A beautiful red fox yawns after waking from a midday nap. Grand Teton NP, WY.
Despite the frigid winter temperatures of the Northeastern US, there is still much beauty to be discovered. These small, frozen waterfalls were photographed in Loyalsock State Forest, PA, USA.
A young yellow patches mushroom, surrounded by it’s mysterious forest environment. Photographed at Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
In black and white, a gadwall furiously beats his wings. Tucson, AZ.
More heavily edited than my usual style, this broad-billed hummingbird makes a fantastic gloomy subject. Madera Canyon, AZ.
While watching and snapping pictures of this blue-gray gnatcatcher, I had no idea why it kept hopping closer and closer, until a gnat flew into my eye. I then suddenly realized that I had brought a smorgasbord of buggy snacks. Photo taken near Richmond, VA, USA.
This handsome little ground squirrel was hanging out right at the trailhead. Joshua Tree NP, CA.
A large gopher snake photographed where she was found in the Catalina Mountains, near Tucson, AZ.
Gopher tortoises are an extremely important part of the sandy, upland habitats in Central Florida. These diggers will excavate large dens, which provide refuge to a wide variety of creatures. Photo taken at Lake Louisa State Park, FL, USA.
A robber fly captures and kills smaller insects. Incidentally, this grasshopper was a bit too large and had to be abandoned. Mt Lemmon, AZ.
This large, orange grasshopper (species unknown) made the perfect macro photography subject, as it hung from a stick in the process of molting (shedding it’s exoskeleton). Photo taken at Lake Louisa State Park, FL, USA.
Relaxing peacefully at the edge of a frozen pond, this great blue heron made the perfect photography subject! Photographed in Lewisburg, PA, USA.
Although only a medium-sized butterfly at best, the great purple hairstreak is stunning with wings open or closed. Sabino Canyon, AZ.
Greater Earless Lizard striking the perfect pose to have his picture taken. Photo taken at Rockhound State Park, NM, USA.
Strategically poised under a porch light, this green treefrog awaits dinner. Photographed near Davenport, FL, USA.
A momma grizzly escorts her cubs across some fantastic foraging ground. Within an hour of the previously pictured black bear disappearing in the forest, the grizzlies reached that exact spot. Having picked up the black bear’s scent, they quickly became alert. Grand Tetons, Wyoming.
This caterpillar is the extremely destructive larval stage of an invasive moth species, but it’s hard to deny how creepily-interesting the gypsy moth caterpillar’s face is. Photo taken at Winfield, PA, USA.
A Halloween pennant dragonfly surrounded by it’s natural environment. Photographed in Loyalsock State Forest, PA, USA.
A group of harbor seals lounging about, enjoying the surf. Shelter Cove, CA.
A Harris’s Antelope Squirrel nibbling away on some flowers. Saguaro National Park West, AZ.
Hence their name, Cactus Wrens choose the most sinister, yet well-protected nesting sites imaginable. The cactus spines provide an incredible defense from predators! Photographed at Rockhound State Park, NM, USA.
A greater short-horned lizard “basking” on a chilly day at a very high elevation. Mt. Lemmon, AZ.
As far as lizards go, horned lizards make fantastic photo subjects. Their first defense is camouflage and their first instinct is often to sit dead still and avoid detection.