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Orobanchaceae

Indian Paintbrushes and Broomrapes: While particularly beautiful and visually striking to look at, most members of this botanical family are at least partially parasitic on other plants that each species is associated with. In places with limited sunshine or nutrients, the ability to “steal” nutrients from other plants’ root systems is a great evolutionary advantage!

Orobanchaceae

Indian Paintbrushes and Broomrapes: While particularly beautiful and visually striking to look at, most members of this botanical family are at least partially parasitic on other plants that each species is associated with. In places with limited sunshine or nutrients, the ability to “steal” nutrients from other plants’ root systems is a great evolutionary advantage!

Orobanchaceae

Indian Paintbrushes and Broomrapes: While particularly beautiful and visually striking to look at, most members of this botanical family are at least partially parasitic on other plants that each species is associated with. In places with limited sunshine or nutrients, the ability to “steal” nutrients from other plants’ root systems is a great evolutionary advantage!

Latest Photos and Wildlife News

Texas Tortoise

Texas Tortoise

Back in the swing of things posting new images! One of the coolest finds during our first couple of outings into the Rio Grande Valley was finding this Texas tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri). Very similar to the gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) that I often found...

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Texas Indigo Snake

Texas Indigo Snake

I'm back from a bit of a hiatus! We moved from the Seattle, Washington area to the Southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley last month, and it's been a mad scramble to get up and running again! In order to get back in the groove of posting new photos, I'm going...

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Interesting Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

Interesting Nature Facts #161 – Florida Scrub Jay

The endangered and endemic Florida scrub jay is a cooperative breeder. When the offspring leave the nest, they stay with their parents and help them raise next year's brood instead of going off to raise young on their own. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE INTERESTING NATURE...

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Interesting Nature Facts #91 – California Poppy

California poppy leaves were used medicinally by Native Americans and the pollen was used cosmetically, while the seeds continue to be used in cooking. MORE PHOTOS OF WILDFLOWERS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a series about the flora, fauna...

Interesting Nature Facts #63 – Huckleberries

The huckleberry was one of the few plant species to survive on the slopes of Mount St. Helens when the volcano erupted in 1980, and still exists as a prominent mountain-slope bush today. MORE PHOTOS OF FRUITS AND BERRIES MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting...

Interesting Nature Facts #70 – Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers have zygodactyl feet with four toes, the first and fourth facing backward and the second and third facing forward. This helps them grasp branches and tree trunks and enables them to walk vertically up a tree. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE INTERESTING NATURE...
cottonmouth

Interesting Nature Facts #2 – Cottonmouth (AKA Water Moccasin)

The cottonmouth, also known as the water moccasin, is the only semiaquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes, streams, and marshes. The snake is a strong swimmer and even enters the sea. It has successfully colonized...
Chisos Mountains of West Texas

Interesting Nature Facts #10 – Chihuahuan Desert

Big Bend National Park is located at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert. The Chihuahuan desert is the wettest of the four North American deserts, though it rarely receives more than 10 inches of rainfall. The rainy season in the desert is usually from mid-July...

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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.

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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.

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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)
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Stretched canvas prints
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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!

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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.

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...

Muskrat! A Giant Semi-Aquatic Vole in Northern California

A few days ago, I was traveling through Oregon and took a little dip into Northern California to spend some time in the wetlands of the Klamath Basin. My aim was to photograph migrating waterfowl as well as check out some of the local landscapes. It was sort of a...

Three Little Birds, Four New Photos

Rise up this mornin', Smiled with the risin' sun, Three little birds Each by my doorstep Singin' sweet songs Of melodies pure and true, Saying', ("This is my message to you") ~ Bob Marley Just a quick post for today.... three very recent bird photos from my travels...

Eye to Eye with a Wild Elk Calf

So rare is it that when in the wild I ever feel so naive, out of my depth, and just plain dumb. Such was the case a couple of months ago when this Floridian (yes the same one who spent many years of his life nonchalantly at ease in the water with wild Everglades...

Mammals Galore!

Small change in the North American Nature Photography galleries! For the past 6 or 7 years, my images of mammals were divided into four sub-galleries. One for rodents, small mammals, large mammals and marine mammals. I'm not sure why I chose that odd system at the...

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