So, This is Craters of the Moon National Monument Preserve in Idaho where I camped for two nights.  This entire page is about CMNP.

Photographed on the Tree Molds Trail

Photographed on the Wilderness Trail

Also on the Wilderness Trail

Can you believe the several different examples of Lichen?  At least five or six, especially when you zoom in and look closely.  Also on the Wilderness Trail.

Amazing!  Same rock, just cropped closer.  I have never found this variety on any rock, ever.

What the inside of a Volcanic "Bomb" looks like.  Interesting to note the amount of air pockets inside.  It would be interesting to bust one apart in the lab to discover what type of air is captured in the pockets.

The abundant "Clarke's Nutcracker." on the Wilderness Trail.

Captured in several different poses.  These shots were on the "Wilderness" trail.

I patiently waited for a shot of this Woodpecker and after a half hour and 25 or so shots, this is the best one.  It was fun to listen to it peck away, the whole time.  Also taken at the same tree as the Nutcracker shown earlier.  Identification is difficult as I was far away.  My best guess is a Female Hairy Woodpecker.  Widely distributed in this area of Idaho.

Tree Molds from the "Lava Tree" forest that I hiked into.  according to the info signage, there were live tree's overtaken by molten Lava and then because the trees had lots of moisture, stopped the lava flow, then wrapping around the tree and solidifying because of the moisture cooling the lava and then igniting the tree leaving a hole where the tree used to be.


A giant cauldron, approximately 2000 years old or the very first century, just as we started our current calendar system, possibly witnessed by the resident Indians lucky enough to be far far away.

This moth was flitting around but impossible to photograph because of it's erratic behavior.  It finally landed on this dead stick sticking out from and part of a live Sage Brush.  This dead wood was a little bigger then a toothpick.  This is a Hemileuca nuttalli moth.  AKA Nuttalls Sheep Moth.  It is known to be active in the daytime as well.  Lucky for me as my camera works better during the day. ;=)

This moth is about the size of a fifty cent piece.  I love it's "Tigger" coloring (from Winnie the Pooh).

Then, I was amazed to discover, it's laying eggs!  Several times, the moth contorted it's abdomen to wrap around the twig and then deposit an egg.

Lots of eggs.  I didn't invert any of these photos.  They were all taken relative to a normal horizon.  In another words, the moth is upside down, not the photo.

and then done.

No camouflage here but moth's are usually nocturnal except for this species, so maybe color doesn't matter or it is just brave to fly during the day.

All photos taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii and a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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