Some cool american photo images:
Image by Len Blumin
One of 3 similar Vanessa genus butterflies that we see in California, the American Lady alone shows a white spot in the first orange rectangle on the front wing. The hind wing has four black spots, 2 of which have blue centers. Painted Lady and West Coast Lady lack the white spot in the orange rectangle. Painted Lady has 4 black spots on hind wing, without blue centers. The 4 black spots on the hind wing of the West Coast Lady all have blue centers. See Bob Stewart's "Common Butterflies of California" for further information.
Photo digi-scoped while watching the shorebirds at Ellis Creek on Christmas Day.
American Black Duck - Washington DC National Zoo
Image by Glyn Lowe Photoworks
American Black Duck - Anas rubripes
Smithsonian Institution - Washington DC National Zoo.
The National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian includes 18 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoo. The words "National Zoo" represent a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: demonstrate leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability. The National Zoo is far more than a place where people can see wild animals. We are a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C. Open to the public 364 days a year, we are home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. The Zoo is one of Washington's and the Smithsonian's most popular tourist destinations. We welcome up to two million visitors—from the local community, the country, and the rest of the world—every year, free of charge.