This page has pictures of animals and plants in different parts of the USA.

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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Alaska

Rangifer tarandus
Caribou (Reindeer) (Rangifer tarandus, german: Rentier, french: Renne). (521k)
Alces alces
Moose (Alces alces, german: Elch, french: Orignal). (931k)
Close-up Moose
Close-up of a moose. (641k)
Female Moose Calf Crossing
Female moose and calf crossing the road. (700k)
Moose Crossing Road Front
Moose crossing the road in front of traffic. Moose are frequently killed like that, usually resulting in severe damage to the car as well. (770k)

Arizona Flora

The most conspicuous plants in the Arizona desert are the Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro) and its smaller relatives, the Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni) and the California Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus). The Barrel Cacti are also called Compass Barrel Cacti, because of their tendency to grow leaning south. Younger ones look somewhat similar, but are easily distinguished by their spines. The Saguaro has straight spines that are white to gray. The Fishhook Barrel and California Barrel spines have red/purple/pink stems, with curved yellow tips. The tips of the spines of the Fishhook Barrel are curved stronger than the spines of the California Barrel. The Barrel cacti grow to a maximum height of about 2-3 m (7-10 ft). The Saguaro can grow to a height of almost 20 m (70 ft). If the cactus has side arms, it is a Saguaro, the Barrel cacti only have a straight stem, no side arms. The Saguaros are slow growing, they take between 20 and 50 years to reach a height of 1 m (3 ft), and can grow to 200 years old.

