Category Archives: Reptiles and Amphibians

Blog posts that describe behaviors or contain nature photographs of reptiles and amphibians.

The Lumbering Dinosaur

In my last photo trip to Florida (winter 2014), I captured some of my favorite Florida residents, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Resembling dinosaurs, you mostly see these large amphibians either sunning along the banks of water pools, or with just a head sticking out of the water. However, I was able to capture a […]

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High Bullfrog Activity

On my last kayak outing (about a week ago), it was very obvious that the frog activity was very high. As I sat in a small cove in my kayak, you could look over the water and see hundreds of frog heads sticking out of the water. And sometimes you could see frogs coming up, […]

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Ribbbbit!

  Yesterday morning, I did something I haven’t been able to do in a long time … a very long time. I loaded up my gear and headed out with the kayak (“Rubber Duckie”) for a wonderful morning of nature photography. I was able to get out a couple of times last summer, but the […]

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Beautifully Dangerous

  Caution Ophidiophobics: This post contains snake images!!! If you don’t like snakes, please steer away from this post; tomorrow’s post will be something a bit more to your liking!   On my early morning therapeutic hike yesterday, I ran upon a Copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix) that was lying on the gravel road. It looked […]

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Unexpected Surprise

Yesterday was a very successful day in the field. While conducting another woodland wildflower, in-the-field workshop, I found a “life” wildflower … a few Jack-in-the-Pulpits, which I’ll share in an upcoming post. After the workshop ended, I decided to check out the nearby natural prairie for progress with wildflowers there. On my trek through the […]

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Testing the Limits

While editing some older images, I found a couple of images captured from the kayak, of a small frog “hiding” in a lily pad. Reviewing the image data, I realized these images were made by hand-holding the camera/macro lens combo. I used a very small aperture to throw the background out-of-focus. This also caused a […]

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My, What Big Claws You Have!

During my frequent kayak trips in my area, I almost always come across Red-eared Sliders (Chrysemys scripta elegans), either sunning on a downed log in the creek, or poking their heads out of the water to take a look at me. Normally, it is a bit difficult to approach them as they sun, but sitting […]

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Live and Learn (Snake Images)

From my archived images, I found some images that I have not previously posted. Not long after moving to my rural Missouri home, I began seeing Eastern Bluebirds on the property. Subsequently, I fabricated several bluebird houses and set them up all around my 9.5 acres. The next spring, as I walked the landscape, I […]

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A Little Bull For You!

I was quite surprised to find this half-grown Bullsnake (Pituophis melanoleucus) sunning on the gravel road of Quivira NWR when I visited there in mid-November. After all, the temperatures were only about 50F and these are cold-blooded creatures. These reptiles can grow to about 6-feet long … this one was about 3-feet long. Bullsnakes are […]

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Don’t Mess With Me!

Back in May, I visited nearby Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, in eastern Kansas. As I drove around a large pool of water, I came upon a large Snapping Turtle that was crossing the road. I quickly pulled over and got out to capture a few images of this large reptile: These guys can get […]

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