Sneaking in for the end of #aractober we have this photo of a female Jorō Spider. This is by far the most prominent spider I’ve encountered in Japan, only narrowly avoiding their webs on several occasions. This spider features prominently in the folklore of Japan, inspiring the legend of the Jorōgumo, a shapeshifting spider that would lure male victim by taking the form of a beautiful woman.
Just like the underdogs in district 5, when these geese were challenged by a tough opponent (raptor flyby), they banded together to cut air resistance for the entire group.
I really like the detail in this Cowbird portrait shot. You can even see the small individual rimal feathers surrounding the eye.
Went on a successful hunt for a Sage Thrasher on Nighthawk Road and the roadsides were full of these striking purple flowers. Because of their thin grass like leaves these lilies seems to come from nowhere.
Recently, Sara and I headed down south to the land of the pines. While we were staring down the road, we picked out this bouquet of flowers, which led us to this momma of a flower longhorn.
Thanks to Bruce Tilden for the ID!
This species is also known as Skyrocket due to the trumpet shape with back curved petal lobes. It really was a highlight of the afternoon when we came across it blooming on a recent trip to the interior.
I really like the contrast in this shot between the air and the water. The parts of the duck below the water look darker, bigger and slightly misaligned with the parts above the water. All of these differences can be explained by the bending of light as it transitions from water to air (a.k.a. refraction).
This week’s photo shows you that in the insect world, not even aerial predators are safe from other aerial predators. Watch your sixes!
Unlike the Mute Swans of Stanley Park, which have had their wings clipped, the resident mute swans are truly feral and hence countable in a bird watching sense. This swan was being exceptionally cooperative swimming right up to the dike near the viewing tower whereas they are usually sighted far away at the southeastern end of Katzie Marsh.