I really gotta get the Hokey Pokey out of my head and my photo subjects need to stop doing it.
These giant forest ants are pretty interesting critters. First, they are about an inch long, which is a darn large ant. Second, they have a number of ways to make a foe uncomfortable, including a strong bite, a poison gland, and can also spray acid!
And they fight to the death with any bordering colonies which often have massive losses on both sides, and the fight ritualistically within the colony at particular "arenas."
They are nocturnal, which is why I was able to spot this one at night in the rainforest. There is a nice little blog post on these guys that sums up their ecology in spiffy fashion, so if you want to learn a little bit more try ECOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS IN SINGAPORE
The Washington and Old Dominion trail is a former train line that is now a hiking/biking trail. Most of the parts I have been on are paved, and it sees a lot of traffic. To learn more about this trail visit: http://www.wodfriends.org/trail.html
Today I had little time, but just to get out I hiked about two miles on the trail.
This is a cool caterpillar, from Sarawak, Borneo (Malaysia), but I don't have an ID on it..
Hilary Clinton has been in the news a lot lately, and while I am not a political person it seems reasonable for me to post two pictures of her with a group of kids while she was in Oslo back in June of 2012. She was the US Secretary of State at the time.
I was one of the photographers at her stop at the US ambassador's residence. And while she was oh so professional and smart and on topic during her public comments, she was just laughing and really enjoying meeting a bunch of children ahead of all that. This was unscripted stuff and she seemed to have a really good time.
Her visit was important, and she covered a lot of key issues while in Norway, but I found her to be fun with the kids and that does make her worthy of a blog post outside of my usual stuff.
This building is on the outskirts of Oslo.
A snail that seems cave adapted
The pedestrian bridge over the train tracks was not exactly on the loop around the lake. But seemed like a nice side bit if I was going to see as much of the park as possible during a loop trip.
So back to the trail...
And thus I end the photos from Accotink Park. As always, I hope you enjoyed my walk as much as I did.
And to finish, I include yet another great blue heron photo, which I started this bit with, and have said I wouldn't be posting more of...
My last post ended with a fish crow, and I will start this post with a fish crow. Here is a...
But let's put up a couple bits where they go...
This pic was taken from a walking bridge over the tracks.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist