New Mexican Night

Behold, the Milky Way, as viewed from the low light pollution at Caballo Lake State Park, NM, USA. Yuccas, Staghorn Cholla, and an Ocotillo Cactus in the foreground.

Northern Harrier

In my humble opinion, this is one of the toughest raptors to snap a good picture of. Harriers rarely perch for long, and zip by at high speeds, covering a lot of distance in little time. Northern harrier at my favorite wetland. Tucson, AZ.

Northern Pygmy Owl

Fledgling of the rare Northern Pygmy Owl. This youngster is nibbling on a leaf, seemingly to inform mom that he/she was requesting lunch. Madera Canyon, AZ.

Orange Barrel

Presenting one of my favorite succulent flower displays, the barrel cactus comes in yellow, orange, and red. Photographed near Picture Rocks, AZ.

Orange Blobs

A dead tree branch completely engulfed by orange blob mold, deep in the forest. This branch was less than half the width of a penny, just to offer a scale of size. Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA

Orange Staghorn

The cholla is extremely sinister, even among cacti. It reproduces by catching the needle-sharp, barbed spines of it’s 4-inch detachment in the skin of an unfortunate animal, eventually falling off after days of agonizing pain for the recipient. The beautiful flowers it produces may be even more of a paradox than the thorns on roses. Saguaro NP West, AZ.

Organ Needles

Younger organ pipe cacti are quite colorful on the top of their trunks. Even if they were so colorful as adults, the height would make such photo-ops impossible! Photographed at Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ, USA.

Outer Mongolia

Primarily a rock-climbing area, the Outer Mongolia area was scenically incredible. Following hours of climbing on these rock faces, partial cloudiness and interesting light further enhanced the photo-ops! Joshua Tree National Park, CA.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady, aka “American Lady” butterfly, sipping the nectar from a dwarf sunflower. Photo taken near Hartleton, PA, USA.

Pennsylvania Sunrise

There’s a certain magic only experienced by those willing to awaken before the crack of dawn. This sunrise seemed to capture the essence of rural Pennsylvania. Photographed at Montour Preserve Wildlife Refuge, PA, USA.

Phainopepla

Female phainopepla spreading her tail feathers. These interesting birds will actually lay two clutches a year; once in the higher elevations, and once in the lower. Picture Rocks, AZ.

Pied Grebe

When exhibiting the right facial expression, these adorable little divers can actually look quite sinister. Pied grebe photographed in Tucson, AZ, USA.

Pincushion Flowers

The tiny pincushion cactus isn’t so easily overlooked when showing off a full bouquet of flowers! Saguaro National Park West, AZ.

Pink Trumpets

A thick cluster of trumpet flowers dramatically enriching the desert scenery.  These lovely flowers are quite popular among hummingbirds.  Saguaro NP West, AZ.

Pipevine Caterpillar

This peculiar caterpillar is the larval stage of the magnificent pipevine swallowtail. Saguaro NP East, AZ.

Pronghorn Pride

Soon before sunset, a large pronghorn strides boldly into the clearing. Grand Tetons, Wyoming.

Prothonotary Warbler

Named for the golden-yellow robes of the early Roman prothonotaries, these beautiful warblers spend their days foraging and defending brushy territory, often bordered by water. Prothonotary Warbler photographed in Okefenokee NWR, GA, USA.

Red Barrel

Presenting one of my favorite succulent flower displays, the barrel cactus comes in yellow, orange, and red. Photographed near Picture Rocks, AZ.

Red-Eyed Dragon

While staking out a warbler nest, this lovely dragonfly (species unknown) landed on a nearby plant stalk, providing a nice distraction. The stunning, blue body caught my attention, but the crimson-colored eyes held my gaze. Photo taken at Lake Louisa State Park, FL, USA.

Regal Stag

Nearing the end of a 5-mile hike, this beautiful stag leapt onto the trail, dead ahead. Exchange, PA.

Ring of Flowers

The tiny pincushion cactus isn’t so easily overlooked when showing off a full bouquet of flowers! Saguaro National Park West, AZ.

Rocky Labyrinth

As the sun sets, the shadows among the rocks become quite long. Keep your eyes peeled for an animal, hidden in plain sight. City of Rocks State Park, NM, USA.

Running Fox

This extremely silver-colored “red” trotting straight toward the camera. Grand Tetons, WY

Saguaro Sunset

Setting between the arms of a large saguaro cactus, the disappearing sun invites many of the desert’s creatures to emerge. Saguaro NP West, AZ, USA.