February 11, 2017 Leave a comment
This spectacular oak tree was photographed at the Malabar Scrub Sanctuary in Florida. An entire community of organisms make their home on this tree.
Nature Photography by Pam & Richard
January 31, 2017 11 Comments
Recently we visited the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida (http://morikami.org/). The gardens, named “Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew”, are meant to complement the museum. It is a beautiful place to visit!
November 11, 2016 6 Comments
Beautyberries are one of Florida’s best native plants. This shrub attracts both birds and butterflies, and the purple color of the berries in Fall is spectacular! Although the berries are not tasty straight off the bush, they do make a wonderful jelly or sauce (recipe is at: http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/what-to-eat/time-to-make-authentic-florida-beautyberry-jelly/).
September 12, 2016 Leave a comment
In Iceland there are vast areas of pillow-like moss covering the black lava landscape. This unique moss is rare outside Iceland and extremely fragile. It grows less than an inch per year, so you must never step on it. Walking on it would be hazardous anyway, because the moss covers up lava with unseen crevices and jagged edges.
Wildflower peak is in June and July. Many of the flowers are tiny and grow close to the ground in response to the arctic climate. Fields of lupines in early summer are spectacular!
September 3, 2016 2 Comments
Iceland is filled with gorgeous waterfalls – the variety and beauty are amazing! Our favorite waterfall is Seljalandsfoss (on the south coast). You can walk behind its curtain of water. Another favorite nearby is Skogafoss. A short stroll there leads up to the base of this mighty waterfall. The most powerful waterfall of all is Gullfoss (along Reykjavik’s Golden Circle Tour). This waterfall generates more power than Niagara and features a double tier of falls. Many other beautiful waterfalls can be seen by simply driving around the Icelandic countryside.
May 15, 2016 Leave a comment
When we visited Los Angeles, California, last summer we toured the Getty Center and Gardens. The $1.3 billion Center opened in 1997 and sits on a hilltop overlooking the Los Angeles basin. Featured on campus are the Getty Art Museum, outdoor sculptures and fountains, the Central Garden, and the Getty Research Institute. Buildings are covered in white Italian travertine that comes from the same quarry used to build the Roman Coliseum (look for fossilized plants, marine life, and crystallized bubbles in the stone). The architecture is stunning. On a clear day the view extends from the mountains to the sea. Indoor spaces emphasize the use of natural light. Masterpiece paintings on display include those by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas.
The ever-changing Central Garden is so exquisitely planned down to the last detail that it is registered as a piece of art in the Getty collection. Even the way the soil is tilled is part of the master plan created by artist and designer Robert Irwin. A fun television show called “California’s Gold” by Huell Howser features details and interviews about the garden: https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2008/01/13/getty-garden-californias-gold-10006/
The Getty Center was an all day excursion that far exceeded our expectations – it is a very impressive and amazing place to walk around. It is a monument to both nature and culture. And besides the parking fee, the Center is free! Don’t miss this gem in Los Angeles. More info is at: http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/
February 20, 2016 11 Comments
One of our favorite activities at Catalina Island was visiting the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden. The idea for the 37-acre garden came from chewing gum magnate William Wrigley’s wife Ada in 1935. She wanted to showcase a Desert Plant Collection. Many of the original cacti and succulents still thrive in the garden today. New plantings are focused on those unique to the Channel Islands – many are extremely rare or endangered.
The Wrigley Memorial contains beautiful examples of locally made Catalina tile. The memorial sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific. Wrigley’s greatest legacy was his vision to protect most of Catalina Island in its natural state for future generations to enjoy. Over 88% of the island remains undeveloped and is under management by the Catalina Island Conservancy. More info is at: www.catalinaconservancy.org/index.php?s=visit&p=Wrigley_memorial_and_botanic_garden