September 14, 2015 5 Comments
Our sunset last night was spectacular! Here in Florida we get the best sunsets after stormy weather. Afterward the frogs were busy croaking all night.
Nature Photography by Pam & Richard
June 14, 2015 10 Comments
We always enjoying visiting Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert of California – it is one of our favorites!
The spiny Cholla Cactus Garden is a wonderful place to take a careful walk (no sandals or flip-flops allowed). We got extra lucky when we visited because a sun ring formed in the sky above us – amazing! More info on how sun halos form is at: http://earthsky.org/space/what-makes-a-halo-around-the-moon
Joshua trees are fun to see because they come in so many shapes and sizes as a result of the environment. They are a member of the lily family. The rocky landscape is quite scenic, and is criss-crossed by multiple earthquake faults. The San Andreas Fault forms the southern boundary of the park. More info about these faults is at: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/learn/nature/faults.htm More info about visiting Joshua Tree National Park is at: http://www.joshuatree.org/
May 23, 2015 4 Comments
Every time we visit Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, we always make time to see more of Ricardo Breceda’s metalwork creations at Galleta Meadows. He carefully considers the placement of each statue in the landscape for best effect. New “Sky Art” is constantly being added to the desert plain. A driving tour map is at: http://www.galletameadows.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=69. Previous posts about the sculptures are at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/?s=galleta
Flower blooms are usually best during an El nino year, because rain comes to the desert. The last epic flower bloom was in spring 1998.
December 28, 2014 12 Comments
Right now we see fields of pink “Florida Snow” when driving around town. These fields are composed of Large Flower Pusley, which is also known as Mexican Clover (species Richardia grandiflora). The honeybees are crazy for it, so never run barefoot through these flowers. We see bees sticking their heads far into the flower cups to drink the sweet nectar, and also collecting balls of white pollen. These flowers are a delightful treat in winter!
December 13, 2014 4 Comments
We had a spectacular sunrise here in Florida yesterday – the colors were amazing! The peak only lasted a few minutes. There were also “hole punch” clouds in the sky. They form when an airplane passes through a supercooled cloud layer. Since the cloud’s water droplets are chilled even more by passing over the wings, the droplets freeze into ice and fall out of the sky (thus leaving a hole if the plane punched through the cloud layer, or a trail/tunnel if it flew through it).
September 8, 2014 12 Comments
Iceland is one of the top places we have ever visited – we can’t wait to visit again someday! We were constantly surprised by the stunning natural beauty of this magical land. And the people are truly wonderful too – they have been voted the friendliest in the world. It was a great trip all around!
August 31, 2014 10 Comments
We visited Iceland the last 2 weeks of June, and the bird watching was incredible! Half of the world’s Atlantic puffins breed there in summer. One of the easiest ways to see puffins is take a short boat ride out of Reykjavik Harbor to a nesting colony offshore. Arctic terns are abundant along the coast. The 4 ounce birds have the longest annual migration of any animal. They travel from the north to south poles round trip every year – over 40,000 miles! Arctic terns live up to 34 years, so over a lifetime a bird has flown the equivalent of three trips to the moon and back! A website about arctic tern migration is at: http://www.arctictern.info/ Golden plovers are famous among Icelanders for heralding spring. Many bird sightings can be made simply in the course of driving around. This country is a must-do for bird watchers! A handy website on the most commonly seen Icelandic birds is at: http://www.iceland-nh.net/birds/background_birds.html