PHOTOGRAPHY - NATURE UP CLOSE

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Painted Turtle Group In Sun The painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America, from southern Canada to northern Mexico, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It lives in slow-moving fresh waters. They have a flat-bottomed shell (plastron), with a long, oval, top shell (carapace) edged by small grooves where the large scale-like plates overlap. They are omnivores and can grow up to 10 inches (25cm), the female larger than the male.

Pollinator Bee on Prunus A pollinator bee comes to collect in early spring on the Prunus flowering tree. The tree is native to the northern temperate regions with 430 different species classified under Prunus. Many members of the genus are widely cultivated for their fruit and for decorative purposes.

Praying Mantis On Water Stone Standing on a rock in a backyard birdbath, the praying mantis is enjoying the summer sun. Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats.

Black Squirrel Eating Mushroom Black squirrel along the Niagara River in western New York, USA in early autumn.

White Dahlia Flower Pair Dalias come in various beautiful forms, this one known as "Decorative". The white color symbolizes strong focus, purity and innocence. In the botanical order of Asterales, they are a tuberous, herbaceous perennial native to Mexico and Central America. There are 42 recognized species, plus several sub-species of dahlia. Many hybrid varieties have been developed due in large part to them being octoploids, having eight complete sets of homologous chromosomes.

Variegated Chalice Vine Cup Of Gold Growing in Saint Petersburg, Florida, this Variegated Chalice Vine (Solandra maxima), also known as cup of gold vine, golden chalice vine, or Hawaiian lily, is an evergreen flowering plant in the Solanaceae family. Endemic to Mexico and Central America, it has very large yellow flowers and glossy leaves. The flowers grow up to ten inches long and four to seven inches wide, February through May.

Peach Rose Bouquet The peach-colored rose foremost symbolizes modesty and purity, due to the subtle color. It also symbolizes thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation. The peach rose expresses a giver's thankfulness and gratitude in a non-romantic situation without an expression of love.

Wild Grapes Cape Cod Wild grapes can be found growing along the sides of Cape Cod, USA cranberry bogs. They grow up and over taller bushes and small trees.

Farfugium Leopard Plant Farfugium japonicum is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial with rounded leathery leaves and bright yellow flowers blooming in autumn and winter. It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Native to streams and seashores in Japan, these are growing outdoors on Florida, USA's Gulf Coast. Their lighting preference is part sun to light shade. Leopard Plant in their nickname for the yellowish spots appearing on the heart shaped leaves.

Purple Iris Droplets Springtime is the bloom season for the purple bearded iris. Iris plants with showy flowers are a genus of 260–300 species. Iris is from the Greek word for a rainbow and also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris.

Mini Pink Rose Bush Pink roses are a woody perennial flowering plant of the genus Rosa, in the family Rosaceae. Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, and joy.

Yellow Daffodils And Blue Sky Springtime daffodil garden flowers in art form against a blue sky.

Single Pink Beach Rose A single beach rose (Rosa rugosa) leans against a garden's wood fence, overlooking the shoreline on Cape Cod, USA. These flowers have a powerful rose scent.

Lilac Flower Cluster The lilac, Syringa vulgaris, is a species of flowering plant in the olive family Oleaceae that blooms in late spring. It is also known as the common lilac, in this image growing on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

Lilac Flowers On Bush A close up of a spring lilac bush highlights the cluster of blooming flower buds.

Single Yellow Daffodil Daffodils are early spring perennial flowers in the Narcissus genus.

Pink Gerbera Daisy Macro A single Gerbera daisy flower in full summer bloom.

Yellow Ruffle Daffodil Pair Daffodils are early spring perennial flowers with beautiful petal variations.

Catawba Rhododendron Flowers A Cape Cod, USA rhododendron bush is photographed up close capturing pink flowers and a large bud about to open. The ancient Greek translation is "rose" "tree". Rhododendrons are either evergreen or deciduous with a large genus of 1,024 species of woody plants. Botanical name: Rhododendron catawbiense.

Cranberry Bog Purple Milkweed Along Cape Cod, USA cranberry bogs these purple flowering, herbaceous, perennial plants can be found.

Petite Succulent Plants Macro A grouping of smaller succulent plants in sand, are a garden container box feature.

Red Bearded Iris In Garden Iris is a genus of 260–300 species of flowering plants that come in a variety of colors. The iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow and also the Greek goddess of the rainbow.

Buttercup Flower Field A patch of wild buttercup flowers (Ranunculus) bend to the sun in early summer. Flowers in this genus are also known as spearworts and water crowfoots.

