A Bolt of Lightning

Few spectacles weather spectacles are quite as spectacular as a lightning storm in the wide, open desert.
Picture Rocks, AZ, USA.

A Fly’s Eyes

When zooming in extremely close to an insect’s face, one can see the kaleidoscope of panels that make up it’s compound eyes. This wonderful subject is gold-backed snipe fly. Photo taken near Danville, PA, USA.

A Zebra-Print Tail

Proudly showing off his bold breeding colors, this zebra-tailed lizard actually ran toward me, prior to having his picture taken. Saguaro National Park West, AZ, USA.

Alien Encounter

It wasn’t the X-files that convinced me aliens exist….it was this Chinese Praying Mantis. She’s in the process of cleaning her pedipalps (claws), while perched on flowering Russian Sage. Photographed near Selinsgrove, PA, USA.

Alien Face

The two eyes are easy to see, but gaze for another moment and you may notice a smiling face. Tucson Botanical Gardens, AZ, USA.

Ambush Bug

This unusual insect is a common, yet rarely-seen inhabitant of American gardens. Ambush bugs are tiny predators that, true to their name, sit atop flowers, awaiting tiny flying insects. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, USA.

American Snout

American snout butterfly, certainly an extremely bizarre/interesting subject. It’s name couldn’t be better suited! Photographed in Winfield, PA, USA.

Ancient Tree

An old, dead evergreen tree, which I came upon along a hiking trail at Aguirre Springs Recreation Area, NM, USA.

Arizona Sister

Arizona sister butterfly lapping moisture droplets from a nearby stream. Photographed at Aguirre Springs Recreation Area, NM, USA.

Autumnal Shrooms

A young cluster of scaly pholiota mushrooms in the pre-autumnal forest. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Banded Gecko

An extremely common, yet (due to their small size and nocturnal habits) rarely encountered lizard, the banded is Arizona’s only native gecko. Picture Rocks, AZ, USA.

Barestem Larkspur

These tiny, beautiful wildflowers are a short-lived spring delight in the Sonoran Desert. Photo taken in Ironwood National Monument, AZ, USA.

Barn Swallow

These common, yet beautiful birds are the bane of many a barn or shed owner, owing to their unusual habit attaching their mud nests to the sides of support beams. Photo taken at John Heinz National Widlife Refuge, PA, USA.

Bee Take-off

Having finished his/her thistle flower pit stop, this busy honeybee takes off for the next blossom. Photo taken near Hartleton, PA, USA.

Blacklit Scorpion

Due to the chemical composition of their exoskeletons, most (if not all) scorpions glow blue when viewed at night, using a black light. Arizona Bark Scorpion photographed near Tucson, AZ, USA.

Bleeding Hearts, Hanging by a Stem

Generally speaking, I don’t like exposing my photography to this much editing, but it’s hard to resist when working with such dramatic subjects. Bleeding Hearts are among my absolute favorite spring wildflowers. Photographed in Winfield, PA, USA.

Bridge Over Tumbling Waters

A beautiful woodland stream bathed in the late afternoon sunshine. Photographed at Tall Timbers State Park, PA, USA.

Burrowing Owl

Having just rushed a grasshopper, this burrowing owl assesses it’s surroundings before sprinting the single meter, back to it’s den. Chandler, AZ, USA.

Cactus Eyes

“What lovely eyes you have, Mr. Cactus!” Photographed in Tucson, AZ, USA.

Camo Cricket

A tropical cricket (species unknown), extremely well-camouflaged against tree bark. I barely noticed this master of disguise, even after looking straight at it. Photographed at Dos Brazos de Osa, Costa Rica.

Canyon Treefrog

Mid-call, a male canyon treefrog attempts to lure in a mate. Photographed in Coronado National Forest, AZ, USA. Photographed in Coronado National Forest, AZ, USA.

Carolina Wolf

A Carolina Wolf Spider, briefly interrupted from it’s search for food. For this shot, I had to lay on the ground, less than a foot from my subject. Photographed near Tucson, AZ, USA.

Cattail Droplets

The subtle beauty of water droplets on a cattail plant that had recently gone to seed. Photographed in Hartleton, PA, USA.

Cedar Waxwing

To many a creature this size, a large cherry would fit the expression of “biting off more than you can chew,” but cedar waxwings are well adapted to stuffing their faces with oversized berries. Photographed near Selinsgrove, PA, USA.