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Jul 28th, 2012 05:45 PM
Kitsa the web one is great, even if it is blurry.
Jul 27th, 2012 11:10 PM
Aaarg i take it back there are a few more

Jul 27th, 2012 10:44 PM
Aaarg If I knew it would turn out that well, I would have taken more trying to get better ones. I just took that one and a shitty one of the web. There was another one that was eating and I tried to get a picture of that but it didn't turn out.

These guys are hard to photograph because they're almost always on the underside of large rocks and rock faces, in dark places with awkward angles. Today there was several on the side of a rock face, in the sun and everything. And the lichen on the rock just happened to be light, too.

I may have to go back with a slightly better camera (also to show my girlfriend because she's silly and likes things like this). I'll have to ask her if they do that often.

This is the last picture I tried to take of them. I was trying, that time, too. sux

Jul 27th, 2012 09:32 PM
Fathom Zero AWESOME
Jul 27th, 2012 09:31 PM
Kitsa Very cool.
Jul 27th, 2012 07:57 PM
not as big as it looks, but lampshade spiders are cool.
Jul 24th, 2012 03:34 PM
Aaarg Here are my shitty pics again!

This is where I went today, Table Rock in NC.

Jul 24th, 2012 03:31 PM
Aaarg Oh yeah! Here are some nice quality photos of animals. I didn't take any of these, though I caught some of the animals (the salamanders).

Plethodon metcalfi, gray-cheeked salamander.

Can't remember the scientific name, but this is a spring salamander. The one with an Ocoee in his mouth in an earlier picture.

Blarina brevicauda, northern short-tailed shrew. These guys are venomous (cool!) and stinky (less cool!)

Napaeozapus insignis, woodland jumping mouse. CUTE.

Here's a turtle burying her eggs in a dirt parking lot.

Some kind of two-lined salamander. All I know for sure is that he's adorable.

And speaking of adorable, Ochrotomys nuttalli, golden mouse.

Jun 30th, 2012 12:47 AM
Zhukov Awesome photos. What a great waterfall.
Jun 27th, 2012 12:48 AM
granite city. fun place.

a peromyscus manculatus, greasy from peanut butter and staggering from torpor.

whitewater falls, complete with dead hemlocks.


plethodon metcalfi, the southern gray-cheeked salamander.

a spring salamander, eating an ocoee. the ocoee got away in the bag.

it did not get away in the container.
Jun 23rd, 2012 01:13 PM
Kitsa Rosy maple moth

Not my favorite saturniid, but a beauty.
Jun 23rd, 2012 11:09 AM
these are apparently very common.
Jun 22nd, 2012 02:14 PM
Kitsa I know it's some sort of defense mechanism, maybe to camouflage as a branch. That's about all I know. It just always looks startling.
Jun 21st, 2012 11:02 PM
Jun 21st, 2012 10:39 PM
Kitsa http://http://www.herpetologynotes.s...ges079-081.pdf
Jun 21st, 2012 03:50 PM
Aaarg Damn it, I was hoping you could help me!

It was bigger than any ringneck I've seen but it had a partial ring (not really but KIND OF see here: http://klimp.dk/glown/snaik2.jpg ) and definitely more wrinkly-kinky-weird. Also any black rat snake I've seen that small has been juvenile and those tend to have very different markings.

Apparently rat snakes, as a whole, have a tendency to kink up like that when nervous, but this is the first time I've ever seen it. Also, if you touched this snake, he would smooth out and look like a normal snake (still curved!) before winding himself back up into that kinky thing.


PS don't do a google search for "kinky snake"
Jun 21st, 2012 02:44 PM
Kitsa Wtf with that snake?
Jun 21st, 2012 01:10 PM
Aaarg It's a grey fox. They can climb trees!

Also, you can swim in it... if you don't mind snapping turtles!

Speaking of which, a snapping turtle buried its eggs on the edge of a dirt parking lot on campus this morning. The professor got some pictures/video, and I'll try to get them from him.

Here's more of the "lake" (pond!), where i stay most nights to watch bats fly around above the surface.

I should have included something as a size reference. This is big, but not HUUUUUGE.

This is literally right across a small dirt parking lot from where I sleep. I can walk here in less than a minute, walking slowly.

Jun 21st, 2012 08:49 AM
Zhukov That looks like a dingo.

Not really.

Also, your first picture is AWESOME. Can you go swimming in there?
Jun 21st, 2012 12:24 AM
Aaarg i feel weird posting a picture that i didn't take without giving credit, but to be fair the camera owner didn't take it either since it was on a motion sensor so whatever.

the point is... FUCKING CUTE

(also pretty big so spoiler tag)
Jun 18th, 2012 12:03 AM
Aaarg this is where i am for 2 weeks


Jun 11th, 2012 05:56 PM
Fathom Zero

glad you didn't die

But I got mad stung when I was a kid living in Germany. I had to go home from school and get taken to the doctor because of it, even though I'm not allergic to anything. It was really bad - whole face bad.
Jun 11th, 2012 12:57 PM
Kitsa I have a bad nature story.

I'm allergic to honeybees, right

I had to take a picture of an outdoor sculpture for something. Got a ride there, sculpture's out in the middle of a field. I am totally not thinking, have jeans and sandals on, leave my purse (with epi-pen) in the car and just go out with the camera, la la la la la.

I get out about 30 feet before I notice movement out of the corner of my eye. I look down and realize that I am standing in a field of clover, and on that clover are more honeybees than I've ever seen in my life. There is honestly a bee on every single fucking flower. So I freeze in my tracks, thinking "oh shit".

It takes me a full half hour to retreat 30 feet through a series of dumbassed tai-chi-looking moves. I had to balance on one foot and wait for the next place I could step down. It was sheer dumb luck that I didn't get stung on the way in, but I thought for sure I would get stung on the way out. I was trying not to hyperventilate because the CO2 would've riled the bees, and I knew if something happened to me I'd fall over onto a carpet of bees.

I finally got back to the parking lot, but I was in the middle of a full-on panic attack at that point. All I could see was bees. I got my picture, but for the next 50 miles or so I was paranoid that bees had flown up my pantleg and just hadn't stung me yet.

Had nightmares about it that night. I fucking hate bees and I fucking hate not being able to breathe and I fucking hate having to use that epi pen.
Jun 1st, 2012 08:35 AM
Kitsa Yeah, it's a toy car that washed up on the beach. I sort of liked the illusion.
May 31st, 2012 09:37 AM
Zhukov Who knew dead things on the beach could be so interesting?

Also... can't tell if that is a toy car off-roading at low tide, or not... it's weirding me out with my perception of things.
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