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What a fun site. Thanks to my son who referred me to it.
I just discovered your bird galleries. I am truly impressed. You have some wonderful shots with exquisite lighting and action shots.
Discovered your Website on BugGuide. It's an impressive collection. I don't have a Website, but post many of my pics on Flickr (Kecheeks803).
Hi Lew, thanks for sharing your talents.
I spoke with you on the airplane from Atlanta to Phoenix. Your photos are wonderful! Would you mind if I used some for slide backgrounds for our church? Mike
You have an amazing collection of photographs. I could spend all day looking at these.
Hi Les: Thanks for your nice comments. So glad to hear of your interest in photographing nature and its inhabitants. Do you have a website? I would like to see some of your photos.
This is great . I have tried to find the names of various types of spiders I have taken photos of in my yard and found them here. I was trying to find the name for a ( red ) spider and was directed to your site. I have photographed a goldenrod spider and am presently watching a spotted barn spider build a web in my front garden area. I have taken some very nice shots of it. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos. I truely enjoy getting closeups of all the incredible details of flowers bugs, birds... thank you
Dr Rikhab Raj Bhansali
Your photos ignite a lot of inspiration.
I wish to contribute some excellent images of insects, animals and plants, if you wish
Hi Jan: Thanks for the nice comments about the images. I will probably not make a Florida trip gallery per se but rather include the Florida images in the galleries of the specific species I already have in place. Thus, the easiest way to see the images as I post them is to just click on recent and the click again on the most recent images to navigate to the galleries where they are posted. Once in the gallery, then click again on the specific image to enlarge it. Just be sure that you have selected "original" under the "other sizes" to get the best resolution and viewing quality. Thanks again! Lew
Lew, I have been enjoying looking at your beautiful nature photos ever since you traveled home from your latest Florida visit. Hope you have the photos from your recent trip online soon. Blessings, Jan
Thanks for sharing. Great work
First class galleries
Great bug pix!
This website is wonderful. Your photos of God's beautiful nature are outstanding. I love browsing through. It is so relaxing. Thank you. Sue
John and Sharon: Thanks so much for your nice comments. Hopefully we can meet up again one of these days....perhaps in Texas! All the best, Lew
What a beautiful display of God's creations of feathered friends! Your photography is outstanding..... Wish we had known you were in south Texas last Feb....we are at Victoria Palms in Donna, for 3 months, and were there last Feb. Leaving Dec. 13 to go down again!!
If you return, let us know and we'd love to see ya!
You have an absolutely fantastic collection. Keep up the good work.
What beautiful galleries you have! I so enjoyed the moth pics. I just sent you an e-mail to see if you can identify a moth I found on my porch yesterday. You are a magnificent photographer!
Blessed Be, Summer
Thanks so much for your nice comments. It was indeed a pleasure to visit your gallery while in Cody. I apologize that I cannot remember your name. We enjoyed our visit to Wyoming tremendously and having just arrive home, I am in the process of downloading my images. I will post them to my website and will advise you when they are up and available for viewing. Yes, I am a Christian and glad to know you are as well. Thanks again for the nice visit and hopefully we can keep in touch. Could you send me the link to the webpages that feature your photos? God Bless, Lew Scharpf
How wonderful that you stopped in the Open Range Gallery today - so enjoyed - somehow I knew that you were a Christian (brothers and sisters in Christ united in His name)
God Bless You and Yours Always. Happy 45th Anniversary........................!
Robert D. McAlpine
I really enjoyed my recent visit to your galleries. Keep up the good work!
Dr. Jeffrey K. Brown
Thanks for the opportunity of observing the web site and listening to the music. I am pareparing a seminar for the museums in the State of Mississippi and would like to use some of your photgraphs.
God bless you in all that you do, I am so glad I found your work. You are an excellent photgrapher, of our Father's living creaures. I have called my mother and given her the way to get to your pages of artistry. I'm sure I'll tell others about you. Thanks for what you do!
John, thanks a million for your nice comments. The feelings are mutual!
LEW, I WOULD EXPECT NOTHING BUT THE FINEST WORK FROM YOU.ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BE IN YOUR COMPANY.
I love your deer images!!!
You have a refined sense of beauty, composition .... I am happy to watch your work.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
My son's been building an insect collection for school. This weekend one of them got down his pants and stung him pretty bad. We used your site to identify it as a blue mud wasp. They usually don't sting but I can't say I blame it! Thanks!
spiders are my thing, great photos and info.keep up the good work
The only thing our winter in Oahu lacked was getting a picture of my husband's new favorite bird, the black-necked stilt. Thanks for for the wonderful photos.
I found your site while searching the internet for katydid nymph. Comparing your photos to mine I think I can make an identification now. You have a great compilation of data here and the ones I saw appear to be correct. Thanks for your help. I am finding that PBase is a better source for identifying wildlife than my field guides.
I have just discovered your fine album site, warmest congratulations. Beautiful and very competent work, I look forward to working my way thru each of your albums. Have already voted re one pic (Sylphid ?).
