Category Archives: plants

Readers’ wildlife photos

This will probably be the last RWP post in a while, as I leave for O’Hare and India tomorrow morning. So let’s have another potpourri of photos from various readers. Reader Tom Carrolan works with raptors, and this is the photo for his Christmas card this year. The caption is “Happy Owlidays,” and his note […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Queensland sent us three insect photos, likely showing mimicry. His notes are indented. One of my favourite finds for a while. A newly hatched Stick Insect nymph (Podacanthus sp.). When I first saw it, I was struck by how much it looked like and carried itself like a Red Spider Ant. I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Bryan Pfeiffer, a writer and field naturalist at the University of Vermont, graces us today with some great plant and animal photos. His notes and IDs are indented: Here are seven images from nature largely in black, white and many shades of gray. I’ve included three birds, one dragonfly, one butterfly and two plants, one […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a miscellany today, and the readers’ notes are indented. First, from reader Tim Anderson in Australia, an animal I didn’t know existed: This is a shingleback lizard (Tilaqua rugosa), named for obvious reasons. It is fairly common in inland areas of eastern Australia. In common with many lizard species, it has the ability […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Kurt Andreas sent us photos of both animal and vegetable; his IDs and descriptions are indented: Dogwood Thyatirid Moth (Euthyatira pudens), New Paltz, New York (April 25, 2013). A gorgeous little moth with a mohawk. Winter aconite (Eranthis sp.), New Paltz, New York (March 23, 2013)  An early bloomer that lets me know it’ll […]

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 […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Again, I ask for photos, though I do have a decent backlog. Reader Susan Heller sent me these photos, taken in the Anza-Borrego desert, back in March, but I lost her email until last weekend. It was a good year for desert flowers in the American southwest, and she documents it. I always wondered, when […]

Frankenpumpkin

Shopping at the local produce store, I saw that they were selling “Frankenstein pumpkins,” which I presume they make by forcing a growing pumpkin into some kind of mold that has a Frankenstein monster face. Now a regular pumpkin with no face costs just a few dollars. What do you suppose they are charging for […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is Potpourri Day, assembling the photos from readers who sent only one or two. The first is by reader Tim Anderson from Oz (all readers’ notes indented): This is a picture of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (the nebula is identified as NGC2070). The picture comprises sixty images each of red, […]

Duck update

My duck Honey is still messing with me.  Yesterday at lunchtime she ate a little, but then went back to her duck island to groom and ignored me. The same thing happened at teatime.  Then she disappeared, and didn’t return to the pond until about 11 this morning. I doubt she’s sleeping in the vegetation; […]