Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photos

I believe this is the first time we’ve had fossils as readers’ wildlife. But remember that fossils once were wildlife, too, and these are particularly good specimens collected and prepared by reader Bruce Thiel. 30-40 million years ago,  parts of Oregon and Washington were underwater.  Marine animals that fell into the sediment were sometimes fossiized and can […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have fish (the first time, as I recall)—plus some of Stephen Barnard’s birds. First the fish, from reader Paul Schoekel. His notes: I enjoy your website and the readers’ wildlife photos, so I wanted to share with you a few favorites of mine.  The french angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) and green moray (Gymnothorax funebris) are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Diana MacPherson has been busy photographing her chimpunks, and she’s sent a post in which she has characteristically anthropomorphized these adorable rodents. The title of the email she sent was “chimpmunks making human gestures,” and her interpretations are indented. It was a good day for chipmunk (Tamias striatus) pictures. These are all pictures of whom I […]

Bonus hawks

I have a bunch of photos from reader Stephen Barnard of Idaho, but he has sent a largesse of red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis). So here’s a special post with those photos, one of which provides a lesson about evolution. His note: The second photo shows the nictitating membrane. I can’t resist pointing out that humans […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Bruce Lyon sent us a big selection of lovely bird and butterfly photos. His notes are indented: Here is one last selection of photos from my June trip to the Kuankuoshui (KKS) Nature Reserve, China. I will include a couple of insects this time. Below: A spectacular Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae), named after the wife […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We got your birds and your arthropods today. First, reader Mark Sturtevant has a sort of quiz: It turns out that for both of these photos your readers might enjoy answering the question: What is going on? This harvestman (possibly Leuronychus pacificus) has something stuck on its front leg. What is it? [Click to enlarge.] I crawled […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader “largeswope” sent two photos: The two attached pictures were taken in my garden. I live in Longmont, Colorado. The first is a Monarch Butterfly, (Danaus plexippus) enjoying a Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii). The second is an Italian Honey Bee (Apis mellifera ligustica)  on a coneflower (Echinacea). She got employee of the day from my […]

Readers’ wildlife photos: Monday

I hope people are enjoying these photos, as I know the photographers go to a lot of trouble to take them and send them to me. But if you do like some of them, let the photographer know in the comments.  I have a respectable queue now, so there will be more, but if I […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have bugs and birds and groundhogs. First the bugs, from reader Jacques Hausser: some pill millipedes, arthropods in the class Diplopoda of the subphylum Myriopoda. These are not the same as pillbugs, which, though looking very similar, are isopods in the subphylum Crustacea. Here some Diplopoda of the family Glomeridae (pill millipedes), Glomeris klugii (I’m […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Ed Kroc sent us a passel of photos from a recent trip to Canada: Here are a few pictures from a trip last month up to Whistler, BC.  It’s known as an international ski destination (made famous recently by the 2010 Olympics), but in the summer it’s a convenient and beautiful place to do some […]


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