Apr 302012
 
A little bit of Africa in Arabia

There is some debate over which world eco-zone Saudi Arabia belongs in. In the north its flora and fauna are typically western palearctic but in the south west of the country there is a distinctly African feel. The argument is about the rest. I work in Riyadh but I am fascinated by “the little bit […]

Apr 302012
 
Two Years Later: Deformed Seafood and Sick Dolphins

Today marks the second anniversary of the Gulf oil spill. Oil has long stopped flowing from the leaking rig, but that doesn’t mean the disaster is over. Local fishermen have been making some off-putting discoveries: nets full of eyeless shrimp, clusters of clawless crabs, and more. Oil and the dispersants used to break it up […]

Apr 302012
 
Cooler Weather in the Middle of April

Last year we were remarking about how early the seasons are starting, particularly with early springs, now there seems to be an abrupt halt to this trend. In any case the whole world is seeing huge changes in climate and many unnatural and prolonged weather patterns, with intense flooding in Australia, violent hurricanes across the […]

Apr 302012
 
The sound of silence

. Silent Spring, the ground-breaking book by Rachel Carson on the negative effects of DDT and other pesticides, celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Carson’s genius, in part, was in personalizing a difficult and somewhat esoteric subject using a humble and ubiquitous example—nearly everyone, regardless of age, education or political leaning, could easily grasp the […]

Apr 292012
 
Western Meadowlark – Up close and personal

During the spring Western Meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta) can be easy to locate and then approach because they spend so much time singing from the tops of boulders, bushes, posts and other manmade objects. I photographed this Meadowlark singing while perched on a sign on Antelope Island State Park this past Monday. The bird was so […]

Apr 282012
 
The Acrobatic Humpbacks of Baja (Mexico)

A couple of years ago, I went on a 10-day Baja (Mexico) boat trip that was simply outstanding. One of the highlights was seeing the incredibly acrobatic humpback whales of the southern Baja region. When we reached this area (near Cabo San Lucas), we ran upon a pod of ~12 Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) that began […]

Apr 282012
 
Birding in Brazil - first of four days photographing in Serra da Canastra National Park

The Serra da Canastra National Park is located in the Canastra Mountains, in the Minas Gerais stateof southwestern Brazil. The headwaters of the São Francisco River begin inside the park. The altitude ranges from 900 m to 1,496 m. I took some days off, and decided to have 4 full daysphotographingthere. Geiser Trivelato, an experienced […]

Apr 282012
 
Shades of Blue (with birdsong)

Just a simple image of a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) today. I photographed this Egret as it stalked prey along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. This photo was taken around mid day, much later than I normally like to be out photographing because the light can get harsh. The reason why […]