An enormous Polyphemus moth at Allen Acres. With prodigious plant diversity comes broad animal diversity! long known for its biodiversity, Allen Acres is celebrating the identification of its 711th moth species! The July bioblitz is expected to be rather promising!

Bioblitz at Allen Acres July 21

Dung beetles rolling along the footpath to the Rainey Lake pier at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. Taken on Pentax K-1 with Pentax 100mm F 2.8 macro lens by C. Paxton

Beetle-mania, these dung beetles were on a roll!

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

Leaf-footed Bugs

A tiny golden fly photographed with Pentax K-1 and 100mm Pentax macro lens at F8 1/250 of a second at ISO 1600 . C .Paxton image and copyright.

Macro Photography, A Golden Fly

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.

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

Dung Beetle riding its dung ball to ascertain that his direction to the burrow is correct. Near Farmerville, Northeast Louisiana, USA. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

Creature Feature: American Dung Beetle

Sigma SD1 and Windows 10

A close-up of the head of Lucanus elephas, Elephant Stag Beetle male. Photo and copyright C.Paxton.

The Elephant Stag Beetle, Lucanus elephas

Grey Ratsnake climbing an aged Swamp Cypress at the wonderful Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, near Delhi, Louisiana. These constrictors are famed for their climbing ability in pursuit of arboreal prey, such as birds and squirrels. Panasonic Lumix GX8 and 100-300mm lens. C.Paxton photo and copyright.

An Enthusiast’s Camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC GX8