Thursday, April 12, 2012
Today is the 103rd day of the year, and I have 99 species photographed and identified on Project Noah. I have certainly seen and identified more than 103 species even though I haven't fully documented them. I had better get cracking because I did all the easy species first.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
The tide was -2.3 feet today. I saw strange creatures in the tide pools, and managed to photograph a few. Pictures from today can be seen here. The seep had skunk cabbage, stink currant, horse tail, lady fern, and Indian plum, all bursting forth. I may have gotten a bit of a sunburn. The wild cucumber is sending forth its new shoots.
Friday, April 6, 2012
This evening I saw Venus before sunset. At sunset, I took this picture of Venus, but you can't really see it with the iPhone. Zoomed in and cropped, Venus is about the size of one pixel, seeming to rest on the branch. As we continued our walk, I saw Jupiter, Mars, and Sirius. I eventually saw Orion come out as the sky got darker. It was a calm, clear night, with just a few clouds. The dogs seemed not to notice the pure blue sky, the graceful arc of the alder branches, or the coppery color of Mars. The sniffed urine and nibbled on grass, and they thought that was a bunch of fun. So much beauty goes to waste. Or perhaps I don't properly appreciate the art of urine.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A hummingbird zipped around the currants near the parking lot. I didn't have my good camera. I stood still for several minutes and watched as he sipped a tiny amount from each of dozens of flowers. It's hard to imagine that the minute quantities of nectar supplied enough calories to zip around like that, but I guess weighing about the same as a nickel makes it easier. He flashed green and ruby in the afternoon sun. I looked around, hoping to see his nest, but I couldn't find one. Some of the currants, the ones that weren't butchered, are covered in blossoms. The ice storm in January does not seem to have harmed them.