Cardinal Flower

March 2017 · Leighton Photography & Imaging

Cardinal Flower

Today’s post is about one of my favorite wildflowers found in the swampy hardwood forests along the Gulf Coast – the cardinal flower. I was hiking through an area near Bristol, Florida called the “Garden of Eden Trail” when I spotted this super-vibrant beauty from about 200 yards. ~ click on any image to enlarge

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Black-necked Stilts

Quick post for today. I’ve been sitting on this photo of a trio of black-necked stilts for a while because I saw something in it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I had one of those “a-ha!” moments and cropped it from a horizontal “landscape” orientation to a vertical “portrait” position. Much better. ~

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Wyoming Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

As is often the case in wildflowers, telling one species from another can be exceedingly difficult. Especially when there are naturally occurring hybrids, same species with wildly variable physical attributes and just geographically separated populations of the same species looking very different in different parts of the country, world, etc. (think of how different our

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Looking Out from Behind the Waterfall – Oregon’s North Falls

Last night I was wrapping up a quick four-day nature photography road trip in search of new images and ideas when I found myself standing behind North Falls – an insanely beautiful and violent waterfall just gushing with snowmelt just east of Salem, Oregon. Because I opted to travel light and didn’t have my usual full

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Ghost Orchid Photographed from an Unusual Angle

Ten years ago I spotted my first wild ghost orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida after literally years of exhaustively searching the wetlands and wading through enormous tracts of swamp following a grid pattern on a worn-out, folded-up survey map. Over the following years, I’ve accumulated quite a large number of images of

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American Strawberry Bush

The American strawberry bush – also known by many other names such as the “hearts-a-bustin“ and “hearts-bustin‘-with-love”, is a native member of the bittersweet family is one of those oddly beautiful plants you find sometimes in autumn while out in some of the more remote places in the Untied States. Found in all of the

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Bow River, Banff National Park

There is nothing as beautiful as the mist rising like wildfire smoke over a river on a very chilly Canadian Rocky Mountain winter sunrise This morning was no different than any other on the slippery edge of the hoarfrost-crusted Bow River just west of Calgary, Alberta. ~ click on any image to enlarge ~ Bow River, Banff

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Canada in Winter: Illecillewaet River and the Mountains of Rogers Pass

Recently I was in Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia in the middle of winter, powering my 4×4 SUV through ice and snow, climbing higher and higher into the sky along the Illecillewaet River aiming to head over Rogers Pass so I could make my way further eastward into the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park

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