Saturday, January 10, 2009

Camera Critter Meme #40

Last week, I presented my favorite images from 2007.

This week, it is 2008.

While going through my images from last year, I actually had a hard time deciding which I would pull for this post. I'm not patting myself on the back (well...maybe I am a little), but I finally got a some shots I like for one reason or another. Some of you may have already seen a few of these shots, but favorites are just that.

So, with as much fanfare as your imagination can conceive, here are Ashrunner's favorites from 2008.

Early one spring day, I walked the trails of the Dry Canyon in Redmond, Oregon and came across a family of Yellow-bellied Marmot, or Rockchucks as they are known locally. As I approached, the young ones disappeared into their holes. When I finally got into position, I chucked a stone out off in the distance and the two youngsters popped their heads up and I got this image.

Fireman's Pond is another spot in Redmond, Oregon I enjoy shootings. Once in a while, it proves worthwhile when I see a large bird. Often, it is Ospreys fishing the pond. However, a Great Blue Heron also shows up now and then. I like this particular image simply because of the birds pose. It may be facing away from me, but I like it.

One morning, a friend of mine and I decided we would go to Tumalo Falls, located west of Bend, Oregon near the Cascade Mountains. After seeing the falls (Tumalo and several other Oregon waterfalls I have visited, can be seen here), we were heading towards the parking lot, when I spotted this Lorquin's Admiral land nearby. At the time, I had been trying to get a photo of this butterfly for several years and here was my best chance yet. The butterfly turned out to be a good model and I finally filled a checkmark under this species.

After shooting the butterfly above, I was giddy with joy. I was able to shoot a butterfly I stalked for several years. But little did I know what was waiting for me at the parking lot. After my friend and I had walked down to the river and quenched our thirst in the cold, running waters, I was looking around, admiring the view, when a butterfly I was unable to identify flew by. I watched it land on the branch of a pine and as I approached, it moved off and out of sight. I was upset as that butterfly was gorgeous and something I had not seen before. Glad I was able to get the admiral photo above, I headed towards the car. Just as I was putting my camera inside, another of the butterfly I had just seen and lost my chance at, flew by and landed across the road from me. I grabbed my camera, darted across the road (to the consternation of an incoming visitor) and after scanning the area I thought the lepidoptera landed in, found this Pale Swallowtail posing perfectly in the sunlight.

The next two shots appear so similar, that one might think they are of the same critter. But careful examination will show the one below is a White-tailed Robber Fly. I found this bug along the eastern fence line of the airport in Redmond, Oregon.

A couple of days later, I was at the same spot near the airport when saw the Robber Fly below on a similar stalk, in a similar pose as the one above. Although they object the two are on, looks the same in each photo, and the bugs also look the same, they are both different weeds, and different, though the bugs are probably closely related.

Contrary to the belief of a certain someone who runs this meme, I didn't post this image because of the purple flower...though I remember thinking when I shot this photo that she would most certainly like it. I shot this photo because the Bumble Bee crawling up inside it to get to the pollen cracked me up. It still does. 8v)

Finally, those of you who regularly follow my Camera Critter posts know that last year, I became a huge fan of the local reptile population. I absolutely love shooting them. The poses they provide and their looks make any photo look great. This Western Fence Lizard, also known locally as the Blue-bellied Lizard, made a striking sight when I saw it, and and even more striking image after I shot it.

I have many more photos I would consider good shots, and some even better than these. However, these are my favorites for one reason or another. I do hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I enjoyed shooting the photos.

If you liked my critter photos, head to Misty Dawn's Camera Critter page and check out some of the other entries. And if you have the time, join in on the fun!

20 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for sharing your CC world and the information about the critters. Every time I take part in this meme I learn something new. Most of the times I am even astonished about the animals on the photos I took in Australia. As I know their names I can always look up the necessary information, in this way learning more about the critter. this time I have my favourite bird: the swan and I am too lazy to write more about it.

June said...

Great gets all. It's tough to capture these moments and fun when you do!

Grammy said...

I love all the photos. The lizard has the look on his face of yea I know I am cute. lol
Have a great week!

i beati said...

I can see why you had trouble - They are splendid.I won't say it again. I say it every week. Design a nature calendar or book..sk

theArthurClan said...

I can see why you like these so much! My 10-year-old son is sitting next to me and he LOVES your last picture ~ "so cool" in his own words. :)

~Angie
www.thearthurclanphotos.blogspot.com

Dianne said...

I LOVE the heron! he seems to be greeting you :)

splummer said...

Hi!
Awesome Photos!!! I wish I had a good camera to shoot some wildlife around here. But, alas I don't. Have a great week-end!

Sherrie

Jedediah said...

The robber fly photos are awesome, but I like them all.

Mimi said...

You have a lot of pics to be proud of from 2008. I bet 2009 will be even better!

Karen said...

Great shots.

I really like the second one and the last one. Thewy are all good, though!

Misty Dawn said...

*sigh* You already know which ones are my favorites. OK, OK ALL of them are my favorites, but you know of a few in particular which hold a special memory or place in my heart ;-) Heck, I'll even have a Bear... I mean Ashrunner original hangin' on my wall at home and on my desk at work, because I loved it so much (and cuz I'm spoiled).

I'm with Sandy - calendars or books... or a sort of 'brochure-type book' ;-) just sayin!

Amanda said...

Love the Pale Swallow Tail they are one of my faves!

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

You really do have some terrific images here... the White-tailed robber fly is fantastic!! I am ini awe of this bug!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

BABOOSHKA said...

A wonderful catch all series. I've a fondnesss for the great blue, a bird I'd love to get.

Alice said...

I can see why these photos are some of your favorites. They are truly very beautiful.

Reba said...

Whoof!! Good piktures. This dog hasn't seen most of these kinda critters, but we do have marmots around here and I chased some one time when I was a pup. Bark!

LadyBanana said...

Lovely selection of photos there...

Carolina said...

Beautiful shots! And they make me feel all warm (it is freezing over here!). Thank you!

floreta said...

i love the shots especially the first one! do you go out on excursions specifically for photography?

Regina Marie said...

That white-tailed Robber fly is neat..so is the reptile-