This year was an interesting one including some very interesting deviations. To celebrate, I've compiled a list of my top 10 deviations that I uploaded over the past year. Be sure to take a look!
Number 10 - "Tiger Malfunction"
Tatiana is a pretty formidable Amur tigress, however, you wouldn't know it from this photo. If you are wondering how I managed to capture this awkward moment, the tigress was trying to dislodge a bit of fur from that raspy tongue of hers. With tongue flying, I snapped away and ended up with this wacky photo.Number 9: "Prepare for Launch"
Somehow, this photo managed to slip past me on my "upload queue". I took it while on my year abroad in Asia, investigating a unscrupulous Thai zoo. The state of the zoo wasn't great, but the tigers are definitely worthy of some love. This young tiger quite "switched on" and was about ready to launch itself towards one of it's brother. The claws digging into the log definitely show how serious he was. They were great to watch!Number 8: "Downtime"
Anushka and Zcarina are popular additions to my gallery in general, but this one particularly struck a chord with people. Tigers are definitely easier to take photos of when they are sleeping and not chewing on you so I spent quite a while trying to get a good shot of them, but settled on this one because it included both of them. I originally was going to desaturate it and post it in black and white, but went with the full color version. It worked out so you can't argue with that!Number 7: "Blue Askew"
I probably spent more time playing with the cropping of this photo than any other photo this year. Geronimo had the bluest eyes I've ever seen on a cub so I wanted to showcase it properly. I couldn't quite get it the way I wanted to for quite a while...all I knew was that I wanted it to be more than just a level shot. I like how it turned out and apparently, so did you! Number 6: "Roll in the Snow"
Another photo of Tatiana, an Amur tigress at the Toronto Zoo and this time she was having a bit of fun. It could have been the snow, which many tigers like rolling in every now and then, but it could have also been the fact she was in heat that day. She spent quite a lot of time marking her territory and vocalizing, which is indicative of a tigress who is trying to invite attention. Tigers in that state will also be quite affectionate and playful so it's no surprise she'd be rolling around in the snow. Fun for all!Number 5: "Living Mystery"
...or, as my brother says, "that national geographic photo with that girl, except with a cougar"
. Apparently my watchers like Geronimo's eyes too! Number 4: "Beastly Innocence"
Another Geronimo photo and definitely the most popular of those I uploaded. I was able take advantage of a brief moment where the crazy little cub was interested in birds that were flying overhead. It was a great shot depicting his personality. Though he's a rambunctious terror sometimes, he's one of the most friendly, amazing, lovely cougars out there. You can't resist his beastly innocence.Number 3: "Sympathy Among Cubs"
This one is a bit unusual when compared to my other deviations, which are usually simply photos. However, I couldn't really choose between the two and decided to combine them into a comic-strip format. It made for an adorable and informative work that definitely pull at one's heartstrings. I hope that I was able to inspire people with this one...tigers really need our help. If you want to find out more about tigers and how you can help, I definitely urge you to please visit this website. [link]
It's people like us that can help save the tiger.Number 2: "Petrushka"
This photo of Amur tiger cub Petrushka was another one of those photos I almost never uploaded, but it was too fitting to resist. Petrushka is one of those special tiger cubs that come along that is particularly aggressive and the photo depicts that facet of her personality well. Tiger cubs in general can be quite formidable, even as cubs, but Petrushka is especially naughty. After bringing some friends to meet her, one person had holes in their coat and two others had bloody scratches all over their arms and hands! To quote one of the zookeepers upon going into her enclosure, "Watch out...she will destroy you
".Number 1 "Happy Year of the Tiger"
It's quite fitting that this deviation should be my most popular deviation for the year, the bulk of which fell under the Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger. As someone born in the year of the tiger, I wanted to celebrate by uploading something tiger-related and upbeat and the cheeky photo of Amur tiger Tonghua at the Toronto Zoo seemed to do the trick. However, I had no idea that it would become as big a hit as it did. It quickly became my most popular deviation by far. Like all my deviations, I hope that it helped to inspire people to help the world's wildlife. After all, they need us
to speak up for them.
Here's hoping that 2011 will bring greater fortune to the tiger and all of you as well!