7000 is something for a beginner or is there a better DSLR model for that? Thank you. -Allison

      October 9, 2013 at 12:16 am

      • Allison, The D7000 (and the newer version D7100) is considered a “higher end” consumer DSLR. The D3200 is Nikon’s current version of its entry level DSLR. Both are great cameras.

        October 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  21. crystalwalkerphotography

    I’ve had several photography friends recommend the Sigma if I can’t get the Nikkor one. Another one on my wish list is a good Macro lens.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

    • autisticaplanet

      Thank you both Scott & Crystal. I will take down that information.

      October 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  22. autisticaplanet

    Greetings from a fellow nature & landscape photographer/blogger/vlogger.

    June 6, 2012 at 4:48 am

    • Allison – welcome! Thats a great fawn picture you got!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

  23. Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at:
    All the best!

    June 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    • RS – thank you – I appreciate the interest. I hope you don’t mind if I decline the honor – but I do appreciate the nomination!

      June 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      • I don’t mind at all – here’s hoping the nomination got you a little new visibility, though!

        June 26, 2012 at 5:58 am

  24. Yeah Scott – I kinda wasn’t sure if you’d like it or not. I also nominated you for one – it is a lot of work. I don’t think you should have to copy and paste stuff just because someone wanted to honor you. I still did it, but you don’t have to comply with any of it. Like ‘The Retiring Sort’ said – more visibility!

    July 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    • Thanks Carol – I do appreciate the exposure and the fact that folks appreciate the blog. Its just that I think I need to focus on the content of my blog for now…. Thanks again for your recommendation!

      July 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  25. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at
    I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. All the best!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:56 am

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    • TRS – thanks for the endorsement and compliment! I am extremely pleased that you are enjoying what I’ve been doing!

      July 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  27. Great photos on your blog. Good luck!

    July 31, 2012 at 10:05 am

    • Thank you! Haven’t spent much time in Texas but I enjoyed reading about a little of it in your blog.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  28. Wonderful…. Thank you for sharing, and enriching my world!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • Right back at you – your humor is terrific.

      August 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  29. I’m so thrilled to have stumbled across your wonderful blog… A fellow photog / naturalist / animal lover from across the miles! Allo! 🙂 Your images are wonderful — I can’t wait to check them out more.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:41 am

    • Fey Girl – Thanks for stopping by – I think you’ll find some creatures similar to some that you have on your site as well as many others – I loved going through your photographs there in Florida – I don’t get there very often.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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  31. Hi, Scott – You may or may not already have done this – it’s a photo challenge through due 8/29. I thought of you, although I know that’s not much time. My entry’s posted on my blog.
    They want to see 5 photos, one each representing Blue, Green, White,Yellow, and Red. If you’re interested, the data is here:

    August 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    • TRS – Thanks for the heads up! Not sure I have good photos for everything but I at least started to look for some. I’ll let you know if I get it pulled together. Thanks again!

      August 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

  32. Scott, I couldn’t find an email link on your blog. I’d like to contact you about one of your images. My email:, if you’re curious. BFN, Cheryl.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    • email address sent Cheryl – with a photo I took this morning here in San Diego…hope you like it.

      September 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

  33. Hi Scott,

    Your pictures are great.

    Could you please forward my you email address.

    Thanks Peter

    February 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    • Thanks Peter! Email forwarded by sepcor.

      February 23, 2013 at 4:45 am

  34. Scott,

    I love your photos. I’m working on a poster for a school project and would really like your permission to use one of these pieces of art. It’s of course a non-profit project and would be displayed at my university. Please let me know if you’d be ok with that. You can contact me through email for more information or here.


    March 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  35. Hi Scott, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can check out the details here:

    March 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  36. autisticaplanet

    I have always wondered (and please excuse me if I missed it), what state are you from? All my photos are from northern Illinois, where I live.

    October 9, 2013 at 12:17 am

    • Allison, I’m “from” New Jersey where I was born and raised (through college). I’ve since lived near Washington D.C., then Albuquerque New Mexico, then out in the Mojave Desert in California and finally in San Diego, California where I live now. We love it here and have no thoughts of ever leaving. I’ve been through Chicago many times but haven’t spent much time in Illinois.

      October 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  37. Hi. Really looking forward to spending some time looking through your blog / photos 🙂

    December 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    • WMA – Thanks! It looks like we share the travel bug! You guys have been to many wonderful areas around the world! We’re off to eastern Africa right after christmas so will have much more to share!

      December 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

  38. Good you started the blog. Your photos are awesome!!

    January 1, 2014 at 4:15 am

  39. Maybe you are not much for Awards…but I just had to give this one to you! To handle the way you find best…

    June 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    • AnnChristine – I thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and for recognizing my blog – I have made it a policy to not respond to such awards but I do very much appreciate your opinion! I hope you are not offended – certainly no offense is intended – I am honored.

      June 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  40. Lovely to meet another muso who loves dogs, travel and photography.

    August 7, 2014 at 4:00 am

    • LHN – Likewise! Those are three of the things that keep me going. Can’t think of a better way to spend time!

      August 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

  41. Thanks. Pleased to have found your blog. Looking forward to more visits. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

    November 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    • Thanks Thom! Glad you stopped by – I went through your site quickly but will return to relive some of my old musical memories!

      November 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      • Great – let me know what you think after your tour here! regards thom

        November 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  42. beautiful shots you have here!

    May 24, 2015 at 1:15 am

    • Thanks Herbert – I very much enjoyed looking through your beautiful photos also!

      May 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  43. Dianne

    Would you consider letting the Edmonton Land Trust Association use your photo of the deer jumping the barbed wire fence? We are creating a brochure that will be sent to farmers and ranchers in Central and Northern Alberta. The intent of the brochure is to safeguard wildlife passages. The brochure is being created by volunteers who hope to prevent the number of wildlife who are injured and killed by inappropriate fences, pipes and vents.

    August 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    • Dianne – I tried contacting you via email. You’re certainly welcome to use my photo for such a good cause.

      November 13, 2015 at 11:59 am

  44. I know that guy….a rather distinguished looking gentlemen wouldn’t you say?

    October 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    • Do you mean old???? How is everything with you guys? Home for a while – how about we get together for lunch?

      November 15, 2017 at 10:25 am

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