Hiking at Burgess Falls over this past weekend, David and I saw a countless number of these millipedes (Narceus americanus/annularis complex). I think this was the first one that he spotted. After that, it was like a scavenger hunt, calling out to each other, “Found another one!” Seriously, we lost count of how many we saw out there. They were everywhere! I thought these two photos fit the Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist.
Bonus: a short video clip. One of these days, I’ll learn to hold a camera still while taking video! At least, I hope.
I love to watch their legs move. They’re like waves. This one was quick, and I kept turning him back around, trying to get a better photo. I thanked the millipede for its patience with me as we parted ways. It was last seen crossing a three-inch gap between rocks, back end on one rock as the front end grabbed the other. Fascinating creatures.
I was back out at Burgess Falls today hiking and had in mind this week’s photo challenge. My photo really does not do a 130 foot drop justice. Luckily, there were a couple of tiny people down at the bottom to put it into perspective. My fear of heights is lessening; and this is the closest I think I’ve ever gotten to the edge of the gorge. It was an easy climb both down and back up, as the rocks weren’t nearly as slippery as they were 3 weeks ago.
There was a Great Blue Heron at the waterfall today. As I sat waiting patiently to see if he, not sure if it was male or female, but I’ll use the male pronoun for ease of writing, would come closer, I balanced a few stones. Unfortunately, he never came close enough for a good photo, waiting just outside the scope of my camera’s lens.
The one above is NOT a great photo; but the best I got. He was very leery of me and waited until I climbed all the way back up to the top before returning not even 20 feet away from where I balanced my stones. I had to laugh because I couldn’t blame him for wanting to be left alone. Heck, that’s why I was out there; but I wouldn’t have minded his company.
Update: I forgot to add this short video clip of Burgess Falls with an interrupting bumblebee.
And Correction Update: It’s not a Sandhill Crane, but a Great Blue Heron. I have no idea how I missed that because I know the difference; but thank you, Mary, for pointing it out to me! I even mis-labeled it on Flickr. In my defense, I have been very tired and distracted lately; so please, forgive my mistake. 🙂
When I read the Weekly Photo Challenge for this week, I immediately thought of this image from January 22, 2012. I had intended on getting back out to Cane Creek Park to see if these vines are still growing in the fence like this and to get a more recent photo, but I haven’t had the time to get back out there this week. A whole section of fence had vines merging with the fence back in January, but I think a lot of that has been cut out, now. It’s interesting how trees and vines like this will merge with a fence to become one.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong
It disturbs me greatly to see trash carelessly left anywhere it’s not supposed to be. I always put my trash in a trash bin and recycle what can be recycled because it is important to me. Several years ago, I made it a point to start picking up 3 pieces of trash on outings whenever I thought to do so, just 3. I would drive myself crazy if I picked up more than that because there is simply so much! Am I making a dent in the clean-up of our planet? Probably not; but it makes me feel better knowing that I’m actually doing something to make a difference no matter how small. Imagine if every person respected our planet enough to do this. Small acts of kindness can lead to be bigger changes for the betterment of all.
The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge for this week is the color purple. Their blog post says, “Share a picture that means PURPLE to you!” Well, this is not exactly what purple means to me; but I no longer have my bedroom in the house I grew up in to photograph. Yes, when I was finally allowed to choose the color I wanted to paint my bedroom, I chose purple with white trim. I loved that bedroom! It’s funny how a simple photo prompt can make me nostalgic for something long gone.