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Great egret
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Zinnia

Friends garden in WI
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Gator

Florida aligator
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Reddish Dawn

Key West, Casa Marina pier.
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10,000′ Wildflower

Not sure what it is but it was growing in a dark forest at 10,000 feet.
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Hibiscus

Flowers are 8-10" wide and only last one day.
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Tricolored Heron

A medium-sized, delicate and slim heron with a long, daggerlike bill. Its long thin neck curves up to its small head. Wingspan is a little over 3 feet. I find these and other birds in a Federal wildlife sanctuary on Big Pine Key which is about 40 miles from Key West.
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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall in the south end of Provo Canyon in Utah. Maybe you can see the lady in red near the bottom to give you better size perspective.
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Thistle

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Daylily

And a friend, of sorts, I guess.
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Colorado river

Taken on a nice 1/2 day raft trip south of the Glen Canyon dam in Page Arizona.
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Stormy Sunrise

Sun was rising behind my left shoulder while this lightning show was performing over the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tropical

Sunset Key West FL
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Mangrove Buckeye

Thanks to Google I was able to quickly identify this butterfly.
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A Sunset from Sunset Key

Sunset Key is a 10 minute ferry ride from the Key West mainland.
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Teen Owl

A photographer friend called saying there was a Great Horned Owl just sitting on a wall. Expecting the owl to be at a far distance I grabbed an unnecessary powerful zoom lens and headed out. Well this owl was simply sitting 6' off the ground, in daylight and not at all frightened. I learned it was a young owl (clueless teenager) who didn't quite know how to act owlish. Anyway, we took a few eye level photos from 10' away with giant lenses and left.
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Outside Zion

This is the Virgin River after it has left Zion National Park. Behind me is the deserted town of Grafton UT which has been partially restored by the Park Service due to its unique history.
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Sunrise Palms

A few strands of christmas lights, palms against a nice sunrise made for a pretty sight.
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Orchid

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High Altitude Prairie

Located near Cedar Breaks UT the prairie at the 10,000 foot level is covered in wildflowers if the previous season received adequate rainfall.
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Silver Bismarck

The palm, common in Florida, grows slowly to 30 feet or more...and each thick, fan-shaped frond can reach 10 feet in diameter.
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Simple Sunset

Key West sunsets are wonderful and even the simple ones are nice if you throw in a couple palm trees.
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Sunset Key

Standing on Sunset Key, which is a short 1/4 mile ferry ride from mainland Key West FL, I'm able to take some wonderful sunset photos from the beach.
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Scenic Drive

Somewhere along Hwy 89 between Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park.
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11,318 Feet

From here on Brian Head Peak UT you look over Arizona and Nevada. At the base is Cedar Break National Monument and in the lower left corner is Brian Head ski slopes. It takes a fairly sturdy vehicle to venture up here and at this altitude, combined with the awesome views they will literally take your breath away.
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The Lone Cypress

The Lone Cypress is a Monterey cypress tree located in Pebble Beach, California. Standing atop a granite headland overlooking Carmel Bay, the tree has become a Western icon and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. Wikipedia
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Great Egret

Great Egrets wade in shallow water (both fresh and salt) to hunt fish, frogs, and other small aquatic animals. They typically stand still and watch for unsuspecting prey to pass by. Then, with startling speed, the egrets strike with a jab of their long neck and bill.
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Gunlock State Park

Located near Ivins Utah.
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Arizona Slot Canyon

Navajo Sandstone and resident
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Prickly Pear Cactus

A beauty and a beast, prickly pear is beloved for its blossoms and feared for its vicious spines. Its yellow, red, and orange cup-shape flowers last just one day, but a large clump of prickly pears will bloom for several weeks in summer, providing delicate beauty among the thorns. If you break off an "ear" and simply push it into the ground it will grow roots allowing a new plant will form.
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Point Sur

Point Sur Lighthouse is a lightstation at Point Sur 24.6 miles south of Monterey, California on top the 361-foot-tall rock at the head of the point. It was established in 1889 and is part of Point Sur State Historic Park. The light house is 40 feet tall and 270 feet above sea level. Wikipedia
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Daylily

They get their name from the fact that each flower lasts only one day. I took these photos at the Boerner Botanical Garden in Milwaukee.
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Egret

This is a Reddish Egret in the Florida Keys
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Black-eyed Susan

Wisconsin
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Pacific Grove CA

I don't know what this plant is but the color and size really caught my eye.
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Evening Sky

Evening sail in Key West
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Daylily

They get their name from the fact that each flower lasts only one day. I took these photos at the Boerner Botanical Garden in Milwaukee.
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Dakota

This area of South Dakota was so desolate there were no homes or farms to be seen yet there was mail.
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Key West Squall Line

Coming in from the West produced big wind and rain.
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What are you looking at?

