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Mountain Death Camas – Beautiful and Deadly

Over the summer I found myself in the Rocky Mountains looking for native orchids at around 8000-9000 feet...


The Cat-Faced Spider!

Recently I was out on a day off from the photography studio, working on a side project that involved foraging of lots of wild apples in one of my favorite recreation places...


My New Sanibel Island Art Installation!

Earlier this year, I was contacted by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society on Florida’s Sanibel Island about the possibility...


We've expanded our image offering to include not only fine art prints, canvases, museum wraps, and cards, but also digital commercial stock photography and personal use-instant downloads!
Now we are offering not only premium gallery-quality prints and digital download image delivery, but a whole new range of customized frames, mats, and other accessories! Contact us about how to design your own framed art today!

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All my new images can be found right here in my regular blog. It's a blend of my regular nature photography blog and my local photography business blog - Leighton Photography & Imaging. As there is natural overlap in interests and content, and because many photography styles can be used in just as many different situations, I've decided to just combine them here. You can learn about how I approach my photography, a lot about wildlife photography, and why I do things the way I do. For amateur beginners to experienced working professional photographers - there is something for all! Expect the unexpected...

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When we think of nature and wildlife, often it is the secretive frogs and toads that get overlooked. The best thing about amphibians - their presence is an indicator of a healthy and stable ecosystem!

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Found throughout much of the Cascade and Rocky Mountain ranges in beautiful yellow carpets, the stunning glacier lily can also come in handy as a means of survival. The delicate root bulb can be eaten raw or cooked, and the leaves have a tender sweetness. Because the bulb can be so difficult to pull out of the ground intact, and taking all the leaves will kill the plant, you can just take one leaf per plant and each one will survive to grow another season!

Corvids are one of the world's smartest birds. These include ravens, crows, jays and magpies. In fact, the American crow can not only recognize and remember a human's face, but can teach other crows to recognize a specific person they haven't seen before.

The yellow coralroot is unusual compared to other members of the Corallorhiza genus in that it is the only one that produces its own chlorophyll like nearly all green plants (hence the yellowish-green color) and is only partially parasitic on the surrounding plants for its nourishment and nutritional needs. All other coralroot orchids depend solely on sapping the vitality of its neighbors to keep it fed and healthy.

The gulls have a worldwide cosmopolitan distribution. They breed on every continent, including Antarctica, and are found in the high Arctic, as well.

Snakes do not have a sternum. Floating ribs allow them to move side to side and swallow prey larger than their heads.

Foxes are digitigrade, which means they walk on their toes. Unlike most members of the Canidae family, foxes have partially retractable claws.

Leighton Photography & Imaging is our main photography business recently relocated to the Greater Seattle area, Washington. Nature photography is a large part of what we do, but we are by no means limited to just that. Click HERE to find out more about our company.

We started with in 2006 in Southwest Florida, which has been steadily growing over the years and is consistently one of the most popular Florida nature and wildlife websites on the internet today. This was soon followed by, which is our main business website dealing with commercial, wedding, portrait and architectural photography. Both have been a massive help in getting our work displayed and available in an easy-to-view format that was also easy for us to update regularly and quickly.

After a move to the Greater Seattle area in the summer of 2011, we immediately continued our same style of work in nature photography that we did in Florida and the Southeastern United States while studying, experiencing and writing about local ecology and environmental systems. As of January 2014 I’ve been enrolled in the Master Naturalist Program in Bellevue, WA and getting up to speed on the natural ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest - so different than in my native SW Florida. As our family-owned company continues to grow and my volume of new nature photographs continues to become more diversified, I am expanding my traveling range across all of North America - with much gratitude to the many publishers, supporters and buyers we have all over the world.

If you are or represent a gallery, publisher/publication, exhibition, event, vendor/reseller, or any other group interested in our work, please contact Rich or Galina Leighton HERE for more information.