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lejun09-Oct-2020 01:51
Hi Lynnae and thanks for your interest and question. I do not charge a fee for any of my photos as long as they are for educational and/or non-profit organizations and purposes. I always ask that I receive a credit for my photos such as "photo courtesy of Lewis Scharpf, or
"Copyright © Lewis Scharpf". So, please feel free to use the bowl and doily photo on the booklet for your grandchildren. I do the same for my grandchildren from time to time. Sorry for the delayed response.
Lynnae 06-Oct-2020 23:20
What is the process for getting your permission to share your photo of a bowl and doily web in a little educational booklet I'm producing for my grandchildren? I'll add your name to the page with the image. Is there a fee to use your photo? I expect to make about 10 copies of the book for grandchildren and friends.
lejun26-Dec-2018 01:41
Hi Jack: Thanks for your comment. I am delighted to hear the videos have helped. Good birding in 2019!
lejun09-Jan-2018 02:22
Thanks so much for your comments, Tom. I appreciate your dropping by my site.
Tom Hanson 08-Jan-2018 23:13
Very enjoyable website. Awesome photography.
Annette Boettner 25-Feb-2016 15:55
What a fun site. Thanks to my son who referred me to it.
Trent Watts07-Feb-2013 03:40
I just discovered your bird galleries. I am truly impressed. You have some wonderful shots with exquisite lighting and action shots.
Ken Cheeks 24-Dec-2012 11:36
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).
john patterson 08-Nov-2012 14:43
Hi Lew, thanks for sharing your talents.
Mike Schlauder 09-Oct-2012 20:17
Hi Lew,

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
Annelance06-Sep-2012 17:22
You have an amazing collection of photographs. I could spend all day looking at these.
lejun24-Jun-2012 12:19
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.
Les Taylor 24-Jun-2012 04:54
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 10-Apr-2012 09:45
Your photos ignite a lot of inspiration.
I wish to contribute some excellent images of insects, animals and plants, if you wish
lejun10-Mar-2012 23:00
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
Gunnar Jenssen10-Mar-2012 18:48
Thanks for sharing. Great work
christer18-Jan-2012 22:49
First class galleries
Susannah 03-Jul-2011 10:57
Great bug pix!
Guest 04-Jun-2011 15:01
This website is wonderful. Your photos of God's beautiful nature are outstanding. I love browsing through. It is so relaxing. Thank you. Sue
lejun02-Dec-2010 00:57
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
John Kleinheksel 02-Dec-2010 00:17
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!
Abhijeet 17-Sep-2010 06:17
You have an absolutely fantastic collection. Keep up the good work.
Summer Fey 25-May-2010 17:44
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
lejun21-May-2010 17:14
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
Guest 16-May-2010 01:08
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. McAlpine11-Mar-2010 20:55
I really enjoyed my recent visit to your galleries. Keep up the good work!
Dr. Jeffrey K. Brown 28-Dec-2009 17:50
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.
Christy Hill 12-Aug-2009 19:58
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!
lejun18-Jun-2009 16:11
John, thanks a million for your nice comments. The feelings are mutual!
JOHN PATTERSON 18-Jun-2009 03:07
Guest 18-Mar-2009 00:17
Amazing work...
clarence stewart 14-Mar-2009 23:19
I love your deer images!!!
marko gregoric28-Jan-2009 23:02
You have a refined sense of beauty, composition .... I am happy to watch your work.
Guest 26-Dec-2008 09:43
Hi Lejun,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

