Saturday, July 21, 2018

Wood Duck

This is one of the most remarkably colorful birds in the world. It is a Wood Duck or Aix sponsa. Here is a brief description from Wikipedia: Wood duck.
The wood duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is from 47 to 54 cm (19 to 21 in) in length with a wingspan of between 66 to 73 cm (26 to 29 in). This is about three-quarters of the length of an adult mallard. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata). 
The adult male has distinctive multicolored iridescent plumage and red eyes,with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colorful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads. 
The male's call is a rising whistle, jeeeeee; the females utter a drawn-out, rising squeal, do weep do weep, when flushed, and a sharp cr-r-ek, cr-e-ek for an alarm call.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mountain Stream, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

I guess from my perspective calling this a mountain stream involves poetic license. The "mountains" in this part of Pennsylvania are really just high hills. But it is a beautiful stream and in the West, it would not likely be so wooded. The surprising thing about the forest in the Eastern United States is that they are everywhere so thick and dark. You would never know that you were next to a fairly large city.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Tornado Damage, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

It is one thing to read about tornados and quite another thing to actually experience one. We got to see the damage after the fact. We decided to go to a restaurant while here on our visit to Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and found the building partially destroyed by the recent tornado. This was across the street from the restaurant.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Almost Perfect Color

There are few places on the earth where you can see almost perfect color. This is a photo of a small part of a huge field of lotus flowers. It was a sunny day and the color of the flowers was almost perfect. This is a photo and as such, the color is an approximation of the reality. But being there, I can say that the color was almost perfect.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Heart of the Lotus

The center cone of this lotus flower, when dried, is used as a decorative item in dry plant displays such as door wreaths and arrangements. These are strikingly beautiful flowers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cliffs in Rock Canyon

There is always a temptation to fall back on my vast collection of photos. This is Rock Canyon. Our house in Provo, Utah is at the mouth of this canyon and can walk to the trails up the canyon in about five minutes. The most notable thing about Rock Canyon is the twisted and sweeping rock formations. These are mostly limestone and were originally laid down horizontally. The mountain building and plate tectonics have had a field day in making the strata as convoluted as possible. On nice days, the canyon is full of rock climbers.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dancing with a Dinosaur

I am not quite sure why dinosaur skeletons look like they are smiling. Most skulls do not have a pleasant look but dinosaurs are different. I guess the teeth ought to inspire fear and foreboding, but then I look at the smiling mouth and think that the teeth belong there. One reason for this perception might be that I do not usually show my teeth when I smile. But smiles with teeth are all the rage on social media. Maybe dinosaurs had their own social media.