Great galleries !!! the skink series was amazing, keep up the good work.
Walter O. Koenig
What I enjoy most about PBase is the diversity of the photographers and coming across sites like yours. I admire your work very much. You have a great eye and a great talent. It's not about the cameras and lenses and flashes and gear. It's about the eye to behold beauty and to convey it in your images and you have done that.
Best Wishes, Walter
I think you're on a whole different level than a lot other people.
I'm glad I came across your galleries; you have some superb Birds shots.
Your photos ignite a lot of inspiration.
Dean Eades BirdMad - BirdGuides Photo of the Year Winner
Best regards from NY!
What an amazing website! I will bookmark this for future reference. My son and I looked at the spider photos for some time this morning and found that we have a cross spider on our front porch. We have watched her each evening for about a week as she builds her web. Dring the day she sits, all curled into a ball, in the corner of a window under a shield made of her silk. Only at dusk does she come out and start to spin. Interesting! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!
This is a beautiful site. Your photos are fantastic. I have had the same spider building a web in my front yard for weeks. I have been trying to identify him for that long. your pics enabled me to give him a name-Barn Spider. He is a really neat spider. Thank you, I was looking all over the web (no pun intended) for the right identification. Continue the site & photographs. You are very talented. Bless you for sharing them.
Amy W. Elk Grove Village,Illinois.
Very nice work! You should enter in the photo contest at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainsville. There is a butterfly festival in mid October and that is when the photos will be judged. Also check out the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit if you can make it. I'm the horticulturist there and its going to be quite a big deal!!! Photos are welcome in the exhibit, just no tripods.
I ahve really enjoyed looking at the fantastic photographs in your galleries Lejun, thank-you for sharing them. Regards - Cliff
Cool guestbook, interesting information... Keep it UP
HOW LONG HAV YOU BEEN DOING PHOTOGRAHY? LOVE THE PICTURES!
Pretty good site. Nat
Rick: Thanks for the note and encouragement. I agree completely that photography can enable one to connect to nature more completely. I still have a long way to go on the photography technique but the joy in it is that there is always room for improvement. I checked your gallery and enjoyed your approaches to nature. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful galleries. You have a good eye and technique, but have also obviously worked (or should I say, played) hard for what you have here. I have been a naturalist for years and have only recently discovered how much photography can help one connect more deeply to the natural world. You are a bit further down this path that I have just discovered. Thanks for the inspiration.
I love my Nikon D-70, had a Canon A-80 point and shoot before this camera. This D-70 is just wonderful.
Thank you for your comment on my gallery and have a great year in health and images.
I just found this site and I'm really impressed with the quality and variety of your insect pictures. Thank you for sharing them.
Beautiful photographs especially of the gulf fritillaries....they helped me to idenify a butterfly shot feeding on a passion flower at the Audubon house butterfly garden in Irvine, California's San Juaquin Bird Santuary.
Thanks, Muskrat. I have viewed your galleries as well and commend you on your excellent work.
Not only do you have galleries of quality images, but they are a wonderful reference library, as well....especially the insects!!!
Alfred F. Lee, (Grumpa)
I envy your collection of butterflys and moths. They'r outstanding. Here in California, many of the species you have photographed have disapeared. When I was young, I'm now 77 years, there were litterally hundreds a day to see. Now they have all but vanished. Thank's for your galleries. Al Lee
Moon ( s'pore)
As you say on top, " it is so amazing" ...
Not easy to frame and we learn a lot.
Had pleasure viewing your flower pics.
Thanks for sharing and for the show.
George H. Wolter
I speak as a layman regarding your photos but I think the photographers did a super marvelous job capturing the "poses" shown. A truly great works. Thank you so much for sharing.
Colin: Thanks so much for your comments and ID of the soldier fly images.
Nice photos! Just so you know, the two photos of the unidentified fly
(long, green body, white background - the last two phots on the
insect page) are soldier flies (Stratiomyidae), subfamily Sarginae,
and I can't see the characters too well, but I would say it
is in the genus Sargus
In regards to your spider page:
Beautiful spider, lovely web page....you might be able to identify it at
or email them and they'll put the photo on the appropriate page (They are not trained entomologists. Good luck!
E. K. Schafhauser
I also have a gallery on PBase. I have not posted myinsect photos yet. I ma actually a biologist that does surveys onthe endangerd Delhi Sands-Flower-loving fly in the Sand Bernidino Ca. area. I use a Nikon Coolpics 5700. It has good macro up to 2cm.
You have great lighting for may of the photos, and good croping and focus. Lets learn from each other.
E.K.Schafhauser Photogallery under my name
Thanks for your interest. I do indeed give you permission to use the two images of crane flys in your PA Photo Gallery. Thank you also for the corrections on my crane fly ID's. I will make the corrections and thanks so much for your offer to ID future crane fly images. I am sure I will be getting in touch with you.