Red Bearded Iris Bud Iris is a genus of 260–300 species of flowering plants that come in a variety of colors. The iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow and also the Greek goddess of the rainbow.

Hen and Chick Flowers Sempervivum means "live-forever" and is a genus of about 40 species in the Crassulaceae family. Also commonly known as houseleeks, liveforever, and hen and chicks.

Bleeding Heart Flower Macro The old-fashioned bleeding heart plant is an early spring perennial bloomer. (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

Downey Feather Macro A bird lost itself to a predator, most likely a coyote.

Red Berry Bunch In Snow A Cape Cod, USA snow covered, red berry branch hangs frozen in a winter wonderland.

Ice Hanging From Branches At Shore Moisture in the air builds up as ice in freezing temperatures, on bush branches, above the waterline of Coonamessett, a fresh water pond.

Snowy Twig Branches Winter on Cape Cod, USA brings freezing temperatures, allowing snow to cling to budding tree branches.

Ice Bell Ornaments Over Water Beautiful ice bells hang as frozen ornaments over Coonammessett, a Cape Cod, USA pond.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio glaucus, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, is native to Eastern United States. The male is identified by the yellow color and four stripes on each wing. It feeds on the nectar of many species of flowers has paused here on a Cape Cod, USA butterfly bush.

Sand Dollar Shells Colorful Eggs Easter by the seashore combining colorful dyed eggs and seashells, is a springtime celebration.

Shell Collection Nature provides a collection of earth toned mixed seashells, including conch and scallop.

American Flag Abstract Reflection An American flag hanging from a boat in Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod, USA is reflecting in a ripple pattern on the water.

Cape Cod Atlantic Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) is a marine bivalve mollusk that anchors itself to saltmarsh intertidal zones. Wildlife feed on these mussels but will make humans sick if consumed.

Atlantic Cockle Shell With Bubbles Along Florida's coast can be found many types of marine animals. The Atlantic Giant Cockle, Dinocardium robustum, in the family Cardiidae is a species of large saltwater clam. It is a shallow water bivalve mollusk found in the Gulf Of Mexico.

Beach Stone, Starfish And Sea Kelp Ocean tides coming in and out wash various sea life onto the beach shore.

Sand Dollar Giant Cockle Shell Along Florida's coast can be found many types of marine animals. The Atlantic Giant Cockle, Dinocardium robustum, in the family Cardiidae is a species of large saltwater clam, a shallow water bivalve mollusk found in the Gulf Of Mexico, The sand dollar is a species of flat, burrowing sea urchins belonging to the order Clypeasteroida. Their skeleton is a fivefold symmetric pattern of calcium carbonate plates. This skeleton is called a "test".

Whelk Seashell An empty whelk seashell rests on a thin film of water against a white background. The whelk is a type of sea snail. The various marine gastropods have spiraled shells measuring from under an inch in length to more than 2 feet.

Seashells Beach Stones The island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, provided these stones and shells. It offers miles of seashore beaches for shell hunting adventure.

Pier Pylon Remnant Tides and time took all but a stub of what was once an oceanside boat dock, on an Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard beach.

Harbor Waves Through Deck Storm surge waves crash through the decking at the end of Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod, USA.

Whale Carcass With Joint Bone A whale carcass decomposes on the sand of the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, USA.

Great Blue Heron Ripple Water The gulf coast of Florida, USA is home to this Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae. They are common near the shores of open water and in wetlands. Their specialized chest feathers continuously grow and fray into a powder that helps clean off fish slime.

Trio Sandpipers Shell Key Preserve Shell Key Preserve in Tampa, Florida is an island in the bay with a variety of shorebirds. These sandpipers are foraging for food along the shoreline.

CatFish(y) A creative digital adaptation from an original photograph taken at Woodneck Beach in Falmouth on Cape Cod, USA.

Florida Quacking Duck This duck appears to be a Florida Mottled duck, or Florida mallard. It is a unique subspecies found only in peninsular Florida. They are nonmigratory and spend their entire life within the state’s brackish and freshwater ecosystems, coast to coast and inland. It is a type of dabbling duck which dabs its bill into the water to feed, or tips over to reach vegetation along the bottom. This duck was photographed in the Orlando area.

Birdbath For Two A pair of Robin birds splash in a concrete backyard birdbath in Cape Cod, USA.

California Red Shouldered Hawk Pair These two hawks were photographed in the area of the Sutro Bath House ruins, part of San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, along the rugged edge of the Pacific Ocean. The windswept cliff habitat is their hunting grounds for feeding on small birds, rodents, lizards, snakes, and large insects.

