There's something special about being in the mountains, their silence, their majestic presence. Perhaps they bring out a sense of wonder and awe in nature's creation, or a hint of something much greater than us.

Not far from here, I photographed a wild lynx a few years ago when doing some landscape photography Though I love to shoot landscapes, it's the wildlife shots that get the glory and publishers' attention. Technically they weren't outstanding shots, as I was still learning to use my DSLR camera and telephoto lens. However, it's always the image, not technical perfection, that captures a viewer's imagination. Since posting them on Flickr, the lynx photos have been an incredible success, published in books, magazines, used by Wikipedia, the Royal Ontario Museum and even made into mouse pads for marketing. A couple of days ago, the New York Times used one in an article on biodiversity and yesterday a Brazilian scientist asked to use the same photo in an upcoming book on biodiversity. I never would have dreamed that result from a couple of heavily-cropped jpegs using an entry-level camera. The internet has made all this possible for the little guy.

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