Trees holding onto each other! I love this capture.
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
Taken during the March 6th Snowstorm on Decatur Island
The bird above and below are the same one.
The bird above and below are the same one.
AFTER THE STORM
The number of wingbeats per second has been recorded between 52–62.
Remember that during hot weather, sugar water ferments rapidly to produce toxic alcohol.
For its body size, the Rufous Hummingbird makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any bird in the world. Traveling from Mexico to Alaska they travel around 3,900 miles.
Below is from an earlier shoot, before the Rufous hummingbirds arrived.
I've always done my best thinking on walks and hikes. Nature has a way of cleansing
the gunk that builds up in my head. It's the perfect "delete and reset" button out there.
"For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree." ~ Herman Hesse
“Trees are metaphorical. Their magic is that they bring beauty,
comfort, and peace to the land. They celebrate life itself.”
~ Brent M. Jones
Forests are magical places. It feels like an art museum without borders where the best artifacts exist and the most creative art forms are displayed. There's aging wood, long since alive that has delicious textures and comes with bends, knots, scars and twists that match the best of human sculptors.
I believe trees communicate with each other and maybe that's, in part, where I feel the magic. There's a deep sense of working together, of cooperation and even symbiosis out there. Forests are home to so many life forms. It's an incredible, inclusive place. I love that. Forests don't tell you you're not welcome because of silly things like the color of your skin, or because of who you love or where you come from. You don't have to believe in gods, or one specific god or even any god, to be welcome. Nature equally welcomes all creatures without judgement.
For more photography of all things wood see Beach Wood.
I spotted this mom and baby moose just before 7 a.m. this morning. I shot through some thick fog. It's been a wet summer so far.
No one was on the walking trail today. Maybe it was because you had to wade through a stream get to it. I had wool boots on that dry out while I hike without feeling cold.
I saw a mommy bear and three cubs near my cabin this evening. My dog alerted me to the 3rd cub in the forest who was separated from mom and the other two cubs after they all had crossed the dirt road and headed toward the little creek. We were in my Jeep when I was able to get this photo. This little one was calling out to his mom. It was my first time to see baby bears in the wild!
The cub looks larger in the photo than in real life. Typically cubs are born in January. Based on that, it would make these cubs about 6 months old. At one year, they will be the size of a Golden Retriever. These little ones were about the size of a fluffy, medium sized dog.
Earlier in the day, I watched a raven and prairie dog have some sort of encounter. The raven eventually flew off and the prairie dog stood up in his hole and then fell over and didn't move again. Toward evening, I was photographing this fox and I caught the moment when she spotted the prairie dog. She pounced so fast and had the little guy in her mouth before I could click a photo. I caught her running off with him. She dropped him at one point right before having to crawl under a fence and took a few seconds break before picking him back up and continuing on.