a mostly WHITE skunk - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, but WHAT am I supposed to do about it? LOL!!! I think it's living under part of my house! I know it has a place in the balance of things here, but am worried about it being right under the house. Any suggestions? (see video at http://bit.ly/whiteSkunk, taken from my living room window.)
Perhaps my two cats had a polite conversation with the critter and it decided under my house was not the optimum location. I've not seen it again, but on occasion I catch a whiff of skunk musk in the barn. Nothing too strong, though, nor lingering. So the skunk has either found a way to co-exist, or has moved on. I felt so lucky to see it that day, and equally lucky that it did NOT take up permanent residence! Things like this just make life WONDERful!
We had a real wow not too long ago. Close to bizarre actually... Some type of spider, way over half a meter in size if you would stretch it out. Of course we went on an internet search to find out what it was... A whip spider it turned out. It actually walks on 6 legs, because the front two developed into sensory organs. It's not poisonous, but the thorns on it's huge arm like claws can grab and injure your fingers if you would try to touch it. One of the most strange creatures I ever saw showing up right next to our house!
This plant growing across the street from me recently exploded with balloons! Unbelievable that a plant can create a pressure-filled chamber. May have to sneak back over there and pop one to see what’s inside.
A few years ago I was doing some nature photography in an urban park, and came across an Australian spider wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor). The wasp had paralysed an enormous huntsman spider and I took photos as it dragged the spider 30m before I lost it. The wasp was on its way to a burrow where it would place the spider inside and lay its eggs on top. Lucky I had a long lens, because they are known to inflict enormous pain if they sting you!!
This isn't lately but as a teenager, I used to enjoy running trails near my parents house. I like to hike too but jogging the trails allowed me to see things in a different way. It's something that people who don't jog will ever see or understand. And it's incredible.
I don't have a picture of them but I was excited last night to discover that my "beaver pond" (I built it) already has water boatman beetles swimming around in it! The pond was dry over the entire summer and only filled up in the last week or so and already life is back in it. Just exciting to see!
Cultivate abundance for people, plants and wildlife - Growing with Nature
Sadly we didn't get a picture.
The wife and I were headed up a forest service road, when something large flashed by the passenger window.
It quickly crossed in front of the windshield and landed in a tree 50' off the road.
A HUGE, great horned owl, had caught a columbian ground squirrel ! Right next to the car! While we were driving! She landed on the branch and glared at us! With the large squirrel hanging limp from her mouth! By the time we got over our awe at this site, she flew off deeper into the trees! Then we realized we should have tried for a photo! I think the saying goes "shoulda, woulda , coulda"
Even without a photo we will remember that event forever !
All the different geckos with their amazing patterns, spots and colours, I saw i S E Asia, and then in Germany, the fire salamanders, black and bright yellow, coming out during rainy nights in the forest.
Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
I get a thrill whenever I see a plant (especially if it's young/tender) break throughconcrete! I guess it might be mostly city folk who curse this though, i.e. spoiling their patio and seeing it as an enemy/weed (just a plant in the wrong place!) to be destroyed!!
When I moved to this flat of mine, it had a front area that was just concrete (save for marked areas for rose bushes). I loved that red valerian (a garden escape) broke up this boring, grey man made stuff.....
It is necessary, therefore it is possible.
I have been amazed by the adaptability of wildlife to the urban environment.
A pair of peregrines has been frequenting the area near my office, hunting pigeons off the tops of the taller buildings.
Today on the elevated platform, I saw fluffy pigeon feathers floating through the air overhead. I thought the peregrines must be hunting. Sure enough, there on my building I saw them on each side of the fire escape. It is not a great picture. But there on the left is a falcon eating a pigeon, and on the right side its mate standing guard or waiting its turn.
Weeds are just plants with enough surplus will to live to withstand normal levels of gardening!--Alexandra Petri
Location: Zone 7b/8a Temperate Humid Subtropical, Eastern NC, US
I ran across an old photo. My kids are adulting now. But this picture still wows me in a special way, and this thread seemed as good as any to post it in.
I can't recall if I captioned this photo, or my daughter did as:
**Big things in life.**
When your son has recently turned 9 years old, and is the size of most 12 or 13 year olds, and your 16-year-old daughter takes this picture to celebrate the joy and awe of visiting great trees together as a family--how many big things in life is that?
I have no picture but instead a SOUND. I was planting out starts in the garden today and heard a strange and really loud gnawing sound, as if my dog were gnawing on a bone. It didn`t change as I got closer to it, which was odd. I saw some sawdust on the ground and found a carpenter bee making a hole in an old stake from last year! This insect was making a much better hole than I could drill with my hand for sure. I'm hoping it was the same male golden carpenter bee I saw earlier this week. They are great pollinators when my passionfruit are in season.
I saw 2 pumas crossing the road right in front of me when driving home. It was about 500 meters before reaching our land. They ran and jumped and I realized they were pumas because they looked exactly like the logo of the puma shoes when they jumped over the road. I would say about 2.5 or 3 times the size of a cat. I was amazed... I never knew they lived around here.
Most recently on our hike yesterday with our son and family at Mt Nebo (11,929')
The photos are from what is called the Bench Trail that circles the mountain near the top...there is a rougher trail even closer to the top but this one was perfect for us for a day hike with a picnic. There are trails for bikes and more serious hikers and climbers.
I've never seen the fog so thick and textured...maybe technically a cloud at that height?
so, a day with fog, lovely fall leaves, a beautiful trail and picnic with the grandkids, nature at it's best
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
Found these twins in the middle of my lawn last August, guessing well over 100° in the blazing sun.
First thought it was a clump of grass from my mower ...but I hadn't mowed that area in a looong time due to the drought.
Then noticed that this clump of grass had eyes ..."well, that's weird", I thought. I was amazed to find a pair of bunnies hidden in plain
sight. Apparently, rabbits like to use the front lawn as a nursery ...probably keeps them warm, it was like being in an oven that day.
Car keys added for scale, they didn't even flinch.
"He that plants trees loves others beside himself" -Thomas Fuller