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Posts tagged “forest

Lower Calf Creek Falls Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

The Falls is reached by a three mile hike (6 miles round trip) along the floor of a canyon. The hike is scenic and the Falls are spectacular.National monuments are protected by law to be enjoyed by all people and meant to be left forever wild. It would be criminal to let the government take away protections as it threatens to do.

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Autumn upstate New York

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Stopping by the woods on a snowy morning

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With a nod to Robert Frost


The Wise One

Gorilla

Saw this wise woman (at least I think it is a female) in the newly refurbished and redesigned gorilla habitat at the Houston Zoo. She looks and probably is smarter than most of us who were gawking at her.


Flying Saucers Over the Hudson River

Flying saucers over the Hudson

Taken at Bear Mountain Bridge


17 Year Cicadas

17 year cicada monster close up

Sometimes known as 17 year locusts the 17 year cicadas hatch from their eggs every 17 years and populate forests by the thousands  making a collective sound similar to the sounds that the giant insects of the sci-fi movies of the 1950’s made. etymologists classify them as broods by location of the brood and the year of the cycle. Brood II is emerging in the forests of New Jersey this spring and was last seen in New Jersey in 1996. They are a beautiful sight and an eerie sound.

The cicadas emerge from the ground as larvae,

17 year cicada emerging larva

stay in the tree until they mature by growing wings and their eerie red eyes.

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They then mate and  lay their eggs in the ground.  In the space of about four weeks they are gone and will emerge again in New Jersey in 2030.


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Winter morning at the creek

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