Lejun, I enjoyed your galleries, especially the Yellowstone photos. I noticed that I have taken photos of at least 12 of the same wildflowers and 1 bird (yellow rumped warbler) right here in Washington state this year, but I would love to visit Yellowstone. Thanks for sharing the photos.
Helen - CA
What a gorgeous collection of photos you have here in your galleries!
Beautiful job - you are one great artist, Lejun. Thank you for sharing your photography.
I am an amateur nature photographer myself, and you can see my insects, flowers and sunsets (and some more) on my website I built to share with others:
Best Regards - and Many More of your Beautiful Photos!
No, I have used the spotting scope only for birds. The dragonfly pics were taken hand-held with the 5400.
did you use the Spotting Scope on the dragonfly pics taken with the 5400?
Very nice photos.
Cool butterflies photos, screensavers:
Thanks, Tom, for your comments.
this is an impressive display of wildflowers....
Eileen: Thanks for your comments. You have my permission to use my photos in your class. Enjoy! Lew
Your photos are beautiful, and I would like to use a couple for a class that I teach (7th grade Invertebrate Study - definitely NOT commercial!). Can I have your permission to use them for this purpose?
F García Robles
Gracias por compartirlas
Saludos desde España
Thanks, B.W., for your comments and experiences shooting through the window. For those shots where I utilized flash, I used only the built in flash on the camera. I do plan to add a more powerful unit by way of the hotshoe in the future. Would be interested in seeing some of your photos. Thanks.
I also shoot w/Nikon D70 through my kitchen window. I have a "bait log" about 18 feet from the camera/tripod. I photograph Downy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers. Are you using flash on the D70 hotshoe or using it wirelessly?
The wireless flash is what's difficult for me to use and get the exposure correct.
Thanks, BW in North Carolina.
Hi, I enjoyed all your photos! It's great to see the different names that identify them all. It must have taken a lot of work to get all those different species!
I work for a farmers' newspaper in Winnipeg and am interested in obtaining stock photos of certain problem insects that affect prairie crops. I came across your photo of a flea beetle and would like to ask whether it would be possible for us to publish said photo. Do drop me a line at the attached e-mail address (email@example.com) and let me know what you'd need from us in order to make this happen. We're more than happy to give credit where due in print. Thanks in advance for your help with this.
Hi Lejun i dont know you ,but oneday me and my little niece was on the pc browsing and we say your collection of the most beautiful BUTTERFLIES EVER and I would like too say KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LOVELY PICTURES GOD BLESS Beverly
Lejun, I enjoyed your avian photos. Well exposed and nicely saturated colors but oh how I wish they were not photographed at the feeders. Seems to detract from their natural beauty.
Thanks for your comments, Pieter. Many of my bird photos were shot through a 20 X 60 Nikon Spotting Scope. Unfortunately, I do not have an tube adapter to connect my Coolpix 5400 camera to this spotting scope. Therefore, I manually held the camera to the eyepiece of the spotting scope and tried to minimize movement and also shoot at the highest shutter speed possible. Thanks again for your interest.
Nice photos made with what lookes like a normal camera. How can you make such bird photos with a maximum 116mm lens. Do you use a telescope (digiscoping) or a tele convertor? The colors on all the photos are very nice and bright. Great shots.
Thanks for your interest in my insect photos. I would be interested in submitting that portion of my insect work that you consider appropriate for your new insect book. I would be interested to hear from you regarding next steps, timing, etc.
Thanks again for your interest.
You have some very nice insect images! Please consider contacting me ASAP about potentially submitting some of your work for a new field guide to North American insects that I am writing. You have at least one image of a species we need. Thank you, and keep up the great work:-)
Eric Eaton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, I just finished littering some comments (and votes!) here and there throughout your galleries, so I thought I'd better stop by here. Some of your pictures rival the best I've seen, especially your insect galleries. You've got that extra something that lifts excellent pictures to another level. In one of the comments I left I mentioned your attention to detail / identifying of the subject -- that's really outstanding. (I'll admit I'm not so good at documenting, but I appreciate the quality in others).
Very glad I stumbled onto your galleries tonight. Wonderful pictures, and it's great (inspiring) to see the care and thought you've put into them.
Dear lejun, your work is wonderful! Please, do not take the lack of guest responses as negative. I suspect that this is a very demanding gallery spot and it may have a "lot" of "sophisticated" people reluctant to tune in. Thats unfortunate, it would be refreshing if people would free themselves to elaborate on someone's talent without feeling it detracts from their own statement. Your eye for detail is immaculate and your use of color is exceptional. Your gift is enormous and valued I'm sure by many. thanks, viki
Thanks for your kind comments and encouragement! Lejun.
I can well imagine I am your first message; your images leave one speechless! I absolutely am enthralled by the beauty you capture so skillfully in your photographs! My thoughts brighten every time when I view your gallery. Thank you so very much and please contact me if you have prints available to purchase. Viki Sisco, at email@example.com