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Amazing Nature - what has wowed you lately?

 
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"Nature always offers something"


Equisetum
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more Equisetum
 
Zoran Jovanovic
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Matthew Aspinwall wrote: It has no chlorophyll





That is what I thought.when I found  in a forest (on a northern slope, close to very shallow black of organic material 5x2 m pond, on very wet clay soil).

Are these plants similar or  it is my imagination?
My photo is  not so good...
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No chlorophyll
No chlorophyll
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No chlorophyll with roots
No chlorophyll with roots
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Black pond
Black pond
 
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a mostly WHITE skunk - ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, but WHAT am I supposed to do about it?  LOL!!!  I think it's living under part of my house!  I know it has a place in the balance of things here, but am worried about it being right under the house.  Any suggestions?  (see video at http://bit.ly/whiteSkunk, taken from my living room window.)
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This picture reminded me that as the cooler mornings arrive I need to remember to try and do this (I managed it in a dream last night!).

Not my picture....this is the winner of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards.  Nice work Kathrin Swoboda!!!
 
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Laura, that white skunk is magnificent! Is it still around or under your house? A better place to ask what to do would probably be the nibblers forum.

Greg, I'm not sure what you mean you want to do. Make shapes with warm air in the cold outdoors? Or sing like a blackbird? ;-)
 
Laura Emil
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Hi Jocelyn!  
Perhaps my two cats had a polite conversation with the critter and it decided under my house was not the optimum location.  I've not seen it again, but on occasion I catch a whiff of skunk musk in the barn.  Nothing too strong, though, nor lingering.  So the skunk has either found a way to co-exist, or has moved on.  I felt so lucky to see it that day, and equally lucky that it did NOT take up permanent residence!  Things like this just make life WONDERful!
 
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We had a real wow not too long ago. Close to bizarre actually... Some type of spider, way over half a meter in size if you would stretch it out. Of course we went on an internet search to find out what it was... A whip spider it turned out. It actually walks on 6 legs, because the front two developed into sensory organs. It's not poisonous, but the thorns on it's huge arm like claws can grab and injure your fingers if you would try to touch it. One of the most strange creatures I ever saw showing up right next to our house!
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whip spider
 
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Pictures like the one above make me sooooo glad to live in the Yukon! Thanks for sharing, Rene!

I went out earlier to check on my stuck IMO and ended up watching a pair of beavers work in the creek for about an hour.
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Busy busy beaver
Busy busy beaver
 
Rene Nijstad
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Hahaha Chris, it's not as bad as it looks sometimes. I would love beavers here! But not enough water.... Great picture!!!
 
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This plant growing across the street from me recently exploded with balloons! Unbelievable that a plant can create a pressure-filled chamber. May have to sneak back over there and pop one to see what’s inside.
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plant exploded with balloons
 
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A few years ago I was doing some nature photography in an urban park, and came across an Australian spider wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor). The wasp had paralysed an enormous huntsman spider and I took photos as it dragged the spider 30m before I lost it. The wasp was on its way to a burrow where it would place the spider inside and lay its eggs on top. Lucky I had a long lens, because they are known to inflict enormous pain if they sting you!!
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Australian spider wasp
Australian spider wasp
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Australian spider wasp dragging prey
Australian spider wasp dragging prey
 
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This isn't lately but as a teenager, I used to enjoy running trails near my parents house.  I like to hike too but jogging the trails allowed me to see things in a different way.  It's  something that people who don't jog will ever see or understand.  And it's incredible.
 
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Wild carrot perfectly entwined with a garden carrot,   yin yang tomato and a heart shaped potato... Maybe my garden is in balance and full of love ?
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Heart shaped potato
Heart shaped potato
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Wild and garden carrot entwined
Wild and garden carrot entwined
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Yin yang tomato
Yin yang tomato
 
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Here's a couple lizard wows - An Anole with a split tail and a prairie lizard. Natural blues are always amazing.
And a bonus spider-wow, check what's in their mouth!
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Anole lizard with split tail
Anole lizard with split tail
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Blue prairie lizard
Blue prairie lizard
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Spider with prey in its mouth
Spider with prey in its mouth
 
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It's amazing to me how nature, if left to itself or even helped along by permaculture practices, usually finds a balance.

This plant had aphids on it, and you can also see an ant corralling the aphids. A ladybug larva also found the aphids and was vigorously devouring them.

I couldn't get a great photo, but this shows the ladybug larva walking away after picking up an aphid snack to go!
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Aphids, ants, and a ladybug larva with its aphid snack
Aphids, ants, and a ladybug larva with its aphid snack
 
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Parthenice Tiger Moth in our woods
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I don't have a picture of them but I was excited last night to discover that my "beaver pond" (I built it) already has water boatman beetles swimming around in it! The pond was dry over the entire summer and only filled up in the last week or so and already life is back in it. Just exciting to see!
 
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We finally got out on one of our favorite hiking trails yesterday and because we have had so much rain and the day was overcast all of the colors and textures were more intense than usual.
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the 'rock wall trail'
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Araneus marmoreus, sometimes called the 'pumpkin spider' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araneus_marmoreus
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I love the green and the oddball pinkish one off to the left!
 
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This cute Ringtail caught on the gamecam
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Sadly we didn't get a picture.
The wife and I were headed up a forest service road, when something large flashed by the passenger window.
It quickly crossed in front of the windshield and landed in a tree 50' off the road.

A HUGE,  great horned owl, had caught a  columbian ground squirrel !  Right next to the car!  While we were driving!  She landed on the branch and glared at us! With the large squirrel hanging limp from her mouth!   By the time we got over our awe at this site, she flew off deeper into the trees!   Then we realized we should have tried for a photo!  I think the saying goes "shoulda, woulda , coulda"  

Even without a photo we will remember that event forever !
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Great horned owl
 
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Had our first significant snow a couple weeks ago, so I went hiking
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