Charming Scorpions and Handling Snakes

April 2014 · Leighton Photography & Imaging

Mexican Jay

This was my first close-up encounter Southeastern Arizona corvids as I was photographing wildflowers in the Chiricahua Mountains when I ran into this  Mexican jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi). These extremely smart relatives to magpies, crows and ravens are either very camera-shy or are flagrant show-offs. Not only are they one of the most intelligent and resourceful families of


Trio of Trilliums!

A springtime favorite, this trio of western trilliums (Trillium ovatum) was found just yesterday growing next to Lewis Creek in Bellevue, Washington – just south of Cougar Mountain. Like many wildflowers and forbs of moist, damp forests in the Pacific Northwest, these trilliums depend on ants for pollination. Trio of Trilliums! (click to enlarge)  See


My Secret on Understanding Wildlife for Professional Nature Photography

I’m going to let everyone in on a secret. Over the last decade or so, many hundreds of people have asked me where I get all my information on such a vast number of species, and how I apply that information to my work as a professional nature photographer. I’m going to share my secret with