So Catherine and I are enjoying a stay deep down south in Langley. We are about 200 m from the US border, and are house, dog, cat, and mouse sitting here for Sofi and her partner Brian. The animals, being motile, homeostatic organisms, are quite easy to care for. The plants, during this ridiculous heatwave and drought, are suffering, even with daily watering!
Anyway, this is our home and family until Saturday, and we plan to make the most of it!
Callie, the dog, is one of our companions during our county sojourn.
Misto the cat looking elegant. What you can’t see is his special butt-hair trim that will spare us the pleasure of cleaning his rump daily.
Oreo the cat, an escape artist, has successfully broken out 3 times during our residency. We used a camera to document her route, and sealed her in for good.
In the back 40 are some rabbits, deer, and coyotes. Here is a baby bunny that lives near the woodshed.
Familiar faces are to be found here too: there are lots of cellar spiders!
Here is a common house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) with a great brood of eggsacs.
Out on my morning walk with Callie I found this gorgeous Misumena vatia (goldenrod crab spider) with a big catch.
Here is some more successful predation, this time an Enoplognatha ovata with a crane fly.
There are a bunch of Rufous Hummingbirds here, many of them brood of this year.
Again, out for a morning walk with Callie, I shot this gorgeous Tibellus oblongus (a type of running crab spider) with an egg sac! I really took a lot of pics of this beauty, so let me know what you think!
Mixing in dawn light is one of my favorite techniques at the moment.
Against blue sky, because why not?
A Meet your Neighbours style shot.
Probably my favourite, this one against the hazy dawn sky (there are forest fires nearby!)
This one is shot with the YongNuo 35 mm with a Raynox DCR250.
Another with the 100 mm.
To round out this post, here is another crab spider, this time a male of Misumena vatia, with spider prey. I believe the spider is a sac spider (Clubionidae).