Ann & Rob Simpson
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Sparkling Violet-ear, Colibri coruscans, hummingbird, La Calera Hummigbird Garden, La Calera; Eastern Andes (2600 - 3600 m / 8530 - 11810 Ft. Columbia, Colombia, South America; The sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans) is a species of hummingbird. It is widespread in highlands of northern and western South America, including a large part of the Andes (from Argentina and northwards), the Venezuelan Coastal Range and the Tepuis. It occurs in a wide range of semi-open habitats, even in gardens and parks within major cities such as Quito, and is often the most common species of hummingbird in its range. The sparkling violetear is most abundant near coniferous or evergreen eucalyptus forests. It is highly vocal and territorial. VioletearS84669czhsnv.tif
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Sparkling Violet-ear, Colibri
coruscans, hummingbird,...

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Sparkling Violet-ear, Colibri coruscans, hummingbird, La Calera Hummigbird Garden, La Calera; Eastern Andes (2600 - 3600 m / 8530 - 11810 Ft. Columbia, South America; The sparkling violetear (Colibri coruscans) is a species of hummingbird. It is widespread in highlands of northern and western South America, including a large part of the Andes (from Argentina and northwards), the Venezuelan Coastal Range and the Tepuis. It occurs in a wide range of semi-open habitats, even in gardens and parks within major cities such as Quito, and is often the most common species of hummingbird in its range. The sparkling violetear is most abundant near coniferous or evergreen eucalyptus forests. It is highly vocal and territorial. VioletearS84669czhsn.tif , Colombia
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Sparkling Violet-ear, Colibri
coruscans, hummingbird,...

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Sword-billed Hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera, , Colombia, an 8 inch long bill, the only bird with a bill longer than it's body, feeds on long tubular flowers like Datyra, Burgmansia, La Calera Hummigbird Garden, La Calera; Eastern Andes (2600 - 3600 m / 8530 - 11810 Ft. Columbia, South America; HummingbirdSb84594czs1hwNe.tif
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Sword-billed Hummingbird,
Ensifera ensifera, ,...

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Lesser Violetear, Colibri cyanotus, Mountain Violetear, also known as the mountain violet-ear, is a medium-sized, metallic green hummingbird species commonly found in forested areas from Costa Rica to northern South America. This species and the Mexican violetear were formerly considered as conspecific and named the 'green violetear'.Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; VioletearL98707Paahnse.tif
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Lesser Violetear, Colibri
cyanotus, Mountain...


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Lesser Violetear, Colibri cyanotus, Mountain Violetear, also known as the mountain violet-ear, is a medium-sized, metallic green hummingbird species commonly found in forested areas from Costa Rica to northern South America. This species and the Mexican violetear were formerly considered as conspecific and named the 'green violetear'.Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; VioletearL98704Phzs.tif
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Lesser Violetear, Colibri
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mountain velvetbreast, Lafresnaya lafresnayi, Both sexes are often decorated with pollen all over their crowns from foraging. Mountain Velvetbreasts inhabit humid and wet montane forests, cloud forests--especially around the borders. They also like streams and shrubby slopes.Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Columbia, Colombia, South America; VelvetbreastM60810Pnzvs.tif
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mountain velvetbreast,
Lafresnaya lafresnayi, Both...

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Rainbow-bearded Thornbill, Chalcostigma herrani, These hummingbirds inhabit shrubby páramo, stunted woodlands, and rocky slopes below the actual páramo. Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; ThornbillR61299s.tif
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Rainbow-bearded Thornbill,
Chalcostigma herrani, These...

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sword-billed hummingbird, Ensifera ensifera, Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Columbia, Colombia, South America; SwordbillH1558zs.tif
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sword-billed hummingbird,
Ensifera ensifera, Hotel...


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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis, hummingbird, Trochilidae; Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; SunbeamS61581azse.tif
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis, hummingbird, Trochilidae; Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; SunbeamS61178Paas.tif
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis, hummingbird, Trochilidae; Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; SunbeamS61167Paav.tif
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis cupripennis, hummingbird, Trochilidae; Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; SunbeamS61167Paahs.tif
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shining sunbeam, Aglaeactis
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Tourmaline Sunangel, Heliangelus exortis, Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Columbia, Colombia, South America; SunangelT61496Paav1e.tif
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Tourmaline Sunangel,
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Tourmaline Sunangel, Heliangelus exortis, Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Columbia, Colombia, South America; SunangelT61496aaav1se.tif
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Tourmaline Sunangel,
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Tourmaline Sunangel, Heliangelus exortis, Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Columbia, Colombia, South America; SunangelT61449shgs1.tif
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Tourmaline Sunangel,
Heliangelus exortis, Hotel...

