Monday in Nature June 20, 2016

Discussion in 'Nature' started by lgw, Jun 20, 2016.

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    Greetings,
    Grab your coffee and lets go for a ride in the way back machine. We don't need to go far, only to the late 20th century. You won't look out of place in your clothes and those of you familiar with film will be right at home. In the year long salute to U.S. national parks, lets visit one of the grandest, and the first. Let's go to Yellowstone.
    But what year to visit? We all want to see grand vistas in a pristine condition. Regardless of the season, the place captures the imagination.. Everything about it seems to exist on a grand scale. Big vistas, big animals, a rich history, long roads to get there, and often huge crowds once we arrive. We've saved for a long time to be in this place. People travel from around the globe to experience the wonders here. Has anyone ever been disappointed?
    Let's set the way back machine to 1988. That year the park changed and all that anyone could see would be altered. Nature ran it's course and had its way in the conifer forests of the Rocky Mountains. 1988 was a year of fire in Yellowstone and much of the park went up in flames. It started in June, involved natural and man made fires, and didn't end until September with rain and snow.
    It wasn't just one fire, but many that eventually joined together. Conditions were ripe and winds drove the fire through the landscape. In the end, 1.2 million acres burned in the region. Of that, 793,880 acres burned in the park, about 36% of the total acreage, according to the park service. The following year record numbers of visitors returned, and brought their cameras. The scientists came to study and watch as nature went about the business of renewal in an ever changing landscape where fire is necessary.
    Jump forward a few years to 1994. I wasn't much of a photographer, but I had a cool job as the field cook for a university ecology class in Yellowstone. For a week I drove my truck/ chuck wagon around the park and met up with the class. Otherwise, my trusty Nikon EM was a good companion, even thought I didn't know much about using it. The opener this week is a different view of Yellowstone, a view of charred woodlands and patches of green. The image is 8 scanned color film negatives stitched together, but otherwise untouched. Yes, I stood there and thought "this will work, snap, snap, snap". A bigger version is here.
    On this solstice lets celebrate the changes that nature brings about, in it's own way, on its own terms, at it's own pace. Happy Monday in Nature.
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  2. Not so dramatic, but still restoration. Most of our woodlands are in a very poor state, notably due to overgrazing, so they have poor regeneration and little good understorey. We're lucky in having a small wood very near our house with a sustained history of no grazing - so it's in good condition, there is abundant regeneration, and it supports wonderful ferns....like this Dryopteris
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  3. Roadrunner was in my backyard a few days ago.
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  4. Tesel backlit by the early morning sunlight.
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  5. Edwin's lovely photo of anti-crepuscular rays from last week inspired me to dig up this image from a few years back, of the only time I have ever seen this phenomenon. I had my tripod set up facing east waiting for the sunrise when I turned around to catch this view. The tripod and I did a 180 degree rotation and this is the photo I got. The effect was short lived and was gone before I finished my coffee.
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  6. Here's another National Park: huckleberry at dawn in Acadia National Park. BTW, ANP is celebrating 100 years this year. Woo-hoo!
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  7. Gordon - very dramatic! I've never seen the rays so prominent. I love it!
    Yet another example of why one should always look both east and west at sunset.
     
  8. The oceans are certainly always changing.
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  9. Laura - great foresight in 1994 and very nice panorama of Yellowstone. I would be very interested in seeing a repeat panorama from the same location shot today. Any plans for a Yellowstone vacation in the near future?
     
  10. Cool job, indeed! Nice panorama, Laura.

    My photo this week is the wetlands restoration site I've been visiting since 1997. Have I mentioned what a weird place it is?
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  11. female Black-backed Woodpecker, Sierra County California
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  12. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Snowy egret (Egretta thula)
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  13. Wayback is good this week, since I've been busy. I'll only go a little back to last year and present a little spider from Costa Rica.
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  14. This is Yellowstone in 1962. That's a Moose on the little island on the Yellowstone river.
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  15. Edwin,
    I always want to return to Yellowstone. I've only been there twice. I'd love to return to that location with more appropriate gear and better skills for the task. Unfortunately, I don't know just where this was taken. If anyone familiar with the park recognizes the profile, I'd love to hear. I have distinct recollection of taking photos in an area with a "Scorched Earth" sign. These negatives are next in line on the strips. That is apparently between Mammoth and Tower, so it might be near there.
     
  16. A beetle in the early morning.
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  17. And here's a bee in the late morning - I'm very happy to see them around.
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  18. Alpine Avens from the Austrian/Italian border. I finally got around (2 years late) to tentatively identifying (at least to the genus) everything from that trip - anyone is welcome to offer any corrections!
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  19. Hi,
    mine is not a 'historical picture' albeit an old one (in terms of digital photography).
    Hope you'll like it anyway. Regards, Miha.
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  20. In my brief visit some ten years ago, I was delightfully in awe of Yellowstone's vast, colorful landscape of unique natural phenomena. I tried some panorama as well as limited scopes of abstract designs from the enormity. Here is a snippet of the Mammoth Hot Springs.
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  21. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I have been to Yellowstone only twice also, first when I was in college and then in 1993 with my wife. I recall that back in 1988, my sister in law took her then 13-year-old daughter to Yellowstone, and they saw some of the fire. By 1994, signs of the big fire from a few years earlier were still very visible, e.g. large charred areas.
    It probably looks different now. Hopefully I'll get to return with a digital camera some day.
     
  22. Yellowstone is one place I never tire of, and to which my wife and I flee as frequently as possible. I find myself ever drawn into the vignettes of extremophile life, as in this image of a hot spring outflow.
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  23. Wildflowers in Kings Canyon N.P.
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  24. Sunrise last week here in Milwaukee
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  25. From an outing a week or so ago, this guy was kind enough to pose for me.
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  26. Intend to rip to Jellowstone later this year. Went there in '81 and it was -40F and the chill factor -80F...I was on the way to E. Coast. Decided to slide through to Bozeman and appx month later I returned. Subsequently, went back in 1998, This time I'll stay longer. Eventually I'll find the slides from '81.
    I've tried to scan this slide....first time it was a complete mega failure. The slide projector was pulsating light (yuck), so I went to plan B. This this could be improved upon as well.
    Les
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  27. Big White-tail Buck In Velvet
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  28. Great images this week. I am posting bit late though. These are New Zealand Ganets.
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  29. Second image
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  30. Ebony jewelwing damselfly. This is a male based on the lack of white spots on the wings. Christopher, I believe your photo is a girl not a guy.
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  31. Bomber beefly aka Heterostylum robustum sipping a drink from wet sand at the shoreline of Big Bear Lake -
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  32. [​IMG]Coconuts in Grenada (Caribbean) - sony point and shoot.
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  33. stemked

    stemked Moderator

    Douglas Herr,
    That's quite a find! What a lovely rare woodpecker to get a nice image of.
     
  34. From last year
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  35. Nilantha, welcome to MiN. The gannets are lovely birds. Unlike other weekly threads, we only post one image here. Don't worry about the day, you're not too late at all. You'll find you are in good company with many bird photographers and images each week.
     
  36. Fuji X-T10, 18-55 mm
     
  37. @ Andrew Gosden, thanks for the ID both to gender and suborder!
     
  38. Kemal Riza, welcome to MiN. We love flowers, and your post is lovely.
     

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