Today is Nature Photography Day- set aside to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to demonstrate how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.
Take a moment to explore nature with your camera! And fresh air can be wonderful for your health too!
In celebration of the day, I wanted to share with you an older post from my other website, Suzy’s Sitcom. I had a photo challenge where I asked my readers to share some nature photography. Here are the amazing results, starting with my lizard photo!
I took this photo in Key West. This huge iguana just happened to be on a rock sunning himself when I wandered by. He was about 3 feet long! Scared the crap out of me.
It turns out that iguanas are an “invasive” species in Key West. They apparently originated as former pets (folks let them loose when they got too big). Because Florida weather is right up their alley, they began breeding in the wild, and with no predators, they have become somewhat of an issue to those folks that live there. They snack on brightly-colored flowers and can eat a whole lot in one sitting, often devastating entire gardens in a single day.
As a tourist, I enjoyed seeing this vibrant lizard, but I certainly understand the issues of dealing with invasive species. The balance of nature in that area is thrown off and it is difficult to recover.
This photo was taken with my Canon SX30IS, and edited with the free software at Picmonkey.com.
This is our “mama squirrel” she visit everyday for her morning and afternoon snack. This is in a city neighbor in California. See we have “wildlife” too. 🙂 DiEtta
Sand Hill Cranes came to visit at the farm. What a treat to get to photo them as they strolled across the field and rested before flying to their next resting place.~Lo Miller
The first picture is a pair of bull elephants in Malawi. The second a bee on a plant in an English garden. Emma, Leeds, England.
This little guy let me get super close! City squirrels have no fear of people it seems. ~Nicole from VA- Nicole Lambert- Fine Art America
I didn’t know what to submit because we have so much wildlife on our property. The wood ducks in our area are ready to lay eggs. This is the male duck. He and the female hung out in the tree a couple days ago. The next day they were on our garage roof. I wrote more about it on my blog. The Cabin Countess
This little fella lived in our backyard for several years. We gave him nuts and he got so tame he would climb onto our laps and let himself be pet. He would greet me at the sliding glass kitchen door in the morning for his treats. We have many portraits of him, but this one says it best: Mmmpphh. ~Debora – NewJersey