This is a chronological romp through some of my favorite photos from the year with a little bit of narration as to what I’ve been up to. If you like what you see follow me on this blog or on twitter and flickr.
During a lab retreat in Algonquin Park we found these amazing insects that walk around on the snow! Quite an astonishing feat for a cold-blooded animal, more info here.
Spanish moss hanging from live oaks at Sapelo Island, Georgia, where I attended a BugShot photography workshop, more about the trip here. Some of my faves from the trip:
This is a Zoroptera, a rare order of insects with only 39 species. A great post about this species here.
Twin-spot skipper (Oligoria maculata).
Back in Ontario I got to work finishing up my thesis and applying for postdoc positions.
I still took time to get some insect photos though, here is a thistle bud weevil (Larinus planus) that my roommate brought to me. This individual had a very predictable behavior of walking up to the highest point, looking around and then flying off which made getting this shot possible, although it still required lots of persistence and patience.
The day after turning in my thesis I headed down to South Carolina to work in the field on the project I am currently working on as a postdoc. Some shots from South Carolina:
An unidentified juvenile jumping spider. This photo was one of my first serious attempts at photo stacking, this is actually a composite of 11 photos all merged together which gives greater depth of field to the image.
Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) which escaped a bird attack, see the beak shaped hole in the right wing?
Leafhopper (Oncometopia sp.) from South Carolina. This is a stack of 13 images.
I headed back to Ontario where I successfully defended my PhD thesis, yaay! After that I went to a conference in Sacramento where I attended a field trip to Lake Tahoe (some pics here here here) and after that visited friends and family in Seattle and did nifty things like blueberry picking and playing a Horse Grinder show.
Back in Ontario: Walking through High Park in downtown Toronto with a friend I found a cicada just after emerging from the soil and watched it molt into its adult form. More photos here. Ant tending aphids in Mississauga, Ontario.
This is not a wasp.
In September I packed up and moved to East Lansing, Michigan, to start my new position at Michigan State University.
Lake Michigan shore. There were some wicked sand dunes nearby where I made a Horse Grinder music video.
Some beetles trying to hide from the cold winds along the lakeshore. Kinda like Abbey Road eh?
In November I took another trip down to South Carolina: This is one of our experimental plots which is a good example of the longleaf pine ecosystem.
Tiger beetle, stack of 11 photos.
Over the holidays I traveled to Arizona to visit family: Tonto Natural Bridge.
Estrella Mountains near Phoenix.
Desert adapted fern found near Prescott.
A young agave in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. I saw many more beautiful places in Arizona, like Watson Lake and Mogollon Rim.