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A colony of bumblebees and beetles beside them.
A colony of bumblebees and beetles beside them.
Walking in Woodward Park and coming across this Hawk in a tree
Wild flowers of Central Caif Hills
hawk on telephone pole while walking in woodward park
Seagull against a poetic cloudy sky
White Flame
Port Allen Cemetery, Kauai, Hawaii
Two of a Kind
Glorious Dawning
Mauna Loa at Dawn
Deep in the Heart of Lubbock, Texas
A cicada checking me out with my smart phone!
Falcon on a fence
Capturing Chicago's Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day Parade
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade
Candied Blue Hour Lights
After a Spectacular Sunset on the Stairs of the Oratory
Yosemite Falls Lunar Rainbow (Moonbow)
The wild ass
13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Mauna Loa at Dawn

The only folks that will pay thousands of dollars to hike up the forgotten side of a volcano at dawn to see sandalwood trees scorched by wild fire and draught are the ultimate eco-tourists, hunters. This shot was taken at dawn on a hunting expedition on Mauna Loa that is part of the effort by the State of Hawaii to mitigate non-native wild sheep that destroy native pastures. Hunting of invasive and destructive non-native species in Hawaii, Texas and Florida has proven to be, by its nature, crucial to restoring ecosystems, low impact (much more so than even photo safaris), and more profitable than other forms of tourism. No one does more for land and wildlife conservation than hunters. The meat is often donated to local food banks as well.

TAGS: Creepy, Dawn, Hawaii, Hunting, Sustainable Travel, United States, Volcano

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Arlington, Texas, United States of America
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© Javier Martinez.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 05.2015
Total Views: 85
Filed Under: Travel
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Date Uploaded: May 23, 2015, 8:59 p.m.
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Camera Model: NIKON D610
Focal Length: 52mm
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Aperture: f5.6
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PHOTO LOCATION Hawaii, United States of America