Readers’ wildlife photos

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Today we have a mixture of wildlife and astronomy photos. The wildlife comes from Lynne Leblanc, and her notes are indented:

I’ve attached photos of my backyard wildlife near Ottawa Ontario, Canada.  Nothing too special, however, beautiful non the less.  I’m unsure if the quality will meet the minimum requirements.
The red fox: (Vulpes vulpes)  (V. vulpes species).  It’s silly to admit that I enjoy saying Vulpes vulpes!
Goldenrod Crab Spider: (Misumena vatia):
Cross Orb-weaver: (Araneus diadematus) Trivia: The cross orb-weaver spider (called the garden spider in Europe) was venerated in the Middle Ages due to the dotted cross on its back.

And an astronomy photo from Tim Anderson:

This image shows NGC300 – a spiral galaxy in the Sculptor constellation. It is approximately seven million light-years away and is slightly smaller than the Milky Way. It is regarded as “nearby” in cosmological terms. The image is a composite of one hundred three-minute exposures taken over two nights with a 100mm refracting telescope and an astronomical camera.

And for grins, here’s a photo I found in my files; it’s an abstract taken of Multnomah Falls in Oregon, which I visited in April of 2016:



  1. Posted December 13, 2019 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! The crab spider is known to be able to change color between yellow and white, depending on the color of its host flower.

  2. Posted December 13, 2019 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    All wonderful photos, thanks!

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 13, 2019 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Love those foxes.

  4. rickflick
    Posted December 13, 2019 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    All great pics. I find the abstract of the falls quite nice.

  5. TJR
    Posted December 13, 2019 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Thanks again to all the people whose pictures appear here, they are all appreciated by many many people, even if there aren’t that many comments.

  6. Roger
    Posted December 13, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    If they can categorize Pluto as a non planet then I don’t see why foxes can’t be cats.

    • boudiccadylis
      Posted December 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      Many years ago I was dating an attorney. A state attorney, no less.For some reason I read an article that I misinterpreted and persuaded the attorney that foxes were in fact feline.

  7. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 18, 2019 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    I especially like the photo of the cross orb-weaver next to something that was clearly woven by a human!

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