Natural History Photographs


After three days full of geysers, hot springs and impressive landscapes, everyone but me wanted to stay home for a day. So I let myself be dropped of at Targhee Pass, at the border of Idaho and Montana. Here I explored a woodland trail for plants such as the Rattlesnake plantain orchid; but the continuous bombardment of images about what to do in case of a bear attack made me slightly nervous in the silent forest. Hence after a while I looked for more open space where I found a variety of butterflies and flies. At the end of the 19th I found a bleeding Aspen tree, a true butterfly magnet. When I came back on the 22nd, the tree had lost nothing about its attractiveness, with three mourning cloaks, various species of comma butterflies and the California tortoiseshell all competing for access to the fermenting juices.
Pterospora andromedea
Authority:Nuttall, 1818
English:woodland pinedrops, Albany beechdrops, giant bird's nest
Goodyera oblongifolia
Authority:Rafinesque, 1833
English:western rattlesnake plantain
Agoseris aurantiaca
Authority:(Hook.) Greene, 1891
Synonyms:Troximon aurantiacum Hook. 1833
Madia glomerata
Authority:Hook. 1834
English:Mountain Tarweed
Limenitis weidemeyerii
Authority:Edwards, 1861
English:Weidemeyer's admiral butterfly




Butterflies on bleeding Aspen
Vanessa atalanta
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1758)
Nederlands:atalanta
English:Red Admiral
Deutsch:Admiral
Norsk:Admiral
Svenska:Amiral
Français:Vulcain
Español:atalanta
Nymphalis antiopa
Authority:(Linnaeus, 1758)
Nederlands:rouwmantel
English:Camberwell Beauty, mourning cloak
Deutsch:Trauermantel
Norsk:Sørgekåpe
Svenska:Sorgmantel
Français:Morio
Español:antiopa