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.

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.

Swampy Sliders

Yellow-bellied pond sliders resting on a log in the midst of a duckweed-infested swamp. Photo taken near Harrisburg, PA, USA.

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 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.

Tiny Treefrog

This young green treefrog was barely over an inch long, and I discovered him/her sitting on a palmetto at the edge of my campsite. Photo taken at Stephen Foster State Park, GA, USA.

Toad Lily

Toad lilies bloom rather late in the year. This one didn’t even start to open it’s mesmerizing flowers until the last days of September. Although I’m always a tad biased against non-native plants, this Japanese perennial is a lovely shade-tolerant plant which offers beauty when many others are going to seed. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, 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.

Tuscarora Falls

This is my absolute favorite waterfall on Rickett’s Glen State Park’s (PA) Fall’s Trail. Many of the other waterfalls are more intricate, but something about the setting of Tuscarora Falls reminds me of something from a fairy tale.

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.

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.