B e a s t i e s *
A Portfolio of
Animals from Around the World
R. Paul Firnhaber
The cow is
honored with food, flowers and painted horns for the
Festival of Dashain each November.
San Raphael Desert
coyote lies desiccated in the hot, dry, desert sun
but still retains its dignity.
Fifteen million lesser sand hill cranes migrate from Texas to northern
each spring. Enroute they stop in Nebraska for rest and food.
At sunset they look for shallow waters to spend the night.
of Magdalena is a 75 mile long by one mile wide uninhabited
sand bar on the west coast of Lower California.
Dolphin bones and skulls wash up and decorate the beaches.
This monstrous beast's gentleness and intelligence remains visible in
leathery folds even though it lives in captivity.
Mercado de las Brujas
Dried llama fetuses, aborted ritually without harm to the mother,
become part of offering packages prepared for ancient Mother Earth
by Pachamama priestesses.
Pigeons frequent the dome of this 2,300 year old Buddhist Stupa
because food is ritually left for them by resident monks .
Rocky Mountain National Park
This snake is barely visible among the reeds and dried grasses along a
Its camouflage is virtually perfect.
Bosque del Apache
my unexpected presence, this group of turkeys takes to flight,
blending nearly seamlessly with their cover.
This adult horned toad with its juvenile companion is a perfect part
of its environment, utilizing its visual
and ecological surroundings as camouflage.
Pacific Ocean Coastline
These handsome birds feed at the receding waterline of the Pacific
Here the Great Barrier Reef precludes waves, creating a generous
banquet for shore feeders.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The cutthroat trout is an endangered species that is presently being
in several habitats in the USA, including in a protected lake named
of central Asia are home to free-ranging yak as well as herds
that are semi-domesticated. Yak fur becomes the felt used
to construct gers, the circular dwellings of the nomadic
largest bird of prey was brought back from the brink of extinction
in the past few years. This elegant creature, though tethered and
hooded, proudly assumes its role
as an educator in conservation at a
public historic site in Old Buda.
Petrified Forest National Park
This lizard prefers, as its eco-niche, the luscious formations of
petrified wood of an ancient
northern Arizona forest. Perhaps it
enjoys the aesthetics of its world.
Animals are always beautiful in their own right, often in defiance of the
narrow set of consensus sensibilities of humans.
These images are collected to convey
this inherent beauty of beasts, regardless of their status or condition.
From Ghoulies and Ghosties
And Things that go bump in the night:
Good Lord deliver us!
Medieval children's prayer
photographer is R. Paul Firnhaber, an Estonia-based researcher,
writer and photographer. These images are out -takes from his
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