A wildlife photographer recounts spotting a snail at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge and relates it to the Greek myth of snails signaling the harvest season.
These Fungus Gnat Larvae were crossing the Sandtown Trail I was walking at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
How I Got The Video: Fungus Gnat Larvae
I was walking the Sandtown Trail when I came across these Larvae. I decided to make a video with my iPhone instead of taking a photo.
This Vole, sometimes known as Field Mice, was on the side of the road where I was parked. This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
How I Got The Shot: Vole Or Field Mice
I was parked on the side of the auto tour road photographing a Northern Cardinal when I saw the Vole. I had to open my door and use it to support my camera and lens.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: June 4, 2021 (8:42 A. M.)
- Aperture: f11
- Shutter speed: 1/1250
- ISO: 800 (Auto)
- White Balance: Auto
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Metering Mode: Evaluative
- Back-button Focus
- Continuous Auto Focus
- Exposure Compensation: 0
- Focal Length: 800 mm
- Processed With Luminar
Have you ever seen a crayfish crossing the road? This small aquatic creature is not often seen making its way across land, but when it does, it can be a fascinating sight.
During the late summer, I will see Crayfish crossing the roads at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This one got into a fighting stance when I approached it. It also had one of its large pincher missing.
Crayfish, also known as crawfish or crawdads, are freshwater crustaceans that are found in streams, rivers, and ponds. They are usually content living in the water, but sometimes they need to venture out onto land to find a new home or to escape danger.
The journey across the road can be a dangerous one for crayfish. Cars, bicycles, and pedestrians can all pose a threat to their safety. To protect themselves, crayfish use their hard exoskeleton as armor and their sharp claws as weapons.
However, even with these defenses, the journey is not without its challenges. Crayfish are slow moving creatures, so they are vulnerable to being caught by predators such as birds, raccoons, and otters. They also need to be careful not to dry out as they move across the hot road.
Despite these obstacles, crayfish are determined creatures and will not let anything stand in the way of their goal. They [Read More…]
If you look closely, you can see that the Land Slug has two pairs of “feelers” or tentacles on their head. The upper pair is light sensing and has eye spots at the ends, while the lower pair provides the sense of smell.
Land slugs are a type of mollusk that lack a hard shell, unlike their relatives the snails. Instead, they have a soft, slimy body that helps them move through the environment and retain moisture. Land slugs are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, gardens, and fields, and are typically active at night, hiding in moist places during the day.
Slugs have a mouth with a radula, which is a rasping tongue-like organ that they use to feed on plant material, fungi, and sometimes small invertebrates. Some species of land slugs are hermaphrodites, meaning that they have both male and female reproductive organs, and can mate with any other individual of the same species.
Land slugs play important roles in the ecosystem by breaking down dead plant material and serving as a food source for a variety of animals, including birds, mammals, and reptiles. However, they can also be considered pests in gardens, where they can consume large amounts of plants.
Overall, land slugs are interesting and important organisms that are often overlooked but play significant roles in the natural world.
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