Black-tailed Gnatcatcher – Loudmouth of the Sonoran Desert

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Black-tailed Gnatcatcher – Loudmouth of the Sonoran Desert

This male black-tailed gnatcatcher and his mate weren’t very happy when I peered out of my tent in the bright Sonoran Desert morning in the Ajo Mountains of Southern Arizona’s Pima County. I was scolded almost the entire time as I packed up my camera equipment and gear, but not until I got this shot

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Parry’s Penstemon of the Sonoran Desert

Southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is famed for its sudden explosion of colorful wildflowers that follows the first springtime rains. From a distance, I saw bright splashes of pink from across the arid hills, and as I got closer, I found this Parry’s penstemon in all their fuschia glory. It never fails to amaze me how such

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Tiny Dancer – The Sierra Madre Dancer Damselfly

This beautifully blue male Sierra Madre dancer (Argia lacrimans) was found and photographed on a rock sticking out of Sonoita Creek in Patagonia, Arizona on a mild spring morning. Like all damselflies in the dancer family (named so because of their jerky, erratic and highly active movements during flight) males tend to be extremely colorful while

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Chiripa! The Chihuahuan Raven Seen in Arizona!

One of the many pleasure on my last visit to Southern Arizona was seeing the Chihuahuan raven in its natural habitat. I didn’t even have to go look for it, this one found me and watched me for about 30 minutes! Slightly smaller than other raven species found around the world and about the size

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Diablo Mountains, Arizona – Ancient America

After a sudden burst of inspiration followed by a rather long spell of very interesting projects that barely touched in the realm of my photography mainstay, I’m back with a new project that embraces a new set of principles I’ve been incorporating into my life – chiefly minimalism. I wanted to present a new series of images

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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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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

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