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. This week we're featuring Connecticut nature and wildlife!
Nature photographer Bob Bachand made this image of a juvenile black-crowned night-heron in a nest on Chimon Island in Connecticut's Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge using a Canon EOS Mark III with a 300mm lens and flash unit. Read National Wildlife's Bird of Myth and Elegance.
Conservation photographer Dennis Quinn writes, "Vivid and vibrant images capturing butterflies and moths often overshadow the beauty of the larval life-stage of Lepidopterans. Striking in their own right, caterpillars rival in brilliance even the most stunning butterflies." The Connecticut resident used a Nikon D7000 with a 105mm micro-lens to photograph this saddleback caterpillar in Plantsville, Connecticut.
Nature photographer Karen Chase took this photo of one of her backyard habitat "gardens filled with plants for butterflies, bee balm, and a peach tree that keeps the birds and squirrels happy." The Connecticut resident used a Canon Rebel T2i with a 70-300mm lens. Read National Wildlife's Gardening for Pollinators.
Photographer Dennis Quinn writes, "As a conservation biologist I often have opportunities to document some of the most imperiled species, in this case a beautiful hatchling bog turtle which sadly may represent the final generation at this Connecticut study site." Quinn made this image using a Nikon D7000 with a 105mm micro-lens. Read National Wildlife's When the Best Offense is a Good Defense.
Vicky Marella writes, "This little guy visits our garden every day to fill up on a few seeds." The Connecticut resident used a Nikon 5200 with a 300mm lens to capture the moment. Read National Wildlife's Chipmunks: More Than Cute.
Conservationist Dennis Quinn writes, "A beautiful example of an insect specialist, the iridescence of the dogbane leaf beetle, resulting from light reflecting off tiny angled plates covering the pigmented layer of the elytra (hardened forewing), make this species hard to miss." The photographer got this shot in Plantsville, Connecticut using a Nikon D7000 with a 105mm micro-lens. Read National Wildlife's Creating a Haven for Beneficial Bugs.
Photographer Laura Bush writes, "I was privileged to discover this downy woodpecker nest hole in my backyard, and was able to take a series of photos in the spring of 2009." The Connecticut resident used a Canon 40D with a 55-250mm lens. Read Eight Wonky and Wonderful Woodpecker Adaptations.
Nature photographer Julie Carlson made this image after spotting an American bullfrog on a lily pad during a trail-hike near her Connecticut home using a Nikon D200 with a 300mm f/2.8 lens. She writes about the moment, "the way this frog is posed is priceless!" Read National Wildlife's Ten Tips to Give Frogs a Landing Pad.
Michael Olson snapped this photo of a metallic green bee collecting pollen from the anthers of a yellow lily in his Connecticut backyard habitat using a Konica-Minolta DiMage Z3 camera. Read National Wildlife's Being There for Bees.
Photographer Carrie Blackwood captured this scene in Connecticut's Silver Sands State Park just before the rain came. She writes, "I loved the stark contrast of the golden reeds and deep gray sky." The New Hampshire resident used a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with an 18-55mm lens on a tripod.
Victor R Quintanilla photographed a monarch butterfly enjoying the nectar of butterfly weed in his Connecticut backyard habitat using a Nikon D60 camera. Read National Wildlife's Peril at Journey's End.
Wildlife photographer Kathleen Wilkie was walking along the banks of Union Pond when she came upon this muskrat that had just climbed out from the pond and was munching on some clover, managing to get a handful of photos before it quickly scrambled back into the pond. The Connecticut resident used a Nikon D40 with a 50-500mm lens.
Doug German writes, "I was patiently watching an osprey on its perch, when it dove and landed not more than 30 feet from me. This was my first successful capture of such an act, so amazing!" The Connecticut resident used a Nikon D800 with a 300mm f/2.8 lens.
Photographer Robin Matterfis made this image of a painted lady butterfly on the butterfly bush she planted in her backyard habitat butterfly garden. The Connecticut resident used a Canon PowerShot G7 camera. Read National Wildlife's Catering to Butterfly Royalty.
Wildlife photographer Eric Larson was photographing warblers in a Burlington, Connecticut marsh when a curious raccoon swam nearby to observe. The Connecticut resident used a Nikon D200. Read National Wildlife's Raccoons: A League of Their Own.
Photographer Laura Bush made this image of a rose-breasted grosbeak perched on a feeder in her Connecticut backyard habitat using a Canon 40D with a 55-250 lens, shooting from behind glass. Read tips from National Wildlife about how to photograph wildlife through a window.
Shari Lucas photographed this cricket on a black-eyed Susan flower in her Connecticut backyard habitat using a Canon PowerShot camera.
Robert Caroti took this photo of a sneaky chipmunk while "sitting in the backyard, watching my 'squirrel-proof' feeder." The Connecticut resident used a Nikon D5100 with a 300mm lens.
Nature photographer Andrey Antov made this portrait of a Ceanothus silkmoth in the wild by placing a black background behind the moth. The Connecticut resident used a Nikon D200 with a 60mm micro-lens.
Amateur photographer Diederick Cannegieter made this image of sunset on the Housatonic River in Connecticut using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18K camera.
Andrew Gillen writes, "This wild turkey popped out of the ferns while I was photographing plant life." The Connecticut resident used a Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera. Read 12 unusual and fascinating facts about wild turkeys.
More from the National Wildlife Federation:
Connecticut Forest & Park Association
NWF Blogs about Connecticut
National Wildlife Federation's Northeast Regional Center
Find a Park: Connecticut
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