WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Oakland Audubon Society offers free, fun filled trips for birders of all ages. They are enriching family-friendly events where participants often encounter the unexpected. As expected, my hike with their “young birders” last Saturday morning at 2,454-acre Indian Springs Metropark was no exception. Thirty-six species of birds, including five different […]
Milan’s Porta Nuova district is fast-gaining a reputation for innovation, sustainable living and plantlife it appears. Not only is the area home to the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) botanical-themed residential tower blocks, it also recently welcomed the opening of the Biblioteca degli Alberi (Library of Trees). Sitting at the foot of the Bosco Verticale, Biblioteca […]
F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 100. California Sea Lion What did E.T.’s mother say to him when he got home? Where on Earth have you been? Interesting Fact: The sea lion’s ancient ancestors, like those of whales and dolphins, lived on land. The modern animal is well adapted to an aquatic environment, with its streamlined body and […]
The Payette River, with the Boise River and Weiser River, are the river systems that drain the westerly side of the Idaho Batholith in central Idaho. Like its more famous cousin, the Salmon River and its various forks, the Payette has carved deeply into the Batholith. Unlike its sister streams, in many stretches of the […]
F/7.1, 1/200, ISO 400. Northern Flicker What do you call a Happy Cowboy? A Jolly Rancher Interesting Fact: Northern Flickers don’t act like typical woodpeckers. They mainly forage on the ground, sometimes among sparrows and blackbirds. When flushed, flickers often perch erect on thin horizontal branches rather than hitching up or around a tree trunk. Flickers […]
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I am blessed and thankful to be surrounded by nature every day. My drive to and from town includes a long stretch along one country road. The turtle pond – long called this because of the abundance of turtles one can see sunning themselves on warm spring, summer and early Fall days, is also home to a myriad of other wildlife including beaver, frogs, otters, mink, ducks, the occasional goose and great blue heron, insects, and on rare occasions, deer.
To some it’s just a pond, but to me, it’s an amazing oasis to be admired and appreciated every day.
We’re now into the early days of summer and everywhere you look around the Parry Sound area, roadsides, ditches and meadows are filled with a beautiful collage of wildflowers. Pollinators are busy collecting nectar, songbirds are singing the joys of warm days and new life, and the living is indeed easy, and a feast for the eyes!
Hearing the Chickadees calling in the trees above our heads we expected to look up and see either a black-capped or mountain chickadee as we had seen them earlier this day. However to our surprise we we greeted by this little Chestnut-Backed Chickadee looking down at us and hunting insects just above our heads. The […]