Check out some of our favorite photos from past National Wildlife photo contests. Each w eek we'll celebrate nature and wildlife from a different state. This week we're featuring Arizona wildlife!
Nature photographer Yvonne Kippenberg writes she "was surprised to see the snuggling lovebirds" near her home. The Arizona resident captured the moment using a Nikon D7000.
Photographer and researcher Alex Badyaev photographed this gray fox sitting on an old carrion high in a canopy of an ironwood tree pausing to listen to the midnight Sonoran Desert. He writes, "In areas with abundant coyotes, gray foxes and pumas store their catches high in the canopy of tall ironwoods." The Arizona resident used a Canon 1D Mark IV with a 15mm lens.
Photographer Saija Lehtonen made this image of a female desert spiny lizard hanging off an organ pipe cactus early in the morning, as it looked for its breakfast. The Arizona resident used a Nikon D7000 with a 28-300mm lens.
Nature photographer Martin Spilkin writes, "I've wanted to photograph Arizona's Horseshoe Bend since starting my photography career. The sunsets were magical and I was lucky to capture the moment with my camera." The Florida resident used a Nikon D6000 with a 500mm lens.
Photographer William Lax photographed this baby burrowing owl jumping to catch a giant hairy scorpion in Gilbert, Arizona using a Nikon D4 with a 300mm f/4 lens.
Wildlife photographer Michael Olson caught a "candid shot of a broad-billed hummingbird preening its iridescent plumage at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona" using a Konica-Minolta DiMage Z3 camera.
Birder and amateur photographer, Ed Schneider writes he made this "Saguaro Cactus Pollination" image while searching for Gila woodpeckers to photograph in Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. The Tennessee resident used a Nikon D300 with a 500mm f/4 lens.
Photographer Jim Zuckerman got this shot when a common poorwill dipped down for a drink of water and triggered his phototrap, which housed a Canon 5D Mark II.
Photographer Peter Leabo photographed "dust blowing through Antelope Canyon, illuminated by a beam of sunlight pouring through an opening in the top of the canyon as sands blowing into the canyon form a sand fall." The Wisconsin resident used a Canon 6D with a 17-40mm lens.
Arizona wildlife photographer Michael Jennings writes, "Whether you find them fearsome of fascinating, rattlesnakes are an important part of the desert ecosystem. Unfortunately, they tend to be misunderstood and they are often unnecessarily killed. Although this rattlesnake is in a fierce pose, he is only reacting defensively to my presence." The Arizona resident used a Nikon D2X to capture this moment between him and a Western diamondback rattlesnake in Saguaro National Park.
Nature photographer Ian Cassell photographed a common gallinule hen and her newly hatched chick in Phoenix, Arizona using a Canon 7D Mark II camera.
Photographer Karsten Rau made this image in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. She writes, "This amazing rock formation is located at the Coyote Buttes, where the last light before sunset turns this pale sandstone into an intense golden-red color." The resident of Germany used a Minolta Dynax5 with a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens.
Photographer Jerome Maillet writes, "I waited patiently for this finch to land and taste the Jelly for 2 hours. He finally got used to me being nearby." The Arizona resident used a Nikon D80 camera to capture the moment in Cave Creek, Arizona.
Nature photographer Lisa Langell took this photo in the few seconds that a Julia butterfly landed inside a calla lily plant before taking off at Phoenix, Arizona's Desert Botanical Garden. The Arizona resident used a Canon 40D with a 70-300mm lens.
Photographer Michael Jennings made this summer image of a Saguaro cactus in Arizona's Saguaro National Park moments before an afternoon thunderstorm. He writes, "A few months after this photo was taken lightening struck the saguaro in the foreground, forever changing this magnificent scene." The Arizona resident used a Nikon F100 camera.
Alexander Badyaev also photographed this house finch in the first light of a Sonoran sunrise using a Canon Mark IV camera.
Landscape photographer Durand Johnson made this image of the Milky Way over Monument Valley in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. He writes, "I waited for the right time of year so that the setting crescent moon would provide just enough light to brighten the land but not so much light to wash out the Milky Way." The Utah resident used a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24mm lens, and made the panorama photo with 7 vertical images stitched together end-to-end. Read National Wildlife's Let There Be Night.
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