Category Archives: plants

Peregrinations: Vermillion, South Dakota

After a roughly ten-hour drive from Chicago on Saturday, I arrived in Vermillion, South Dakota, where reader Hugh Britten, his wife Lynn (both biologists at the University of South Dakota) and their daughter Caitlin greeted me with excellent hospitality, including two cats, a d*g, and a lovely get-together with other faculty and great noms. Here’s the family; […]

How many species of tropical trees are there?

I’m not going to get into the long-debated issue of why the tropics are so much richer in species than the temperate zones (theories include physical disturbance, coevolutionary pressures, higher temperature that accelerates evolution, and so on). There is no consensus, but let me just present some data showing the huge difference, data collected in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

First, reader Diana MacPherson goes all abstract on us with an artsy photo of a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Here is something completely different…I was trying out my Sony NEX-7 camera with an adapter (metabones) that allows me to use my Sigma (with a Canon mount) macro lens with it. I just wanted to see if I […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

As per the new policy, we’ll have a shorter selection of photographs on Saturday because Caturday Felids counts as photographs! But today we have three nice space photos from reader Tim Anderson in Oz. Click twice (with a break in between) to see the pictures enlarged, and by themselves: This is a nightscape showing part of […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Do send in your GOOD photos: I have a fairly comfortable backlog, but could always use more. I saw an adorable squirrel photograph on Pete Moulton’s Facebook page (one of the advantages of having Facebook!), and begged him for more squirrel photos. Here are the results, with bonus birds: Per your request, here are a […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

First, four pictures from Stephen Barnard, who has a huge backlog in the queue. These include a cryptic animal; can you spot it? The eaglets (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are growing fast. A Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) attacking a Northern Harrier ( Circus cyaneus) that was robbing nests. American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana): Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) :-) : […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Donn Ingle from South Africa has sent photos before (see here), but here’s a new batch. Donn specializes in his local flora, and sends the following information: I live in Betty’s Bay on (not quite) the southern tip of Africa. I’ve been taking arty pics of my surrounds for a couple of years. I’m not trained […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Ed Kroc from the Vancouver, B.C. area sent some photos from the shore, and a story of his encounter with a pair of one of the world’s smartest birds, the raven. Here are some wildlife pictures for your consideration. This is a batch from a trip to Tofino back in February. First is a Purple […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Donn Ingle sent a variety of photos from his South African homeland (he lives in Betty’s Bay at the southern tip of the country). The captions are his: Bee dancing in Protea repens: Drososera sundew of unknown appetite: Hoverfly on Nivenia: Southern double-collared sunbird [Cinnyris chalybeus]: Spider catching a bee: The sassy ass of a […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have a combination of plant, animal, and landscape photos by reader James Billie, taken on a trek up Mount Kenya: This photo of an “LBB”  [little brown bird] is not that great (though I like the sharpness and the frost on the tent fly) but it may be of interest due to the location: […]

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