The Sparrow and the Hummingbird

2016 · Page 4 of 4 · Leighton Photography & Imaging

The Sparrow and the Hummingbird

Yesterday I was in Bellevue, Washington working as a Master Naturalist in an area where I work frequently pulling out invasive bindweed and blackberry plants to make room for native species, and I brought my camera along with me. Unusually sunny and bright for such a wet and rainy climate, the wetlands where I was

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That *$*#@(#*&@ Red-breasted Nuthatch!!!

For the past couple of years there has been a red-breasted nuthatch that lives near my house that is almost always visible until the moment I have a camera in hand, and it’s been driving me crazy. It was funny at first, but after months stretching into years, it has gotten personal. Very personal. The other day I

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Florida’s Wild Native Orchids – Cymbidieae

One of my very favorite types of wild native orchids I’ve found in the wild are those belonging to the tribe Cymbidieae, all of which are found in the tropics or subtropics. Not only are the flowers spectacularly colorful and often large, each plant often has many flowers in bloom at the same time. Some species can be found

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Snoqulamie Pass Winter Hike

Today’s set of images are what I hope to be a very enjoyable and relaxing series of eight images from a recent hike high up in Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass. I was following a beautiful snow-covered mountain stream called Humpback Creek on the Annette Lake Trail. Relax, enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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The Bigger Picture – Panoramic Landscapes

While definitely not a new technology, panoramic photography has been with us since the mid-nineteenth century. What is new however, is the ability to digitally stitch multiple images together to create a much larger, super-wide image that exceeds the abilities of a typical camera lens. A panoramic photograph is typically the equivalent or larger than the view

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Most Beautiful of all American Butterflies: Gossamer-wings! (25 Photos)

The gossamer-winged butterflies – sometimes called gossamer-wings – are in the family known as Lycaenidae, are a large group of butterflies found all over the world (over 5000 species), and they also happen to be some of the smallest of butterflies. Most of them share characteristics such as rear-facing eyespots on the back of the wings wings – presumably

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Pacific Banana Slug

If you’ve ever hiked or visited the Pacific Northwest, you’ve undoubtedly come across this majestic mollusk – the Pacific banana slug. While most people take a look and say, “cool!” and continue hiking, these slugs are actually very interesting and worth learning about. The Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) is the world’s second-largest terrestrial slug in the

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The Chisos Mountains of Old West Texas

The Chisos Mountains are old. REALLY old for the Southern United States. These mountains were pushed up to elevations of more than 5,000 feet above sea level by a great deformation during the Cenozoic era (66 million years ago to present). Other geological uplifts during the older Cretaceous period (66 million to 144 million years ago) were also pushed up, and

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