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masked flowerpiercer, Diglossa cyanea, tanager family, Thraupidae. It is found in humid montane forest and scrub in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Flowerpiercers got their name from the fact that they have a sharp hook on the tip of their upper mandible which they use to slice open the base of flowers to get at the nectar. Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; PiercerMFLU061531Phzse.tif
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masked flowerpiercer, Diglossa
cyanea, tanager...


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masked flowerpiercer, Diglossa cyanea, tanager family, Thraupidae. It is found in humid montane forest and scrub in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Flowerpiercers got their name from the fact that they have a sharp hook on the tip of their upper mandible which they use to slice open the base of flowers to get at the nectar. Hotel Termales del Ruiz, Originally built in 1937, and recently remodeled; 3,500 m.a.s.l; Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; PiercerMFLU061408Pzsh1ee1.tif
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masked flowerpiercer, Diglossa
cyanea, tanager...

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Stout-billed Cinclodes, Cinclodes excelsior, Los Nevados National Park, Nevado del Ruiz, paramo, central Andes, high altitude paramo, Termales del Ruiz, Colombia, Columbia, South America; CinclodesSb60763_Pa.tif
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Stout-billed Cinclodes,
Cinclodes excelsior, Los...

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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest;Columbia, South America; AntpittaCc77521_P.tiff
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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta,
Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio...

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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest;Columbia, South America; AntpittaCc77503_P.tiff
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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta,
Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio...


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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest;Columbia, South America; AntpittaCc9015aa.tif
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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta,
Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio...

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Brown-banded antpitta, Grallaria milleri, Grallariidae family. It is endemic to Colombia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, cloud forest, and plantations. It is threatened by habitat loss. Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest;Columbia, South America; AntpittaBb9001aa.tif
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Brown-banded antpitta,
Grallaria milleri,
Grallariidae...

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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Grallaria ruficapilla, Rio Blanco Natural Reserve is one of the most famous places in Colombia to view birds; consist mainly of montane wet forest or cloud forest;Columbia, South America; AntpittaCc9012aa.tif
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Chestnut-crowned Antpitta,
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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011916cHDRzs.jpg
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Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance, Skyline Drive, seasons; Winter, wintertime; snow, VA, Virginia,  February; SHEN012051cs.tif
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Shenandoah National Park,
North Entrance,...

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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011996cs.jpg
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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011951c.TIF
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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011951c.TIF
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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011951c.TIF
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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011911cs.jpg
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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011911cds.jpg
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Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance, Skyline Drive, seasons; Winter, wintertime; snow, VA, Virginia,  January; SHEN011823cs.jpg
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Shenandoah National Park,
North Entrance,...


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Dickey Ridge Trail in Shenandoah National Park, North Entrance,  Winter season, snow, cold, Virginia, USA, Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains; SHEN011798cs.tif
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Dickey Ridge Trail in
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Elk, Cervus canadensis, young, immature, baby, babies, juvenile, with mother kissing, Yellowstone National Park,  Wyoming, mammals; ruminant, ruminants; wapiti, one of the largest species of deer in the world, elk one of the largest mammals in North America, animals; wildlife {undomesticated animals}; Elk48924xs.tif
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Elk, Cervus canadensis, young,
immature,...

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rainbow darter, Etheostoma caeruleum, is a native North American perch-like freshwater fish found in small, fast-moving streams and small to medium-sized rivers. The species is very sensitive to pollution and silt, staying in clean, pollution-free water. The rainbow darter is easily identified by three dark spots on the back, and blue and orange in the dorsal and anal fins. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA; DarterR68299zhs.tif
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rainbow darter, Etheostoma
caeruleum, is...

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rainbow darter, Etheostoma caeruleum, is a native North American perch-like freshwater fish found in small, fast-moving streams and small to medium-sized rivers. The species is very sensitive to pollution and silt, staying in clean, pollution-free water. The rainbow darter is easily identified by three dark spots on the back, and blue and orange in the dorsal and anal fins. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA; DarterR68310cczhs.tif
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rainbow darter, Etheostoma
caeruleum, is...


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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus virginianus; doe, female, baby, fawn, mother, spotted young, VA, Virginia, Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows, Whitetail Deer. Odocoileus virginianus, animals; wildlife ; mammals ruminant, deer, Artiodactyla, Cervidae; fawn, baby, young; DeerW 1007839gnzsns.tif
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Whitetail Deer, Odocoileus
virginianus; doe,...

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elk, Cervus canadensis; wapiti, swimming,walking in river water; one of the largest species of deer in the world, one of the largest mammals in North America, Cervus elaphus when lumped with old world Red Deer; Rocky Mountain Elk, Cervus canadensis nelsoni, Cervus elaphus nelsoni, American Elk,Yellowstone National Park, Mud Volcano Area, Wyoming, Elk9233zdstp.tif
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elk, Cervus canadensis;
wapiti, swimming,walking...

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elk, Cervus canadensis; wapiti, one of the largest species of deer in the world, one of the largest mammals in North America, Cervus elaphus when lumped with old world Red Deer; Rocky Mountain Elk, Cervus canadensis nelsoni; Cervus elaphus nelsoni, American Elk; Sulphur Caldron area, Yellowstone National Park, Mud Volcano Area, Wyoming, Elk9482543.cr2
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elk, Cervus canadensis;
wapiti, one...

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Black Duck Marsh, greater snow goose, Chen caerulescens atlanticus, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sunrise, daybreak, sun up, sunrises, morning, dawn, dramatic color, animals; wildlife; birds; waterfowl; geese, goose; Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, Chincoteague, Delmarva Peninsula, Eastern Shore, Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague Is., USA, sunrise {daybreak, sun up, sunrises}, morning, dawn, dramatic color; GooseG232545zsng.tif
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Black Duck Marsh, greater
snow...


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Pine Grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator, Mope; male, Northern East part of park,  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming,  North America; United States of America, road leads to Siver City and Cook City, Dan Hartman's place; open in winter but roads are closed beyond Cook City in winter GrosbeakP7570zs2.tif
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Pine Grosbeak, Pinicola
enucleator, Mope;...

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Dusky Grouse, Dendragapus obscurus; male breeding territorial display; blue grouse, interior species; Dunraven Pass, Yellowstone National Park,  Wyoming, United States of America, GrouseD315zs.tif
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Dusky Grouse, Dendragapus
obscurus; male...

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ruby-throated hummingbird, Archilochus colubris, bee balm, Monarda didyma, North America; United States of America {America, U.S., United States, US, USA}; Virginia, VA, Stephens City, animals; wildlife {undomesticated animals}; birds {avain, aves, bird}; hummingbird, Trochilidae; tiny, tiny bird, iridescent green, iridescent, migratory, soliary, diurnal, attracted to red flowers, plants; flower; wildflower; {bergamot, beebalm, Oswego-tea} {perennial, perennials}, hardy, motion, movement, action, fly {flying}, flight, in flight, eat, eating, attract, attracted, meal, food, feed, feeds, feeding, nectar, sugar, water
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ruby-throated hummingbird,
Archilochus colubris, bee...

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Turk's-cap Lily, Lilium superbum {Turk's cap Lily, Turkscap Lily, Turkscaplily, Swamp Lily, Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly, Battus philenor, wildflower, wet meadows and woods, gentle giant of summer, native perennial} Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina; LilyTC62766czs85.tif
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Turk's-cap Lily, Lilium
superbum {Turk's...


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Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia, great lobelia, blooms in late summer, spikes of blue flowers, wildflowers, wild flower,  LobeliaGB5620zss.tif
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Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia
siphilitica,...

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Tyrian Metaltail, Metallura tyrianthina, hummingbird, La Calera Hummigbird Garden, La Calera; Eastern Andes (2600 - 3600 m / 8530 - 11810 Ft. Columbia, Colombia, South America; MetaltailT17141zPvs.jpg
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Tyrian Metaltail, Metallura
tyrianthina, hummingbird,...

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Tyrian Metaltail, Metallura tyrianthina, hummingbird, La Calera Hummigbird Garden, La Calera; Eastern Andes (2600 - 3600 m / 8530 - 11810 Ft. Columbia, Colombia, South America; MetaltailT17147hPse.jpg
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Tyrian Metaltail, Metallura
tyrianthina, hummingbird,...

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White Mule's Ears, Wyethia helianthoides, White Wyethia, White-rayed Wyethia, Yellowstone National Park,  Wyoming, United States of America, MuleEarsWh1182s.tif
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White Mule's Ears, Wyethia
helianthoides,...


