Check out some of our favorite photos from past National Wildlife photo contests. Each week we'll celebrate nature and wildlife from a different state and this week we're featuring Indiana's wildlife and wild places!
Indiana resident Helen Steussy photographed this female widow skimmer dragonfly in New Castle, Indiana using a Nikon D700. She writes, "We converted 20 acres of alfalfa to tallgrass prairie and now we have dragonflies!" Read more about the species that tallgrass prairies support or how dragonflies are dangerous beauties, from National Wildlife.
Jenny Hoelzer writes, "These two red foxes were dozing in the sunlight, and I snapped this picture just as the one started to groom the other." The Indiana resident captured the moment in Westfield, Indiana with a Nikon Coolpix P510 camera. Read Fox for All Seasons, from Ranger Rick!
Photographer Lori Naanes made this image of a spring peeper resting inside a daylily in her rural Indiana backyard habitat using a Canon 50D with a 18-55mm lens and close up lens filters. Read a NWF blog about Five Frogs Coming to a Pond Near You, and learn how to attract frogs to your backyard habitat.
Indiana resident Patrick EuDaly photographed this "grasshopper just hanging out, looking for the warmth of the morning sun," in Indianapolis, Indiana using a Nikon D8 with an 80-400mm lens on a tripod. Get the kids outside for some family fun and learn how to catch, keep, and observe a grasshopper.
Indiana resident Mark Brinegar made this award winning image of a "hard-working bumblebee on a gaillardia flower" in his Indiana backyard habitat with a Canon 40D and a 65mm f/2.8 1.5x macro lens, custom diffuser and external flash unit. Read about how gardeners can help these indispensable pollinators.
Nature photographer Sean Crane writes, "Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana is one of the best places in the country to photograph river otters. They can be found all year round, but I like to go in the winter when they come out on the ice to rest and to eat fish. They only keep a few holes in a given lake open so you always know where they're going to be when they emerge with a fish. For this shot, I was laying belly down on the edge of the ice with my camera on the ground as I wanted to capture the otters against the dark background." The New York resident used a Nikon D300 with a 200-400mm f/4 lens and a 1.4x teleconverter.
Pamela Hay writes about her Valparaiso backyard habitat, "This handsome blue jay visits my feeders frequently. He especially likes peanuts, though he isn't as adept as the squirrels at getting them out of this wire feeder." The Indiana resident made this portrait using a Nikon D3100 with a 300mm zoom lens. Read National Wildlife's The Case for Summer Bird Feeding.
Illinois resident Robert Zimmerman photographed these blanket flowers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore with a Nikon D7000 and 105mm f/2.8 micro lens. He describes how "The wind was blowing with a thunderstorm approaching, and the grass plumes were swishing back and forth, making for an interesting photo."
Macro photographer Nicholas Thompson made this portrait of a marbled orbweaver in Indiana's Hazel Landing Park, writing "This was a late season shot, or 'the time of spiders' as I like to call it. This large orbweaver had constructed a leaf shelter, and as I gently peeled back the door I was very surprised by her size, color, and brightness. What an amazing specimen!" The Indiana resident used a Nikon D7000 with an 85mm macro lens and extension tubes. Check out NWF blogs about spiders!
Indiana resident Debra Gillette photographed this spicebush swallowtail butterfly in her Owen County backyard habitat using a Fujifilm FinePix S5000 camera. Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden.
Photographer David Arment took this photograph of a raccoon "walking around in the trees" in Indiana's Potato Creek State Park using a Nikon D300 camera. Love raccoons? Read about how as urban raccoon populations grow, biologists are discovering these masked carnivores lead surprising lives.
Aspiring nature photographer Dennis Jones made this portrait of a song sparrow on thistle in Indiana's Hummel Park with a Nikon D3100 and a 55-200mm zoom lens. He writes, "A favorite of the American goldfinch, I often see song sparrows perched on wild thistle plants singing their hearts out." Learn how to grow your backyard habitat into a better birdfeeder.
Mark Brinegar photographed this paper wasp scraping wood from a clothespin holding netting over a strawberry patch in his Bloomington garden, writing "they are a favorite source of wood shavings for these wasps to construct their nests with." The Indiana resident used a Canon 450D with a 350mm f/4 lens and 1/4x extender. Read more about this wasp and other surprising pollinators.
Nature photographer Jeff Danielson caught the moment a female white-tailed deer came charging through Monroe Lake in Indiana with an Olympus E-30 and 70-300mm lens. Read more about White-tailed Deer through the Year with Ranger Rick.
Photographer Lori Naanes writes, "This giant leopard moth stood out near my petunias, the detail of the bright blue was so beautiful!" The Indiana resident made this image in her rural Indiana yard using a Canon 50D with an 18-270mm lens.
Wildlife photographer Steven Gifford writes, "I had the unique opportunity to grab one of the few photo blind spots at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area to witness the amazing sights and sounds of the Greater prairie-chicken. The chickens have an air bladder on the side of their neck and eyebrows which they can inflate and deflate creating a beautiful display of color as well as an amazing 'booming' sound. It was one of the most awesome natural events I have ever witnessed!" The Indiana resident was equipped with a Canon 7D and an 800mm lens. See the Dance of the Greater Prairie-Chicken.
Avid nature photographer Richard Witkiewicz writes, "Hiking a sandy trail on a very hot summer day in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the bright yellow centers of this dying oak fern first attracted my eye. While composing to get a graphic shot of the leaflets I spotted this dime-sized stinkbug nymph, which I though added interest to the shot." The Illinois resident used a Nikon N90 with a 200mm f/4 macro lens.
Mark Brinegar also photographed "These two lovebirds, who had just finished with a successful nest, producing two beautiful fledglings. They were all spending time as a family in the rock garden" in his backyard habitat. The Indiana resident used a Canon 450D with a 300mm lens to capture this moment between the mourning dove couple.
Nature photographer Bob Watson made this portrait of a wild tom turkey in Northern Indiana with a Nikon D800 and 400mm lens and 1.7x teleconverter on a tripod. The Indiana resident writes, "I shot numerous wild turkeys on and off for a couple weeks. I'd set up my blind and wait at their travel routes. They have excellent eye site and I'd eventually be seen. In this case, he was right on me before I was spotted." Read The Case of the Terrorist Turkeys, from National Wildlife's archives.
Indiana resident Deb Zygmunt photographed this interaction between two gray wolves with Nikon camera equipment at Indiana's Wolf Park, a nonprofit education and conservation organization dedicated to "improving the public's understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment." Read more about how efforts to protect wolves are often undermined by misinformation and myth and about how wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone are helping boost the park's biodiversity.
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