Tag Archives: environment

Identifying Birds

When you’re trying to learn about native animals ….

On a bluebird sky day, hiking on a serene trail, I saw this beautiful bird. Trying to identify birds is a challenge for me. Colors, bill size and shape, and geography are all useful in identification.

I returned home with clear photos thinking it was a Gray Jay. But the bill was too long. Fortunately, with an excellent search engine and websites that show similar looking species, I was able to learn about Clark’s Nutcrackers today.

They live in the mountains. ✅

Gray overall with black wings. ✅

Long daggerlike bill. ✅

Taking a closer look

One of my favorite things about being a mother and a teacher is how children view their world. They see things we overlook. This photo from a few days ago, demonstrates that I was not only the teacher, but the student.

“I like noticing details that no one else sees.”

Shades of Green

Green

the color of both strength and relaxation

harmony

Symbolizing life, renewal, energy, growth

healing powers creating hopefulness and optimism

balancing the sun and ocean

the center of the rainbow

Sorry, Kermit but it is easy to be green.

💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

Green is also my dear friend Sophia’s favorite color. This post is written for her with all the love in my heart sending her positive healing energy on the eve of her surgery. I can’t be with her, so as a writer and a photographer, I’ve created this message with positive energy across the miles.

Fascinating sights in nature

On a recent hike, we noticed what we thought were spider webs on trees along the trail. Upon further inspection, they each contained a large number of caterpillars. This is new to me so I’ve done some research and there are several species of caterpillars that construct silken shelters or tents. These caterpillars will turn into moths. Some of these species are considered pests due to the damage they inflict on the trees.