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yellow fringed orchis, Habenaria ciliaris, Platanthera ciliaris, yellow-fringed orchid, orange fringed orchis, orange fringed orchid, yellow fringed orchid, White Oak Flats Overlook, mm 55, elevation 1460 feet, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia,  VA, OrchidOF47496v.tif
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yellow fringed orchis,
Habenaria ciliaris,...

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purple-fringed orchid, Platanthera psycodes, small purple-fringed orchid, Habenaria psycodes, Mount Mitchell, North Carolina, plants; flower, flowering, bloom, blooming, anthesis; perennials; orchid, Orchidaceae; OrchidPF4175z1s1.tif
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purple-fringed orchid,
Platanthera psycodes, small...

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great gray owl, Strix nebulosa; baby, babies, nestling, nest, local; altricial, bird, avian; bird of prey {raptor, predatory, predator; owls, owl, nocturnal, hunts, hunts at night, facial disk; Yellowstone National Park,  Wyoming, United States of America, OwlGG388660xnzpse2.tif
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great gray owl, Strix
nebulosa;...

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Patagonia, Brookes Fjord, Brookes Glacier, Alberto de Agostini National Park, Darwin Range Ice Field, Admiralty Sound, tourism; eco-tourism, panga, water transportation, boats, panga; Chile, South America; PATA2C2077zsd.tif
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Large-leaved lupine in Torres del Paine National Park; Large-leaved lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, big-leaved lupine, many-leaved lupine and this showy species is often called  garden lupin or lupine as it is widely used in cultivation. It is native to western North America from southern Alaska and British Columbia east to Quebec, and western Wyoming, and south to Utah and California. It commonly grows along streams and creeks, preferring moist habitats. It has escaped from gardens and is introduced and or invasive in eastern North America, much of Europe, New Zealand and parts of South America all the way to Patagonia, Chile. The leaves are palmately compound. The flowers are produced on a tall spike, most commonly blue to purple in wild plants. The flowers are mostly visited by bumblebees. The Lupinus polyphyllus polyphyllus variety in particular make up a great number of the hybrids which are generally grown as garden lupines, they can vary dramatically in colours.  Davis and Stout (1986) measured quantities of anagyrine that exceeded the minimum necessary to cause crooked calf disease (teratogenic deformities) in calves. Most Lupinus have toxic alkaloids in their legumes, seeds.  Parque Nacional Torres del Paine; is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile). In 2006, it measured approximately 242,242 hectares. It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile. The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range or Paine Massif. They extend 2,850 meters above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine. The area also boasts valleys, rivers such as the Paine, lakes, and glaciers. The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld, and Sarmiento. The glaciers, including Grey, Pingo and Tyndall, belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. The park averages around 150,000 visitors a year, of which 60% are foreign tourists, In contrast, South American Lupine, Lupinus mutabilis, is a species of lupin grown in the Andes, mainly for its edible bean. Vernacular names include tarwi, tarhui, chocho, altramuz, Andean lupin, South American lupin, Peruvian field lupin, or pearl lupin. There are different aspects why L. mutabilis could become an important international crop. But until now, the high content of alkaloids in the seed is the main reason why the crop is not very known outside the Andes. This content could be decreased by different processes. Spanish: lupine, Lupinus sp: Seeds of this genus of flowering plants from the legume family have been used as a food source in the Andean Highlands for over 6000 years. Lupinus mutabilis,  known as tarwi or chocho, was extensively cultivated by the Incas. Users would soak the seeds in running water to remove bitter alkaloids, and then either cooked them to make them edible or boiled and dried them. They're coming back into fashion as an alternative to soybeans. Chile, Patagonia, South America, PAT2C3333czsntvUSE.tif
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Large-leaved lupine in Torres
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pronghorn, Antilocapra americana, Prongbuck, Pronghorned Antelope, American Antelope, second fastest land mammal in the world, not a true antelope, only animal in the world with branched horns, not antlers, only animal in the world to shed its horns, sole surviving member of ancient family 20 million years old; North Entrance, Northern Range, Mammoth Hot Springs_Gardiner area; USA; Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, environment; habitat; prairie, grasslands; short grass, sagebrush; Pronghorn4580s.tif
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pronghorn, Antilocapra
americana, Prongbuck,
Pronghorned...

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Pumpkinseed sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia,  VA, Pumpkinseed40891azs.tif
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Pumpkinseed sunfish, Lepomis
gibbosus, Blue...

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Pumpkinseed sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus, Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia,  VA, Pumpkinseed4001954anz2s.tif
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Pumpkinseed sunfish, Lepomis
gibbosus, Blue...


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