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The brushfoots (Nymphalidae) are the largest family of butterflies found around the world, and also one of the most recognizable. Members include the brightly-colored monarchs, admirals and fritillaries.


The brushfoots (Nymphalidae) are the largest family of butterflies found around the world, and also one of the most recognizable. Members include the brightly-colored monarchs, admirals and fritillaries.


The brushfoots (Nymphalidae) are the largest family of butterflies found around the world, and also one of the most recognizable. Members include the brightly-colored monarchs, admirals and fritillaries.

Latest Photos and Wildlife News

Eight-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

Eight-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

Perhaps the most strikingly beautiful of all of the large dragonflies of Western Canada and the United States, the eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) contrasts greatly with its environment, whether it is in lowland marshes and ponds or along desert creeks and...

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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 #40 – Fiddler Crabs

Fiddler crabs are the most common crab in a salt marsh and they play an important role in the salt marsh community. They eat detritus (dead or decomposing plant and animal matter) and are themselves food for a number of wetland animals. In Spanish, the fiddler crab is...

Interesting Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

The smallest woodpecker in North America? That would be the downy woodpecker, which barely weighs over one ounce, and can be found in every state and province of the continental United States and Canada. Interesting note: this tiny woodpecker has special feathers...

Interesting Nature Facts #82 – Short-Tailed Weasel

A male stoat is called a dog, hob, or jack, while a female is called a bitch or jill. The collective noun for a group of stoats is either a gang or pack. MORE PHOTOS OF MAMMALS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a series about the flora, fauna...

Interesting Nature Facts #92 – Desert Willow

The long narrow leaves of the desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) give it its common name, but it is not a true willow. It is beautiful when in bloom, and provides valuable nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other insects. MORE PHOTOS OF WILDFLOWERS MORE...

Interesting Nature Facts #100 – American Crocodile

American Crocodile! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If...

Frequently Asked Questions

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
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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!

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.

Mountain Nature of the Evergreen State

Post #200! Many thanks for all of you who have hung around this long with me through the years! Today I'm still uploading images that have been in cue for editing and uploading to my nature photography website and these just happen to be from places not too far from...

The Sparrow and the Hummingbird

Yesterday I was in Bellevue, Washington working as a Master Naturalist in an area where I work frequently pulling out invasive bindweed and blackberry plants to make room for native species, and I brought my camera along with me. Unusually sunny and bright for such a...

Of Panthers and Cowbirds – A Lesson to be Learned

Many years ago I learned a good lesson about wildlife and nature photography. Always have your camera ready and, keep a predetermined setting so you won’t miss that sudden opportunity that will so often leap out in from of you.

Parry’s Penstemon of the Sonoran Desert

Southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert is famed for its sudden explosion of colorful wildflowers that follows the first springtime rains. From a distance, I saw bright splashes of pink from across the arid hills, and as I got closer, I found this Parry's penstemon in all...

An Elusive Beauty – The Red-Headed Woodpecker

One of the most difficult birds for me to find in Florida has been the red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus). It is a very skittish bird – even for a woodpecker, and tends to avoid people if encountered. I’ve seen them only a couple of times in the Osceola National Forest north of Gainesville and in remote areas near the Georgia border north of Tallahassee, and only from a distance of at least five hundred feet.

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