Tachinid Fly

Although they do their share of pollinating and even look cute from the right angle (please note: this is not the right angle), Tachinid Flies are parasitic to a plethora of other insect species. They will lay eggs inside the unfortunate host. These eggs will hatch into ravenous larva that begin eating the poor thing, from the inside. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, USA.

The Big Splash

Harbor seals rear their heads away from the incoming wave as a mighty sea lion relaxes in the background. Shelter Cove, CA.

The Eclipsing Moon

Just before the moon had fully eclipsed, the glow from the remaining sliver overwhelmed the rest of it. Tucson, AZ

The Emperor

The beautiful hackberry emperor collecting some nectar. Saguaro NP West, AZ, USA.

The Flower of Passion

A more appropriate name there could not be for the gorgeous Passion Flower. This beauty was sitting all by itself, so lonely and radiant in the middle of a pine forest. Photo taken at Lake Louisa State Park, FL, USA.

The Grey

What happens when a frozen river is hit with an unprecedented 65-degree day? Lots of fog! This shot features a railroad bridge that crosses the Susquehanna River, and was shot from the island between Northumberland and Sunbury, PA, USA.

The Milky Way

The Milky Way, in all of it’s beauty! Take note to the shooting star and, what a few have claimed to be the Starship Enterprise. Photographed at Cherry Springs State Park, PA, USA.

The Queen

This royal relative to the famous monarch butterfly is a well known Southwestern inhabitant. Saguaro NP West, AZ.

The Very Horny Caterpillar

When feeling threatened, black swallowtail caterpillars will sometimes extend “horns,” in an attempt to ward off a would-be predator. Photographed in Winfield, PA, USA.

Theona Checkerspot

This lovely little butterfly is a theona checkerspot. Although not uncommon, it was an exciting find! Oracle State Park, AZ.

Tiger Profile

Despite it’s potent venom, the tiger rattlesnake is considered low-risk (for a rattlesnake). It’s small fangs, reluctance to bite, and tiny venom glands are all to thank. Photo taken in Saguaro NP West, AZ.

Tortoise and the Desert

A Sonoran Desert Tortoise proudly poses in front of it’s desert home. Photo taken in Saguaro NP West, Tucson, AZ.

Towering Trees

Monstrous sequoias towering above their forest floor.

Translucent Scorpion

Backlighting from the late-afternoon sun offered a translucent effect to this large devil scorpion. Picture Rocks, AZ, USA.

Transparency

Did you know that the monarch butterfly’s chrysalis becomes transparent right before the adult butterfly emerges? Photo taken in Northumberland, PA, USA.

Tucson Sunset

As the sun sets in the Sonoran Desert, a few miles from Tucson, the lighting makes a spectacular color show. Tucson, AZ, USA.

Urban Friend

This adorable, young raccoon (as well as the rest of his/her family) would often climb out of this abandoned home’s chimney. Photographed in Selinsgrove, PA, USA.

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion flycatchers specialize in catching flying insects “on the wing,” often returning to the same favored perch sites. Tucson, AZ.

Vernal Pond

Following winter, the moisture from melting snow mixes with the spring rains to form these seasonal wetlands. Vernal ponds offer invaluable breeding habitat for a slew of amphibian species. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Water Dog

When striking certain poses, it’s amazing what an uncanny resemblance harbor seals share with puppies. Shelter Cove, CA.

Water on a Web

The beautiful water droplets on a spider web, glimmering in the early morning sun. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Wilson’s Warbler

One of the stunning migratory birds that pass through Tucson.  Meet the Wilson’s Warbler. Tucson, AZ.

Wing Waving

America’s quintessential duck, the mallard can be seen just about anywhere with a body of water. This fellow seems to be conducting an orchestra. Photographed near Lewisburg, PA, USA.

Wood Frog

A young wood frog, well camouflaged in his/her woodland habitat. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.