Freshwater

It’s been so hot, I haven’t been out and about as much as I should be. So let’s plunge our hands into the water of the past…

Backyard and Beyond

Perithemis teneraI was enjoying the life above the Duckweed (Lemnaceae) recently, marveling that I’ve never seen so many Eastern Amberwings (Perithemis tenera).Pachydiplax longipennisThere were also a few Blue Dashers (Pachydiplax longipennis), making more Blue Dashers.A damselfly of unknown provenance was depositing eggs.

And then, along the edge of the lake, some disturbance from below. There was an agitated simmering, not quite bubbling. I wondered what it might be. Then, rising, a mass of little black fish, tightly clumped together at the surface, swarming over each other, some half out of the water momentarily. They were feasting on something. fish The individual fish visible on the edges of this mass had serious whiskers, barbels, making me think of some kind of catfish. What the hell, I took the plunge.fishI’m taking a semi-wild guess that these are Black Bullheads (Ameiurus melas); what do you…

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1 Response to “Freshwater”


  1. 1 Ellen July 19, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Your archives are excellent. Don’t mind at all if its a blast from your past. Beautiful photos of one of my favorite creatures – dragonflies. Not the black fish. But nothing against black fish.


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