Most people know that camouflage is an important tool for any wild animal, but few realize exactly how adept animals have become at blending in with their surroundings. With four decades of work photographing animals in their natural habitat under his belt, Art Wolfe has experienced many kinds of clever concealment firsthand. Not just an award-winning and published photographer, Wolfe is also a television host (for his award-winning Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge) and teacher. He covers everything from photography techniques and art to the nature, wildlife and cultures found in the places travels to in order to capture the perfect shot.
One of his over 80 books, published in 2005, is Vanishing Act, which features "visual puzzles of a sort: you must try to find the animal hidden in its surroundings." While some of these animals appear after a short perusal, some stay hidden despite long, hard searching by the viewer. So, can you find them all?
1. It's a given that much is hidden beneath the winter's snow, but can you also spot the willow ptarmigan hiding in plain sight?
2. Maybe it's easier to spot the ptarmigans now that there are more? These birds certainly picked their home in Manitoba well; they really blend in with their surroundings!
3. At first glance, it just looks like a cluster of mostly barren trees, but if you take a closer look a giraffe will appear. This sight is not uncommon in Transvaal, South Africa, where Wolfe found this concealed giraffe.
4. A forest of aspen trees is the first thing you see when you look at this photo, but can you find the lone gray wolf hidden in the brush?
5. The tropical grassland plain that makes up Los Llanos in Venezuela is home to all sorts of plants and animals, but its not always easy to find them. This spectacled caiman, for instance, is barely noticeable in the sea of green plant life.
6. By using the color and disruptive patterns of its plumage, the Great Horned Owl is able to deftly blend in with the trees found in the temperate forest of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
7. An American Pika, a smaller relative of a rabbit, certainly can make himself at home amongst the rocky terrain of Washington's impressive Cascade Range.
8. The leafy greenery of the Central American rainforest in Chan Chich, Belize is the perfect hiding spot for this Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot.
9. Watch out! This horned adder's coloring matches the golden sand of his home in the Namib Desert perfectly. These snakes like to disappear beneath the sand by using a swimming motion to bury themselves.
10. The dried-out vegetation of Kruger National Park in South Africa makes the best cover for a leopard to conceal himself. Leopards prefer to be patient, blending in until it's time to make a move.
11. This family of gyrfalcons, the largest of the falcon species, can make the best of what they're given. Their steep, rocky cliff home has just enough space for a nice nest.
12. This California Ground Squirrel forgoes the green parks favored by his city-living brethren and thrives in a much rockier environment.
13. The trunk of a Douglas fir tree is the perfect place to perch if you're a great gray owl who wants to disappear!
14. Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, India is home to many Spotted Deer, but you might not be able to find them.
15. Honshu Island is Japan's most populous island in terms of humans, but there are many other creatures to be found on the "Main Province," too. These Japanese macaque are sometimes known as snow monkeys (or their Japanese nickname of saru), because they stick to parts of the island where snow is present many months of the year.
16. An impala is lying in wait in the landscape of Botswana's Chobe National Park.
17. Proving that the art of camouflage is something they’re born with, this cheetah cub shows that he's a natural at hiding in his homeland of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.
18. A common snipe, a small migratory bird that sticks to marshes, bogs, tundras and wet meadows, is incredibly well-hidden amongst the snow and grasses of a Minnesota stream.
19. This lone Wandering Tattler chick wandered right in-between these rocks and made them home in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
20. A Nighthawk takes the time for a moment of relaxation, safely camouflaged amongst the rocks of eastern Washington.
21. A coyote takes advantage of the similarly colored landscape of Washington state.
22. Klipspringer, which is Afrikaans for "rock jumper," is the perfect name for these small antelopes. Clearly, they feel right at home amongst the rocky terrain of Chobe, Botswana.
23. In Panama, blue dacnis like this little guy can be found, if you take the time to look carefully at the foliage.
Via: Lifebuzz Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency