Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photos: pikas

Reader Todd from Arizona sends us Ten Ways of Looking at a Pika, featuring of the adorable American pika (Ochotona princeps) in the order Lagomorpha—along with rabbits and hares. His notes: Here are a few photos of tribbles … er pikas taken in Olympic NP (the first two) and the Sierra Nevada Mountains (the rest). Pikas resemble […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho, sent on three successive days. First, a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) with the note: … about to eat what I think is a Mahogany Dun mayfly (Paraleptoplebia). A Maxfield Parrishian landscape photo, color manipulated (I’ve lost Stephen’s notes): This was sent yesterday: Moose in the […]


Here are a few holiday snaps from Sofia, just so you can see some of the sights of Bulgaria’s capital. The most famous tourist site in the city is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  It’s fairly new, having been completed in 1912. It’s rarely used for services, I’m told, but can hold 10,000 people and, before the Soviet […]

Monastery of the Transfiguration of God

Today we visited a famous monastery near Tarnovo (itself 2.5 hours from Sofia): the Monastery of the Transfiguration of God, reportedly dating to the 14th century. No monks were evident (the place seems to be undergoing a renovation).  Located in the woods up on a mountain, it was very peaceful, and I got a special treat, as […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John sends us oodles of photos from The Gambia, and I’ve stuck a lizard (my own photo) in at the bottom: Having recently returned from NYC, the reported US cases of Ebola has prompted me to try and highlight the indirect impact of the virus on the West Africa country of The Gambia via […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two sets of photos of red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) from reader Stephen Barnard, and one photo of a moose and a d*g. His comments are indented: Two siblings and one with breakfast. It spooked, circled around, flew by, looked directly at me, and blinked with its nictitating membrane: Stephen also sent a photo […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have received some readers’ wildlife photos, but posting them may be slow, as will be all posting when I’m in Bulgaria. I do my best. From reader James Billie: Here are some  of our local friends catching the last warmth of fall.  Taken yesterday, 15-Oct. And from reader David:  Please find attached pic of an […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It must have been about a decade ago that I visited the Chengdu Panda Research Center as a treat when I lectured on evolution at Chengdu University in China. At that time there weren’t many giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) onsite, but they let me reach into the cage and pet a sleeping panda through the bars. […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a feast for birders today: several photos of both owls and terns (one good tern deserves another). First, the owls from reader Stephen Barnard, who tells me he considers these some of his best photos (and indeed, they’re terrific): This Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) can often be found perched in the morning […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’re back with readers’ photos. First, a Maxfield Parrish-like landscape from Idaho, taken (and tweaked) by Stephen Barnard: Reader Ed Kroc sends a passel/group/murder of raven photos (I don’t know the correct term for the group): A large batch of raven photos for your consideration!  All are of the Common Raven (Corvus corax), one of […]


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