Welcome to nature photography, the photography clearing house for all of the topics covered on Green Nature. Over time, the photography section expanded to include video.
Centipede or Millipede?
Counting the number of legs per body segment represents one quick way to differentiate between centipedes and millipedes. Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment and millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment.
Pine Cone on Sand
The term pine tree can refer to either all trees in the pine family (pinaceae), or to the one hundred plus trees in the genus Pinus. While botanists classify pine types based on strict physiological criteria, there exists a quicker and easier way to answer the basic, what type of pine tree is this question.
Crab on the Rocks
Crabs belong to an order of animals called Decapoda, or Decapods for short, which also consists of a variety of shrimp and lobster species. Approximately 8,500 decapod species have been documented, with perhaps 4,500 of those species identified as true crabs. See Crab Species
Crawdad in Mud
Crayfsh or Crawdads, the fresh water version of lobsters, make for great eatings in many areas of the United States.
Box Turtle on Log
A hinged plastron (bottom shell) provides the box turtle with protection. North America hosts two native box turtle species, the Eastern Box Turtle and the Western Box Turtle.
Fireworks Against a Black Sky
Photography Tip: Save the oohs and aahs of the fireworks display year round. Setting the camera to a faster shutter speed can often be sufficient for capturing a fireworks moment in time.
Hummingbird in Flight
Formally classified as New World birds, Hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) live in a variety of habitats across North, Central and South America. Know them as the world's smallest birds, with over three hundred identified species, they also rank as either the second or third largest bird family in the world (behind Flycatchers and Parrots).
Sunny Summer Day
Taking into consideration the exclusively western Monotropaceae species, along with the wider ranging Monotropa species, some regions of the Cascade Mountains in the Northwest host six or seven of the nine Monotropaceae species in a square mile of hiking trails.
Changing human demographic and development patterns over time placed stress on North American blue butterfly diversity. In fact, of the nineteen different butterfly species listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, seven of those species are blue butterflies, including the Fender's Blue butterfly.
Love on the Rocks
The types of snakes that inhabit North America cover five different snake families: Boidae (Boas); Colurbridae; Crotalidae (Pit Vipers); Leptotyphlopidae (Blind Snakes); Elapidae: (Coral Snakes).
Photography Tip: Use a tripod and try experimenting with slower shutter speeds to capture the many moods of the water in a waterfall
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