Near Famous

Photography by Charles W. Melton
Nature Photography


My collection of 35mm color transparencies numbers over 90,000 and covers a wide range of North American nature subjects. Birds are a favorite subject of mine, with hummingbirds being a specialty. Insects are well represented in my collection. Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants, and scenics are also included. Areas with extensive coverage include the deserts of the southwestern U.S., the Rocky Mountains, the Texas gulf coast, south Texas, Yellowstone National Park, Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, New Mexico, Florida, and Canada.

Credits include magazines such as Audubon, Birder's World, Bird Watcher's Digest, Colorado Outdoors, National Geographic, National Wildlife, and Ranger Rick. Calendar credits include Audubon, Avalanche, Golden Turtle, Landmark, NorthWord, Sierra Club, Smith-Southwestern, and Terrell. Book publishers include Academic Press, Chanticleer, Houghton Mifflin, Kendall/Hunt, Key Porter, Little Brown, Meredith, NorthWord, Stackpole, Storey , Sunset, and Voyageur.

For information on licensing images and the availability of subjects, please contact me by e-mail, or by regular mail at PO Box 592 Hereford, AZ 85615


More than 300 species of U.S. birds are included. Extensive coverage of most species of hummingbirds that occur in the U.S. Images include adults in flight feeding at a wide variety of flowers, portraits, nest building, eggs and young, adults feeding nestlings, and at feeders. Many species of desert birds. Cavity nesters such as woodpeckers, bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, nuthatches, and swallows are well represented. Also many images of waterfowl, waders, songbirds, owls, and bald eagles.


Large selection of insect images depicting behavior, camouflage, predator/prey relationships, biological control, life histories, and pest status. With a Master's degree in entomology I am able to provide accurate identifications and knowledgeable captions.


Elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, pronghorn, bison, mountain goat, moose, caribou, chipmunks, squirrels, coyote, black bear, grizzly bear, white-nosed coati, marmot, pika, pocket mice, kangaroo rats, rabbits, skunk, nectar bats, armadillo, prairie dog, rats, foxes, raccoon, and ermine.


Alligator, western diamondback rattlesnake, red diamond rattlesnake, sidewinder rattlesnake, garter snake, coral snake, gopher snake, ribbon snake, rat snake, indigo snake, fence lizard, zebra-tailed lizard, spiny lizard, short-horned lizard, desert horned lizard, whiptail lizard, collared lizard, side-blotched lizard, Texas horned lizard, alligator lizard, striped plateau lizard, chuckwalla, brown anole, desert iguana, red-bellied turtle, soft-shelled turtle, box turtle, red-eared turtle desert tortoise, leopard frog, treefrog, bullfrog, chorus frog, Mediterrean gecko, western toad, texas toad, narrow-mouthed toad.


Most plants and scenics are from the southwestern U.S. and Rocky Mountain states.

Alfalfa Butterfly at sunrise
Painted Bunting male
Pronghorn buck
Sandhill Crane
Costa's Hummingbird male at cape honeysuckle
Desert Tortoise
Greater Prairie Chicken male displaying
Costa's Hummingbird nest
Blue-throated Hummingbird female
Buff-bellied Hummingbird nest
Cascades and Fall Leaves
Ruby-throated Hummingbird male
Buckeye Butterfly on yellow aster
Bald Eagle catching fish
Rio Grande Leopard Frog and duckweed
Mule Deer buck
Roseate Spoonbill in flight
Coyotes greeting
Sand Verbena at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Allen's Hummingbird male at cape honeysuckle
Wood Duck male
Dragonfly on cattail
White-nosed Coati
White-eared Hummingbird male at Texas plume
Rufous Hummingbird male with pollen on face
Black-chinned Hummingbird nest
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird male at salal
All photographs and video on these web pages are the exclusive property of Charles W. Melton and are protected under United States and International copyright laws. The photographs may not be copied, reproduced, manipulated, stored, or distributed without written permission. All rights are reserved.