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Arethuseae

Arethuseae are a small tribe of tropical and subtropical terrestrial orchids that are commonly found in scattered populations in the American Southeast, and in particular in Southern Florida. The exception is the genus Calopogon, which is found in all of the eastern half of United States and in all of the Canadian provinces east of Saskatchewan. Our native species include the pine-pinks, pine-pinks and crested coralroots.

Arethuseae

Arethuseae are a small tribe of tropical and subtropical terrestrial orchids that are commonly found in scattered populations in the American Southeast, and in particular in Southern Florida. The exception is the genus Calopogon, which is found in all of the eastern half of United States and in all of the Canadian provinces east of Saskatchewan. Our native species include the pine-pinks, pine-pinks and crested coralroots.

Arethuseae

Arethuseae are a small tribe of tropical and subtropical terrestrial orchids that are commonly found in scattered populations in the American Southeast, and in particular in Southern Florida. The exception is the genus Calopogon, which is found in all of the eastern half of United States and in all of the Canadian provinces east of Saskatchewan. Our native species include the pine-pinks, pine-pinks and crested coralroots.

Latest Photos and Wildlife News

Cactus Wren!

Cactus Wren!

About four or five years ago I was in Big Bend National Park in West Texas and I just missed the perfect shot of a cactus wren and it bothered me for years. A couple of weeks ago, I was in Mission, Texas looking for reptiles and while looking quietly under an enormous...

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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

I've been trying to get a decent shot of a northern cardinal (I grew up calling them red cardinals in Florida) on camera for decades!  Last week I was in near Weslaco, Texas and this handsome male dropped out the trees and landed right in front of me and stayed there...

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Spiny Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle

Very recently I was looking for the somewhat rare and mostly unheard of American alligators found in South Texas just north of the Mexican border in Hidalgo County when I suddenly surprised this spiny softshell turtle that I didn't even see until I was about 4 feet...

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Interesting Nature Facts #51 – Brown Pelican

The brown pelican is the only species of pelicans that feeds by plunge-diving. The other pelicans scoop fish into their bills while swimming on the surface of the water. MORE PHOTOS OF PELICANS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a series about...

Interesting Nature Facts #35 – Moab Desert

The Moab Desert in eastern Utah has a very interesting history and ecosystem. The human history can be traced back over 10,000 years, and the first signs of humans appeared as signs carved into indigenous rock formations found in several places. Hundreds of species of...

Interesting Nature Facts #54 – Texas Toad

Common in Texas, Oklahoma and Northern Mexico, the Texas toad is the state amphibian of Texas and while living in a hot environment, can go dormant in the hottest months of the year by burying itself in mud or cooler soils until conditions become favorable again. MORE...

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 #81 – Snowshoe Hare

While these larger cousins of rabbits are well known for having white coats in winter and brown coats in the summer, individuals in Washington's Olympic National Park will retain their brown coat all throughout the winter. MORE PHOTOS OF MAMMALS MORE INTERESTING...

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1 - Fine Art Prints, Canvases and Other Printing Options

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.

All final orders will be double-checked and verified personally by me to make sure every order looks absolutely perfect before going to print.

2 - Image Licensing and Stock Images

I am pleased to announce that every single image on this website is available for instant download to your computer – no waiting involved! An ever-increasing amount of our business these days has been electronic image sales for bloggers, web-designers, news media and those who want the image in electronic format only. Many of these are publishers, editors, and other media specialists who do not require the printed image for their work or project.

We have a system in place for instant downloading of high-resolution (.TIFF) images for both personal use and commercial use. Just choose the size you want and it’s yours instantly, and we’ve tried to make this new system easy and simple to use and understand. There are two types of downloads available for you to use immediately. Read more about uses and downloading options.

Commercial Royalty-Free:

This type of download is for use in business or enterprise. This can include editorial work, blogging, sales material, non-profit, pamphlets, brochures, inclusion in a website, or any other commercial application. If you are not sure, ask yourself, “Am I planning on making money with this image or using for a business-related project?” If this is the case, then this is the right type of license needed. This does not include printing images for resale, print publication, or digital resale. If you do need an extended license for commercial work that requires use in mass printing, television, film, or other related commercial uses, contact us at your earliest convenience so we can discuss and we’ll get you a fast and reasonable quote.

Personal Use:

This type of download is for an individual using the image for personal use only. This includes classroom usage, school projects, personal prints, screen savers, usage for painters and artists to create derivatives that aren’t commercial in nature, etc. Essentially for uses that you aren’t trying to make money from our work. If you have any questions or extra information regarding uses please contact us and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

3 - More Information about Customized Fine Art Prints and Special Orders

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)

Through our partnership with Fine Art America we offer the most customizable and easy way of providing you with the very best professional prints for your office, home or gallery.

Custom frames and mattes – design it with amazing online tools! (Contact us so we can set it up personally with you)
Metal Prints (printed directly onto high quality aluminum)
Acrylic Prints (looks amazing with float mounts)
Stretched canvas prints
Museum wraps
Gallery wraps
Choose from over 230 high-end frames and 100 mats
Specialty fine art papers – including watercolor and luster!
Even greeting cards! Many more options, and we’re adding more every week!

4 - Usage Guidelines: Copyright Notice

We appreciate that you would like to use our photographs and/or images for your own projects. Please ask if you would like to use photographs for a blog or any other specific use. We offer exclusive rights to some of our photographs and it is important that you contact us, as this can then get us into legal troubles.

You may not copy images for paintings, drawings, or in any form or derivative without written permission. Your easiest option would be to purchase a “personal use” discounted download.

You may not sell or resell any photograph/image that Rich or Galina Leighton has taken or created. We have in our employ two competing copyright violation services searching out illegal usage of our work. Legal steps will be taken if misuse of our copyrighted material is detected.

If you want to use one of our images, you are required to purchase or license, which is easily and instantly available for every image through the shopping cart. Either contact us for your needs or use the automated pricing option for each image when viewing individual images (“Add to Cart” button). Every image you see in our online galleries is registered with the United States Copyright Office, and we do follow up on every single infringement case, all around the world. If you have any questions about any of this, please contact us.

You may not copy images for paintings, drawings, or in any form or derivative without permission.

We work really hard to create these images. Please respect our copyright. Thank you.

Most Beautiful of all American Butterflies: Gossamer-wings! (25 Photos)

The gossamer-winged butterflies - sometimes called gossamer-wings - are in the family known as Lycaenidae, are a large group of butterflies found all over the world (over 5000 species), and they also happen to be some of the smallest of butterflies. Most of them share...

Snow in Summer – Shoshone National Forest

As promised, now that I have my new gallery system in place, I'm able to save a lot of time in post-production/publishing so I can post more work at a much faster pace. Here's a new image I just finished editing. Snow in Summer - Shoshone National Forest ~ click to...

Florida’s Wild Native Orchids – Cymbidieae

One of my very favorite types of wild native orchids I've found in the wild are those belonging to the tribe Cymbidieae, all of which are found in the tropics or subtropics. Not only are the flowers spectacularly colorful and often large, each plant often has many...

The Red-Spotted Toad of the Moab Desert

This past week I happened to be in one of my favorite places in the entire United States - Arches National Park in Eastern Utah's Moab Desert. The last time I was here last year there was a huge storm that pretty much killed any chances of getting any good...

Nature, Overlooked

Most often, the most beautiful parts in nature are around us every day - except, nearly all of us aren't paying attention. Today's post is about 14 botanical species - wildflowers, mushrooms, ferns and mosses that are regularly seen (depending where you live), but...

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