Category Archives: plants

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a contest winner)

Reader Rik Gern sent some lovely pictures of dandelions as well as some of his digital science-based art, one piece of which got a nod from Scientific American. His captions are indented. First, the dandelions: For now, here are some pictures of dandelions (Leontodon taraxacum) gone to seed. My neighbors probably won’t appreciate the fact […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

We have a potpourri of videos and photos today, for sometimes readers send only a few photos. And we have a duck video! From reader Barry Lyons, a Procyon lotor and offspring: This is from my sister Annette, who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. This is from her back yard. Weird halo effect on that baby […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some lovely garden birds from reader Paul Peed, whose notes are indented and whose images available at eBird and Instagram. Some favorites from my gardens My gardens are Audubon Native Plant gardens which beside using far less water tend to attract a variety of birds, bees, butterflies and other visitors. The most colorful of the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s been a while since we had some photos from Mike McDowell, but here are some of his speciality subjects: tiger beetles. His IDs and captions are indented. We’ve had some serious flooding along the Wisconsin River this summer, so some sandbar tiger beetle species (C. macra and C. hirticollis) have been hard to find. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent some lovely ant photos. His notes are indented: Ants, eating and being eaten. I’m a big fan of ants, and am currently trying my hand at keeping and raising colonies from queens. It’s a fun and relatively cheap hobby that I can highly recommend for those who might be […]

The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

I have landed in Chicago! All of these photos save the last were taken on the grounds of the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden north of Hilo. In a few cases I knew (or learned) what the plants were, and the others I’ll leave to readers to identify. I’ll number the photos, though, to help you […]

Hawaii: Day 2

Yesterday included a visit to the Koko Crater Botanical Garden, a plethora of lovely plants residing in a volcanic crater. Wikipedia describes it like this: The Koko Crater Botanical Garden (60 acres) is a botanical garden located within the Koko Crater (Koko Head) on the eastern end of Oahu, Hawaii. It was given the dual title of the Charles M. Wills Cactus […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos, including a plant and many arthropods, come from regular contributor Tony Eales, who lives in Queensland. His notes are indented: I’m sending a grab bag of some interesting things I’ve photographed lately. When I was in Western Australia recently I found this beautiful sundew known as the Red-ink Sundew, Drosera erythrorhiza. I’m a big […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Be sure to send in your good wildlife photos, as I can always use more. Today’s batch is from regular contributor Joe Dickinson, whose notes and IDs are indented: Here are some photos from a recent trip over to Pinnacles National Park in central California.  Unfortunately, this time we did not see the condors for which […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Kiwi reader Keith sent a batch of photos which he’ll leave to you to identify. His notes are below: Here is a collection all taken with my cellphone, I’m going to leave them “silent”. I have no idea what some species are, while others speak for themselves. They’re all taken around or from my home […]