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March 26, 2015

My 10 First Encounters (Part 1)

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” This quote was supposed to be written by Lao Tzu in “Tao Te Ching.” I browsed through “Tao Te Ching” (in Chinese) but couldn’t find the corresponding Chinese words. Anyways, […]

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January 5, 2015

Bobcat And The Zen of Letting Go

Bobcat never comes back.   Brent said, as our car was driving forward while the photographers in the car behind us decided to stay and wait, after we all caught a glimpse of the tail of a bobcat disappearing into a bush. “Bobcat never comes back?” I murmured this line to myself, repeatedly. “That’s zen. That’s the […]

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January 1, 2015

Ten Best in 2014

It was still dark. 6am. Listening to the audio book “Ender’s Game”, sipping a bottle of red bull, I was already driving on I-5, for yet another quest for the elusive bobcat. The quest was a complete failure the week before. There were more cars on the road that I thought, especially trucks. Everyone were on […]

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December 30, 2014

How To Find The Fastest Bird In The World

How fast is 242 mph?   Imagine driving at the 75 mph speed limit on a US freeway. Now think about driving 3 times faster. 242 mph is faster than the top speed of a Lamborghini Aventador. We all heard of the F-16 fighter jet. Wonder what the “F” stands for? F stands for Falcon. And the […]

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December 19, 2014

Special Bond between mama bear and cub

You all know I am a super fans of Michio Hoshino. Last year before my Arctic trip, I stopped by the Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I saw his writing on a wall: Tramping through the mountains of Alaska, I frequently encountered grizzlies. One spring day I spotted a grizzly sow and cub […]

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My Quest for Barn Owl: 7 Unforgettable Experience

“Haunting, beautiful, startling, innocent, ghostly, adorable” — all these words came to mind as I was clicking the shutter nonstop like a machine gun, before the loud voice in my brain said “DODGE!!!” … Barn owls are nocturnal. Photographing them flying with natural light is not supposed to be possible. If you have seen pictures of […]

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The Number One Secret to Wildlife Photography

Recently I have been enjoying a little book called “Anything you want” by Derek Sivers. He started with a question to the readers: “What’s your compass?” Excerpt: Most people don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in […]

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6 Things you don’t know about Mountain Goats

I said to myself “Tin Man Lee you are a freaking genius” when the idea suddenly bestowed unto my head. “If I go to Mount Evans in June instead of July like last time, I could get photos of newly-born mountain goat kids in the SNOW before it was melted. Woohoo.” Pre-visualizing your shot. Check. And […]

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How goose changed the world of literature and photography

“Please tell me that geese do mate for life.” I chased down my good friend Melissa Groo, who is an expert in birds as well as an excellent photographer, and texted her in a big hurry. She immediately said, “Yes, but why did you ask?” I slowly sat down, my eyes fixed on this one particular paragraph of a […]

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My Quest for the Snowy Owls: Four Unforgettable Experience

I regretted not listening to my friend Conrad who had been here before. “The snowy owls are on the beach. It’s cold. It’s a long walk. Bring more water,” He said. Living in Los Angeles, I imagined any beach would be like Santa Monica Beach, where I would park my car next to the ferris wheel and […]

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Yellowstone National Park in the Winter: My 6 Unusual Encounters

  My hope was slowly fading away. Five days have passed. For each of those days, we left at six in the morning and drove for twelve hours straight, back and forth, on a figure “8” shaped road inside Yellowstone National Park. We were desperately trying to track “her” down through the snow covered mountains […]

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Last Moments of a Bison Calf

  Our photographer group of seven saw them around eight in the morning. We were in Lamar Valley, at the north of the Yellowstone National Park. There are frequent wildlife sightings, including the gray wolf, bighorn sheep, bison, coyote, and elk. A three mile long two-lane road going from east to west penetrated the Valley, […]

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