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Current Residence: Earth, except on Tuesdays
Personal Quote: When only the police have guns, you're living in a police state.
Want to get closer to nature? Why not bring nature closer to you? Without too much effort, you can turn a drab, empty lawn into a place bursting with flowers and enjoyed by wildlife. You can start with something as simple as a bird box or a planter on a patio. Or you can transform your entire yard into an elaborate haven for wildlife, filled with the four essentials animals need: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young.

A few steps you can take:

* A plain, empty grass lawn will usually remain just that: plain and empty. Devoid of the four essentials described above, it will remain devoid of wildlife--except for the odd, random squirrel or bird passing through to a better yard down the street :) To fix that problem, plant more trees, shrubs, and flowers, preferably native species instead of imported exotics. (The former usually require less water and maintenance and naturally tend to fit the needs of local wildlife.) By adding appropriate trees and plants, you help create natural food sources, sheltered areas, supplies of bird nesting material, and overall a more natural, diverse habitat.

* Along similar lines, consider planting a butterfly garden. A simple window box or two is all you need to start, though more elaborate gardens will draw more butterflies (and moths at night). You'll ideally want to provide both host and nectar plants to enjoy watching the entire butterfly life cycle. Host plants are ones with leaves that specific butterfly caterpillars eat. For example, Monarch caterpillars eat various Milkweed species. Nectar plants are the ones with flowers that adult butterflies visit for food. Many butterfly-friendly plants look striking in their own right, instantly enlivening your yard. As a bonus, many of the same nectar plants that attract butterflies attract hummingbirds, too.

* Limit or eliminate chemical insecticide, herbicide, and fertilizer use and try the readily available natural alternatives. What you put in the bottom of the food chain works its way up. A yard filled with poison and dead insects won't attract much wildlife and can be hazardous to the health of your family and pets, as well as the environment at large when those chemicals evaporate or run into ground water or lakes.

* Set up a bird feeder and bird bath. Black sunflower seed, available cheaply wherever pet supplies are sold, will usually attract the widest variety of species to a feeder. Give birds time to discover the feeder and bath, and soon you'll have a steady stream of visitors, particularly in winter. Remember to clean the feeder and bath periodically.

There are many books, websites, and even a TV show (Backyard Habitat on Animal Planet) that will provide you with the specific info you'll need for choosing the right plants to attract specific animals, designing gardens, building bird nesting boxes, creating small ponds for frogs or dragonflies, and so forth. Here are a few sites that can help you get started:…………

Species Tracker

For my own benefit, and hopefully for visitors, here's a list here of which positively ID'ed bird, butterfly, and dragonfly species I've posted photos of in my gallery.

You can also find lots of other things in my gallery and scraps, including many drawings, digital art, and other photography subjects.

M, F, J, A= male, female, adult, and/or juvenile where their markings differ considerably from one another. E.g., "MF" means that photos of both male and female markings have been posted.
P= Photos of multiple adult plumages have been posted, such as breeding and non-breeding plumage.
C= Photographed in captivity. I try to photograph species in the wild whenever possible.
N= Photographed but not posted because of quality issues; will post as soon as I get a good shot.


American Avocet N
American Coot
American Goldfinch N
American Kestrel C
American Robin M
American White Pelican N
Anhinga MF
Bald Eagle C
Barred Owl
Barn Owl C
Belted Kingfisher NMF
Black Vulture
Black-and-white Warbler N
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal MF
Boat-tailed Grackle MF
Brown Pelican
Brown Thrasher JA
Burrowing Owl C
Carolina Chickadee N
Carolina Wren
Cattle Egret
Cedar Waxwing N
Chimney Swift N
Chipping Sparrow
Common Grackle
Common Moorhen JA
Cooper's Hawk
Crested Caracara C
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker MF
Dunlin N
Eastern Bluebird N
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee M
Eurasian Collared-Dove N
Fish Crow
Florida Scrub-Jay
Glossy Ibis N
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret P
Green Heron
Great Horned Owl C
Hermit Thrush N
Hooded Merganser NMF
House Finch NMF
House Sparrow F
King Vulture C
Laughing Gull P
Limpkin N
Little Blue Heron JA
Loggerhead Shrike
Mallard Duck MFJA
Mottled Duck
Mourning Dove
Muscovy Duck JMF
Nothern Cardinal JMF
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Flicker N
Northern Parula N
Northern Pintail N
Northern Shoveler N
Palm Warbler
Pied-Billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker MF
Red-bellied Woodpecker MF
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird M, NF
Reddish Egret N
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck MF
Rock Pigeon
Royal Tern
Ruby-crowned Kinglet N
Ruby-throated Hummingbird N
Ruddy Turnstone
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Egret
Swallow-tailed Kite N
Tricolored Heron P
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White-eyed Vireo N
White Ibis JA
White-winged Dove
Wild Turkey N
Wood Duck MF
Wood Stork
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker M
Yellow-rumped Warbler F


American Painted Lady
Barred Sulphur
Black Swallowtail JA
Carolina Satyr
Cassius Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Checkered White
Cloudless Sulphur JA
Common Buckeye
Common Checkered Skipper
Gold Rim Swallowtail
Great Southern White
Gulf Fritillary JA
Fiery Skipper
Horace's Dusky Wing
Long-Tailed Skipper
Monarch JA
Palamedes Swallotail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Red Admiral
Tiger Swallowtail
White Peackock
Zebra Longwing

Dragonflies (excluding damselflies)

Blue Corporal F
Blue Dasher JMF
Carolina Saddlebags
Common Baskettail M
Eastern Pondhawk MF
Florida Cruiser
Four-Spotted Pennant
Golden-Winged Skimmer F
Green Darner F
Grey-Green Clubtail
Halloween Pennant MF
Hyacinth Glider MF
Little Blue Dragonlet JF
Pin-Tailed Pondhawk
Red Saddlebags F
Roseate Skimmer MF
Scarlet Skimmer MF
Slaty Skimmer M
Swamp Darner M
Wandering Glider

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THEDOC4 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Hey. this person wrote something about you in their blog.. CLICK HERE
raistlin306 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
A while back you :+fav:ed one of my pics "What....No Smile" and some how I missed that. Sorry about that, thank you so much, after looking at your gallery I
think you are accomplishing what I'm trying to do, I love nature, but I have to ask, how are you getting such amazing shots with such a short focal length, are you using a remote trigger? I could never get that close to so many different animals, bugs, and birds. How do you do it? Your shots are amazing, and I love the list
you have of dragonflys, butterflys and birds! :)
spirit-of-flight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
:love: your :gallery:

All of the :bug:,:butterfly: and :rose: are beautifully done!

Your pencil drawings are flawless!

I've thoroughly enjoyed my visit! :peace:
Fezzgator Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the favorite, it means alot!
Tazzy- Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: on Malachite Butterfly 2! =D
CirceMoon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Thank you so much for adding "Intensity" to your favorites!
q-118 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Thankyou for adding some of my work to your :+fav: list. :)

boron Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks much for the :+fav: on 'Buckeye.'
ShadowKorin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Thank you very much for the favorite. :)
wb-skinner Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007   Photographer
:thanks: my thanks for appreciating my photograph ... take care and have a great day my friend!

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