On the Appalachian Trail near West Cornwall, Connecticut. We visit this beaver pond often and it’s surrounded by trees* so when the sky is right the reflections are great.
*Beavers choose waterways to dam that have a ready supply of food (tree bark) and building materials (branches) nearby. It’s absolutely amazing how much they can change a landscape in such a short amount of time, building lodges, dams, and food supplies so that generations can live in one place, continuously improving it.
Flickr member Liping Yang is getting some amazing images out of his Canon Powershot S100 camera. He’s an excellent photographer and he’s making great use of this and other small point and shoot camera models.
This eight minute video is absolutely stunning and very much like Japan itself: nuanced, quiet, detailed and full of small details you’ll pick up if you watch it more than once. Watching this video makes you feel like you’re in Japan.
Note the map, red dot, place name, and time of day changing in the lower right.
Zoom it out, turn up the sound, it’s not loud but it’s important to the effect of being there.
Clarence Fahnestock State Park, New York. We’re working on the section of the Appalachian Trail from the Hudson River to the Connecticut border. This is a particularly nice section with numerous beaver ponds, lodges, and dams which lead to trees being immersed in water which lead to great reflections like these.
This is a wonderful time-lapse by Anthony and Christine Powell of the offloading of a supply ship at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Worth watching full screen. Amazing logistics in a very harsh environment.
Pond Mountain, Kent, Connecticut. Anne, Dave and I took a short walk around the pond and Pond Mountain (a Nature Conservancy property) and this large gray birch with peeling bark was crying out to be photographed from below.
Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. The Japanese Garden is a little gem, right next to a water reclamation (sewage treatment) plant, it’s a beautifully designed and maintained traditional Japanese garden right in the middle of Los Angeles. We’ve visited this garden many times but today there were more birds than ever.
These are coots which not only make some wonderful sounds, they have amazing feet, sort of a hybrid of talons and webbed duck feet.
My mother in the wheelchair thought they might attack but they just marched past us heading for a lawn they like to graze on.
This is the “money shot” on the coot feet, they’re from another planet. Check them out here.
Here we can see what those talons are for: they’re pecking and scratching around for (worms?) on land but they also eat seaweed in the water. Amazing little birds.
This Black-Crowned night heron was sitting there motionless and we almost missed him as we crossed this bridge. We stood here for ten minutes hoping he’d find a fish to catch but he only shifted his feet and butt around and never looked up at us. This is a big bird, at least 18″ long. There are also a few great blue herons at the garden.
We saw one large great egret and many smaller Snowy egrets like this one fishing across the waterway from the night heron.
This is extremely well done: the cinematography, music, editing are all top notch. I’m not much into watching expert skateboarding but this video is so well produced it was more than worthily anyway. Zoom it out, turn it up.
West Cornwall, Connecticut. We returned to the Pine Swamp Beaver Pond and there’s a lot of new beaver activity there. This tree/sky reflection was shot in the outflow from the third dam downstream of the main beaver pond. There are at least five dams downstream of the lodge and probably as many as five upstream. Beavers are the most amazing and productive animals.