Ty Smedes Nature Photography

Favorite Nature Images of the Year - 2015

Welcome to "Favorite Nature Images" a gallery page featuring my own favorite photos, selected from among my best images of the current calendar year. I will continually add images to this page, as the year progresses, so you may enjoy many of my most exciting images of the year. Just click on an image to view an enlargement.

Winter 2014/2015

Chinstrap Penguin, Neko Island, Antarctic Peninsula

Gentoo Chicks, Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula

Glacial Ice, Antarctic Peninsula

Blue Cave in Iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula


King Penguin Colony, Salsbury Plain,

South Georgia lsland

Leopard Seal and Gentoo Penguin,
Yalour Islands,
Antarctic Peninsula


Gentoo Penguins on a grounded iceberg,
Danco Island, Antarctic Peninsula

Gentoo Penguin leaping onto a grounded Iceberg,
Danco Island, Antarctic Peninsula

Arching Iceberg, Cierva Cove,
Antarctic Peninsula

Grounded Icebergs and Adelie Penguins,
Yalour Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

Gentoo Penguin Leaping onto Iceberg,
Danco Island, Antarctic Peninsula

King Penguin Colony - Gold Harbour,
South Georgia Island



Male Cardinal in winter snowstorm

Female Cardinal in winter snowstorm


Spring 2015

A pair of Northern Shovelors over an Iowa Marsh

A Ringneck Courtship Flight over an Iowa marsh

Harrier Male Flight over an Iowa marsh

Harrier Female Flight ovrer an Iowa marsh


Blue-winged Teal Drake

Green-winged Teal Courtship Flight

Blue-winged Warbler Male

Redstart Warbler Male, fanning his tail



Clapper Rail

Chestnut-sided Warbler Male

Black and White Warbler Male

Black-capped Chickadee with Green worm



Scarlet Tanager with large black ant

Black-billed Cuckoo


Western White-lip Snail & Trash Line Orb Weaver spider

Yellow Ladys Slipper Orchids

Summer 2015


Scolops Planthopper on Sunflower Leaf

Weevil Species


Prionyx Wasp on Purple Prairie Clover

Jumping Spider on Milkweed Leaf



White-banded Crab Spider on Sunflower

Leaf-footed Bug on Milkweed









Fall 2015

A Merlin (Prairie Race)

American Kestrel Male


Cooper's Hawk

Mallards erupting from a wetland




Muskrat dining on the ice, with reflection

White-front Geese erupting from a marsh


Snow Goose Lift-off







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