John 23-Oct-2008 22:29
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!
nathan goebel 28-Aug-2008 14:41
spiders are my thing, great photos and info.keep up the good work
Suzanne 10-Aug-2008 15:28
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.
Guest 07-Aug-2008 18:29
rollosphotos16-Mar-2008 23:41
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.
Ted Chappell18-Feb-2008 04:10
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 ?).
Kindest regards
pstone11-Jan-2008 04:44
Great galleries !!! the skink series was amazing, keep up the good work.
Walter Otto Koenig30-Aug-2007 01:03
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
Guest 20-Jun-2007 07:27
I think you're on a whole different level than a lot other people.
yoram shpirer18-Apr-2007 21:04
I'm glad I came across your galleries; you have some superb Birds shots.
Regards Yoram
Guest 08-Mar-2007 07:41
Your photos ignite a lot of inspiration.
Guest 03-Feb-2007 00:22
Nice Gallery
Jessica 22-Nov-2006 06:51
Best regards from NY!
Laurel Moore 13-Sep-2006 14:54
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!
Amy W. 08-Sep-2006 22:14
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.
Jeff 16-Aug-2006 01:27
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.
Cliff06-Aug-2006 15:39
I ahve really enjoyed looking at the fantastic photographs in your galleries Lejun, thank-you for sharing them. Regards - Cliff
Debra 24-Jul-2006 04:56
Cool guestbook, interesting information... Keep it UP
lINDA 14-Jun-2006 01:01
Pretty good site. Nat
lejun28-Jan-2006 18:31
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.
Rick P28-Jan-2006 16:37
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.
Nestor Derkach14-Jan-2006 19:44
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.
Cindy 30-Oct-2005 18:53
I just found this site and I'm really impressed with the quality and variety of your insect pictures. Thank you for sharing them.
monica mcintyre 30-Oct-2005 05:53
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.
lejun28-Sep-2005 01:47
Thanks, Muskrat. I have viewed your galleries as well and commend you on your excellent work.
Muskrat's Photos28-Sep-2005 01:39
Not only do you have galleries of quality images, but they are a wonderful reference library, as well....especially the insects!!!
Guest 21-Sep-2005 13:06
Excellent Galleries!
Guest 15-Sep-2005 03:28
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) 11-Sep-2005 00:33
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 30-Aug-2005 13:34
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.
lejun27-Aug-2005 16:28
Colin: Thanks so much for your comments and ID of the soldier fly images.
Guest 26-Aug-2005 23:04

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
Michael Toogood23-Aug-2005 23:00
In regards to your spider page:

Beautiful spider, lovely web 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. Schafhauser16-Aug-2005 16:00
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
lejun20-Jul-2005 00:33
Dear Chen:

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.
Jim03-Jul-2005 00:48
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 09-Jun-2005 04:10
Dear Lejun;
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!
ekeson 09-May-2005 19:41
nice site
lejun08-May-2005 22:45
No, I have used the spotting scope only for birds. The dragonfly pics were taken hand-held with the 5400.
Guest 08-May-2005 17:02
did you use the Spotting Scope on the dragonfly pics taken with the 5400?
4NNie 06-Apr-2005 05:36
Very nice photos.
Cool butterflies photos, screensavers:
lejun24-Mar-2005 13:55
Thanks, Tom, for your comments.
tom oakley24-Mar-2005 04:28
this is an impressive display of wildflowers....
lejun22-Mar-2005 23:20
Eileen: Thanks for your comments. You have my permission to use my photos in your class. Enjoy! Lew
Eileen 22-Mar-2005 18:28
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?

Guest 12-Mar-2005 21:28
Interesantes fotografías
Gracias por compartirlas
Saludos desde España
lejun01-Mar-2005 03:27
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.
Guest 01-Mar-2005 03:17
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.
Guest 16-Nov-2004 02:35
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!
Dave 05-Nov-2004 21:31
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 ( 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.
Beverly 06-Aug-2004 19:17
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
Guest 04-Aug-2004 03:09
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.

Pete Arnold
lejun04-Jul-2004 04:18
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.

Guest 02-Jul-2004 07:33
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.
lejun25-Jun-2004 02:44
Hi Eric:

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.

Lew Scharpf
Guest 25-Jun-2004 01:54
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,
Carmen13-Jun-2004 04:58
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.

viki 11-May-2004 03:58
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
lejun30-Mar-2004 04:26

Thanks for your kind comments and encouragement! Lejun.
viki 29-Mar-2004 15:33
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