A pair of great egrets at their nest.
This tricolored heron is looking for a meal: fish, crayfish, frogs, snakes, or whatever avails itself.
A pair of great egrets (Ardea alba) exchanging a twig. This ritualized behavior strengthens the pair bond and adds material to the nest.
A juvenile roseate spoonbill in a restful pose. Another is feeding in the background.
A Virginia white-tailed deer jumping a fence. 112107-045
In some instances dangling the feet in the water may serve to make fish or other prey move, making it more visible and thus easier to capture.
A tri-colored heron fishing in the dawn calmness of a coastal Georgia pond.
Virginia white-tailed deer sparing on a frosty morning. 110709-9759
A violet-tailed sylph hummingbird perched on a mossy limb.
A snowy egret (Egretta thula) with the showy yellow feet seen during breeding season.
A limited number of perches puts them at a premium. More aggressive birds will displace less aggressive ones and take possession of the perch. These egrets are capable of locating fish from the perch and then flying out to pluck them from the water.
A hydroscopic earthstar's rays open and close in response to humidity in the environment. It can assume a form where the rays are directed nearly straight down, raising the spore structure to the maximum height possible, presumably to allow better dispersion of the spores.
Leucocoprinus fragilissimus translates roughly as "commonly seen fragile, easily broken". Known as the fragile dapperling.
Scene from White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.
A coastal wetland along the South Carolina coast.
Backwash from a wave that has impacted the seacliff returns to meet an incoming wave, resulting in the release of tremendous energy. Water displaced upward can reach heights of 150 feet.
Sandhill Beardtongue, a perennial wildflower with limited range in the southeastern US.
A great egret (Ardea alba) searching for food. A fallen live oak provides it footing among cattail plants.
A tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor) treading a fallen limb from which it was fishing.
A great egret (Ardea alba) with wings and tail feathers flared to slow momentum just before touchdown.
A little blue heron with its next meal. The crab is resisting by clamping onto the bird's beak with it claws.
Early morning scene of an egret, stork and heron rookery on the Georgia Coastal Plain.
Old tree stumps provide support for new vegetation and perches for egrets.
A Chattanooga Plow Company cane mill, mule or tractor powered and used to squeeze juice from sugar cane. The juice was reduced into cane syrup. This is an HDR image.
A lone juniper tree on a sandstone ridge, Colorado
Live Oaks Along The Barbour River
Live oak tree on a slough of the Barbour RIver, Georgia coast.