Photographer's Quest To Seek Out Nature's Best Camouflage Artists

By Meera Dolasia on January 4, 2013

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With their almost perfect camouflage, these animals are some of the Earth's best masters of disguise. However, while they can hide from their predators they cannot escape the sharp eyes of American photographer Art Wolfe, who has been on a quest to capture them on camera, since the early 1990's.

The Seattle, WA photographer says that finding and filming these clever animals is a painstaking process, one that often takes many hours. However for him, it is definitely worth the time because the thrill of capturing a creature that has managed to blend into its natural habitat so skillfully, is like none other.

His search has taken him to almost every continent in the world - From the deserts of Africa to the rainforests of South America and even, the snow plains of Canada.

Over the years he has snapped so many amazing photos that he has been able to showcase them in two books - A children's book entitled Hiding Out that was first published in 2003 and Vanishing Act, which first came to bookstores in 2005 - Both have been translated into several languages and been extremely popular all over the world.

And, he is not done yet. The 61-year old who also happens to be a television producer continues to unearth nature's beauties under lily pads, dissolved into tree trunks or stealthily awaiting their prey in the white snow! Would you have been able to spot any of them had you not known they were in the photographs? Be sure to let us know, by adding your comments below.

Resources: Huffingtonpost.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • 3rd graderWednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10:07 am
    this is cool
    • ThebrobroWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:45 am
      I, for one, thought it was fun to try to find these animals with my friends. Credits to Art!
      • ThebrobroWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:44 am
        The camoflauge that these animals use is amazing! It is a great survival tactic, and I thank Art Wolfe for giving us the oppurtunity to see (or at least try to see) these brilliant creatures.
        • NotabilityWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:42 am
          The protective coloration and resemblance protects there animals or help them catch prey
          • DaveWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:40 am
            I think that protective coloration is for animals that want to hide from their predators use their blending ability and then they hide to look like the environment so that they dont get eatenπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜ˆ
            • NikiWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:40 am
              I noticed that the giraffe had used protective coloration.
              • SarahWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:39 am
                The protective coloration is so fascinating! We are learning about it in our science class, and it's so cool how you don't even know their there! You have to look very closely to spot them.
                • Pie manWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:39 am
                  Cool how they can blend in with the environment I learned that this is protective coloration
                  • MatthewWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:37 am
                    I like how in this artical the animals hide with protective coloration and/or resemablents, it looks awesome how they hide from predators.
                    • hihooThursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm
                      i love it

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