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.

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.

Pinwheel Marasmius

A cluster of pinwheel marasmius mushrooms. These beige-colored, extremely tiny shrooms are easy to overlook. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Pipevine Caterpillar

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

Posing Prothonotary

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

Prince Albert

A denizen of Arizona’s coniferous forests, the Albert’s Squirrel is a welcomed campground visitor. Mount Lemmon, AZ, USA.

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 Salamander

This eastern red salamander was all-smiles about having his/her picture taken. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, USA.

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.

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.

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.

Sandhill Cranes

These large, incredible birds will overwinter en-masse at a few specific locations across the US. Soon before spring is under way, they disperse to summer breeding grounds. Willcox, AZ.

Scaled Quail

Can you venture a guess at why it’s called a scaled quail? This beautiful fellow and his mate walked right by my camping site, presenting this excellent photo op! Photographed at Rockhound State Park, NM, USA.

Scaly Pholiota

Like any self-respecting hiker, I despise the swarms of mosquitoes that emerge during really wet summers, but as a nature lover, find myself in awe at the vast array of fungi that also appear. This Scaly Pholiata cluster was encountered deep in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Sidewinder Profile

A young sidewinder tasting the air as it sizes me up.  Like other snake species, these small rattlesnakes use their tongues to periodically “taste” the air.  This helps them to keep tabs on the surroundings.

Simplicity

Goldfinch on a millet stalk. They love to forage the seeds. I’m quite taken by the simplistic appearance of this shot. Photographed in Michaux State Forest, PA, USA.

Skipper Tongue

This is what it looks like when a butterfly sticks it’s tongue out at you. Featured is a tiny skipper, enjoying the nectar of the invasive crown vetch plant. Photo taken near Hartleton, PA, USA.

Snapping Turtle, Snapping

While snapping pictures of this common snapping turtle, I may have been at risk of getting snapped, myself. John Heintz NWR, PA, USA.

Solfugid Profile

The Solfugid is an arachnid, but is neither scorpion or spider. These terrestrial hunters prowl the desert floor in search of pretty much anything they can overpower and eat. They are non-venomous and, therefore, entirely harmless, but pack a pretty painful bite! The largest species, affectionately known as camel spiders, are well-known by soldiers stationed in the Middle East, as they have a tendency to chase shadows in search of a shady refuge. This behavior is often mistaken for aggression. Saguaro NP West, AZ.

Sonoran Snow

Every few years, the valleys surrounding Tucson will receive a gentle dusting of snow. Once in a blue moon, however, snow will actually accumulate, turning this normally hot/dry desert into a winter wonderland. I was extremely fortunate to witness this aberration within 2 months of living here. This photo even managed to capture a few falling snowflakes. Saguaro National Park West.

Sonoran Spring

When certain conditions are met, the desert will briefly become engulfed by poppy flowers. This scene offers a nice look at the poppies, cloaked in the golden hour’s spectacular light! Saguaro National Park West.