While their functionality is the same, the lichens grow so differently from species to species. It's just Mother Nature showing off.
Creepy crawly. Could this be Boris the spider?
Arboreal Ursa 2
Why hello there...
Arboreal Ursa 3
This young male found himself stuck in town for the day and decided to wait for nighttime in one of the pines by my house. A great opportunity to get some unusual shots.
Arboreal Ursa 7
The chickadee was most distraught to find a bear in its tree.
Beetle & Flower
The remarkable gaudy yet surprisingly well camouflaged insect likely fulfills a pollenator role as it feeds on this flowerhead.
If you need this kind of camouflage you might be food.
I have no idea what to call this amazing larva other than beautiful.
I'm not so much a fan of flowers as I am a fan of beauty.
I love springtime.
Working on a Google ad at Silver Falls State Park I found myself waiting on the production crew for hours at a stretch. Luckily, it's difficult to be bored in the forest.
Great Blue Heron
Floating the Wild & Scenic Rogue River I got up close with one heron that seemed unperturbed by the boats. It worked its way down the bank in tandem with us on the river, catching frogs and fish like a champ!
Closer to the cities this wonderful species is being threatened by boutique chefs and wildcrafters. This one's secret is safe with me; I like to see them in the wild.
When we think of orchids we usually have tropical environs in mind. This beautiful species can be found as far north as Quebec.
The Robberfly & Its Quarry
Capturing its prey in midair, the robberfly immobilizes it and subsequently sucks the life out of it, literally. And the world is bothered by one less horsefly.
Sandstone Detail 2
Sandstone is beautiful.
The Fly 3
Such amazing color can occur in this overlooked group of insects.
Take a close look. Every single tiny little thing is perfect! That's just how mother nature rolls...