Taking Pictures of Bluebells — Susan Rushton

Photographing bluebells presents several problems: they dance on their stems in a gentle breeze; they often grow in dappled shade which is magical on the eye but blinding to the camera; their blue appears a bit insignificant from further away; and they are usually a very different colour to how they appear. The first two […]

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L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France — Travels Through My Lens

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a lovely town in Provence with antique shops and a lively and bustling street market where you will find a wide variety of local items. The canals that branch off of the Sorgue River add to the beauty of this town. I have been there only twice and each time just for an […]

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House Finch, Singing On Ocotillo — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Here’s yet another in my series of images depicting local desert species perching on blooming Ocotillos. No species is more often seen in our community than is the House Finch. House Finches are among the most […]

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Neon blue flash gives way to rotting stench as red tide sweeps California coast — KTLA

As if to celebrate the reopening of Southern California beaches, the Pacific Ocean threw a party, complete with a light show. Then it left behind a smelly mess of dying algae. The microorganisms produce stunning bioluminescence that has illuminated the surf up and down the coast for several weeks. Red tides occur when they reproduce en…

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Singing in the Rain — Roads End Naturalist

I’m happy again I’m singin’ and dancing in the rain I’m dancing and singin’ in the rain ~Lyrics from Singing in the Rain by Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown I will admit to not quite feeling that happy to wake up to the downpour this morning, but somebody did. At least, they seemed happy […]

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Lace monitor lizard in a tree — Birds in Sydney

I was walking along, my gaze in the treetops as usual, looking and listening for birds. I heard a frantic scurrying on the path ahead of me, and was just in time to see a lace monitor lizard scramble onto a tree. The lizard hid for a while at the base of the tree, observing […]

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Monday Mourning — nature has no boss

With snow still lingering in scattered spots and the landscape just deciding it’s O.K. to turn green butterflies are starting to spring up and brighten the day. One of the first is the beautiful Mourning Cloak which can always be found hanging out up at butterfly hill.

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He Hears Music in the Quietest Place on Earth—Can You? | National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase — SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY BLOG

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has spent the past 35 years recording natural soundscapes. His work has taken him around the world and into some of the least densely populated places. Good for soothing jangled nerves. Headphones will enhance. This is an installment of the National Geographic Short Film showcase. If no film or link appears […]

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Nick Sider: Artist with an affinity for big cats creates hyperrealistic paintings that stretch “beyond what a photograph could capture” — Life & Soul Magazine

Canadian artist Nick Sider has been fascinated by big cats since he was a child and his meticulous attention to detail in depicting the cat family on canvas is certainly something else. The self-taught artist, now based in New York, has become known for his hyperrealistic paintings that “extend beyond what a photograph could ever […]

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