...Notes from the Field

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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....

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.

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...

Green Anole

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!...

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...

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...

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...

Green Jay

Green Jay

Last week I was finally able to get a green jay on camera. This has always been one of those vividly colorful tropical species I've always wanted to see in person, and now I've finally got to see a lifer up close and personal. This species can be a little tricky to...

Icicle Creek

Icicle Creek

Last winter as we were saying our goodbye to Washington State which had been our home for the past decade, we visited Icicle Creek in Washington's Cascade Mountains, a place my family and I had hiked the previous summer and I was after one last hunt for winter...

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta

On a trip to Southern Oregon and the Oregon Coast to photograph wild Pacific landscapes and a profusion of wild lilies and native bog orchids further inland, I ended up by accident in Medford, OR where I got this unexpected fantastic view of Mount Shasta from the top...

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