Was out splitting wood and found this little blue spotted salamander(ambystoma laterale), under some of the logs. I moved him to a safer location but just had to get a quick photo before he crawled into the rotted stump.
Scene: Bustling university campus, students going every which direction in route to their next academic appointment. A modest patch of milkweed stands tall at the side of a pathway. Zoom in. It's clear that it's the end of the season... Tattered milkweed, leaves are yellowing, seedpods burst with seeds and white fluff. Zoom in. Upon closer inspection of one of the seedpods, we witness what looks like a battle field.
Scattered clusters of milkweed aphid (Aphis nerii) cover the seedpod amid throws of shed gray exoskeletons and brown infected aphid mummies!! Everything looks rather calm at the moment.. but wait... In the upper right of the pod, a voracious aphid eater (Syrphidae) lurks among the debris.... It rears its head and plucks its victim up by its abdominal cuticle. The puffy orange aphid deflates. Satisfied, the fly larva hunkers back down, camouflaged with the gray debris, to digest and lay low until the next meal.
[Canon70D x 100mmMacro+extension tubes x paper diffused flash]
That incredible moment when you’re in #savasana and a #chipmunk decides to come check you out 🙏 I am so #grateful to be surrounded by The Source’s creatures during my time of #meditation . I was one with all living things at this moment. I am at peace with my place in this world 💜
American Coot, actually a closer relative to Sandhill Cranes than to ducks. In the water they appear to be ducks, but on land they're more like chickens. They are easily identified by their bright white bill.