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Sphinx Moth

Early fall brings an amazing insect to our flower gardens across the United States. It is the White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata) also called the Hawk Moth or Hummingbird Moth. No matter what name you use, this is a large nectar feeding moth that looks and acts just like a...

Osprey Migration

Sitting at the edge of the nest the young Osprey was calling out in a begging call trying to be fed. His high-pitched screams echo across the lake and unfortunately go unanswered. His parents are not around. He is all alone and worse yet, he is hungry.

Back in June of this year a pair of...

Goldenrod vs Ragweed

What you see is not always what you think it is. This could be my mantra for nature. At this time of year many people are suffering from fall allergies, often called seasonal allergies. The runny nose, itchy eyes and feeling run down is sometimes too much to take. So naturally, we look around...

Common Nighthawk

In nature, if there is a niche, there is no doubt it will be filled. And it is usually filled with the most interesting of critter. This is the pattern that has made nature so incredibly diverse over millions of years. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise that some birds are not like others...

Least Bittern

I spend the entire month of June on a boat watching the sunrise and sunset. I do this because I am leading wildlife photography tours, to capture images of Loons. I am so fortunate to be outside, surrounded by nature for such a sustained amount of time. I see and hear so many cool birds and...

Great Golden Digger Wasp

After the rush of the spring nesting season, things tend to slow down a bit in the natural world. Sure, some birds such as Cedar Waxwings and American Goldfinch are just getting started in their nesting efforts for the year, but most other species are done with baby birds in the nest and are...

Yellow Warbler

Sitting alone in a small dark blind waiting for a bird is a wonderful time to reflect or think deeply about all the wonderful and amazing aspects of nature. This happened a couple days ago when I was sitting in one of my ground blinds that I set up to photograph a tiny and delicate yellow bird,...

Black Bear

Last week while leading a wildlife photography workshop to capture images of American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) we experienced a cuteness overload. Over three and half days, we saw many mother bears with spring cubs. The term “spring cub” refers to cubs that were born this past...

Trumpeter Swan

Recently I have been spending some time photographing a pair of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) with six little cygnets. This swan family is not in a wilderness setting but a suburban backyard pond. Wow, have things changed. First, when I started my career in wildlife photography 40 years...

American Redstart

The key to “seeing” nature is to stop and look. I know that seems rather obvious but it’s true. The simple act of stopping and looking is really all it takes to start to see more nature. This is something I learned a long time ago, but it seems that I need to stop and remember...

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