Southern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera conspicua)

2016 · Page 3 of 4 · Leighton Photography & Imaging

Southern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera conspicua)

Quick post today to share with you one of my favorite terrestrial orchids of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts – the southern white fringed orchid! Often difficult to photograph in Florida’s bright summer sunlight, heavy overcast skies were a huge in helping get this delicate little orchid in perfect detail. Click on the image below

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Desert Wild Native Orchids!

Imagine my surprise a few days ago as I was wandering through the dry, hot sagebrush desert of Central Washington State in rural northern Grant County flipping rocks in search or scorpions, spiders and reptiles to photograph when at the edge of a series of lakes there appeared thousands upon thousands of blooming desert wild native

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Are All Your Ducklings in a Row? Mine Are.

Last week I was participating in Bellevue’s Peamouth Patrol as a volunteer when I spotted this this little mallard family with eight ducklings huddled together for an afternoon nap. Moments before I spotted this group, the male (also known as a drake) noisily flew a short distance away, presumably in an attempt to lure me away.

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Oregon’s Second Highest Volcano – Mount Jefferson

After a mad flurry of family, graduation and corporate portrait jobs, I’m back at my desk editing my recent wildlife and nature images I shot during one of my “office escapes.” This was one shot of Mount Jefferson I thought I’d missed because five hours from home, I realized I brought the wrong tripod (I accidentally the one

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First Spotted Coralroot Orchids of 2016!

This is a follow up to my last orchid-hunting post. Last week was my first official orchid-hunting expedition of the year, and I followed the suggestion of a fellow orchid-hunter to check out a new area (for me) – Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington. In most places that aren’t very remote, it can take a

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Western Fairy-Slipper Orchid

Last week was my first official orchid-hunting expedition of the year, and I followed the suggestion of a fellow orchid-hunter to check out a new area (for me) – Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington. In most places that aren’t very remote, it can take a bit of effort and searching to find that first colony.

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Chocolate Lily!

One of my very favorite groups of wildflowers to find in the wild belong to the lily family: Liliaceae. These include tiger lillies, camas, trilliums, and mariposas. A few days ago while hunting wild orchids on Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington I found my very first chocolate lilies! The brown and yellowish droopy flowers were difficult to

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A Botanical Walk in the Woods Around Deep Lake

Spring has arrived here in the Pacific Northwest (finally!) and last week I took a detour on my way home from a hike in the Cascade Mountains scouting for wildlife opportunities in a very remote part of Pierce County, Washington to one of my favorite places somewhat near my home: Deep Lake in Nolte State Park.

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Three Species of Florida Native Turtles!

The sign of any healthy body of water is the presence of turtles. Of the 327 species alive today, 60+ of those are found living in the wild in the United States. The fossil record shows that turtles are at least 157 million years old in what we would recognize today as a turtle, which

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