Female Great Horned Owl in Utah. She was watching over her 2 babies which made it easy to find and photograph them in daylight.
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First Light

A rare snowfall in Snow Canyon (named after Utah pioneers Lorenzo and Erastus Snow) brought me up here before sunrise. The sun had just risen lighting up the top of this sandstone formation. By 11am there was no trace of snow here, except the higher elevation mountains.
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Ready to fly

Key West Wildlife Center rehabilitated hawk about to be released
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Sunset Key

Sunset Key is a small 27 acre island with a hotel and individual homes. It is reachable by a short ferry ride from Key West. It was originally developed by the US Navy to hold fuel tanks but later sold to a developer.
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Standing in one place, shoot right then left

On this rare snow covered morning I quickly set up my camera on the edge of a wash. I turned right and shot up the wash towards the Red Mountain that borders Snow Canyon State Park then turned the camera left and took another down the wash towards the Beaver Dam mountains. I spent the previous 2-3 hours in the park taking other photos of snow covered red sandstone, sand dunes and black lava. I had to move fast because in Ivins Utah snow like this only falls every couple of years and is gone in as many hours.
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New Day Comes

Back on Pewaukee Lake
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Foggy fishing

Not being a fishing guy, I do admire their dedication to the hobby. Pretty much an early morning all weather sport that requires a large investment in equipment. It is similar to photography in that some days you catch a good one but most are just average.
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In a dark woods

In July (10,500 feet) went to Cedar Breaks National Monument for the spring wildflower bloom. Due to low snowfall and rain the fields were pretty sparse but walking through the trees there were many flowers of different types. This is an Indian Paintbrush.
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Delphinium

Took this photo in my mother's garden in Wisconsin.
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Springtime at Altitude

Near Cedar Breaks Utah. Aspens are still bare.
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Boca Chica

Boca Chica Key is about 20 miles from Key West. Behind me is the Naval Air Station. It's was a great place to walk because of this scenery containing mangroves and the Atlantic ocean. You can walk on the coral for miles while keeping an eye on the tides as some spots get quite deep during high tide. I tool this photo a few years before hurricane Irma completely changed this shoreline so it will be many years before the mangroves fill out again.
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Determination

Walking through the Botanical Gardens in Salt Lake City on a day the air was thick with smog this one brilliant flower said "photograph me". In my home I print, frame and hang photos. I change them all out 1x a year as a form of redecorating. I happen to have this photo hanging on my wall and it's always an eye catcher when I walk by.
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White-Naped crane

The white-naped crane is a large bird about 4 ft long, and 4.3 ft tall, and weighing about 12 lb, with pinkish legs, a grey-and-white-striped neck, and a red face patch. It breeds in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia, where a program at Khingan Nature Reserve raises eggs provided from U.S. zoos to bolster the species. Different groups of the birds migrate to winter near the Yangtze River, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and on Kyūshū in Japan. They also reach Kazakhstan and Taiwan. Only about 4,900 to 5,400 individuals remain in the wild. Wikipedia I took this photo while visiting the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin.
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Great Blue Heron

Taken while visiting Horicon Marsh in WI. The wingspan can reach 6.5 feet.
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Big Horn Sheep

Valley of Fire Nevada
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Navajo Lake Utah

Navajo Lake is a small lake in southern Utah at an elevation of about 10,000 feet. It is shallow, reaching depths of only 25 feet. The lake was formed by a lava flow across the eastern end of the valley. The lake drains into both the Great Basin and the Colorado River drainage systems through sinkholes in the lake floor.
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Key West Sunset

These usually happen when I don't have a camera.
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Predictably Curious

Taking bird photos at one of my favorite spots on Big Pine Key when I spotted this osprey a block or two away. As I was the only human in the area I knew he had to come check out me out. I changed the camera settings from long range to a few feet over my head and in about a minute it swoops in and makes 2-3 circles right over my head. Satisfied or just wanted its picture taken, it flew away.
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Lake Powell AZ

Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the 1972 creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer destination of public land managed by the National Park Service. This photo was taken from Observation Point. A couple feet in front or to my right is a sheer 800 foot drop.
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Mojave Desert

Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art. BLM This remote area is a favorite of due to the colors and feeling of remoteness. By Park Service design there are no services and access requires a capable vehicle. There are these beautiful Joshua trees, numerous abandoned mines, ancient rock art and endless new discoveries.
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There should be music

Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the appearance of indirect sunlight being scattered in Earth's atmosphere, when the centre of the Sun's disc has reached 18° below the observer's horizon. This morning twilight period will last until sunrise, when direct sunlight outshines the diffused light. Wikipedia I think a colorful dawn like this, mirrored by a lake, should come a soundtrack composed by the famous John Williams.
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Key West Postcard

Great White Heron
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Lillies

From my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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Sky on fire

Another brilliant key West sunset.
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Roadrunner

Usually hunts by walking rapidly, looking for prey, then making very rapid (15 - 20 mph) dash forward to catch prey in its bill. May leap straight up from ground to catch insects or birds flying over (has been seen catching hummingbirds this way). They are primarily carnivorous but will eat cactus fruit and some seeds.
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Glad I was home

And I did not do any color enhancment.
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Harbor Shower

Small shower moving over the Key West harbor.
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Up-close sunset

Standing on the beach last week photographing a Key West sunset the sky looked wild as the sun moved below the horizon. I had a strong lens on the camera so I just zoomed in close and this is what the camera saw.
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Unusual One

