Alex Wild is curating "Best of 2012" science and nature shots on Scientific American. I was reminded, again, by BugGeek, who posted her collection. Beautiful shots; I've seen them all before, and will review them again tomorrow. Not tonight, because it's hard to blog when you're green with envy.
I looked over my photos, picking out the favourites, not to submit, but just as a year-end summary. And there were too many! I cut them down to just critters; still too many, and I kept remembering more. But I've finally trimmed the list down to a dozen favourite critters, not without difficulty.
Here's the collection: Critters only:
|Ant nest uncovered, with the adults rushing to drag the larvae down the holes, out of sight.|
|Aphid in a moss forest|
|Caterpillar in morning sunlight|
|Garden snail, feeding on glass.|
|Grainy hand hermit, in human hand|
|I had trouble choosing my favourite of all the spiders. I have to smile at this fat mama, who does NOT like lime and pepper chips.|
|Life's an adventure. Hermit crab in aquarium.|
|Lazy moth in jar lid and morning sunshine.|
|Spider #2 Long-jawed orb weaver, on hosta leaf.|
|This was an exciting find; a molting ghost shrimp.|
|Ok, I give up; I can't choose just one or two spiders! Spider # 3, Ozyptila, the spider-eater's spider eater.|
|Spider #4, Mother toting her eggs.|
|Would have been #12, if I hadn't snuck a couple of extra spiders in there. Plume moth on outside wall.|
And tomorrow is 2013! I never thought we'd get here. May it be a good year, the best year so far, for all of us!