Category Archives: photography

A beetle to end the week

What better way to console ourselves in Times of Trouble than to look at animals? Here, from biologist/photographer Piotr Nackrecki’s Facebook page (his website is here), is a gorgeous beetle with a political caption: We are only hours into the new presidency and I have already been attacked for merely documenting how the nation reacts to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent some photographs of cormorants; his comments are indented. Walking recently along the Eastcliff pedestrian path in Santa Cruz, we had a nice look at some cormorants in the lower branches of a tree hanging out over the cliff.  That prompted me to go to my archives for some other favorite shots […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joshua Lincoln sent us some lovely photos of damselflies; his notes are indented: My friend Wally once said that birds are a gateway drug for dragonflies.  I don’t think that it could be put any better than that. I will include some Anisopterans (dragonflies; aniso=different ptrery=wing; the front and back wings are different in […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

How about some wildflowers today to remind us of the spring that is coming up in the Northern Hemisphere? These come from reader Mike McDowell, and his notes are indented (his website and gallery are here): Even during intense insect missions (tiger beetles, robber flies, etc.), I’ll take time to photograph interesting wildflowers whenever I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a few non-animal photos today: abstracts from nature. The first three are from reader Ken Phelps with this note: Last day of frosty weather here, so went out and got a few shots of hoar frost, snow on twig, and an icicle with an odd face inside. Wood siding on cabin gave the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt has sent some photos of birds from Panama. Her notes: All of these were from areas near the Canopy Tower (ie, within the old Canal Zone) [see her other pictures, and the Tower, here]: White-vented Plumeleteer (Chalybura buffonii), female: Blue-chested hummingbird (Amazilla amaiblis): Broad-billed motmot (Electron platyrhynchum): Whooping motmot (Momatus subrufescens): Common […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today. Reader Ivar sent some diverse photos, and we’ll have some moths (not from readers) later today. His notes are indented. I bought an exceptionally versatile new lens that has helped create beautiful bird images as well as bugs in good detail. Grasshopper– I don’t know for species details [readers?]- caught […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please keep your photos coming in; I have a decent backlog, but you know how I worry. . . Today we have some photos of fossilized wildlife, all taken by reader Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented. As a change from the usual stuff that I have been submitting, I thought to share pictures of some specimens […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Brisbane sent some lovely photos of models and mimics in an email called “Lycid beetle mimicry”. These beetles, in the family Lycidae, are toxic. When a tasty species (“mimic”) imitates a toxic one, it’s called Batesian mimicry. When distasteful species resemble each other, it’s called Müllerian mimicry. All readers should have learned […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs (and a video)

Reader Joe Dickinson has another set of photos from a recent trip to Africa; his notes are indented. Here’s another set from Tanzania.  The Ngorongoro caldera is another site with year-round water (from the surrounding highlands), so it has resident populations that do not migrate. Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) often move between the highlands and […]