Celebrating the Beauty of Nature

An important lesson
Redstart
storm777
When one ventures too close to a Cooper's Hawk's nest, one is certain to incur the wrath of Mrs. Cooper :) Her talons brushed my hair on this pass...She was NOT pleased to see me.

Photo taken at the Black River Riparian Forest, Renton WA.

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Variations v2.0
Redstart
storm777
I recently posted a photo of two color variations of the Pacific Tree Frog. Today I stopped to *ahem* conduct a quality control analysis of blackberries once again and saw this gem :) I'm wondering if I caught it in the process of changing (they do change like chameleons) or if this is another color variation that isn't depicted in my field guides. In any case, I think it's pretty cool :)

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Today
Redstart
storm777
Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)
Des Moines WA

I wanted to capture its white face but it was not cooperative :)

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Hello!
tree swallow
decemberthirty
Hi, folks! I'm new to this community, and I was really pleased to stumble across a community that is not just dedicated to nature photography, but also one that actually seems to be active!

I'll start by sharing my photo of sundew, a carnivorous bog plant that I photographed in the western Adirondacks:

Sundew

Sometimes you get lucky
Redstart
storm777
I went camping in the mountains (Snoqualmie Pass WA) over the 4th of July. Right around sunrise I was sitting on the bank of the river having my coffee when I saw something out of the corner of my eye jump into the water. I ran back to camp to grab my camera and when I returned, I got lucky:

First time for everythingCollapse )

Pacific Tree Frog
Redstart
storm777
I've seen both color variations but this is the first time I've seen them together. On the left-hand side of the photo, you can see a blackberry to gauge the size of these little frogs :)

This was taken in Des Moines WA, south of Seattle.

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Pigeon Guillemot
Redstart
storm777
These are common along the Seattle waterfront. They nest under the piers and are always out and about, oblivious to humans. I caught this male courting a lady in March by Pier 57 (ferris wheel pier :) ).

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cooper's hawk
New Mexico
crookedfingers
hawk

Spiranthes spiralis
d.carota
puddleshark
Autumn Lady"s Tresses
Autumn Lady's Tresses / Spiranthe d'automne.

Western Meadowlark
Redstart
storm777
Greetings, everybody~

Here is a Western Meadowlark I photographed in 2013 in Glasgow, Montana.

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All the best from John

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