Time for a chronological romp through my favorite photos of the year. The first shots come from a trip I took with my Dad up to Kawartha Highlands, Ontario.
This was the view from right near the rustic cabin we stayed in.
A stop along our paddle.
Prairie milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)
I took a vacation to Mexico where I meet up with friends Diego and Mariana who were kind enough to show me around their beautiful country.
We visited Las Pozas, a surrealist art project build into the rainforest.
We paddled up a river, well the guides paddled up the river, to this stunning waterfall named Cascada Tamul.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was our boat ride through a mangrove.
Sunset on the way back to Mexico City.
Yucca in Mexico City
I attended a Bugshot macro photography workshop in Belize! It was absolutely incredible and my photography skills improved greatly. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the trip, lots more posted on my flickr account.
Barnes’ metalmark (Detritivora barnesi)
Tigerwing (Mechanitis polymnia)
Looks like a cross between a wasp and a mantis but it’s neither. It’s a mantispid.
Potato leaf beetle (Leptinotarsa undecemlineata)
Leaf mimicking katydid
Metallic leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae), possibly Colapsis sanjoseana
Late addition: A pleasing fungus beetle (Family Erotylidae). I think this might be my favorite shot of the year.
Rough woodlouse (Porcellio scaber), I wrote lots more about this here.
Bark louse in the order Psocodea that I found on a leaf on a sidewalk in Toronto.
Dekay’s brownsnake (Storeria dekayi)
Gills of a fungus I found on a dead elm tree, the species is Hypsizygus ulmarius.
Canada thistle gall fly (Urophora cardui), more on this here.
I took a trip to Arizona over the holidays to visit my Mom and Brother.
My brother found this fly in the dog’s water dish :)
Teddy-bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) glowing in the sun
Late day light from my Mom’s place in the high desert, Chino Valley AZ.
Granite Basin Lake with Granite Mountain in the background, near Prescott AZ.
Grass head. This species is very common in the high desert but only some of them make this perfect circle.
Bear grass sunset
A convincing leaf mimicking katydid (possibly Microcentrum rhombifolium) I found in a wash in Phoenix.
Yes, Shamrock gets her own category.
Took this photo just in time, on new years eve. Gosh she’s cute.
Merry new years y’all.