This is my 15th annual fall colour album. Today I was fortunate enough to capture a wonderful scene to start this years album. You will have to enlarge the photos (by clicking on them) to be able to read the story. More photos will follow as the colour begins. Later this month we are taking a trip to the Adirondack Mtns. hoping to see alot of Mother's Nature's art work there.
At the time the original Surface Water on Mars was first posted on Imageevent ( March 2000) the idea that there might be flowing water on the surface of Mars was considered by many to be a ludicrous idea and quite impossible. Mars was viewed as a dusty, red, desolate,dry and barren planet. The possibility of current surface water or life seemed very remote. New discoveries have been made about Mars since then and there may soon be official confirmation of what I believe I discovered in the Mars images over 15 years ago; namely flowing water on the surface of Mars. Added May 6 2015: There are now reports of water currently flowing on the Martian surface! See article at link: FLOWING WATER ON MARS
On Thursday 6 August, 2015, Ray, Dave F, and I continued the Summer 2015 14er Series by attempting to summit the highest peak in Colorado, Mount Elbert, which rises to 14,439’ in elevation and is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Leadville. Trailhead access was by 4 wheel drive only, and Ray’s truck tackled it with gusto. As you will soon see in the photographs, the dirt road to that trailhead took us through a “Dr. Seuss-like” aspen grove.
With temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s at elevation, and a strong northwesterly wind, the weather was a little chillier that last week, but still quite nice. Best of all, and most importantly, there was yet again no risk of afternoon storms.
This was a pretty challenging hike, as it was at a moderate to steep grade for the duration of the trek, with really only one flat spot (Where the trail map image notes “Camp”). The 4WD accessible trailhead sits at just above 10,000’ with a total ascent of 4,389’ over 3.8 miles to the summit. Though tremendously demanding and requiring hard work and endurance to reach our goal, the day was enjoyed by all, and I am thrilled to have summited Mount Elbert with my Buddies Ray and Dave.
As always, I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I would love to hear some of your thoughts via the guestbook or photograph comments! Thanks!
These are photos taken at a rookery in Sacramento, CA. The rookery is at an apartment complex in Natomas off of Truxel, near I80. I've spoken to several people, including tenants and wildlife experts, about the situation but I still have a lot of questions. It seems the birds were nesting there before the apartment complex was built, 20+ years ago. Last year was the worst as far as the number of nesting pairs and babies falling out of the nests and dying. It's normal for babies to fall out of the nests but the nests are usually in an area where people aren't around. The parents can continue to care for some of the babies who fall but this area is dangerous with all of the cars, people, and domestic animals around. I know of 3 kinds of birds here, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Snowy Egret, and Cattle Egret...
A group of volunteers go out each morning and afternoon to rescue any fallen babies. We box them up and take them to Wildlife Care Association.
If you have any info about the species or the situation at this apartment complex, please comment on a photo or sign the guest book.
Some of these photos are taken with a camera and some are cell phone shots. I use "him", "he" and "his" when talking about the birds but I don't know any of their genders...