Nome Fuel Crisis Update: View the Activity on the Ice
After some difficulties approaching Nome, it looks like fuel will be delivered to the city today from the tanker via hoses along the ice. The U.S. Coast Guard is keeping … Continue reading
Nome’s (not) Burning.
Because apparently it’s running out of gas and oil. I’m lucky to have been to the great state of Alaska twice, and both times have been to the city of … Continue reading
Reindeer and Caribou and Christmastime
This day has got me thinking about reindeer and caribou, and which is which. While toads and frogs have differentiating characteristics and behaviors, and are definitely quite different animals in … Continue reading
Castellow Hammock Continued
Way back in October, I posted about a great walk I took through the Miami-Dade County Park of Castellow Hammock. It was great in no small part due to the … Continue reading
Octopus Picture – Underwater Photo – National Geographic Photo of the Day
I WISH this was my photo. It’s just such a perfect image of one of my favorite animals, I had to share it. A octopus in its octopus’s garden. … Continue reading
Camera as Telescope — Jupiter’s Moons!
Just a quick post today. I’ve been into photographing the moon for a few years when it appears in an interesting way, like as a blue moon (the 2nd full … Continue reading
The Forest Provides — Orange Marmalade?
I found this beautiful orange jelly fungus in the shade under some Silk Floss trees. There were about five “piles” of them. It’s hard to capture them in a photo; … Continue reading
Found: The Big, Bad Manchineel Tree
I found it! In my earlier Post on the poisonous Manchineel tree, I had yet to find the specimen supposedly growing at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. I returned on October … Continue reading
Ah the Fecundity! A Fungus Walk through Castellow Hammock
This post has been long in the making. Not the text, which isn’t very involved, but the photos. Saturday, October 15, 2011 was an overcast day after many days of … Continue reading
And with that, I leave you with a Cuban Tree Frog
I couldn’t resist posting today, even briefly, and especially to show this cute little Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) I discovered sleeping between the water-filled leaves of a bromeliad. It … Continue reading
Digger Bee Squatters’ Rights
You know the nozzle sprayers that go on the end of your garden hose? I have one unused in my yard, just sitting on a shelf between some plants. I … Continue reading
Painted Buntings, Nature’s Paint Palette, Return for the Winter
The Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) is unarguably the most colorful bird I could hope to see in my neighborhood in South Florida. We’ve got all kinds of parrots and other … Continue reading
Clathrus Crispus, the latticed stinkhorn
I like photo opportunities best when they seem to be presented to me, rather than preplanned or set up. It’s a serendipitous gift from nature in my eyes, providing a … Continue reading
The Greenhouse Frog
Frogs and amphibians in general are our environmental “canary in a coal mine.” Because they have porous skin, and need to return eventually to water to avoid dessication, they absorb … Continue reading
Seeking: Killer Trees and Forbidden Fruit
There are poisonous trees in the world, but one is so poisonous, it’s said if you fall asleep under it, you will sleep forever. It’s called the Manchineel tree, Hippomane … Continue reading
Amanita muscaria, or do mushrooms have quadruped envy?
In late July, I was lucky enough to be in Colorado’s Clear Creek County area, at a dude ranch with my family. One option, not for the faint of heart … Continue reading