Oncosiphon piluliferum
Globe Chamomile (Stinknet) (Oncosiphon piluliferum). It is a problematic recent invasive weed that quickly takes over large area. (1.7M)
Lichen Desert Rock
Lichen on desert rock. (1100k)
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Desert plant community in the Sonoran Desert with Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa), Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro), Creosote Bushes (Larrea tridentata, german: Kreosotbusch, french: Créosotier), and Palo Verde (Parkinsonia aculeata, german: Jerusalemsdorn, french: Épine de Jérusalem). (969k)
Desert Plant Community Sonoran
Desert plant community in the Sonoran Desert. (760k)
Larrea tridentata
Desert plant community in the Sonoran Desert with Creosote Bushes (Larrea tridentata, german: Kreosotbusch, french: Créosotier), Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens, german: Ocotillo, french: Ocotillo), and Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro). (1049k)
Encelia farinosa
Desert plant community in the Sonoran Desert in spring. The yellow flowers are Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa). (1143k)
Encelia farinosa
Dense Brittlebush cover (Encelia farinosa). (1.7M)
Encelia farinosa
Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1.6M)
Encelia farinosa
Flowers of Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa). (505k)
Amsinckia menziesii
Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii). (1.9M)
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Coulter's Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus, german: Lupinen). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1163k)
Helianthus annuus
Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus, german: Sonnenblume, french: Tournesol). (1252k)
Helianthus annuus
Close-up of Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus, german: Sonnenblume, french: Tournesol). (486k)
Sida abutifolia
Spreading Fanpetals (Sida abutifolia). (603k)
Allionia incarnata
Trailing Four O'Clock (Allionia incarnata). (734k)
Solanum elaeagnifolium
Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium, german: Nachtschatten, french: Morelle à feuilles de chalef). (1387k)
Salvia columbariae
Chia (Salvia columbariae, german: Kalifornische Chia, french: Chia dorée). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1323k)
Salvia columbariae
Close-up of Chia (Salvia columbariae, german: Kalifornische Chia, french: Chia dorée). (632k)
Justicia californica
Beloperone (Justicia californica). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1.7M)
Penstemon pseudospectabilis
Desert Penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis, german: Bartfaden). (1406k)
Penstemon pseudospectabilis
Close-up of Desert Penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis, german: Bartfaden). (547k)
Rafinesquia neomexicana
New Mexico Plumseed (Rafinesquia neomexicana). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (604k)
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (700k)
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Close-up of Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua). (537k)
Eschscholzia californica
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica, german: Kalifornischer Mohn, french: Pavot de Californie). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (721k)
Fallugia paradoxa
Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1313k)
Fallugia paradoxa
Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa). (895k)
Fallugia paradoxa
Close-up of Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa). (528k)
Calliandra eriophylla
Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla, french: Arbre aux houppettes). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1.6M)
Calliandra eriophylla
Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla, french: Arbre aux houppettes), left, and Blue Dick (Dichelostemma capitatum), right. (877k)
Dichelostemma capitatum
Close-up of Blue Dick (Dichelostemma capitatum). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (360k)
Calliandra eriophylla
Close-up of Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla, french: Arbre aux houppettes). (1014k)
Close-up Fairy Duster Visiting
Close-up of Fairy Duster with visiting bee. (660k)
Cirsium neomexicanum
New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (808k)
Phacelia distans
Blue Phacelia (Phacelia distans). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (537k)
Flower
Flower. (1.6M)
Bulrush
Bulrush. (1039k)
Larrea tridentata
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata, german: Kreosotbusch, french: Créosotier), front center. (2.8M)
Larrea tridentata
Flowering Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata, german: Kreosotbusch, french: Créosotier). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (2.1M)
Yucca sp.
Yucca (Yucca sp., german: Palmlilien). (1223k)
Agave utahensis
Flowering Utah Agave (Agave utahensis) in the Grand Canyon. It is endemic to the southwest USA. (1022k)
Yucca baccata
Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata, german: Blaue Palmlilie, french: Yucca banane). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1.5M)
Echinocereus engelmannii
Engelman's Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1228k)
Echinocereus engelmannii
Engelman's Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii). (1232k)
Echinocereus engelmannii
Engelman's Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii). (1136k)
Flowering Engelman's Hedgehogs
Flowering Engelman's Hedgehogs. (1.8M)
Flowers Engelman's Hedgehog
Flowers of an Engelman's Hedgehog. (1130k)
Close-up Flower Engelman's Hedgehog
Close-up of the flower of an Engelman's Hedgehog with visiting bee. (751k)
Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens, german: Ocotillo, french: Ocotillo). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1056k)
Cylindropuntia versicolor
Staghorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia versicolor). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1.9M)
Cylindropuntia versicolor
Staghorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia versicolor) with Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) around it. The whole hillside is yellow with Brittlebush. (1209k)
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
Flowering Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1363k)
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
Flowers of a Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa). (757k)
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa
Close-up of a Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa). (741k)
Opuntia engelmannii
Engelman's Prickly-pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1043k)
Engelman's Prickly-pear Cactus Flowers
Engelman's Prickly-pear Cactus flowers. (679k)
Engelman's Prickly-pear Cactus Fruits
Engelman's Prickly-pear Cactus with fruits. (813k)
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Large Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and Mexico. (1137k)
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). (998k)
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). (1091k)
Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Close-up of a Teddybear Cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii). (976k)
Ferocactus cylindraceus
California Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus). You can see it leaning towards the south, which gives it the name "Compass Barrel". It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1157k)
Ferocactus cylindraceus
Small flowering California Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus). (1385k)
Ferocactus wislizeni
Small Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1302k)
Spines Top Fishhook Barrel
Spines on the top of a Fishhook Barrel Cactus. (1123k)
Ferocactus wislizeni
Close-up of the spines of a Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni). You can see the red/pink/purple stems and the curved yellow tips. (872k)
Ferocactus wislizeni
Flowers of a Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizeni). You can see that the spine tips are much stronger curved than at the California Barrel Cactus. (971k)
Close-up Flower Compass Barrel
Close-up of the flower of a Compass Barrel Cactus. (854k)
Agave sp.
Flowering Agave (Agave sp., german: Agaven). (1312k)
Agave sp.
Close-up of flowering Agave (Agave sp., german: Agaven). (1157k)
Ephedra viridis
Mormon Tea (Ephedra viridis, german: Meerträubel). It is endemic to the eastern parts of the USA. (833k)
Carnegiea gigantea
Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1026k)
Carnegiea gigantea
Huge Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro). This one was close to 20 m (70 ft) tall. (841k)
Carnegiea gigantea
Flowers on a Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro). (668k)
Carnegiea gigantea
Fruits on a Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea, german: Saguaro, french: Saguaro). (589k)
Top Saguaro Cactus Notice
Top of a Saguaro cactus, notice the characteristic straight white or gray spines. (913k)
Inside Saguaro Looks Like
This is what the inside of a Saguaro looks like. (878k)
Pine Forest Grand Canyon
Pine forest at the Grand Canyon. (1282k)
Pinus ponderosa
Ponderosa Pine forest (Pinus ponderosa, german: Gelb-Kiefer, french: Pin ponderosa) on volcanic cinder. (1207k)
Pinus ponderosa
Deformed Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa, german: Gelb-Kiefer, french: Pin ponderosa). (927k)

