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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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Northern Flicker At Nest Hole

July 07, 2017  •  2 Comments
I have been watching a pair of Northern Flickers at a nest site at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They are next to the road in an old dead cottonwood tree. Yesterday I was able to stop in front of the tree and get a few photos before moving on. I was hoping to see them bringing food to the young, but I read that the young are fe...
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Curious North American River Otter

July 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I have been watching and photographing a family of North American River Otters since May while at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. A female and her three young pups have been moving around an area almost a mile long. While I was photographing a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron eating Crayfish, the female Otter came up close to check me...
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Happy 4th of July 2017

July 04, 2017  •  2 Comments
Happy Independence Day! I thought America’s national bird, the iconic bald eagle would be a great photo to share this morning. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says on its website. “Habitat destruction and degradation, illegal shooting, and the contamination of its food source, largely as a consequence of DDT, decimated the eagle population.” But...
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Eastern Bluebirds Did Well This Year

July 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Eastern Bluebirds did well this year at my place in town. This is the second successful brood. They didn't do well at all at my other place near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. Something happened to the male and the female and the eggs were abandoned at that location. I am always amazed at what the male and female Eastern Bluebi...
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Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Bobcat

July 02, 2017  •  2 Comments
Back in 2014 I got lucky and was able to watch and photograph this Bobcat hunting the edge of a cornfield. This was in the middle of May and I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. When I first saw this Bobcat I was standing in an overgrown road used by the farmers to enter the cornfield. This Bobcat came within a few feet of m...
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Rough Green Snake Crossing Road

June 30, 2017  •  1 Comment
I came across this Rough Green Snake crossing the new asphalt road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This is the third snake I have seen crossing this new road this month. I posted a photo of a Rat Snake (Smiling Snake) a couple of days ago and the other one was a Water Moccasin. I think the reason I see so many snakes on this r...
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Yellow-bellied Marmots

June 29, 2017  •  2 Comments
I came across a family of Yellow-bellied Marmots while visiting Grand Teton National Park. A group of us were watching for a female Grizzly and her two cubs. I never did see the Grizzly, but these Yellow-bellied Marmots kept me entertained while I watched for the Grizzly. I counted a total of four little ones with the mom being the fifth. I was ho...
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Smiling Snake

June 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I think this is a Rat Snake and I came across it at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was crossing the road in front of me and when I stopped my pickup so did it. I was able to get a lot of photos before it moved off the road. I was even able to get low for this particular photo and the first thing I thought was that the snake w...
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Watersnake With Possible Retained Eye Cap

June 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I came across a Watersnake with a possible retained eye cap while at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I had no idea what was wrong with this snakes eye and had to do some research when I got home. I read that snakes do not have eyelids like we have but instead they have specially adapted scales over their eyes called eye caps (als...
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Whitetail Deer With Ticks On Antlers

June 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I have always wondered if ticks can cause problems in reference to the growth of Whitetail Deer antlers. The soft growing antler is covered with hairy skin, called "velvet". When antlers are in the velvet stage they are full of blood vessels, cartilage and nervous tissue. If you look close at the photo you can see some damage to the velvet on the B...
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Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Cooperative Farming

June 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma manages a cooperative farming program that raises wheat, corn, soybeans, and other crops on more than three thousand acres. A portion is purposely left unharvested in order to attract wildlife. (The Refuge manages 20,800 acres of habitat for wildlife.) This year it looks like corn and soybeans. You...
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Wild Hogs At The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

June 24, 2017  •  1 Comment
I bet the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge manager is not happy to have wild Hogs on this refuge. Just about everywhere I hiked on the refuge I saw signs of Hogs. (March 2016) I decided after seeing signs of Hogs that I would try to stalk up on one and get a photo. I rate wild Hogs right up there with deer and coyotes when it comes to being war...
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Rabbit With Back Against Tree

June 23, 2017  •  1 Comment
I see this one Eastern Cottontail Rabbit just about everyday in my yard. It will put its back against one of the large pine trees. It will stay in this spot for several hours. It is able to keep watch on me and my dog Rosie as we enter or leave the house. It doesn't have to worry about anything from the rear since it has the tree to protect it. A v...
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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Tossing Crayfish

June 21, 2017  •  3 Comments
I was able to photograph this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron a couple of days ago while at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was watching a couple of these birds that were too far away to photograph when this one flew close to me. It began catching Crayfish and preparing them to swallow. This Yellow-crowned Night-Heron would toss the...
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Northern Cardinal Fledgling

June 19, 2017  •  3 Comments
This Northern Cardinal Fledgling was on the edge of a birdbath that I have in my yard. I saw another one on the ground nearby. This has been a good Spring for seeing and photographing fledgling in my yard here in town. Here are a couple of more that I was able to photograph: American Robin Fledgling and Common Grackle Baby Northern Cardinal Fac...
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