Monday in Nature Weekly Photo May 11, 2015

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    Salutations,
    Before sunrise darkness prevails. Dark outside, dark trail to the out buildings. Moon shadows seem to only create shades of darkness. The coffee is dark. It's not gloomy darkness. On a hot summer morning it can be a pleasant backdrop to the noisy forest. It's the domain of other creatures.
    We want light. Even before the sun breaks the horizon light slowly fills the sky, and color follows. We live in a world of color that is ever changing. It's easy to take for granted. It's all around. We teach children about color early in life. Isn't that what M&Ms are for? We see a color that almost defies description, yet we always find ways to describe it. Ferrari, fire engine, or whorehouse red. Robin's egg, ice, or cobalt blue. Peacock, forest, and emerald green. Granite gray is covered by white as snow. Sometimes Cokin magenta is desirable. I think sea foam green only exists in a can of paint. Have you ever seen green sea foam? The world may look good through rose colored glasses, but it looks better with a good neutral density filter.
    The Redbud Tree (Cercis canadensis) graces the under story and forest edge in eastern North America. It's branches are covered with these beautiful small flowers. It is a welcome sight on any day. Bring on some color for Monday in Nature.
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  2. The colors of Spring.
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  3. Lots of red.
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  4. I found a Yellow-Rumped Warbler at Pedernales Falls SP in central Texas.
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  5. kts

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    our local eagle couple are rearing two eaglets this spring
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  6. Barrel cactus in Death Valley National Park. Despite the fact that Death Valley is mostly a desert, there are few cacti in the park except at high elevations, due to the extremely harsh conditions during the summer. The elevation at the location of this cactus is approximately 4,000 ft. I am hardly a cactus expert, but, according to the web site cactiguide.com the cactus is probably Echinocactus polycephalus, a type of barrel cactus.
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  7. Now I don't do animals, but walking in woods with the dog recently we met a her of feral goats. I wanted the horn tips clear of tree boles, but this was the nearest I got.
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  8. A ball python has come to live with me for a few weeks. For this picture, I taped a section of the skin he'd shed to a window and used the sun as a light source. --Sally
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  9. Some color I was able to enjoy on Saturday while on a break from volunteering duties at a local fundraising tag sale
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  10. Sally, that's cool.
     
  11. Thanks, Laura. --Sally
     
  12. I'd been planning on and off to go check out Afton Canyon near Baker, CA for over a year now. Yesterday I finally made it there and found these quarter sized "go-bug-nators" hopping in and out puddles of Mojave River water.
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  13. Common Loon shows a serendipitous splash of colour from the reflected falling drops of water.
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  14. Wow that's a beautiful catch and detail Rick! Prismatic color sparkle for a very B&W-centric subject :)
     
  15. This northern Ontarion gets a little excited when I see something in bloom at this time of year. We're in Kelowna BC today and we came across this beautiful horse chestnut.
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  16. [​IMG]Great shots as usual. I have encountered loons in the Fall but I have been unable to get anything this good. They are great underwater swimmers and they usual resurface at a good distance from their entry point.
    Mine was taken on Eagle beach in Aruba which is a fabulous stretch of white sand with warm waters.
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  17. An acmon blue in the late afternoon light.
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  18. Talking about colours here is a shot of some Green Alkanet (pentaglottis sempervirens) this week. As can be seen the flower itself is blue, but the roots were used to give a red dye and the derivation of the name Alkanet is from spanish/arabic meaning henna. Confusing, eh?
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  19. White Magnolia
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  20. From my parents garden;
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  21. Not all that colourful. Freshly hatched salamander nymphs 4mm long.
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  22. Also lacking in color, but I did use a few colorful words to describe my camera's autofocus system every so often.
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  23. Great shots, everyone! I got up early to try and get some dew drops on the overgrown grasses and weeds along the fence line of our back yard. I was focusing on these grass seeds when I noticed a preying mantis hanging off a strand in the background.
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  24. Some spring colors here I'm torn between the pond abstract and one of my frogs, both alive with wonderful colors.
    Ooops I never resized those, so Mother Goose is it for today! Enjoy spring from central NJ.
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  25. Laura, love your Redbud image and the essay.
    Gordon B., the salamander nymphs are spectacular!
    This columbine flower is how it looks today.
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  26. Tiny Turtle yesterday.
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  27. David L, welcome to MiN. Looks like that turtle has its eye on you.
     
  28. Some interesting spring stuff that drew my attention. I really don’t know what the pant it is, but I guess there are many folks on this forum having adequate knowledge in biology. Please help me to identify this plant.
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  29. Roman, that is Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus). They are cool plants. You can read more here. You have photographed the flower parts. Nice.
     
  30. Hello. Actually did a little photography this weekend.
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  31. Thanks Laura. Yes, those sprouts appear quite early in spring, even before all snow is gone. They usually grow on wet land and sometimes it’s hard to approach them without special gear. I’ve seen them quite a lot but it was first time when I looked that close inside. Thanks for your expertise.
     

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