Elfin Skimmer in Ocean County NJ

Elfin Skimmer
Ocean County NJ
July 2021

I especially like the powdery blue appearance of these petite dragonflies, our smallest in the United States.

More info on the Elfin Skimmer – https://wiatri.net/inventory/odonata/speciesaccounts/SpeciesDetail.cfm?TaxaID=156

Banded Pennant at Double Trouble State Park

Banded Pennant
Double Trouble State Park
Ocean County NJ
July 2021

Learn more about the Banded Pennant – http://www.dragonfliesnva.com/My%20Documents/KevinPDF/pdf/identify/species/BandedPennant-FINAL.pdf

American Snout on Pepperbush at Double Trouble State Park

American Snout on Pepperbush

Double Trouble State Park

Ocean County NJ

July 2021

I did not expect to stumble across this uncommon butterfly while walking near the Cedar Creek!

Learn more about the American Snout butterfly – https://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/american_snout.html

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.

Morning Sky and Lifting Fog at Wildcat Ridge

Morning Sky and Lifting Fog
Wildcat Ridge WMA
Rockaway Township NJ
June 2021

A tight shot with a telephoto zoom lens captured the drama of fog burning off on a humid June morning.

People Pictures from Utah 2021 Trip

People Pictures from Utah May 2021 Trip


These photos are from our group of adventurers as we traversed Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.

Lisa, Dave, Mark, Mario, and Kelly pose in the Narrows at Zion National Park

Mark, Mario, and Kelly take a break at the Narrows in Zion

Mario and Kelly pass through deeper water at The Narrows in Zion

Mario at Bryce Canyon

Lisa passes through Capitol Gorge at Capitol Reef National Park

Mario can’t seem to spot that pesky Big-horned Sheep near Zion National Park.

Mark photobombs a Big-horned Sheep crossing near Zion

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

View of Sulphur Creek from Goosenecks Overlook

View of Sulphur Creek from Goosenecks Overlook
Capitol Reef National Park in Utah
May 2021

There was a photograph to be taken around every bend from Goosenecks Overlook though there weren’t many guardrails!

More info on Goosenecks Overlook – https://liveandlethike.com/2015/04/07/goosenecks-trail-capitol-reef-national-park-ut/

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