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Blackbirds, Cowbirds and Allies

Orioles, Meadowlarks, New World Blackbirds, Cowbirds & Grackles. Collectively known as the icterids, this very common and widespread family of songbirds is characterized by males with black feathers with yellow, red and/or orange highlights. While this isn’t always the case, females are always much more drab to the point of almost looking like another species.

Blackbirds, Cowbirds and Allies

Orioles, Meadowlarks, New World Blackbirds, Cowbirds & Grackles. Collectively known as the icterids, this very common and widespread family of songbirds is characterized by males with black feathers with yellow, red and/or orange highlights. While this isn’t always the case, females are always much more drab to the point of almost looking like another species.

Blackbirds, Cowbirds and Allies

Orioles, Meadowlarks, New World Blackbirds, Cowbirds & Grackles. Collectively known as the icterids, this very common and widespread family of songbirds is characterized by males with black feathers with yellow, red and/or orange highlights. While this isn’t always the case, females are always much more drab to the point of almost looking like another species.

Latest Photos and Wildlife News

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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Texas Tan Tarantula

Texas Tan Tarantula

Recently, while I was out in a very rural tract of public land in the Lower Rio Grande Valley looking for Texas horned toads (not a toad – it’s a lizard) my wife yelled, “Watch out! You almost stepped on a tarantula!” Sure enough, this beautiful subadult Texas tan tarantula almost got squished.

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Texas Mountain Laurel

Texas Mountain Laurel

As with so much in the wild and in life, sometimes the most beautiful things can also be dangerous, such as this Texas mountain laurel I found in Harlingen, Texas a couple of months ago. The seeds that will eventually be produced after these incredibly beautiful...

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Florida Scrub Jay

Interesting Nature Facts #9 – Corvids

Corvids are one of the world's smartest birds. These include ravens, crows, jays and magpies. In fact, the American crow can not only recognize and remember a human's face, but can teach other crows to recognize a specific person they haven't seen before. MORE PHOTOS...

Interesting Nature Facts #6 – Elk

Elk are associated with love in many tribes, and Native American legends often credit elk with the creation of the first flute, an instrument used by men to woo women in many Native American cultures. MORE PHOTOS OF ELK AND OTHER MAMMALS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS...

Interesting Nature Facts #38 – Guadalupe Mountains

The Guadalupe Mountains just East of El Paso, Texas are part of one of the finest examples of an ancient marine fossil reef on Earth. Geologists come here from around the world to marvel at this extraordinary natural phenomenon, which formed approximately 250 million...

Interesting Nature Facts #154 – Salamanders

The word salamander comes from the Greek word for fire lizard. While not a lizard or a reptile, salamanders are amphibians and related to frogs, are nocturnal and have been around since at least 40 million years before the first dinosaur! While these amazing animals...

Interesting Nature Facts #145 – Drone Flies

While bees are the current darlings of the invertebrate world, drone flies deserve a lot of credit as well. Not only do these cousins to mosquitoes, houseflies and horseflies live in almost complete obscurity in the public eye, these bee-mimicking insects play an...

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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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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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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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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.

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Double Arch, Moab Desert, Utah – Ancient America

This is my second 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 before people arrived.  Double...

The Birds of Southwest Florida

Quick post for today on some of the more common birds of Southwest Florida, such as anhingas, herons, egrets and hawks. These species are most often found near or on the water. Anhinga Also known as the snakebird, the anhinga is a common fish-eating bird found along...

Ring-Necked Ducks on Oregon’s Mount Hood

I found this breeding pair of ring-necked ducks on Trillium Lake last summer on a very cold, rainy summer morning on Oregon's Mount Hood, 50 miles (80km) east of Portland. It was one of those typical Pacific Northwestern days and as I was about to give up on the rain...

Oregon – The World’s Most Beautiful Coastline

FIVE NEW IMAGES! The Pacific Northwest has it all, and heading down to Oregon, it was time to see the best of the best - the world's most beautiful coastline! click any image to enlarge One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world - Oregon's Clatsop County from...

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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