Category Archives: Nature

One Liner Wednesday-Nature In My Neighborhood

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!” – Ingrid Bergman

 

Mountain Lion (Puma) Yearling via NPS Joshua Tree National Park

There was a mountain lion in a tree a couple of blocks from my house on Saturday. We were unaware until we heard and saw a helicopter hovering high over our house for a long time. I called my son to tell him about the helicopter and he told me there was a mountain lion in a tree near where a boyhood friend of his used to live. He sent us the link to the news story about it. I was worried the lion would be hurt by authorities trying to remove it. Then I read the wildlife authorities said to leave the lion alone and it would return to the Santa Monica mountains when night fell.


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X is for Xiphosura

Horseshoe Crab family: Limulidae, Suborder: Xiphosurida, Order: Xiphosura

In America they are found on the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico. Their blood is blue, not that they are aristocrats but warriors who have survived for over 300 million years.  This blood contains amebocytes and is drained by the pharmaceutical industry to produce limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) which can detect baterial endotoxins. Horseshoe crabs are not really crabs but arthropods.

A video about the Horseshoe crabs and how they are used via You Tube:


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Wonder

Important not to lose our capacity for wonder. During our visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium last year our grandson saw the penguins for the first time. One swam down and looked like it was nose to nose with him, almost like a kiss. Very magical.

My grandson visits with the penguins

Some undersea creatures near Monterey are glowing in the dark:

Pearls of the Planet/ Pacific Ocean by Explore.org via You Tube:


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Trees

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” – John Steinbeck

I have written about the California coastal redwood forests in prior posts. I keep coming back because I love these trees, I love nature, and I love California. I have visited the redwood forest a couple of times and it is truly awe inspiring. We can visit now with virtual tours, videos, and beautiful images. I hope to go and visit them again after we are released from our ‘ stay at home’ orders. For now I have the trees around my house that provide shade and shelter for the birds and squirrels. Here in my part of Southern California there are a lot of Oak trees.  They are protected here and dot the landscape throughout this area and other parts of California.

Drive through Oaks, Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara, California via New York Public Library

Redwood National and State Parks in located in the northernmost coast of California and approximately 50 miles long from Crescent City to south of Oreck, California.

 

Maybe this ‘Stay at home’ time will inspire me to get out in the world much more than I have been in recent years. We’ve got to embrace life because, as this terrible crisis makes us so acutely aware, we can’t take life for granted.


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Featured image ‘Ancient Coast Redwoods tower above hikers at Simpson Reed Grove Trail’ courtesy of US National Park Service

 

Santa Monica Mountains National Park- Mountain Lions

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the US National Park system goes from mountains to the sea. The park is home to wildlife including mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, quail, dolphins, and much more. There are many challenges to protecting wildlife surrounding our urban area in Southern California. The beautiful mountain lion in the above video, identified as P-56, had to be killed because he was attacking domestic livestock.

We have a Wildlife Bridge planned to help protect Mountain Lions as many have been killed trying to cross the freeways in Southern California.

Mountain lion kitten, p-6 via NPS

Santa Monica Mountain National Park Poppies and Lupine by NPS

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2020

‘The Blue Marble: The View From Apollo 17’ Dec 7, 1972 via NASA


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Rivers Oceans Mountains Deserts and My Backyard

Below are some videos of California nature hosted by Professor Erika Zavaleta, UC Santa Cruz. In the first one she is discussing the Elkhorn Slough ( pronounced like slew, I used to think it was pronounced ‘sluff’).  I have driven by the slough in the past while on trips and did not realize there are sea otters hanging out there too. They are so great to watch.  In the second video she talks about all the different climates in California from West to East. Some beautiful scenery in these videos. The last one is a relaxing video ‘The gentle sound of a Mountain River and Spring Forest’ by TopRelaxMusic on You Tube.

 

 

 

I was out digging around in the backyard again yesterday and heard a Red-tailed hawk overhead and saw a smaller hawk (Cooper’s hawk?) flying above as well. I have been clearing away leaves and some wood sorrel which is a weed that is trying to take over where my woolly thyme should be growing. The African Fern Pines drop a ton of leaves and little round fruit. Some birds and bats may eat the fruit. The leaves do keep the soil moist but they really pile up pretty thick and block the thyme ground cover. I am getting into yard work more and it is physical exercise too. It gets me outside in nature and fresh air. We are still on ‘stay at home’ orders.

I really do like to stay at home a lot in recent years but this is different because of the threat of infection lurking.  It is terrible to know of all the people who are affected and those who have died. It still seems unreal all that has happened. I hope we can get back to normal soon.


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Optimistic Cautiously

There are reasons to be optimistic about the end of the quarantine as I wrote yesterday. I have decided I am not going to watch even less news right now because it only adds to my stress level. All the blaming repeated over and over. I have always found comfort in nature even in my own backyard. I have found some guided meditation videos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MeditOcean) and it is very soothing to watch the ocean or graceful jelly fish gliding around their tank. We need to have some peace in our lives and freedom from fear.

Here’s a Live Cam of a Great Gray Owl nesting via explore.org on You Tube:


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Missing People

Yosemite without people has more animal visitors.

A mini-tour via National Geographic on You Tube:

A longer video for some quiet meditation by Milosh Ktchovitch ‘Amazing Places on Our Planet’ on You Tube:

 


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Kelp Forrest Meditation

Relaxing video from Monterey Bay Aquarium web cam:

I put it on Full Screen for the best view. Watching the kelp gently swaying in the water is soothing.

Here is a video of really interesting deep sea creatures in Monterey Canyon from the MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) program:

 


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*Re-posting  and updated this to get on schedule with A-Z calendar. I recently learned that I am not supposed to post on Sunday for A-Z.

Inspiration

I am uplifted by beautiful natural scenes. In the US we are so fortunate to have many beautiful natural places. We can’t go to visit our national parks right now but we can see them through the beautiful photos taken by photographers from the US Bureau of Land Management.

The US National Park Service has a virtual way to explore the parks with story maps. And there are live cams (Channel Islands Live) too:


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