White Peacock White peacocks (Peafowl) are the rarest species of peacocks due to the special condition of the genetic mutation called leucism. They originated in India forests but have been adapted to domestic life.

Single Seagull Standing Water Off the coast of Maine, USA a seagull walks in the Atlantic Ocean along the shoreline.

Seagulls Ballston Beach Sepia Seagulls flock together on Ballston Beach in the town of Truro on Cape Cod, USA.

Shipyard Seagull On Steel Beam Provincetown, Massachusetts is at the tip of Cape Cod, USA. It juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to a vast collection of seabirds.

Seagull On Lampost Park setting in western New York, USA is a favorite for lamppost sitting.

Seagull Duo Black Background Seagulls from Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Mallards In Flight Waterfowl flourish in the Coonamessett River watershed on Cape Cod, USA.

Organic Red Cherry Tomatoes On Vine Cherry tomatoes are an excellent source of: Vitamin A, C, E and potassium. They are thought to be a cross between a wild type tomato and the cultivar garden variety. Scientific name: Solanum lycopersicum.

Milkweed Seed Pod Fallen The milkweed is an herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant, named for their milky, latex substance containing cardiac glycosides or cardenolides, exuded where cells are damaged. The Asclepias genus contains over 200 species distributed widely across North America, South America and Africa.

Japanese Maple Tree And Birdhouse The Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum, is a species of woody plant native to Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. In the wild, it grows 20-35 feet tall, sometimes more, often with several trunks, rather than a single central trunk.

Apples On The Orchard Trees New England is home to many apple orchards. Farms offer pick your own fun in early autumn.

Sunflowers From All Sides The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a genus of flowering plants native to the Americas. They have edible seeds and large flower heads atop tall stalks. Sunflowers are fairly drought tolerant and cultivated in sunny locations across the globe.

Gaillardia Blanket Flower Rock Garden Blanket flowers are long lasting, drought tolerant perennials that do well with other heat-loving plants that thrive in full sun. Most of over two dozen species of Gaillardia and are native to various areas of North America.

Pumpkins And Autumn Flowers Autumn floral arrangement with pumpkins is a colorful macro seasonal display.

Purple Wildflowers In Autumn Purple wildflowers are growing in a New Hampshire farm field.

Milkweed Pods In Autumn These milkweed pods contain the seeds and floss of the milkweed plant along the Coonamessett River on Cape Cod.

Apple Pair Reed Pond Autumn apples float in an orchard pond at a New England, USA farm.

Autumn Maples Autumn color in New England, USA is a vibrant burst or red, yellow and oranges.

New Hampshire Autumn Tree Blue Sky Autumn color in New Hampshire, USA is a vibrant burst or red, yellow and oranges in the landscape.

Maple Tree Turkeys Autumn color in New England, USA is a vibrant burst or red, yellow and oranges with wild turkeys walking in and out of the landscape.

Green Sea Glass Beach Bubbles Found seaglass on shoreline of Menhaunt Beach, Cape Cod.

Crabapple Tree Branches In Bloom Early spring blossoming crabapple tree is illuminated by sunrays.

Crabapple Blossoms Sunset A crabapple tree branch in full blossom is illuminated by the end of day light.

Burn Pile Flames A winter 2019 tree and brush-controlled burn on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

Niagara Falls Seagulls Boulders Water flows in mini waterfalls from the New York side of Niagara Falls.

Algae Residue Cranberry Bog Lowering the water table in sections of cranberry bogs can result in a residue film being draped over the plant twigs. Photo taken on Cape Cod, USA cranberry bogs.

Pumpkins On Flatbed Wagon Pumpkin harvesting on a New England, USA farm.

Pumpkins And Purple Mums Halloween pumpkins and purple chrysanthemums beneath ornamental grass on Cape Cod, USA.

Pumpkin Barn Pumpkin harvest on a farm in New England.

Halloween Pumpkin With Chewed Apple Pumpkin and apple farm harvest in New England.

Pumpkin Batch Pumpkins for Halloween and autumn decorating are gathered in New England, USA into a tight pick-your-own batch and photographed close up.

Pumpkin Harvest Pick-your-own farm field pumpkin patch harvest in New Hampshire, USA.

Beach Trail Cape Cod Race Point Beach trail Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, USA.

Ballston Beach Rolling Wave Truro, Massachusetts foggy day.

Peace Two Feathers Seagull Feathers Wells, Maine.

Face Rock Wall Edge Pareidolia is a perceived face profile on a concrete wall along Pacific coastline south of San Francisco, California.