Weekly Photo Challenge: “Reward”

A reward found, but not sought after …

Sometimes, bounty is found when and where we do not seek to find it…

Splashes of color vividly afloat in a wetland pond? 

Rainbow hues on a blue sky- sunny day?

 

Such was my reward

While contemplating other things at the water’s edge.

A “sun dog” 

Unexpectedly dove into the pond

And alerted me to look…

UP.


Science related to this post: Sundogs- University of Illinois DAS


This week’s challenge: “Reward

 

Surfrider Excited About Marine Debris Webcam Project

Just Another Nature Enthusiast:

I am reblogging this in connection with a weekly WordPress blogging event- UNLESS…Earth-friendly Friday.

RE: Plastic Waste Reduction-

http://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2015/02/14/unless-earth-friendly-fridayrevised-plastic-waste-reduction/

Originally posted on oregoncoastdailynews:

Researcher Dr. Isobe Atsuhiko and his technician test one sites soil composition for project suitability Researcher Dr. Isobe Atsuhiko and his technician test one sites soil composition for project suitability

In January two researchers from Japan joined us to check out some potential sites for a marine debris monitoring project on the Oregon coast! The NOAA Marine Debris Program through a collaboration with PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization), reached out to the  Surfrider Foundation in Oregon back in October to help support this really cool webcam project – developed by a Japanese researcher to help better monitor marine debris on our coast.

Naturally, the project was really appealing to us given all of the data that we collect on marine debris is generally on the hard backs of volunteers following a beach cleanup. The idea of collecting marine data from a webcam that can snap pictures multiple times a day, for up to 2 years and distinguish debris based on highly-sophisticated cameras and software…

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5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Saguaro Cactus – Sonoran Desert Exclusive

Thank you to my blogging friends at, Our Rumbling Ocean, who suggested I try the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Over the course of five days, it has been interesting to decide which photos will lend themselves to the drama of black and white.

I took another dive into my archives for this photo. It occurred to me that black and white is also great choice for accentuating texture. This photo of a Saguaro Cactus turned out to be a perfect choice. In my color version, the cactus needles all around the perimeter of the plant were difficult to see. Look how that changed when the composition was rendered in black and white… Ouch!!!  That is one prickly plant.

Saguaros grow exclusively in the Sonoran Desert where the perfect levels of water, temperature, and elevation are found. You would think those cactus needles  provide protection for this plant from predators… but this is not always true. In recent years, hundreds of Saguaros have been radio-chipped as a deterrent to poaching.  Rangers at the Saguaro National Park chip plants that grow in at-risk areas. The number of poachings has declined.

However, rangers are now being faced with problems of Saguaro Cactus vandalism.

How should plant spray-paint taggers, and those who use cacti for target practice be dealt with?


There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

On this,  my fifth and final post, I invite anyone who would like to play around with black and white. This has been an enlightening and fun challenge. Go forth blogging friends… take on the 5 Day Black and White Photo challenge. Please invite others to see the drama and texture that b&w enhances.

5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Hoover Dam – Water Woes

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Thank you to my blogging friends at, Our Rumbling Ocean, who suggested I try the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Over the course of five days, it will be interesting to decide which photos will lend themselves to the drama of black and white.

I decided to search my archives for a dramatic photo for today’s post.

This photograph is one taken at Hoover Dam a few years ago during a road trip to the Southwest. In 2013, the structure of the water intake towers was readily in view. This is in stark contrast to where the water level was in 1999 when it skirted the towers just below the parallel concrete rings near the top of the structure.

The demand for water is not expected to diminish as multiple interests compete for the precious waters of the Colorado River. Lake Mead will not refill to prior levels any time soon (if ever).  This is a pattern that repeats along countless water-ways around the world.

Is there a solution to the problem depicted by this black and white photograph?


There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

On this,  my fourth post, I invited Jim Holroyd365.   Jim hosts an interesting blog, and is one to follow if you want to learn where Tbilisi is, view intriguing photos, find a good book review, and enjoy Jim’s good humor. Please be sure to check out this delightful blog… oh, and see if you can discover what Jim likes to collect while you are there :)

5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge: Just Ducky

Thank you to my blogging friends at, Our Rumbling Ocean, who suggested I try the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Over the next five days, it will be interesting to decide which photos will lend themselves to the drama of black and white.

There were several species of ducks on the pond in the park yesterday.  This mallard drake actively staked his territory. While the American Coot and American Widgeon stayed out of the way…

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There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

On this,  my third post, I invited Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua.   This well-written, entertaining, and interesting blog  is one to follow if you love to learn about new places and the people who live there. Please be sure to check out this outstanding photo/essay blog to learn about life in Nicaragua.