Arizona Fauna

Agelenidae gen.
Web of a Funnel Weaver (Agelenidae gen., german: Trichterspinnen). (864k)
Desert Beetle
Desert beetle. (946k)
Butterfly
Butterfly. (1151k)
Danaus gilippus
Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus, french: Papillon Reine). (730k)
Butterfly © karin Quintes Petkarq
Butterfly © Karin Quintes (petkarq at t-online.de). (729k)
Euphydryas chalcedona
Mating Variable Checkerspot butterflies (Euphydryas chalcedona). (1.5M)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (755k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (511k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (522k)
Lizard
Lizard. (671k)
Lizard
Lizard. (748k)
Phrynosoma platyrhinos
Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos, german: Krötenechsen) © Karin Quintes (petkarq at t-online.de). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1239k)
Sauromalus ater
Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater, german: Chuckwalla, french: Chuckwalla). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (393k)
Heloderma suspectum
Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum, german: Gila-Krustenechse, french: Monstre de Gila). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1209k)
Crotalus atrox
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox, german: Texas-Klapperschlange, french: Crotale diamantin de l'Ouest). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (1030k)
Otospermophilus variegatus
Rock Squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus, german: Felsenziesel, french: Écureuil des rochers). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (978k)
Cervus elaphus
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus, german: Rothirsch, french: Cerf élaphe). (1053k)
Close-up Red Deer
Close-up of Red Deer. (1031k)
Lepus californicus
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus, german: Eselhase, french: Lièvre de Californie). It is endemic to the south-western parts of the USA and northern Mexico. (793k)

California

Pacific Coast
Pacific Coast. (728k)
Equisetum sp.
Horsetail (Equisetum sp., german: Schachtelhalme). (1314k)
Equisetum sp.
Close-up of a Horsetail (Equisetum sp., german: Schachtelhalme). (1145k)
Flowers
Flowers. (1369k)
Lizard
Lizard. (918k)
Northern Elephant Seals Colony
Northern Elephant Seals colony. (1105k)
Mirounga angustirostris
Resting Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris, german: Nördlicher See-Elefant, french: Éléphant de mer du nord). (1115k)
Squabbling Northern Elephant Seals
Squabbling Northern Elephant Seals. (782k)
Mirounga angustirostris
Female Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris, german: Nördlicher See-Elefant, french: Éléphant de mer du nord). (994k)
Close-up Female Northern Elephant
Close-up of a female Northern Elephant Seal. (968k)
Mirounga angustirostris
Close-up of a female Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris, german: Nördlicher See-Elefant, french: Éléphant de mer du nord). (841k)
Mirounga angustirostris
Male Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris, german: Nördlicher See-Elefant, french: Éléphant de mer du nord). (719k)
Mirounga angustirostris
Sparring male Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris, german: Nördlicher See-Elefant, french: Éléphant de mer du nord). (974k)
Mirounga angustirostris
Sparring male Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga angustirostris, german: Nördlicher See-Elefant, french: Éléphant de mer du nord). (669k)

