Dakota's Nature Photos

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Largemouth Bass

I'm not exaggerating when I say I've been fishing for this bass for 3 years. Our favorite camping destination is near a freshwater spring which runs down toward the river, creating a really great environment for these fish with lots of vegetation and very few good spots to get a line in the water. I've caught a few small bass in these waters, but nothing more than 12 inches or so in length.

Every time I went there, however, I would usually see something like this swim by at least once. I would be so determined to catch it that I'd get up at the crack of dawn and trek toward the water, only to be disappointed when it completely ignored everything I threw at it. The spring eventually became so overtaken with seaweed that the only thing you could get in the water was a topwater frog, which proved to be very effective in landing me this 5.25 lb., 20.75 in. largemouth.

Name that Critter! *Win a Prize*

Just for fun, I've decided to give the first three people who can correctly identify the species pictured above a free digital download of any one of my photographs. Just submit your answer as a comment and I'll contact you via email or by commenting on your blog if you're a winner (make sure your email is displayed on your profile if you don't have a blog)! And to make things a bit harder for those who know their zoology, if you're able to correctly identify what the animal is resting on I'll throw in a 2nd photo as well. Go!

Disclaimer: Any photos received by you as a result of this contest will remain copyrighted by their current owner. You may print the photo for personal use, but may not otherwise distribute it or upload it to the Internet. By entering this contest you are agreeing to these terms.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Harmless? Really?

Wikipedia claims this spider is harmless to humans, but I certainly wouldn't want to find something like this crawling in my hair. It's definitely a neat spider, though, and one that I've been hoping to photograph for a long time.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two of Hearts

Sorry it's been so long since I've uploaded any photos. Now that I've found a job it's suddenly much more difficult to maintain two websites, not to mention the fact that photography has been pretty slow lately. We still have at least one more camping trip planned this year so hopefully I'll get enough shots then to keep things going for a while!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011