January 23, 2017 7 Comments
We’ve had the most spectacular and glorious sunrises the past week here in Florida. What a way to start to day!
Nature Photography by Pam & Richard
September 29, 2016 7 Comments
The scenery on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is stunning! The Snaefellsjokull Glacier there dominates the landscape and was the entrance point for scientists in the Jules Verne classic “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Jokull in Icelandic means glacier.
One evening at midnight in June the sunset turned the mountain pink, while a strawberry moon rose over the ocean. The view from our beachfront cabin was magic! Making it even better was when three wild horses galloped by on the beach. Some people think the mountain has high magnetic energy. Belief is strong in the area that elves and hidden people live in the lava. Plans are currently underway to draw a map detailing the area’s enchanted and magical places: http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2016/06/06/belief_in_elves_very_strong_in_west_iceland/
Iceland is an amazing and must-see destination for any naturalist or photographer. Although it is now in our rear-view window as I plan our next adventure, I am sure we will visit again someday. I have prepared a custom Google map of places of interest to us in Iceland: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=1skvfqsNlWpCilCOaJc2tjreDGnc Although we didn’t manage to see everything due to time or weather constraints, we did manage to see a majority of places. Feel free to ask any questions you may have if you are planning your own trip. I put together an Iceland travel guidebook illustrated with our best pictures here (PDF – click twice): Iceland Travel Guide
August 19, 2016 Leave a comment
We’ve had the most beautiful sights in the sky both day and night this week. One morning at sunrise we woke up to tall tropical clouds that seemed to glow from within. One cloud even had a rainbow in it. After midnight last night we watched a spectacular rocket blastoff. A Delta 4 rocket successfully launched two satellites into orbit at 12:52 am. Our 30 second photograph’s unusual effect is the result of light fog and a full moon. High humidity made the roar of blastoff over 60 miles away quite loud and long. Since light travels faster than sound, we saw the liftoff before we heard it.
May 12, 2016 15 Comments
Last weekend we did a nest check of our two purple martin gourd racks. So far we have a total of 11 nests containing 49 babies and eggs! There are also 4 more early nests that may or may not progress on to eggs within the next 2 weeks. One nest contained a baby that wriggled out of its egg as we watched. The baby even opened its mouth to be fed while it was still partially in the shell! The birds seem to have their own individual nest styles. Some martin parents gather lots of leaves, some add hard red bark to the nest, and others simply lay eggs on the cedar chips provided as a base. Each nest usually contains 3-6 eggs. Love this time of year! If you would like to host your own purple martins, more info is at: https://www.purplemartin.org/education/75/getting-started/.