Lunar Eclipse

Relatively early in the 2019 lunar eclipse. Photo taken in Tucson, AZ

Lurker

Attempting to camouflage itself from both predator and prey alike, an American Bullfrog hides in the heavy duckweed. Photo taken near Harrisburg, PA, USA.

Magnificent Mushrooms

Whenever gazing upon something as magical as this gorgeous cluster of tiny orange mushrooms, I feel as though I’m peering into this mysterious world that we humans understand so little of. Michaux State Forest, PA, USA.

Mallard Flight

As this mallard duck drake flies toward me, his beautiful head coloration, and the subtle water droplets on it’s chest are vividly displayed. Photographed in Lewisburg, PA, USA.

Mediterranean Gecko

Mediterranean House Gecko found in my backyard, a bit far from home. These tiny geckos have successfully established themselves in Phoenix, Tucson, and a number of other metropolitan areas in warmer parts of America. Interestingly enough, this area’s climate is pretty similar to that of their home range, making for an ideal match. Despite their success, this species doesn’t appear to be having a negative impact on native species. This may be largely due to their presence strictly in/around cities, as well as their arboreal / nocturnal niche, one that seems to be largely unoccupied by local species of lizards. Picture Rocks, AZ.

Melanistic Timber Rattlesnake

While on a hike, I was ecstatic to come upon (and not step on) this melanistic (Black Phase) Timber Rattlesnake, coiled on the path, dead ahead. Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Micrathena Orb Weaver

The tiny, beautiful arrow-shaped micrathena spider. This small orb weaver had a few water droplets remaining from the previous night’s shower. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Milkweed Beetles

A lovely pair of red milkweed beetles perched on a well-chewed common milkweed leaf. Photo taken in Selinsgrove, PA.

Milkweed Bugs

A pair of milkweed bugs (not to be confused with milkweed beetles), caught in mid-coitus, atop the flowers of a Common Milkweed. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, USA.

Monarch and the Skipper

A monarch butterfly, en-route to it’s Central American wintering grounds, drinks contentedly while a Skipper skips past. Photographed in Richmond, VA, USA.

Monarch Caterpillar

A monarch butterfly caterpillar bathed in the beautiful light of sunrise. Notice any (more subtle) details in the picture? Photographed at Montour Preserve Wildlife Refuge, PA, USA.

Monochromatic Mushrooms

This cluster of small mushrooms (species unknown) was found in early fall, on the edge of a Hemlock log. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Moonrise Desert

Just after the sun has set and the full moon risen, the desert begins to come to life. Photographed at Organ Pipe National Monument, AZ, USA.

Morning Fog

Although many water-bound visitors of Stephen Foster State Park (GA) like to get on the water around midday, the early-morning canoeist is greeted by this magically serene view and a wider array of wildlife.

Morning Swim with the Family

A mother wood duck guides her family away from the shore, and perceived danger of my camera. This made for an adorable black/white shot! Photographed at John Heintz NWR, PA, USA.

Mushroom Cluster

As seen from beneath, this large cluster of beautiful, tiny mushrooms were found growing on a rotting hemlock log. Photo taken at Tall Timbers State Park, PA, USA.

Mushroom Gills

When I saw this cluster of mushrooms above my head on a hemlock tree, I instantly became enamored with such a different perspective. Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Mushrooms on a Log

As seen from beneath, this large cluster of beautiful, tiny mushrooms were found growing on a rotting hemlock log. Photo taken at Tall Timbers State Park, PA, USA.

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.

Orange Jelly

I was incredibly lucky to have encountered this beautiful jelly fungus, as it was perfectly illuminated by the light from the setting sun. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Orange Staghorn

Staghorn chollas seem to sport nearly any color imaginaeable in their blooms! Saguaro National Park West, AZ, USA.

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.

Painted Lady Pollinator

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.