Creation, Magnificence & The Human Mind
Part 1 of Soul Age
“Capture Your Thoughts & Feel The Presence Of Now”
Part 1 of 2: #21 Photos
Photo #1: Title; Beached bluebottle is pretty and a little sad.
Photo #1: Description; Even at the end of its life, this beached bluebottle is a beautiful color. Also known as a Portuguese man o’ war, this sea creature is not a type of jellyfish but can sting like one.
Photo #2: Title; Vermillion flycatcher is cute as a button.
Photo #2: Description; Bethany Ogdon took this photo of a vermillion flycatcher at Hornsby Bend in Austin, Tex. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, males like this one may try to impress a potential mate by bringing her a showy insect like a butterfly.
Photo #3: Title; Lake becomes a mountain’s mirror.
Photo 3#: Description; Another fabulous landscape of water and sky. I love the way the sky’s dreamy pastels and the rock’s rich reds are reflected in the water.
Photo #4: Title; Frosted flower.
Photo #4: Description; This flower is as beautiful covered in snow as it is in bloom. It appears to be Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota.
Photo #5: Title; Pine clings to cliff.
Photo #5: Description; This lone pine sits on the slope of Figueroa Mountain in Los Padres National Forest, which stretches across central and southern California.
Photo #6: Title; Robber fly munches on a yellow jacket.
Photo #6: Description; This one has a little bit of the “ew” factor, but at the same time, it’s fascinating to see a this predator with its prey. Robber files (Promachus rufipes) are known to ambush their prey. The fly then paralyzes its prey by stabbing its protruding mouth-part known as a proboscis into the trapped insect’s head and injecting a toxic saliva.
Photo #7: Title; A snowy road through the trees.
Photo #7: Description; Photographer Thomas Quine writes that this road takes you to Manning Park, a ski destination in British Columbia, Canada.
Photo #8: Title; A wood duck’s rainbow feathers.
Photo #8: Description; This stunning photo is from Christina Anne McCallum, a legally blind nature photographer with a vivid sense of composition. The photo reminded her of a quote from Edouard Manet: “There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another.”
Photo #9: Titles; White owl, white moon, A snowy owl’s wings frame the moon.
Photo #9: Description; This winter, the owls have traveled much father south than their usual habitat in the arctic circle. The photographer didn’t share where she took this shot, but it reminded me that the irruption has given bird watchers in southern Canada and the eastern United States a rare opportunity to glimpse these beautiful birds of prey.
Photo #10: Titled; A snowy owl irruption is happening right now.
Photo #10: Description; This winter has brought an unprecedented number of snowy owls south of their normal habitat. The unusual migration, known as an irruption, has been a thrill for bird watchers in the Eastern United States. Snowy owls typically live near the arctic circle, but this winter have been spotted in New York, Rhode Island and even as far south as South Carolina. “An irruption like this probably hasn’t happened in 30 years or more,” ornithologist Peter Paton told the Providence Journal. Some think the owls have come south in search of food, such as lemmings and other rodents. The Audubon Society’s Mark Martell told CBS Minnesota that the food shortages occur roughly every six to ten years. “So when the population (of Lemmings) crashes, now you’ve got all of these owls with no food left, so they move south looking for food,” he said.
Photo #11: Titled; The luminous beauty of the luna moth.
Photo #11: Description; The luna moth is one of the largest moths in North America. They do not feed as adults, but rather live off of energy stored in their bodies as caterpillars. Kathy of Moon Shine Photography says this one is female.
Photo #12: Titled; Fiery sunset over sea.
Photo #12: Description; Twilight brings red and orange to this seascape. Photographer Kodyak Tisch writes: “I was finally able to compose my shot, but not until twilight. Fortunately, the sky was still illuminated, and I was able to capture the sky looking almost like fire.” The result is this stunning shot.
Photo #13: Titled; Canada geese soar above the snow.
Photo #13: Description; This perfect pair of Canada geese were photographed by Holly Brookhouser. Canada geese are native to North America, but have been known to migrate as far as Europe.
Photo #14: Titled; This slow loris is your daily dose of cute, Adorable, but endangered.
Photo #14: Description; This slow loris is wide-eyed and adorable. Sadly, many slow loris species are endangered or threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The photographer writes: “Slow lorises are victims of the illegal pet trade, superstition and sadly of their own cuteness. Their sharp teeth are removed before they are sold. Their body parts are used in traditional medicine. Their habitat is disappearing. All this puts them in danger of extinction.”
Photo #15: Titled; Amazing Amazon sunset.
Photo #15: Description; Photographer Terry Sebastian took this photo in the Amazon jungle in Bolivia, not far from the Brazilian border.
Photo #16: Titled; Ricky the Jaguarundi.
Photo #16: Description; Ricky the Jaguarundi lives at Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap, California. The Jaguarundi, also known as a puma yagouaroundi or eyra cat, is native to Central and South America and is about the size of a house cat. According to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the cats typically hunt alone or in pairs and prey on reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
Photo #17: Titled; Sparrow on a barbed wire fence.
Photo #17: Description; See-ming Lee took this photograph at the Ma On Shan Promenade in Hong Kong. Lee writes, “I came here originally because I saw some Asian waterbirds but by the time I came they were already gone. I have no idea what time they come out, so instead I ended up photographing sparrows—which is a bird but definitely much smaller.”
Photo #18: Titled: Breathtaking! The winner of The Nature Conservancy’s 8th annual photo contest.
Photo #18: Description; The winner of this year’s Digital Photo Contest hosted by The Nature Conservancy goes to Tulus Simatupang of British Columbia, Canada. The winning photo is of a heron and red-winged blackbird synchronized in flight.
Photo #19: Titled; Serious portrait of a red-tailed hawk.
Photo #19: Description; This red-tailed hawk, photographed in San Simeon, California, looks very stern. Donald Quintana writes: “The month of January has been a little bit crazy, so a much needed drive up the coast was in order. There were some pretty good photo opportunities along the way with various birds perched along the road side. This Red-tailed Hawk was sitting pretty just a few feet from our car.”
Photo #20: Titled: Double duck.
Photo #20: Description; Or rather, double teal. This pair of ducks are known called Blue-winged teal (Anas discors), and are smaller than Mallards. They are native to North America. I love their spotted feathers.
Photo #21: Titled: A row of fluffy cattails, Four fluffy cattails, all in a row.
Photo #22: Description; Alison M. Jones took this photo in the wetland at the edge of Adirondack Lake, in Adirondack State Park, New York. I love the way this photo captures the texture of the cattails’ fluffy flowers.
Photo #23: Titled; This baboon is ready for its close up.
Photo #23: Description; This photo by Holly Brookhouser also won a photo contest held to honor the 40th anniversary of the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas. According to the Wichita Examiner, Brookhouser volunteers for Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection shelter.
Part 2 of Soul Age: Creation, Magnificence & The Human Mind includes -” 8th Annual Photo Contest Winners (Honorable Mentions)”.