Dilemma in the Desert: the Beauty or the Beast?

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Dilemma in the Desert: the Beauty or the Beast?

My last trip out to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, I was adamant about finding the United States’ only venomous lizard – the gila monster. I wasn’t going to leave until I found one and got it on camera. Unfortunately, my luck was terrible and I was finding just about everything imaginable except my quarry. To my utter amazement and

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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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New Mexico’s Round-tail Horned Lizard

The round-tail horned lizard (Phrynosoma modestum) is a member the lizard family Phrynosomatidae, also known as the spiny desert lizards. Horned lizards also happen to be one of the most curious and interesting of the American Southwest desert spiny lizards, which are often called horned toads, horny toad, etc. (no relation to toads). They have

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Portraits in the Florida Wilderness

Fakahatchee Barred Owl An adult barred owl watches from the hardwoods at the northern end of the Fakahatchee Strand early in the morning in Southwest Florida near Golden Gate. Carolina Saddlebags Dragonfly Found throughout the Eastern United States and some of the Canadian provinces, this large attractive dragonfly was photographed in the wild and swamp-like

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Leapin’ Lizards! Updates!

Quick post today to announce a small but important update to the North American Nature Photography galleries. Over the past decade, I’ve been collecting so many new images of native lizards in their natural environments all over the continent, that I have expanded the single lizard gallery into five (same as I did last year

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Strike a Pose! It’s a Northern Pacific Rattlesnake!!!

Last week I was doing a swing through Central Washington and I finally saw, caught and released my first West Coast rattlesnake. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long already. Oddly enough I had my main portrait lens on my camera when I spotted it, and it was rattling its tail and definitely wanted a piece

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