Category Archives: plants

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since we’ve had photos from Joe Dickinson, but we have some nice ones today, including everyone’s favorite seagoing mammal. His captions are indented. Oh—and keep those photos coming in! Here are a few photos from a whale watching cruise we did in Monterey Bay a few days ago.  Gray whales and […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Hennessy from Virginia sent some nice flower photos: I clipped off a bit of a Columbine [Aquilegia sp.] flower from my garden to bring indoors for a few macro photos.  Only after I had the photos up on my computer screen did I realize that I had a tiny stowaway on the stem of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have several contributors today, and some diverse photos.  First, reader (or erstwhile reader) Ben Goren, who’s been AWOL but sent a rodent labeled “South Mountain Sqrlz”. I don’t know the species. Thought you’d get a kick out of this. I think she’s nursing pups. From Stephen Barnard: This Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) chick was an […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We don’t get very many submissions of plant photos, and I know we have some botany lovers out there, so enjoy these photos from reader Ken Phelps from the Pacific Northwest: A foliose lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata??) growing in the moss that substitutes for lawn in our yard. An assortment of chocolate lilies (Fritillaria biflora): Camassia quamash […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John Harshman is a birdophile, but he sent us photos of plants (we don’t get nearly enough plant pix) and a reptile as well. His captions are indented: Here are some things I found in my neighborhood. First, a hooded oriole (Icterus cucullatus) a nectar-feeder who likes the Australian bottlebrush (Callistemon sp.) in my back […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

First we have several photographs of a lovely hummingbird taken by reader Joshua Lincoln: This is the Fiery-throated Hummingbird (Panterpe insigns). It is from Cerro de la Muerte in Costa Rica. Cerro de la Muerte means Mountain of Death. It is the highest point of the Inter-American Highway in Costa and for anyone who has driven […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Here’s part II of Lou Jost’s photographs taken on a single walk. As he noted yesterday: A few weeks ago I took a walk in our Rio Anzu Reserve, in the Amazon basin, to test some macro photography techniques. The insect diversity and abundance was overwhelming; it was like the African savannah in miniature. So, […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

First, regular Stephen Barnard is back with a set of three pictures he calls “the usual suspects”: A drake Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos): A Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis): And something a little different: I’ve been seeing a male American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) frequently. I sent photos. This is the first female I’ve seen. To show the sexual […]

The bizarre naked man orchid

Let’s finish the week not with a cat, but a plant. This one, the “naked orchid” or “hanging naked man orchid,” is a real species, Orchis italica. There’s a reason they aren’t called the “naked hanging woman orchid”: Don’t ask me the adaptive significance, if any, of this shape. Maybe there’s some insect that has […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ll begin with another fall-themed photo: a picture of a solitary tree in Iowa taken by reader Randy Schenck. The Midwest doesn’t get the spectacular fall colors of Vermont or New Hampshire, but they’re often lovely. Do readers in other parts of the world get such spectacular fall displays in deciduous forest? Reader Damon Williford […]

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