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Swallowtail Butterflies of the American Southeast

Today I’m going to do a short and sweet post with a lot of photos highlighting three of the most beautiful swallowtails...

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Profiles in Nature #4 – Squirrel Treefrog

Endemic to the United States, the squirrel treefrog (Hyla squirella) is an attractive native tree frog is native to the Coastal Plain ...

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Profiles in Nature #3 – White-topped Pitcher Plant

Easily the most beautiful of North America’s native pitcher plants, the white-topped pitcher plant, also known as the white trumpet ...

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Notes from the Field is our brand new and updated blog (complete with a new look) that will relate experiences and stories about photographing all that is wild in Florida. It has replaced our “New Photos” page, and all of our new images will be presented here - including stories of what was involved to get these shots - camera tips and tricks for other photographers who really enjoy nature and the outdoors and want to learn more. You might even get a chuckle or two out of it!

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Beaches & Coasts!

It's the hottest part of the year, and what better place to be than the beach! This month we are feauturing images from all across Florida's 1350-mile coastline.


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Birds

  • First flocks of blue-winged and green-winged teal arrive to winter on Florida lakes and wetlands.
  • Yellow warbler migration begins.
  • Look out for nesting shorebirds, and keep your vehicles and dogs from disturbing them.

Mammals

  • Two-year old black bear cubs will wean from their mothers.
  • Short-tailed shrews will begin a second round of breeding for the year.
  • Wild hog breeding season begins.
  • Deer are breeding in southern Florida.

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Young sea turtles are hatching so watch where you're walking on the beach.
  • Alligators hatch out from mid-August to mid-September.
  • Indigo snakes and other snake eggs are hatching.
  • Gopher tortoises are hatching.
  • Lights out! Sea turtles emerge from their nests and head for the ocean. Females may become confused by lights on the beach.
  • Loggerhead and green sea turtles continue to nest; leatherbacks depart for their oceanic foraging grounds.

Invertebrates

  • Thousands of great southern white butterflies can be seen migrating through coastal areas.
  • Corals along the Keys spawn at the full moon.

Fish

  • Bass foraging in shallows in late evenings, early morning and nighttime.

Orchids

  • The tiny jinglebell orchid begins to bud in Central and South Florida. Look closely or you might just overlook it!
  • Green-fly orchids begin to flower in the northern half of the state, and will continue to do so well into winter.
  • Florida adder's-mouth orchids begin to spike in the darkest, deepest places of Southern Florida's sloughs and swamps.
  • Giant or crested plumed orchids begin to flower in isolated colonies around the southern half of the state in pine forests and scrubs.

Data provided in part by UF Florida Wildlife Extension


FloridaNaturePhotography is a part of Leighton Photography & Imaging - our local photography business based in Tallahassee, Fl. Nature photography is a large part of what we do, but we are by no means limited to just that. Click HERE to find out more about our company.

Our photographs not related to nature photography can be seen HERE in our online gallery, or through Fine Art America.

If you are or represent a gallery, publisher/publication, exhibition, event, vendor/reseller, or any other group interested in our work, please contact Rich or Galina Leighton HERE for more information.


Updates


I have the great honor to announce that my whooping crane photograph taken in 2008 in Central Florida was selected to be in the 2011 National Audubon Society calendar! Read more about it HERE.

Whooping Crane

We were the feature story in "Getaways by Design - The Online Magazine for Florida Travel" and it was a great opportunity to tell a little about our nature photography. Read it here - "Interview with Rich Leighton of Florida Nature Photography" by Marcus Adkins.

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