Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a bit of a photographic potpourri today. The first one comes from reader Martin Heller:

The attached photo of a Bali beach (but under a roof) in the morning does not say “spot the x” but rather: “how many species do you find?” There is my own footprint, a dog, a bird, some hermit crabs (?) and some small mammals. Could there even be a cat? I’ve never seen a cat on this beach.

How many animals’ tracks can you spot?


Reader Barbara Wilson sends a “spot the ___” photo:

The shrub is Salix geyeriana [Geyer’s Willow], but I don’t know the name of the dragonfly. Taken at Lost Lake near the Santiam Pass in the Cascade Range of Oregon.

Can you find the dragonfly?


Reader Mike Cornwell, who’s working in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, sent a lovely primate photo. The details:

I’m a long time reader of and thought you might enjoy a picture I recently took. I’m working in Borneo right now basically spending 4 weeks here then 2 weeks home rinse/repeat through October. I have weekends free and try to see some local sights. They have an organgutan preserve here which provides a home a home for those displaced by logging activities. The picture was taken at this wildlife center.
Mike cornwell

And a landscape from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, sent yesterday:

There was a furious thunderstorm with hail this evening, presaging a sunset. Poor Deets hid in the bathtub, afraid of the thunder. Baby Hitch was unfazed. [He’s referring to his older and younger border collies.]


Finally, a picture of Baby Hili, just because you can’t see enough of them:

Baby Hili


  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I really like that orangutan photo. It’s sad that logging is displacing them.

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Dragonfly spotted. Good one!

  3. Posted July 1, 2016 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Got the dragonfly. Love all the photos! The orangutan photo is very evocative…. tugs at my heartstrings.

  4. Debbie Coplan
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Love all the photos but that landscape of Idaho is so sensational.
    Thank you for posting such an amazing photo. I can’t stop looking at it-

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted July 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Every time I see a picture with crepuscular rays, I have a hard time recalling their name. This photo was no exception. It’s a very dramatic image.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

        What got me was that, immediately after a thunder storm, and at a ground level two gnat’s crotchets above the level of a full river, the irrigation sprinklers are going full blast.

        • Stephen Barnard
          Posted July 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

          It’s a matter of efficiency. The thunderstorm didn’t drop much rain in the grand scheme of things, and it would be costly to send field hands out to shut down irrigation briefly over thousands of acres.

          By the way, those sprinklers are using ground water. The surface water was shut off a couple of weeks ago because of a call by downstream senior water rights holders. The groundwater pump is quite expensive to operate. The upside is that the water is cold and clear as glass and the fish love it. My ponds are spectacular when you take a boat out. You can see everything, right down to the bottom.

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted July 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

            Water rights management is a complex thing. No wonder wars have been, and will be fought over it.

          • JohnnieCanuck
            Posted July 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

            When fish hatcheries use well water, they have to aerate it first because the oxygen was all removed by the rocks it had passed through. I take it your ponds are fed by the runoff from the sprinklers so that solves that problem.

            Of course, they put many times the number of fish in their tanks compared to your ponds, which makes the Oxygen levels critical for them.

            • Stephen Barnard
              Posted July 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

              Nope, it comes right up out of the ground. The water is cold, glass-clear, and oxygenated. It gets oxygenated passing though the pump if it isn’t already. The fish love it. The upper pond is exceptionally beautiful, especially when you go out on a boat and look down. I saw and photographed otters there today.

              • JohnnieCanuck
                Posted July 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

                My wife just saw and admired your sunset landscape on my screen. She thinks it needs to be made into a jigsaw puzzle. It’s going on my desktop in a moment

              • Stephen Barnard
                Posted July 16, 2016 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

                I’ll send you a high-res copy if you like.

  5. dorcheat
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Be warned, the dragonfly is quite tough to spot. It took me five minutes.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted July 1, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      It is an exemplary example of this sort of thing. The critter is not in the center, it is challenging, and yet kind of obvious once it is seen.

      • Posted July 1, 2016 at 10:00 am | Permalink

        I’m glad to here that!

        • Posted July 1, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

          And I wish I typed with more thought. “hear that” Sigh.

  6. Dominic
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 9:19 am | Permalink


    By the way – a Norwegian site with live seabird webcams

  7. Mark the Hiker
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Lost Lake near Santiam Pass in Oregon drains out during the summer, through a hole in the lakebed, into cracks in the underlying lava. It is right on the side of the highway so it is easy to visit.

  8. Kevin
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Landscape has great colors.

  9. kansaskitty
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Lovely photos. I think the dragonfly is just a tad bit above center – I spotted the gossamer wings there (I think).

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