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.

Koi Fish

Koi are colored carp. Here is a short explanation about how they came to be from Wikipedia: Koi.
Koi carp were first bred for color in Japan in the 1820s, initially in the town of Ojiya in the Niigata Prefecture on the northeastern coast of Honshu island. The outside world was unaware of the development of color variations in Japanese koi until 1914, when the Niigata koi were exhibited at an annual exposition in Tokyo. From that time, interest in koi spread throughout Japan. From this original handful of koi, all other Nishikigoi varieties were bred, with the exception of the Ogon variety (single-colored, metallic koi) which was developed relatively recently. The hobby of keeping koi eventually spread worldwide. Koi are now sold in many pet aquarium shops, with higher-quality fish available from specialist dealers. The collection of koi throughout the years has become quite the social hobby for many who have ponds. It is also common for hobbyists who are passionate about their koi to join a club specifically for their koi and ponds. Members tend to share their knowledge of the fish with others and even help each other out when they are in need of help with their koi.