Slithering Beauty of the Cascades

November 2011 · Leighton Photography & Imaging

American Caesar’s Mushroom

Sometimes I find a beautiful specimen in nature that I simply just can’t identify. Tonight I finally identified a beautiful red mushroom I photographed five years ago in Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida’s Western Everglades. I knew immediately it was an Amanita, but which one? I had no idea. I have a bookshelf of field


A Face only a Mother Could Love

Vultures: nature’s clean-up crew, scavengers, the nastiest animals alive – whatever you want to call them, they are essential in the promoting health and well-being in nature. They eat the dead, and thus prevent the diseases and harmful germs of rotting and decomposing flesh from getting transmitted to the living. The black vulture (Coragyps atratus)