Dynamic Tension

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Dynamic tension is a moment in the present that is filled with energy and possibilities. It is a transitional state of imbalance that suggests an emergence into a more stable state. As a nature photographer, I love to capture images that portray dynamic tension because an exciting perceptual interaction between the viewer and the image is created. It leaves a future moment for the viewer to define.

But, dynamic tension is also an expression of the energy of a pattern and a connection in Nature. Energy on the edge. It expresses interaction with other things and creatures in Nature.  An emergence of the pattern into another state. And, as one feels this energy emerge, one gets carried with the action.

Capturing dynamic tension in wildlife is one of my favorite things to do. In addition to capturing exciting images, I love being an observer of Nature’s energy. Here are some examples of dynamic tension that I hope will cause you to feel the moment’s energy and its state of imbalance.  

The first image is of a Great Egret poised to capture a fish. His body is in full tension ready to thrust his beak underwater for the capture.

The following image is of an Elk bull in rut with body tense as he produces mating sounds to attract his ladies.

Two Bull Southern Elephant Seals battle for the right to mate with their harem. 

A Black Bear has just sprung into the stream to capture a returning Salmon. 

A Brown Pelican takes off from the water after having captured a fish. 

An approaching storm cell unleashes Nature’s fury. 

A very cautious male Red Fox approaches me hoping for food to take back to his new family. 

A bull Moose lifts his head from the lake bottom after having grabbed a mouthful of bottom plants. 

A Brown Pelican making a controlled dive in hopes of capturing a fish. 

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

3 thoughts on “Dynamic Tension”

  1. Great pics and interesting stuff. One question. Could you use the first pic below the text to explain the dynamic tension involved? Just seeking a better understanding … thanks.

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