My Road

Big boy – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Lest anyone think otherwise, this bad boy owns the road when he gets on it. And – you guessed it – this is from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where the bison frequently take to the road and get really irritated by stupid touron drivers really quickly. I think Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the entire US – certainly in my Top 10 list and probably in my Top 5 list. To me, a visit there always gives me a fresh shot in the arm of all things related to the American West – wood bison, gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, badgers, elk, deer, geysers, mountains, fumaroles, glass mountains (obsidian), stupendous waterfalls, amazing canyons, on and on.

We always go when it’s best to avoid crowds, so we generally aren’t impacted by buffalo-jams and the like. Sometimes we even have the place pretty much to ourselves, which is just a matter of knowing where to go and when to do so.

Photo info:
American wood bison (Bison bison athabascae)
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
May 2021
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Come a Little Closer

Crab spider (Thomisidae) — Poolesville, Maryland

Spring is not only the time for blooms, but also for critters of all sizes — including spiders. Now I’m not a spider guy… if they get on me, it’s every man for himself — as I wildly flail about and go berserk, trying to get it off of me. However, I’m selective about the spiders that I react to; for instance, I love jumping spiders and always go out of my way to treat them well. The same applies to wolf spiders, the bigger the better. And I also treat crab spiders nicely, because they’re just so cool looking.

For this particular image, I had previously planted some Grandpa Ott Morning Glory seeds, which grew like crazy and produced some of the most intensely purple blooms that you can imagine. I loved those blooms so much that I’d go out each and every morning before work to see the latest additions, and was stunned to see this yellow crab spider all crouched down and ready to spring on some unsuspecting prey.

I have to wonder, though… Did the spider not realize just how visible it was to birds that like to eat spiders?

Nevertheless, I was able to take many shots of it, and this one is my favorite of the bunch.

Image info:
Crab spider (Thomisidae) on a morning glory blossom
Poolesville, Maryland
August 2004
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam