A is for Animals - The A to Z Challenge

A is for Antelope

My friend Courtney from Maui Jungalow contacted me and asked if I wanted to do something crazy. She informed me that she had entered an A to Z blogging contest and she challenged me to do likewise. The A to Z Challenge requires participants to publish a post almost everyday in April. Each post features a different letter starting with A and ending in Z. That's 26 posts in 30 days, Sundays are off for good behavior.

That's not crazy, that's impossible. I have a hard enough time keeping up with one post a week much less six. I thanked Courtney for the invitation, let her know that it sounded like a bit much for me and wished her good luck. Of course, after further contemplation, creativity began to flow. I have thousands of photos stashed away in shoe boxes, maybe I could somehow incorporate them into a daily posting. I rummaged through the archives, hunting for inspiration.

I guess I found it, because I signed up to take the challenge. My theme will be wildlife photography. I'd like to try and find an image for each letter of the alphabet. The plan is to post a photo accompanied by a paragraph or two recounting the scene. I would describe my photography skills as amateur at best but I have a passion for attempting to document the natural world I see around me. As an artist first, most of my photos are meant as reference for future drawings.

I'm hoping something good will come out of this endeavor not just panic and fear. I've already met some nice, as Courtney put it, "...victims who are also leaping into the fray." The process has revived old prints from the darkness and brought them back into the light. Memories of past experiences and places have come flooding back. I'll be spending April searching, organizing, sorting and writing about my favorite wildlife encounters in alphabetical order. What animal begins with the letter X?
Courtney challenged me to enter the A to Z

I have thousands of photos stashed in boxes

My theme is wildlife photography

I'm an amateur photographer

Most of my photos are for reference

Old prints have been revived

Memories have come flooding back

What about the letter X?


  1. Wow, Dan! If the photos here are any indication of what's coming, I'll be watching for it every day. Can I join the challenge?

    1. Thanks, Donna

      I'm hoping to find some other photos that will meet the alphabetic guidelines in my old shoeboxes, I mean archives. If you really want to sign up here is the link:

  2. Great theme and I love that you will have your own photos to go along with your posts. :-)

    Stefani @ Dreams of Nyssa

    1. Thanks Stefani,

      That's the plan, I'll have to dig through the archives and hopefully I can find pictures that match up to all letters of the alphabet.

  3. Aha!! You have a secret stash of photos. GRIN!!!

    X is hard... Maybe you can do a xray effect w/ photoshop of one of your pics?

    1. Yes, I do have a pretty good stash, the problem is taking the time to look through everything. I'm going to have to be creative with the letter X.

  4. Good luck Dan! I'll be looking forward to reading your daily posts as well!! Pictures look great!

    1. Thanks, Judi

      I have a plan, it's just going to take some time to get everything put together. I have so many photos stored away, it will be fun to share some of my favorites.

  5. Beautiful photographs, lovely theme! Thank you. X - mmmm surely there is an animal with 'x' ..?

    1. Thank you Susan,

      I've got some ideas for X, I'll have to see if I can get some pics asap!


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