Sunday Stills – Nature – East vs. West

Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly

The feature image is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly that was visiting our garden.

This post is in response to TERRI WEBSTER SCHRANDT Sunday Stills challenge that is being hosted by Cathy Ryan of Picture This for the month of August – This Week is Nature.

Nature is a broad realm of the natural, physical and material things existing in our world and/or universe. It is a wide spectrum of living and non-living entities. For me, it is all about wildlife and the planet we call home. There is so much to explore that we can’t see it all in a lifetime, but I can share a few things that I have experienced in my few years on Earth.

Eastern United States

Bumble bee fluttering into a Mexican Petunia in our yard. Pollination is an absolute must for the survival of the natural world.

Eat or be eaten! Blue-gray Gnatcatcher with a dragonfly in its beak. Lunchtime!

Total solar eclipse in August, 2017. We travelled to South Carolina to be in the path of the eclipse and was not disappointed at all! One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in nature.

Red-shouldered Hawk perched up on a Cedar snag. The spots in the image were very close to my lens (dragonflies). It’s an optical illusion that they were near the snag. We were getting swarmed by them, which means, we were getting eaten up by mosquitoes.

Western United States

Death Valley National Park

This should be one of the natural wonders of the world, Artists Palette located in Death Valley is a breathtaking spot to sit and contemplate one’s life.

This is a Beavertail Cactus at Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jack Rabbit in the desert at Death Valley National Park.

2017 – Frank & Me on our honeymoon heading into Death Valley for the first time.

22 Comments on “Sunday Stills – Nature – East vs. West

    • The gnatcatcher has a special place in my heart. We rescued one once. I found my picks today so a blog is coming on that. 😊 it was cool seeing that jackrabbit. I hadn’t seen one since I was a kid. We don’t have them like that in Florida. 😊

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  1. what a great collection of photos – that must have been great to experience the eclipse. I’m sure you didn’t look at it without eye protection, unlike someone I know…

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  2. Beautifully captured images Lisa! My faves are the hawk and the eclipse. The eclipse was so dramatic! I can’t remember seeing one live. Thank you for sharing

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    • Thank you so much! The eclipse was something! We are planning to travel to Texas in 2024 for the next total solar eclipse so that we are in the direct path again. It was just that great! πŸ™‚

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  3. We saw the eclipse on the line in Nebraska – totally awesome! I appreciate your jackrabbit pick; I’m a softy for rabbits.

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    • Yes, and awesome doesn’t even do it justice. LOL! Glad you like the jackrabbit. It was great to see since it had been many years since I had seen one. πŸ™‚


    • Awe! Thanks! We were heading west next month to Seattle, but we cancelled the trip in April after the shutdown and I lost my job. Now we are just getting stir crazy to go somewhere. Maybe the beach this week. πŸ™‚


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