Readers’ wildlife photos

I implore you to send in your good photos. I have a backlog but it’s getting thin.  Today we have some Darwin-themed photos from reader Terry, who wrote these notes (ID the plants if you know them):

My wife and I celebrated 30 years married this year, and back in July we stayed in Dover Castle for a couple of days – bliss.  Being pretty close to Down House we took the opportunity to tour Darwin’s beautiful home and explore the garden.  Attached are some lovely shots of Bees among the flowers.

From reader Tom Carrolan: “Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). At first light!

From reader Bob Felton (ID needed):

This is the view outside my bedroom window this morning, in Youngsville, North Carolina, about 20-feet above the ground … breakfast is about 2-inches long …I have no idea what kind of spider that is, or what the correct name of the green thing he is eating is, either.  Sorry.

And from reader James Thompson, a bison (Bison bison) photographed a few days after the eclipse in Yellowstone National Park:

I noticed that Bison aren’t always in the herd.  Saw a number of these guys wandering by themselves. One came out of trees and I almost hit him.


  1. Posted October 5, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Would it be older males on their own?
    The big blue flower is an alium of some variety, the one below a scabious I think, usually blue but not always…

    • Alan Clark
      Posted October 5, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      The blue flower is not an allium, it is a Globe Thistle, Echinops ritro. The other is Scabiosa gigantea.

  2. Charlie
    Posted October 5, 2017 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    The older males are often out by themselves once mating season is over. It is always startling when hiking in the backcountry to come over a ridge and find yourself the focus of attention of a huge ice-age creature!

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted October 5, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Hard to make out the color pattern on the spider, but it resembles the cross orbweaver, Araneus diadematus. This is tentative.

    How I would love to visit Down house! I would probably have a near out of body experience.

  4. thompjs
    Posted October 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Back in the 70’s and 80’s I went camping a bit in the Wichita Mountains Refuge in SW Oklahoma. I ran across the solitary males from time to time there. They never seemed very happy to see me either. A couple of times I ran up on rock outcrops when they began to look like they were going to charge.

    Also on this trip to Yellowstone many of the bison were laying down. Not scared of wolves in that area I suppose.

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