Big Picture Competition Honorable Mention 2014

Out of over 6,000 entrants, I was fortunate enough to receive an honorable mention in the 2014 California Academy of Science's Big Picture Photography Competition.  

Considered to be the most dangerous bird in the world, the flightless Cassowary can stand up to six feet tall, with powerful legs and spear-like inner talons. It was already late morning when I encountered this imposing creature. The cloudless day was casting hard light with abrupt shadows, so I waited until her body entered into the cover of shade from the eucalyptus trees overhead.  Using the black feathers of the torso to frame the portrait, I focused on the eyes which inquisitively examined me as she approached.