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Wyoming Indian Paintbrush

As is often the case in wildflowers, telling one species from another can be exceedingly difficult. Especially when there are naturally occurring hybrids...



A Giant Semi-Aquatic Vole in Northern California. A few days ago, I was traveling through Oregon and took a little dip into Northern California...


Looking Out from Behind the Waterfall – Oregon’s North Falls

Last night I was wrapping up a quick four-day nature photography road trip in search of new images and ideas when...


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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 it comes to lizards, North America has it all! Tropical iguanas, anoles and skinks, desert-loving collared lizards and whiptails, and we even have our own venomous lizard: the gila monster!

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The Moab Desert in eastern Utah has a very interesting history and ecosystem. The human history can be traced back over 10,000 years, and the first signs of humans appeared as signs carved into indigenous rock formations found in several places. Hundreds of species of wildlife live here, including the cottontail rabbit, mule deer, and a host of reptiles, and because of the extreme heat for most of the year combined with an average of nine inches of rainfall per year, it's no wonder nearly all of the wildlife is nocturnal.

One of the fastest and most maneuverable of the world's winged insects, the dragonfly uses a method of catching prey called "hawking" where the dragonfly forms a basket with its hairy legs, scooping and eating up to 300 flying mosquitos every day of its week-long adult life.

Deer play a lesser role in the mythology of tribes from other parts of the US and Canada, sometimes figuring as a messenger or a fertility spirit. In the Tlingit tribe of the Northwest Coast, deer symbolize peace and are associated with ambassadors.

Normal vision for people is 20/20. A hawk's vision is equivalent to 20/5. This means that the hawk can see from 20 feet what most people can see from 5 feet.

The fiery, red-orange tips of the Indian Paintbrush are bracts of the plant that conceal the actual flowers. Most if not all paintbrush species are hemiparisitic, and depend on other plants to supply water and nutrients.

Storks have no syrinx and are mute, giving no call; bill-clattering is an important mode of communication at the nest.

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.