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Ferns have been around a long, long time. They were flourishing before there were animals on land. In fact, their fossil record goes back some 360 million years ago, and they are still very abundant in all kinds of habitats today, usually in wet environments, but they can also be found in the desert too!


Ferns have been around a long, long time. They were flourishing before there were animals on land. In fact, their fossil record goes back some 360 million years ago, and they are still very abundant in all kinds of habitats today, usually in wet environments, but they can also be found in the desert too!


Ferns have been around a long, long time. They were flourishing before there were animals on land. In fact, their fossil record goes back some 360 million years ago, and they are still very abundant in all kinds of habitats today, usually in wet environments, but they can also be found in the desert too!

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The Black Turnstone: A Charismatic Shorebird

The Black Turnstone: A Charismatic Shorebird

The black turnstone feeds mostly on small crustaceans and marine worms, which it can find on rocky shorelines or mudflats. It is also known to eat small insects, mollusks, and occasionally plant material.

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Female Saffron-winged Meadowhawk

Female Saffron-winged Meadowhawk

The last time I passed through Montana, I stopped by some duck ponds in Anaconda at a place called Warm Springs State Wildlife Management Area and there were dragonflies and damselflies everywhere! I was familiar with some of the species, but this one olive-golden...

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Spanish Dagger

Spanish Dagger

The Spanish dagger is one of those plants that brings a bit of nostalgia to me. It was a very common non-native landscaping plant in my childhood in Manatee County, Florida that always had these amazing displays of flowers in the spring at the very top of the plant....

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Interesting Nature Facts #44 – Vultures

Why don't we see a lot of dead animals in the wild? You can thank the reviled vulture. They eat the dead as fast as they can be found, protecting all of us from disease and sickness. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a...

Interesting Nature Facts #58 – Milkweed

Milkweed is named for its milky sap. Some species are toxic. Monarch butterflies lay eggs on milkweed. To limit the damage by caterpillars, milkweed uses hairs on the leaves, latex and toxins in the sap. MORE PHOTOS OF WILDFLOWERS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS...

Interesting Nature Facts #95 – Bladderworts

Mostly found living in lakes and rivers, the carnivorous bladderwort has a floating stem with tiny sack-like traps growing along it. These traps, or ‘bladders’, have clever door-like valves that open and shut within thousandths of a second when triggered. The...

Interesting Nature Facts #94 – Butterworts

Butterworts have flat, sticky leaves that function like a cross between flypaper and a stomach. When insects land on a butterwort’s leaves, they get stuck in goo that’s excreted by sticky glands. The plant releases digestive enzymes and absorbs those tasty bug...

Interesting Nature Facts #96 – Sundews

Often described as "living flypaper", the sundew has tentacle-like leaves which are covered in sticky, glandular hairs. The plant’s tacky secretion gives off a sweet scent, which attracts insects. Once an insect is stuck to its leaf, the sundew will curl inwards to...

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I have an automated ordering system for fine art prints that not only makes ordering easier, but gives you more options. Choose luster (my personal favorite – it’s a cross between matte and glassy), old-fashioned glossy, classic black & white or even have your images printed on metallic paper or canvas. As always, all my printing is done on ultra-premium museum-quality, acid-free professional photography paper with commercial archival inks that won’t fade or “yellow” over time. I care enough about my work to have it only printed on the best materials possible.

Next to every image in our gallery there is an “Add To Cart” button that will give you all the options available for that image in a very user-friendly format, and will make ordering a breeze. There is even an option at checkout for custom cropping.

And as always, if you have specific questions that aren’t answered on this page, please contact me and I’ll be more than happy to talk to you over the phone or by email, or even walk you through the ordering process. When in doubt, contact me before ordering.

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Ordering prints from our galleries just got even easier! Now we are offering not only prints, papers, metal prints, acrylic and metal wall displays but a whole new range of customized frames, mats, and other accessories! Most prints are shipped within three business days and come with a no questions asked 30 day return policy. (I’ll discuss the details with you directly before you order – some of these materials may not be listed in the galleries, and I will take those orders personally – contact me for more information)

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Wild Florida!

New images from Wild Florida! For some reason these 14 photographs were sitting, hidden from the light of day on my hard drive array and although they were tagged for processing and publishing for quite some time (along with many hundreds of others) I decided to just...

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus

Really quick late-night post for right now. Went on a Valentine's Day family hike today on Rattlesnake Mountain just east of Seattle, Washington where I found quite a number of very interesting lichens and some Mycena citrinomarginata mushrooms.  Since I've just...

Mountain Stream with a Touch of Snow

I think I'll let the image do the talking for me on this one.... Mountain Stream with a Touch of Snow ~ Mount Rainier, Washington ~ see more images like this ~ LAKES, RIVERS AND WATERFALLS GALLERY                                                                       ...

Sea Stacks and the Coastline (and a Local Quinault Legend!)

This is my third entry into my new series, Ancient America which features a minimalistic, raw and unpolished look at black and white landscape photography from around North America from the viewpoint of what it would have looked like when the first people arrived....

Green Anole

Sometimes you are just walking along admiring the wildflowers like I was on this day in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, when from inside a a thicket of shrimp plants, I saw this green anole watching me carefully. I just love the turquoise color around its eye!...

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