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 Crossing Road
Crayfish Crossing Road

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 use their antennae to feel their way and to detect danger, and they will stop at nothing to reach their destination..

Gear Used:

  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


I was sitting on the road while hand-holding my camera and lens to photograph this Crayfish

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: August 20, 2020 (07:02:53 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/180 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 2500
  • White Balance – Auto
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.33 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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