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.

Rue Anemones

Rue anemones in early spring. Photographed near Lewisburg, PA, USA.

San Pedrillo Sunset

The water on this rocky beach catches the reflection of the beautiful setting sun. Photographed near San Pedrillo, Costa Rica.

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.

Shadowy Forest

Deep in the forest during the peak of spring a chorus of sounds invites the weary hiker to relax for a moment….the birds frantically chirping, while water flows through the valley, filtered sunlight accentuating mother nature’s vivid earth-tones. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

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 Butterflies

A skipper butterfly prepares to take flight, while it’s comrade contentedly sips at nectar. Photographed in Richmond, VA, 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.

Sleepy Orange Butterfly

Comical though it sounds, “sleepy orange” is their real name. Due to their relaxed demeanor, it suits this butterfly well. Photographed at Lake Roberts, NM, 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.

Spicebush Swallowtail

The lovely spicebush swallowtail butterfly sips the nectar from an equally lovely pasture thistle flower. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Spiny Lizard Display

Not unlike humans, the male gender of many lizard species are rather territorial. One of the many ways that some lizards (such as this Desert Spiny Lizard) show their bravado is by performing territorial “push-ups.” This fellow’s brazen masculinity made for an excellent photo op! Tucson, AZ, USA.

Spotted Salamander

These large salamanders spend most of their lives underground, emerging only briefly in early spring, to breed and lay eggs. This beautiful individual was photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.

Stargazer Lily

The stargazer lily is a lovely oriental hybrid, quite popular among gardeners in the Eastern US. Photographed in Winfield, PA, USA.

Strawberry Hedgehog

An intimate view of a strawberry hedgehog flower. These lovely little cacti can be found throughout much of Mexico, and parts of the American Southwest. Photographed at Rockhound State Park, NM, USA.

Sundew Droplets

Taking a much closer look at these tiny carnivorous plants, one can see not only the precise details, but also small droplets of morning dew. Photo taken at Stephen Foster State Park, GA, USA.

Sundews – Up Close and Personal

Laying down in the marshy ground allowed for a better perspective on these tiny, carnivorous plants. Photographed in Loyalsock State Forest, PA, USA.

Sunflower Field

This field of sunflowers was just too perfect a photo-op to pass on. Photographed near Mifflinburg, PA, USA.

Sunny Sundews

One of only a couple carnivorous plants in the US, the sundew will catch its tiny insect prey with a sticky resin on the ends of the leaves.  Photographed in Loyalsock State Forest, PA, USA.

Swallow Profile

A close-up “profile” shot of the beautiful American Tree Swallow. Already a lovely bird, the bright sunshine really helped to intensify the gorgeous coloration. Photo taken at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, PA, USA.

Swallowtail Coitus

During a camping trip in Lake Louisa State Park (Florida), the zebra swallowtail butterflies were everywhere, but this was the only linked pair that I encountered. They were content to rest peacefully on a plant stalk, while I snapped all the pictures my heart desired.