The anhinga is also called a snakebird because it sits low in the water with almost only the neck and head showing. This makes people sometimes think that there’s a snake in the water. The anhinga doesn’t have oily feathers, which means they get wet and the bird needs to leave the water and dryContinue reading “Anhinga”
In the summer of last year I went to an area of Texas prairie. The plants were beautiful and delicate, with stunning colors. It was full of birds and insects, a very happy place. I couldn’t wait to go back, but didn’t find the time, so when I finally went back today, I didn’t knowContinue reading “Prairie vegetation”
I posted this image in a discussion about paying attention to detail, and one of the participants said that he had wondered why I posted this yellow flower… until he noticed the insect blending in so well. Now every time I look at this picture, I think of that. There are reasons every day whyContinue reading “Almost overlooked”
An online group of amateur photographers I belong to seems to feel that beauty is limited to nature. The members post truly stunning images of landscapes, seascapes, animals, meadows–breathtaking beauty. I love those images and take pictures like these myself, but this group always makes me want to be a little bit rebellious. Building materialsContinue reading “Beauty of a different kind”
We love gazing at the moon, especially when it’s fully visible, like this. I’ve taken images of the full moon rising over the Sandia mountains in New Mexico, a thrilling endeavor when I found the perfect spot for it. But lately I have also looked at the moon as it waxes day by day, andContinue reading “The Moon”
Near the San Andreas Fault in California, I saw cholla cacti for the first time. They can get quite big, and then they start dying off from the bottom up. So while the top can still be some hue of light green, further down it turns brown, then black, and near the ground you mayContinue reading “Different phases in one plant”
Sometimes things surprise us, like this little “man” made from stacked-up stones in California. A friend and I were spending a few days there prior to a professional conference, and I pointed out this stone structure from afar. “Let’s check it out,” she said, and we did. Totally worth it. These are the surprises IContinue reading “Stacked up”
New Mexico is a beautiful place, full of magic and enchantment. If I could be in two places at the same time, New Mexico would be one of them.