Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This beautiful Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) has stopped by my feeder the past two years, or at least I believe it is the same individual. I like the painterly feeling that the bokeh produce in this image.

Stick In The Mud

Stick In The Mud

Grass Spikelet

Grass Spikelet

Coneflower July Afternoon

Coneflower July Afternoon

One of many coneflowers blooming in my garden in late July. The light was filtering through the trees, creating a highlight on the flower petals.

Ellicott City Ice

Ellicott City Ice

We had a day of freezing rain, where overpasses and side streets were coated in ice or black-ice. It created dramatic scenes (and more than its share of car accidents). Here is one taken in mid-afternoon at the south entrance to Ellicott City, MD.

Orange Jewelweed

Orange Jewelweed

Impatiens capsensis

Nandina leaves in the Snow

Nandina leaves in the Snow

We had a light snow the evening before. The way the flakes covered the leaves of this Nandina made me think of christmas.

Pigpen Pond on a Late July Evening

Pigpen Pond on a Late July Evening

The day had been sweltering, and remained so even after 8pm when I took this photograph. I processed the raw file to add a feeling of oppressive heat and humidity.

Oakleaf Hydrangea in Late Fall

Oakleaf Hydrangea in Late Fall

I love the colors and textures in the leaves of this oakleaf hydrangea, which really come to bear in autumn.

On Bended Knee

On Bended Knee

Red Leaf in Autumn

Red Leaf in Autumn

Sunlight through autumnal leaves is always appealing, and none more so than as seen here.

Splash Cup Fungi

Splash Cup Fungi

Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

A spicebush swallowtail butterfly sipping nectar from a verbena flower. On this particular day, the verbena bush was covered with butterflies. It was quite a scene.

My Gray Catbird

My Gray Catbird

This male gray catbird has returned to my yard as a harbinger of summer for the last three years. I know him by his bands, which I believe were placed on his legs by the USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center not too far from where I live. Catbirds are my favorite summer residents: they're friendly, talkative, and inquisitive.

Leaves Under Water

Leaves Under Water

August 2014 "Super" Moon

August 2014 "Super" Moon

One of two 'super' moons during 2014. On this occasion, the moon rose with this amazing burnt orange coloration. Wispy clouds added to this special photograph.

Wild Aster Seeds

Wild Aster Seeds

Wild aster seed heads photographed at Soldier's Delight in Baltimore, Maryland.

Yellow Swallowtail

Yellow Swallowtail

I had originally titled this "Damaged Goods", as the right wing of this Yellow Swallowtail butterfly had been removed, presumably by some predator. This is one of my favorite photographs.

Flower Bud In A Sea Of Green

Flower Bud In A Sea Of Green

Higan cherry blossoms

Higan cherry blossoms

I am lucky to have a wonderful Higan cherry tree in my front yard that is healthy and an abundant bloomer. It's about 20 years old now and takes up most of the front yard. When I got the sapling, I brought it home in the front seat of my (then) Honda Accord! I hope it stays around for many more years.

I'm Waiting For You

I'm Waiting For You

Macro photograph of an ambush bug. Note the dagger-like proboscis this predator uses to suck the life out of its victims.

Field of violets

Field of violets

For better or worst, wild violets grow everywhere in my gardens. Spring finds them in all their glory, with vibrant colored flowers and rich green foliage.

Miltonia Orchid Flower

Miltonia Orchid Flower

The flower of Miltonia 'Sunset'. The fragrance of this bloom reminds me of the smell of cumin. This macro photograph is focus-stacked from several raw images.

Bark Coils in Black and Whie

Bark Coils in Black and Whie

Bascilica Orb Weaver Spider

Bascilica Orb Weaver Spider

There is a small japanese maple in my yard that is home to dozens of these small (1/2 inch) spiders.

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Helene Belas

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Helene Belas

This is an orchid that I bred in the early 1990's by crossing a Cattleya schilleriana (pollen parent) with Rhyncholaeliocattleya Ruben's Verde. In 2002, it was officially registered in the International Orchid Registry and given the name Rhyncholaeliocattleya Helene Belas after my mother. This is a large orchid that produces beautiful and highly fragrant flowers.

Calico Pennant Dragonfly

Calico Pennant Dragonfly

The Calico Pennant or Elisa Pennant (Celithemis elisa) is a common dragonfly in Maryland. This one stopped long enough to allow a photograph using a Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 EF lens.

Mossy Log

Mossy Log

Polkadot Plant Flower Macro

Polkadot Plant Flower Macro

A detailed close-up of a flower of the Polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Cattleya Orchid Flowers

Cattleya Orchid Flowers

This orchid is Lc. "Tropical Pointer Spot", a Laelia-Cattleya hybrid that produces sprays of several 1 1/2 inch flowers each summer. It was one of several plants I got from the local home improvement store for a few bucks. It was nearly dead when I got it, but has since grown to generate several healthy offshoots.

Flowers by the Grave

Flowers by the Grave

Another photograph taken at Ward's Chapel, this one at the old cemetery of the Methodist church.

Cedar Waxwing in a Maple Tree

Cedar Waxwing in a Maple Tree

Cedar waxwings migrate through our area in early springtime. Most years, several flocks will descend on the maple tree in my yard, using it as a launching pad to fly a short way to a female holly tree and its berries that the birds love.

Bracket Mushrooms on a Red Oak

Bracket Mushrooms on a Red Oak

In one of my many hikes through the Patapsco State Park Hilton area, I came across these brilliant orange mushrooms attached to a red oak.

Crossline Skipper

Crossline Skipper

Polites origenes

Fallen

Fallen

Possum Skull

Possum Skull

The Old Farm Wagon

The Old Farm Wagon

Sailing Sunset

Sailing Sunset