5.21.2008

A short reprieve from herpetofauna...

It may at times appear that I seem to be exclusively fixated on amphibians and reptiles. While this may not be completely false, it is not altogether true. I do pay attention to, and photograph, many other types of organisms. Many of these are nice to look at, and are worth sharing with you.


Great-horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in defensive posture just out of the nest.


Early instar katydid (family Tettigoniidae) on spiderwort (Tradescantia sp).


Southeastern Spinyleg (Dromogomphus armatus)


Just a hole in a tree?


Actually a great location for a Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) nest.


White top Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia leucophylla) flower with crab spider (family Thomisidae) waiting to ambush any unsuspecting pollinators.



This Large-mouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) and Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) represent the unexpected things I happen upon while out herping at night.


This Barred Owl (Strix varia) seemed almost curious about us. It stayed near and watched us for about 20 minutes.

5 comments:

Joseph said...

Looks like all that 'possum trapin at big oaks did ya well!

ben said...

The Great Horned Owl picture was awesome! Did you watch him for a while? Were there others nearby?

dennispaulson said...

Hi, Kelly.

I'm writing a guide to eastern dragonflies and damselflies, and I'm in the stage of looking for photos. I have the great majority of the 800+ photos I'll be using, but I'm doing internet searches for the ones I don't have yet. I found your photo of a male Southeastern Spinyleg (Dromogomphus armatus), and it is a beauty. I wonder if I might use it for my book. I don't have a photo budget, but I can promise you a copy of the book when it's published.

Thanks, and I hope to hear from you.

By the way, I have been a student of herpetology most of my adult life, and I grew up in southern Florida, so I just love your comments and photos of all the herps.

Dennis Paulson

Dennis Paulson said...

Hi, Kelly.

I'm writing a guide to eastern dragonflies and damselflies, and I'm in the stage of looking for photos. I have the great majority of the 800+ photos I'll be using, but I'm doing internet searches for the ones I don't have yet. I found your photo of a male Southeastern Spinyleg (Dromogomphus armatus), and it is a beauty. I wonder if I might use it for my book. I don't have a photo budget, but I can promise you a copy of the book when it's published.

Thanks, and I hope to hear from you.

By the way, I have been a student of herpetology most of my adult life, and I grew up in southern Florida, so I just love your comments and photos of all the herps.

Dennis Paulson

Dennis Paulson said...

Kelly, I don't seem to have the hang of this yet. Google doesn't seem to be letting me open an account, which I thought I needed. I also thought my e-mail address would accompany my comment, but I'm not sure of that now. Sorry for the confusion.

dennispaulson@comcast.net