Category Archives: nature

Moon North

A pastel blue and bluish-pink characterised this rising north moon as I drove north two nights ago.

Appropriately enough for the north, this moon is known as the “beaver moon” and is the last full moon of 2020.

I am happy to be moving into the last month of 2020, as well. I hope we learn from it, but I also want it to leave.

Happy week, everyone. 🙂

A Fox for All Seasons

A determined fox continues to hunt, despite the nasty weather.

John Blumenkamp Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Entitled A Fox for All Seasons, this photograph was taken on a freezing February afternoon in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Photographer John Blumenkamp watched the fox for hours, weathering the wind and sudden drops in temperature to take this stark image of a winter survivor.

Stay warm, everyone. Happy Friday. 🙂

Wasps

Frank Deschandol / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This amazing photo was taken in France and shows two different types of wasp: the red-banded sand wasp (left) and the cuckoo wasp (right). The photographer was trying to capture the cuckoo wasp but got a bonus with both of them.

I’m not a fan of wasps, but this photo is beautiful and the work it took to get it pretty amazing.

Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Moose Nibbles?

As a mostly northern country, we sometimes face interesting considerations.

The moose like the road salt splashed onto the cars, says a national parks spokesman.
File photo.

Officials in Jasper National Park, Alberta, are warning motorists not to let moose lick the salt from their vehicles.

And they are extremely attracted to salt, especially the kind that may be all over your vehicle in the winter.

Parks Canada file photo.

As you may imagine, an 820 kilo (1800 lb.) moose coming near your car might not be a good thing. It’s dangerous for them and you; moose can be aggressive and will charge if they feel threatened. And, as an added incentive, there’s a $25,000.00 fine for non-compliance.

Another reason for the problem is that the wolf population (the main moose predator) has been declining, and now there are more moose than usual.

The advice? Drive away carefully when you see moose approaching your vehicle.

If you’re interested, here’s the article.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/37736/now-canada-has-road-signs-telling-people-not-to-let-moose-lick-their-cars

Have a good week and remember, keep the neighbourhood moose away from the nibbles. 😉

More Comedy Wildlife Photos

I found more of these humorous wildlife photos together with commentary from the photographers and just had to share.

There are more of these entertaining photos at https://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/gallery/comedy-widlife-2020-competition-winners.php

Tim Hearn
with his picture
Hide and Seek
“As this azure damselfly slowly woke up, he became aware of my presence. I was lined up to take a profile picture of his wings and body, but quite sensibly the damsel reacted to the human with the camera by putting the Marsh grass stem between me and it. I took the shot anyway. It was only later that I realised how characterful it was. And how much the damselfly looks like one of the muppets.”

Tim Hearn

Krisztina Scheeff
with her picture
Seriously, would you share some?
“Atlantic Puffins are amazing flyers and their fishing talents are – well – as you see, some do better than others! I just love the second puffin’s look – can I just have one please?”

Krisztina Scheef

Happy Wednesday. 🙂

Truck Ptarmigan

This poor little guy was wind-blown into the house a couple of evenings ago.

He seemed to bounce and then landed on the roof of my truck. He initially didn’t look very well but was moving about.

I kept an eye on him and about 20 minutes later, he flew away. I was quite concerned about him because ravens would consider him to be a tasty snack. They are huge, aggressive, and smart.

Happily, he was able to recover before the ravens realised he was there.

A win for the ptarmigans. Maybe, a covid-mitigating win for all of us is coming soon.

Happy week. 🙂