Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Columbus NY: Cow in Tin Ceiling Tiles

...on the lawn at Golden Artist Colors artists' residency farm.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cedar Waxwings at Adirondack Museum

This female tried unsuccessfully for a long time to remove the string. The male watched nearby.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Loon at Stillwater

We've observed that there are no loon chicks this year on Stillwater.

The water level was unseasonably low during nest building and egg laying in early June and then it rained long and hard, bringing the level far above usual, destroying nests and their eggs, we think.

By then it was too late to start again.

As is is, in a normal season it takes all summer and well into the fall for new loons to develop strength and ability enough to fly out to the sea, and they are the last to leave, weeks after their parents.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Damselfly of Extraordinary Color

CharacteristicDragonflyDamselfly
Eyesmost have eyes that touch, or nearly touch, at the top of the headeyes are clearly separated, usually appearing to each side of the head
Bodyusually stockyusually long and slender
Wing Shapedissimilar wing pairs, with hind wings broader at the baseall wings similar in shape
Position at Restwings held open, horizontally or downwardswings held closed, usually over abdomen
Discal Celldivided into trianglesundivided, quadrilateral
Male Appendagespair of superior anal appendages, single inferior appendagetwo pairs of anal appendages
Female Appendagesmost have vestigial ovipositorsfunctional ovipositors
Larvaebreathe through rectal tracheal gills; stocky bodiesbreathe through caudal gills; slender bodies