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- One of America’s Most Overlooked Birds. When North America was split in half roughly 100 to 40 million years ago by a great inland sea...


Parry’s Penstemon of the Sonoran Desert

Southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is famed for its sudden explosion of colorful wildflowers that follows the first...


Showy Evening Primroses

At first light, there is nothing quite as beautiful as wildflowers backlit from the rising sun. These highly-colorful showy evening primroses were no exception!..


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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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Asclepiadoideae (Milkweeds)

This easy-to-recognize family includes all of the milkweeds, and well as some less familiar flowering plants such as bloodflowers and calotropis. In North America, we have a large variety of stunning milkweeds that are essential for many species of our native butterflies - most famously the monarch butterfly, who would not exist without it as both a food source and a place to lay its eggs.

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The prairie falcon may look closely related to the peregrine falcon, but both actually share a common extinct ancestor and sometimes do breed naturally in the wild, but their habitats are so different that they rarely come in contact with each other. Prairie falcons often share nesting cliffs with common ravens, golden eagles, and red-tailed hawks.

Orchids have a symbiotic relationship with certan fungi called mycorrhizal association. The fungus provides nutrients to the orchid plant, and the orchid is a home to the fungus. Orchid seeds are so tiny they do not have enough food to nourish a seedling, that's why they need the fungus. This mycorrhizal association helps explain why the majority of North American orchids die soon when transplanted from the wild.

The Steller's jay can mimic other birds, animals, and non-animal sounds. It is known to imitate the calls of birds of prey such as osprey, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk, making other birds flee and abandon feeding areas.

As suggested by the name, the American spadefoot toads have hard, keratinous protrusions on their feet, which help them to dig backwards into the ground.

Huckleberry was one of the few plant species to survive on the slopes of Mount St. Helens when the volcano erupted in 1980, and exists as a prominent mountain-slope bush in 2017.

Chitons are marine mollusks that have been around for 400 million years, according to the fossil record.

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.