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 Georgia's wildlife and wild places!
Nature photographer Malcolm Williamson captured this image of a zebra heliconian butterfly on Georgia's Butler Island after "sitting completely still for about 10 minutes," waiting for a courting pair to land long enough for a photo. The Georgia resident used a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. Read National Wildlife's Beauty with Brains.
Photographer Stephen Walsh made this portrait of an American alligator in Georgia using Canon equipment.
Wildlife photographer Michael Jones writes, "These two white-tailed deer were putting on a touching show of affection in light early morning fog," in Floyd County, Georgia. The Louisiana resident photographed the moment with a Nikon D300 with a 300mm lens. Read National Wildlife's article about white-tailed deer, Oh Deer!
Photographer Conrad Obregon made this image of an American bittern from the deck of a flatboat cruising through the swamp in Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge using a Nikon D800E with a 600mm lens.
Georgia resident Charles Moody made this image, in his backyard habitat, of a bee pollinating native gaillardia flowers with a Nikon D3 with a 105mm f/2.8 lens. He writes, "I capture a lot of images around my home. My wife was working in our flower garden when she called on me to come see this bee, who apparently was glad to see us too because he appeared to be waving at us." Read National Wildlife's Being There for Bees.
Photographer and biologist Pierson Hill writes, "I had to take my photo backpack off in order to slip through the narrow cave mouth. Once in the twilight zone, I quickly spotted several brilliantly colored cave salamanders prowling the damp walls. I quickly set up my equipment to nab this environmental portrait of an especially nice looking individual." The Florida resident used a Canon EOS 40D with a 10-20mm lens on a tripod to take this photograph in Georgia's Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
Photographer Mary Stiles made this portrait of a common grackle perched on an ice-covered shrub during a winter storm in her Georgia backyard habitat using a Nikon D600. Read National Wildlife's The U.S. Biodiversity Crisis.
Photographer James Day captured this sunrise on Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island, Georgia using a Nikon D300s with a 10-24mm lens on a tripod. Check out National Wildlife's Tips for Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets.
Wildlife photographer Graham McGeorge took this shot at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Georgia. He writes, "The swamp is a great place to go for wildlife photography. Eastern screech-owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in pine trees, which are the main species of tree at this swamp. I spent around six hours there, and enjoyed every second. I had no idea that there were three young owlets inside the nest until a week later." The Florida resident used a Canon 1Ds Mark II with a 600mm f/4 lens on a tripod. Read National Wildlife's When Animals Enemies Unite.
Photographer Bill Harbin writes, "For three years, each year when the cardinal flowers were in bloom, I searched for cloudless sulphurs coming in to nectar. In year three, I finally got the image I wanted of this combination of yellow sulphur and beautiful red wildflower." The Georgia resident made this image using a Canon 1DM3 with a 300mm f/2.8 lens on a tripod.
Photographer Dana Wiggins captured this image of white ibises during mating season at a rookery in Dodge County, Georgia with a Nikon D800.
Charles Moody photographed this stormy night using a D7000 with an 18-50mm f/2.8 lens on a tripod. He explains how he made this image, "I was on Driftwood Beach to take some night exposures. First I set the camera to ISO 12800 and using aperture priority at f/8. I took one exposure and then used the settings from that image to extrapolate down to the appropriate exposure for ISO 200. I then set the camera up for manual control and using a cable release and a shutter speed of BULB I took a 17k minute exposure. While I was exposing the image I used a small LED flashlight with a red filter to paint in the red color on the tree. During the last few minutes of the exposure a thunderstorm started building up and I managed to get one lightning strike at the end of the exposure."
Nature photographer Debbie Lawrence, an avid backyard-wildlife photographer, shot this image of "a monarch caterpillar camouflaged among some yellow flowers as it prepared to pupate" in her South Georgia backyard habitat using a Canon PowerShot S5 IS. See A Visual Journey Through The Monarch Life Cycle.
Photographer and birder Geoff Powell writes, "During the heat of the day birds would flock to the bird bath looking for some refreshment. I thought it would make for an interesting image if I could stop the incredibly fast action of cooling down." He captured the moment a painted bunting took a dip in a Georgia backyard habitat with a Nikon D7000 with a 500mm f/4 lens.
Biologist Pierson Hill also photographed this pigeon mountain salamander in Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA, using a Canon EOS 40D with a 20-70mm lens. He explains, these "salamanders usually secret themselves in narrow crevices but will prowl about boulders and rock walls under cool moist conditions. I photographed this large adult on a cold and foggy February morning."
Nature photographer Wayne Morgan documented "this prothonotary warbler building a nest, near the water, in this old tree," in Raybon, Georgia using a Nikon D5100 with a 500mm pro-optic mirror lens.
Nature photographer Mark Scott made this portrait of a gray hairstreak butterfly visiting a patch of wild daisies in his Cabin's backyard habitat in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Georgia resident used a Kodak Z981 DSLR camera.
Wildlife photographer Margie Carroll writes, "Spring is good to bird watchers in Georgia. This pine siskin obliged my intrusion in his morning routine by allowing me this portrait." The Georgia resident used a Nikon D3s with a 500mm lens and a 1.4x extender to take this photograph in her backyard habitat.
Nature photographer Chuck Murphy made this portrait of a regal moth, which "sat patiently" for the camera on a cool morning in his Georgia backyard habitat, with a Canon 7D with a 100mm macro lens.
Evelyn Anderson photographed a male anhinga resting and spreading his wings to dry out, along a man-made canal that leads to Okefenokee Swamp in the National Wildlife Refuge, using a Canon 20D with a 100-400mm lens.
Biologist and teacher Austin Francis writes, "On a trip to Ossabaw Island, Georgia, for marine educators, I encountered a number of birds. These brown pelicans were arranged in a dead tree along the seashore." The Georgia resident used a Canon PowerShot G7.
More from the National Wildlife Federation:
NWF Affiliate: Georgia Wildlife Federation
NWF Blogs about Georgia and the Georgia Wildlife Federation
Find a Park: Georgia
National Wildlife Federation's South Central Regional Center
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