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Here I will introduce you to my wildlife and nature photography. All of my photos are unique and bring a touch of the outdoors, in. I hope that you find my work artistically inspiring; and through my photos, it is my hope that you find the same passion and admiration for the wild as I enjoy each day throughout my nature walks. There truly are not enough hours in the day to capture all the beauty that nature and wildlife has to offer.

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Walking Stick Insect Infestation

October 02, 2017  •  2 Comments
I have been spending time at my place in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. The leaves will soon be turning and I wanted to try and capture some of the fall colors. It seems like the numbers of Walking Stick Insects around my place has been increasing each year. I will see 10 or more just on my deck. I read that these insects prefer fo...
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Snake About To Shed Skin

September 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
A sign that this snake is about to shed its skin is when the eyes turn a cloudy, bluish color. This is because the eye cap, a specially adapted scale which covers the eye, is loosened up in order to be shed along with the skin and causes this change. Just prior to shedding, the eyes will clear up again. Snake's eyes are covered by their clear scal...
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Coyotes Playing

September 20, 2017  •  1 Comment
I was able to park and photograph these three young Coyotes playing in a plowed field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This went on for over 30 minutes. They got a little rough a few times. Unlike wolf pups, coyote pups begin seriously fighting (as opposed to play fighting) prior to engaging in play behavior. A common play beh...
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Sleeping Coyote Pup

September 18, 2017  •  1 Comment
This Coyote Pup decided to take a nap while I was photographing it. I have been photographing several Coyote Pups at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma the past several weeks. (Coyote Pup, Another Coyote Pup, and Coyote Pups Are Growing) These are wild animals that have become accustomed to seeing humans in their vehicles parking nea...
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Great Blue Heron Log Roll

September 17, 2017  •  2 Comments
I was parked in an area at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma watching and photographing a Great Blue Heron standing on a submerged log. The Heron was standing very still until it saw movement in the water nearby. It started leaning forward on the log it was on and the log moved. The Heron was having a problem keeping its balance and...
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Coyote Pups Are Growing

September 15, 2017  •  1 Comment
The Coyote Pups that I photographed and wrote about before are growing and seem to be doing great. Back in August, I made a couple of blog posts in reference to the Coyote pups that I have been seeing at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. (Coyote Pup and Another Coyote Pup) Yesterday morning I heard a Coyote howling and it sounded...
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Red-bellied Snake Next To Turkey Track

September 13, 2017  •  2 Comments
My two brothers and I were hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas this past weekend. One of my brothers spotted this Red-bellied Snake crossing an old 4-wheeler road we were on. If you look close you can also see a Turkey track in the mud next to the snake. I only had my small pocket camera on this hike so I wasn't able to get any cl...
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Why Are Frogs On The Roads

September 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
When I arrive at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma before daylight, I have to avoid running over the frogs on the roads. You will see lots of them now, hopping across the roads and even some on the trails after the sun rises. Trying not to run over one is very difficult. I did some research to try and find out why so many frogs lik...
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Whitetail Fawn Behind Willow Tree

September 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I almost missed this Whitetail Fawn behind a large Willow Tree at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Saturday I posted a photo of a couple of Raccoons In A Willow Tree that I also almost missed. This is that same area. This is a small area that is called Miner's Cove and it is located just as you make a right turn at the four corner...
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Young Raccoons In Willow Tree

September 02, 2017  •  1 Comment
I almost missed seeing these two young Raccoons in this Willow tree. I saw them at a location called Miner's Cove at the Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They were toward the back of the cove. The sun was just rising and it gave me enough light to see them and to get this photograph. Miner's Cove is one of those places where photographers sto...
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Another Coyote Pup

August 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
If you want to see and photograph a Coyote Pup you may have a good chance of doing this at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This past couple of weeks I have seen a total of five scattered throughout the refuge. They seem to be in the same area each time I see one. Two are together and the others seem to be alone. The Coyote pictu...
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Beaver Eating Corn on the Cob

August 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I never knew that a North American Beaver would eat corn on the cob until I saw one doing just that at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The one and only time I saw a Beaver eating corn was back in September of 2010. The Beaver was in the Arkansas River and a corn field was nearby. I could see where something had dragged corn acros...
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Coyote Pup

August 25, 2017  •  1 Comment
I see two Coyote pups in the same area on most of my visits this summer to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I tried numerous times to photograph them, but when I see them, they are on the road in front of my pickup. I am unable to photograph anything in front of my pickup because I would need to get out of my pickup and this would...
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Great Blue Heron Gular Fluttering

August 24, 2017  •  3 Comments
It is strange when you see a Great Blue Heron panting. This behavior is called Gular Fluttering and is a cooling behavior in which birds rapidly flap membranes in the throat to increase evaporation. I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma this past Sunday photographing a Great Blue Heron. This Heron has been in the same location...
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Whitetail Fawns Are Growing Fast

August 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Whitetail Fawns at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma are growing fast. H ealthy fawns average 4 to 8 pounds at birth and they will double their weight in two weeks and triple it within a month. Females give birth to one to three spotted fawns in mid- to late spring, generally in May or June. Now that it is August, I am able to get a...
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