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Green, Sweet Home with Montem Hiking Gear When planning to have some additions to your home, green remodeling could be a great option for you. If you want to... Read more.
We had four or five of these flying around the house in early May, and I caught this one on May 13, 2012. They were similar to the standard housefly, except they were about 50% longer and broader, ... Read more.
In the subjective world of picking the “better” photo, I like to think about what conveys a personality (in the case of a portrait) or captures a scene/event most effectively. In the ca... Read more.
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Snail Shell and Leaves 

(Marin, CA - 9/2012)

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Deep-sea cameras deployed to monitor biodiversity on the Arctic seabed have documented a significant rise in the amount of plastic waste and other litter on the remote sea floors of the Far North, ... Read more.
Faced with growing opposition to land-based wind turbines in England, UK officials are looking to build hundreds of wind farms in Ireland that would generate electricity exclusively for the UK. Gov... Read more.
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Lobster Mushroom 

This is the only one I’ve ever seen. Freaking crazy looking, can’t wait to find another!

(Mount Hood, Oregon - 10/2012)

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Chilly circumstances, chilly reception, but your warm thoughts give you away; emeralds dance where snow dares to tread, ruby veins declare vibrancy where Jack Frost staked his claim. You may be sno... Read more.
Upon conclusion of my September Alaska journey to photograph the great Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears (coastal grizzlies), I also spent a couple of days with my friends Rick and Dorla, who own and ope... Read more.
If I could climb the tallest tree, escape the ooze of earthen sea, and reach my heart right up to You, I’d climb until my lungs were blue, ’til hands and feet were worn to bone, ’... Read more.
Last night, Hurricane Sandy swept through the eastern seaboard of the United States. An explosion of unknown origin at the ConEdison substation took out power to nearly all of the 250,000 homes bel... Read more.
Want good light? Then pick pick up any one of the large softboxes out there that are made buy Photoflex, Lastolite or Westcott. I’d recommend 24″ or bigger, especially for shooting full... Read more.

The RSPB’s annual report on people being nasty to birds for 2011 is now published.  It tells the usual sorry tale of wildlife crime illustrated with depressing images of trapped, poisoned ... Read more.

Good morning, New York. Up here in Morningside Heights, the sounds of the city have almost returned to normal.  It’s the traffic that does it, of course.  The quiet of the aftermath of Hurric... Read more.
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My buddy Will and the lobster mushroom he found!

(Mount Hood, Oregon - 10/2012)

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The scariest photo shoots are with humans. ;-) In terms of close… male lion 5 feet away, white... Read more.
Hope has a way of lying in wait, a covert operation, disguised under fallen circumstances, accumulation of littered dreams. Just when the next step seems impossible, the breath of heaven stirs, tan... Read more.
Years ago, when I was studying horticulture, I learned about photosynthesis. What is it and why do we need it? It is a chemical reaction involving chlorophyll (the chemical) and sunlight. Green pla... Read more.
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Dripping Chicken of the woods 

(Armstrong Redwoods, 9/2012)

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You want to plan the trip of your dreams, and you want your experience to be relaxing and worry-free. This is definitely a possibility, but... Read more.
It seems I’m not the only one that finds tiger beetles irresistible. Gorgeous colors, long legs, and big eyes, they captivate me endlessly with their big, toothy jaws and charismatic behavior... Read more.
After spending the better part of September on eastern Long Island, I’m home in NYC, where fall has thinned the trees in Riverside Park. Home in the city, where the peacocks roam. Our first d... Read more.

On the evening of 24 October 2007 I was on the train to London and received a phone call from one of my staff.  He told me that he had received a report from a Natural England staff member who h... Read more.

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Mossy mushroom patch

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There are so many different COCKLE SHELLS that live here in SouthWest Florida! Clark even found this wonderful ALBINO FLORIDA PRICKLY COCKLE this weekend…  I’m sure that it’s an A... Read more.
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If you’re into assassin bugs- and really, who isn’t- you should check out this recent paper by Hwang & Weirauch: The evolution of blood-feeding may thus have occurred once or twice ... Read more.
Autumn sky, in advanced stages of labour, struggles, pants; ripe with womb’s distension, she moans, pacing, her anxiety and pain threatening to overwhelm. She has forgotten to breathe. Betwee... Read more.
If you’ve ever hoped to learn how some of the world’s most renowned nature photographers create their images and get attention from photo buyers, look no further than The Masters of Nat... Read more.
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Garrett The Seashell Cowboy rolled into town and lassoed this mighty fine JUNONIA yesterday! He and his wife Beth were shelling at Lighthouse Beach last night when he saw those famous spots rolling... Read more.
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While hurricane Sandy mauls the continent east of here, central Illinois remains clear and…rather slow. Let’s spice things up with a straight-up identification challenge: The identity o... Read more.
Flowers with more than the normal number of petals are known as double flowers. Roses and many other types of cultivated flowers are double-flowered, but occasionally double flowers can also occur ... Read more.
The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in the world’s tropical regions, particularly Indonesian Borneo, is becoming an increasingly significant source of global carbon emissions, a new study s... Read more.
After a fun-filled day of photographing the Limestone Tiger Beetle in northern Texas, it was time to start working my way back to Missouri. I had one last goal that I wanted to accomplish before sp... Read more.
Amber orb in amber sea, amber forest of frost-nipped leaves, amber sun in autumn sky, dreams in amber amble by. Filed under: Autumn, Beauty, Dreams, Nature, Poetry Tagged: amber, autumn, dreams, na... Read more.
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City prince mushroom (San Francisco, CA - 10/2012)

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The Walshaw Moor Estate case is important in itself, and we commend again the RSPB for taking a firm stand on it, but it is also indicative of a much wider and deeper Defra malaise. If Defra is ... Read more.

Glorious Aspen.

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Me and Chicken of the woods 

(Armstrong Redwoods, California - 9/2012)

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