Florida

Pinus elliottii
In the Everglades National Park with Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii, french: Pin d'Elliott). (727k)
Tillandsia usneoides
One of the Hammocks in the Florida Keys with Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides, german: Spanisches Moos, french: Mousse espagnole). (1212k)
Periphyton Algae Base Food
Periphyton algae. This is the base of the food web in the Everglades. (1119k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (614k)
Crinum asiaticum
Spider Lily (Crinum asiaticum). (614k)
Hymenocallis littoralis
Beach Spider Lily (Hymenocallis littoralis). (681k)
Commelina erecta
White Mouth Dayflower (Commelina erecta). (552k)
Ruellia sp.
Wild Petunia (Ruellia sp., german: Ruellien). (550k)
Canavalia rosea
Bay Bean (Canavalia rosea, german: Strandbohne, french: Pois-bord-de-mer). (573k)
Epiphytes
Epiphytes. (872k)
Tillandsia usneoides
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides, german: Spanisches Moos, french: Mousse espagnole). (1181k)
Rhizophora mangle
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle, german: Rote Mangrove, french: Palétuvier rouge). (982k)
Rhizophora mangle
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle, german: Rote Mangrove, french: Palétuvier rouge). (883k)
Avicennia germinans
Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans, german: Schwarze Mangrove, french: Bois de mèche). (1021k)
Avicennia germinans
Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans, german: Schwarze Mangrove, french: Bois de mèche). (1261k)
Serenoa repens
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens, german: Sägepalme, french: Palmier de Floride). It is endemic to the subtropical Southeastern United States. (1104k)
Serenoa repens
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens, german: Sägepalme, french: Palmier de Floride). (1092k)
Pinus elliottii
Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii, french: Pin d'Elliott). It is endemic to the southeast of the USA. (1141k)
Pinus elliottii
Slash Pine forest (Pinus elliottii, french: Pin d'Elliott). (884k)
Ficus aurea
Florida Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea, german: Feigen). (1017k)
Fly Visiting Flower
Fly visiting a flower. (641k)
Grasshopper
Grasshopper. (1097k)
Heliconius charithonia
Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia, german: Zebrafalter). (620k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (533k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (592k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (504k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (519k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (489k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (526k)
Liguus fasciatus
Florida Tree Snail (Liguus fasciatus). (570k)
Uca sp.
Fiddler Crab (Uca sp., german: Winkerkrabben, french: Crabes violonistes). (741k)
Fish
Fish. (691k)
Iguana iguana
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1019k)
Iguana iguana
Close-up of Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (790k)
Iguana iguana
Male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (810k)
Iguana iguana
Close-up of male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (927k)
Eretmochelys imbricata
Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata, german: Echte Karettschildkröte, french: Tortue imbriquée). (570k)
Baby Sea Turtle
Baby sea turtle. (658k)
Caretta caretta
Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, german: Unechte Karettschildkröte, french: Caouanne). (616k)
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Badly
Loggerhead Sea Turtle with badly damaged shell. (592k)
Sea Turtles
Sea Turtles. (778k)
Caretta caretta
Close-up of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta, german: Unechte Karettschildkröte, french: Caouanne). (589k)

Louisiana

Tillandsia usneoides
Trees in a Bayou with Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides, german: Spanisches Moos, french: Mousse espagnole). (795k)
Tillandsia usneoides
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides, german: Spanisches Moos, french: Mousse espagnole). (1147k)
Alligator mississippiensis
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis, german: Mississippi-Alligator, french: Alligator d'Amérique). It is endemic to the southeastern USA. (1018k)

New York

Sciurus carolinensis
An Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis, german: Grauhörnchen, french: Écureuil gris) in Central Park. (721k)

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