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
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.
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
January 28, 2016 8 Comments
In Florida we enjoy an outdoor lifestyle year round. Although it may get chilly from time to time when winter cold fronts blow through from the north, the weather usually warms back up to 70°F within a few days. That means we go outside and enjoy the beach, gardens, and wildlife.
Florida is home to over 500 species of birds, which makes it one of the top birdwatching destinations in the world. Our local birding and wildlife festival is the largest in the nation! Info about the festival is at: http://www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org/ Come on down and enjoy nature in the Sunshine State!
July 30, 2015 9 Comments
In summer in Florida, heat buildup during the day leads to afternoon thundershowers and clearing in the evening. We love hearing the chorus of frogs singing after the rain ends. Later we see frog eggs and then tadpoles in the pond. Florida has 33 species of frogs and toads. A list is at: http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/frogstoads/
Our favorite smiling frog picture of all time is at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/smiling-frog/
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).