Laci M. Gerhart Barley

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Wildlife Photos

Lately, I’ve started dabbling in wildlife photography and I thought I’d share some of my photos here! I’ve been fortunate recently to live in and travel to all sorts of places with cool and interesting flora and fauna, and (in some cases, at least) snapped off some nice photos. I plan to take a formal photography class soon, but until then, I’ll at least keep practicing on my own. Below are some of my favorite shots.

Be sure to check out the special page I have dedicated to my love of the day gecko.

Hawai’i Wildlife
The islands have a wide variety of majestic and beautiful wildlife. Many of these photos are taken at Ka’ena Point State Park on O’ahu, where a predator fence protects the nesting shearwaters and albatross, and monk seals bask along the shore. Lyon Arboretum is another good spot for wildlife (like the salmon-crested cockatoo) and all sorts of native and Polynesian-introduced plants.

This is my absolute favorite photo. I love the monk seals, and this one just looks so peaceful. I want to be this monk seal.


At my students’ Fall 2015 service learning event at Kalaeloa Heritage Park, I even got a few nice shots of a Hawaiian Drosophila picture-wing fly, which are one of several Hawaiian adaptive radiations. About a dozen of the ~100 or so picture wing Drosophila are listed as endangered. I’m not certain which species is shown here (or if it is an endangered one). From this database of picture-wing diversity, it looks like maybe one of the plantibia subgroup at least.

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Hawai’i, tropical paradise that is, also has some lovely flora! I use many of these photos in my introductory botany class.

Utah Herps
In the summer of 2015, my husband and I road tripped from California to Kansas, stopping at a number of National Parks, including Sequoia/King’s Canyon, Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Canyonlands. When you’re married to a herpetologist, and you’re getting into wildlife photography, you end up with a lot of pictures of herps… 🙂