This is an unusual sunrise and the reflection in the lake really enhances it.
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Egret

Reddish Egret in Big Pine Key FL
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Iguana

An herbivore, originally from Central, South America and the Caribbean, the iguana is a large species of lizard. Large in size, males usually reach up to nearly 5 feet in length. With sunny skies and sub-tropical temperatures, it’s no wonder that iguanas have found another home in the Florida Keys. It’s believed that the first iguanas to find themselves in the Florida Keys were stowaways on several ships bringing fruit over from South America.
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Setting sun

Glad I had my camera for this one.
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Ready to rumble

American alligators inhabit most of the southeastern United States. They live in freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes. There are an estimated 1.25 million in Florida alone. Alligators can grow up to 800 pounds and 13 feet long on average.
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Light Painting

Pewaukee Lake WI
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Florida Keys

Reddish Egret turns to pose.
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Simple Sea Grass

Walking on the Florida Keys reef at low tide in 4-10 inches of water one...
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Water Lily

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. This lily is a Nymphaea.
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Busy Bee

My mother in Wisconsin has quite the elaborate perennial garden. Every summer I really enjoy taking photos of the color, structure and sometimes the wildlife.
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Look Up

Standing at the bottom of a slot canyon in AZ about noon. The sun lights up the sandstone but blocks the bright sun making for interesting photos. ISO50 Leica 35mm f/16 8 seconds.
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Smiling for the camera

Walking along the harbor in Key West he must have seen my camera so it surfaced for a photo, not really but it appeared that way. Manatees never leave the water but typically come up for air every 5 minutes. When it is resting, the aquatic mammal can hold its breath for up to 20 minutes. When it is exerting great amounts of energy, it may surface as often as every 30 seconds.
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Refueling

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Enterprise

One very cold morning we drove over the mountains you see in the distance. Here in Enterprise NV it's flat endless hay fields. This sunrise was beautiful, lighting up ground fog/haze and the vegetation picked up the sky color as it was frost white. My fingers froze working the camera quickly to capture this.
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Low Flow

Took a long hike to find a waterfall shooting horizontal out of a crevasse. It was more of a drizzle due to rainfall but the scenery was pretty.
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Rudbeckia

If this is correct it's also called a Black-eyed Susan. I took the photo in Wisconsin.
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Key West

Land of wonderful sunsets.
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Argentine Giant Cactus

Argentine Giant Cactus - I took this photo in St George Utah in early May. Flowers are 8-10” wide. They bloom at night and only last one day.
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Angry Skies

My usual serene sunrise setting is upset about something.
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Rolling Lake Fog

Wisconsin
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Melting Sun

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Road to Canyonlands

Outside of Moab UT is Canyonlands National Park. This 340,000 acre park preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. (Wikipedia) While driving through wide vistas I will sometimes shoot with a camera close to the pavement which can make for an interesting photo.
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White Pocket National Monument

Very remote Utah location
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Pine Valley

Pine Valley, at the head of the Santa Clara River in the Pine Valley Mountains Utah.
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Key Deer

Big Pine Key has a population of Key deer. The Key deer is an endangered deer that lives only in the Florida Keys. It is a subspecies of the white-tailed deer. It is the smallest North American deer.
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Birches

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Slot Canyon

In Page AZ there are some fine slot canyons on the reservations. Some have relatively easy access but some require negotiating ladders and steps. When the sun is high in the sky the Navajo sandstone lights up in different shades of red and golds. It's hard not to take a good photo in these canyons as long as you have a camera that allows lots of light to enter as it's rather dark at these depths.
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Quaking Aspen Forest

Photo was taken near Park City Utah. The leaves quake or tremble in light breezes and turn a brilliant yellow in fall.
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Dry Stream Bed

Joined a photography club in Utah. One morning in White Pocket National Monument, Charles the club leader, yelled to me "look down" which I did but saw nothing but bare sandstone. I looked at him and again he yelled "just look down". So I pointed the camera in front of my feet and took a photo. He later explained most photographers are always looking up or out for a subject and walking past the down. From that day on, some of my (IMHO) more interesting photos are from also looking down.
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Zinnias

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow because seeds require only basic garden preparation to sprout and the plants flower in just a few weeks; they can flourish with very little fertilizer and still produce flowers.
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Key West Sunset

I use a strong telephoto lens it brings the sun closer making it appear large. This is only possible if there's adequate cloud/haze coverage combined with a dark filter on the lens otherwise the intensity of light overpowers the lens, camera and eye.
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Foggy Morning

Above the cloud bank over Lake Michigan and through the fog.
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Red Mountain

The city of Ivins in Southwest Utah is located about 100 miles from Las Vegas. The centerpiece is Red Mountain which is the ever-present backdrop for Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Snow Canyon State Park and the art community of Kayenta.
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Sea nettle

I took this photo of a sea nettle by simply shooting through the glass tank wall at the Monterrey Aquarium. A sea nettle hunts by trailing those long tentacles, covered with stinging cells. When the tentacles touch tiny plankton, the stinging cells stick tight and paralyze prey. From there, the prey is moved to the frilly mouth-arms and finally to the mouth, where the jelly eats its meal.