Bowfin tail in shallow backwater at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Fish watching: Meeting a Bowfin at Black Bayou!

A young pike floats effortlessly in Black Bayou Lake waiting for a smaller fish to come within snapping range. C. Paxton image and copyright.

Spring Fish Watching: Redfin Pikerel

Carpenter Bees make for great insect-in-flight photographs because they exhibit a patrol flight pattern that is reasonably predictable. This individual we named Horatio, for his dutiful guarding of the bridge to Pier 1. It was regularly attacked by Red wasps that crashed into it, but managed to see them off. C. Paxton image and copyright.

Photographic Walk and Talk at Black Bayou Lake NWR

Grass carp feeding in a flooded field near the Ouachita river, West Monroe, Louisiana. C. Paxton image and copyright.

Spring Fish Watching – Carpe Diem!

Kimmie Paxton enjoying an exploratory hike on the Rainey Lake trail at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge armed with Panasonic Lumix GX8 with 100-300mm Lumix G Vario. This is a fantastic combination for wildlife because it is light, fast, silent and powerful. Taken on Sigma DP2 and developed in Affinity with tone mapping, boosted and framed with Topaz Adjust. C.Paxton image and copyright.

Autumnal Scenes from Northeastern Louisiana

Leaf-footed bug taken on Pentax K-1 with Pentax 100mm macro lens. C.Paxton image and copyright.

Leaf-footed Bugs

Nutria rats (Coypu) in love. C.Paxton photo and copyright

Some wildlife and nature images from the great slough off Corney Creek for Earth Day 2017

A baby American Alligator resting in ambush for a meal of fish, frogs or whatever it can manage at Black Bayou. Monroe Louisiana.

Recipe for wonderful afternoon: Wildlife watching at Black Bayou NWR followed by frozen yoghurt from daily Press.

A graceful tree snake descending through branches of a a low tree in Black Bayou NWR, Louisiana.

Smooth Mover – our encounter with a Rough Green Snake

This beauty is a living jewel. A tree frog among the reeds at Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana. Taken on Sigma SD1 with 70-300mm zoom at macro setting, equivalent to about 290mm on a 35mm camera. Developed from RAW in Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 then in Photo Plus 7 and boosted with Topaz Adjust. C.Paxton image and copyright,

Wild Places: Natural Jewel at Black Bayou NWR, Monroe, Louisiana