April 28, 2018
From Instagram: pkwanpiOf course there’s a #newtcrossing — this is #berkeley after all! In Tilden Regional Park
Oakland side of San Francisco Bay has a stunning string of parks from the water’s edge, following abandoned rail lines, through parks in the city, wending and winding up into the mountains into real wilderness. It’s impressive, decades later, to remember the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors touring these sites as they were being redeveloped from abandoned industrial sites, real brownfield recovery — and see what a grand complex it is now.
And there, one may find a newt crossing one’s path. Watch out for the newts!
April 25, 2018
Moving ice on Utah Lake, from a drone movie by Bill Church, screen capture.
Where does the great @BillChurchPhoto post his photos? (Update: On Instagram, and sales at BillChurchPhoto.com.) His work around Utah Lake, and Utah, is spectacular (and I hope people buy his images so he’s making money off of the great art he’s captured).
Here is a photo of plain old Utah Lake, in February. Church makes it look beautiful and exciting, instead of just cold and muddy.
Not sure I can embed this movie any other way:
- See also, “Utah Lake in the cold”
- “Piano on Utah Lake,” Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, October 17, 2013
- “Oil in Mt. Timpanogos,” MFB, February 19, 2016
- “Utah’s Mt. Timpanogos, no PhotoShop needed,” a Craig Clyde photo, MFB, November 16, 2012
Tip of the old scrub brush to Utah State Parks on Twitter.
January 10, 2017
Sandia Peak on a frosty evening, from Mark Boslough
Living with a mountain provides myriad moments that cannot quite be captured on film, but must be filed away in memory to produce a smile at some future moment.
But, sometimes a camera can come close.
That last bit of sunlight at the top of the mountain, on a cold day, giving hope, or assurance, before it is snuffed out for a time by the rotation of the Earth.
The mountain will be there tomorrow. The Sun will return. The moment won’t be the same.
November 18, 2016
Is this a pipevine swallowtail? This one is tapping the bat-faced cuphea; the pipevine under the holly is undisturbed.
A parade of butterflies this year! A lot of monarchs, in contrast to the past three years; we’ve had some Gulf fritillaries, and various sulfurs. The penta seems to be a major stopping point for hairstreaks and other small butterflies.
We’ve had a few tiger swallowtails.
And this one pictured above. it seems to have the spots of a pipevine swallowtail, but there are no swallowtails!
Did they wear off in migrating?
Are we misidentifying it?
Pipevine swallowtail (?) from the underside, still on the cuphea. Can we erase the question mark? Sunlight emphasizes the blue on the underwing. Photos copyright by Ed Darrell, Creative Commons. Please use, with attribution.
October 20, 2016
Cousin Amanda Holland sends snapshots from her science work.
“Evening drive along Kolob Reservoir Road, west end of Zion NP.” Photo by Amanda Holland; used with some permission, all rights reserved
Scientists in the field find beauty denied the casual visitor or even serious tourist — which is one of the great attractions of a science job, in the field.
Another view of why we love the American West, why we love the mountains, why we love the deserts.
August 26, 2015
Photo from the poet and muse of the National Parks and wild places, Terry Tempest Williams (at least, she posted it on Instagram).
Don’t you love the way the Tetons just peak over the fence?
U.S. National Park System just celebrated 99 years. Williams works on a book for the centennial in 2016.
Wouldn’t it be fun to do 100 parks in the 100th year? Anybody up for funding me to join them?
June 23, 2015
You really should be following Maria Popova’s Tweets, and Brainpicker.
There you’ll learn of this marvelous book:
Look at some of the photos. Wow.
Pollet’s view of the lowly ocotillo:
“Ocotillo tree, a shrub-like plant found in the Southeast United States”
Does one need to have a background in botany to think tree bark is interesting, and even beautiful?
Ms. Popova said Cedric Pollet traveled the world to find these great subjects to photograph. One could do well trying to duplicate his tour.
What trees in your yard have outstanding bark? Where are your photographs?
“Mindanoan gum (or rainbow eucalyptus) found in the Philippines, where the bark is used as a traditional remedy against fatigue”
How often do we see the forest, but miss the details of the trees?