Eastern Box Turtle in Northern New Jersey

Eastern Box Turtle
Ringwood NJ
September 2021

The best way to “capture” wildlife is to snap a picture, do not bring animals indoors or home with you. Removing wildlife even temporarily from their habitat can impair their survival skills.

Painted Turtles at The Celery Farm Nature Preserve

Painted Turtles
Celery Farm Nature Preserve
Allendale New Jersey
August 2021

Visit The Celery Farm – https://www.fykenature.org/celeryfarm.php

American Lady on Butterfly Bush at The Celery Farm Nature Preserve

American Lady on Butterfly Bush
Celery Farm Nature Preserve
Allendale, New Jersey

Preparation met opportunity when this American Lady butterfly allowed for wide angle imaging in front of a picturesque background.

Visit The Celery Farm – https://www.fykenature.org/celeryfarm.php

Canon 11-22mm EF-M + Canon M5

Northern Brown Snake in Morris County NJ

Northern Brown Snake
Morris County NJ
June 2021

A healthy DeKay’s snake rests comfortable amid mulch. More info on Brown Snakes – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storeria_dekayi

Great Egret on the Beaver Brook

Great Egret on the Beaver Brook
Jonathan’s Woods
Morris County NJ
June 2021

On a recent June morning 2 egrets as a Great Blue Heron were active near the beaver dam. The pile of feathers at the egret’s feet are a result of preening.

Squirrel-scape

Squirrel-scape
Bryce Canyon National Park
May 2021

This Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel wasn’t too proud to beg for a meal though I was not providing one.

Learn more about the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_ground_squirrel

Desert Spiny Lizard at Zion National Park

Desert Spiny Lizard
Zion National Park in Utah
May 2021

This close-up shot was taken with a telephoto lens as we only encountered small lizards on the recent trip to Southern Utah.

Read more about reptiles found in Southern Utah – https://www.nps.gov/care/learn/nature/reptiles.htm

Seaside Sparrow Calling in Tuckerton New Jersey

Seaside Sparrow
Tuckerton, NJ
May 2021

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Seaside_Sparrow/overview

Great Basin Rattlesnake at Zion National Park

Great Basin Rattlesnake
Zion National Park in Utah

While hiking in the backcountry we unknowingly came within a few feet of this small to medium sized rattlesnake. It watched us intently and did not rattle its tail.

Black Rat Snake at Stokes State Forest

Black Rat Snake
Stokes State Forest
Sussex County NJ
April 2021

This snake all but ignored me while I snapped away with my wide angle lens. Don’t try this with rattlesnakes.