Posts about Animals

The Jordan River’s Journey to the Great Salt Lake

The Jordan River’s Journey to the Great Salt Lake

The cry of seagulls, clamor of crows, and the trill of red-winged blackbirds cradle my consciousness as I walk the expanse of the wetland.  Reflections of cattails and clouds are mirrored in the dappled ponds as I implore the flow of the Jordan River delta....

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Wintering Bald Eagles

Wintering Bald Eagles

Majestic, free, sacred, fierce, and faithful are words that could be used to describe North America’s most distinguished raptor, the Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus.  Today I am on a mission to spot Bald eagles that are wintering around Farmington Bay near the...

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From Water Vapor to Ice Crystals

From Water Vapor to Ice Crystals

   Hiking in the winter has its rewards. Blankets of sparkling white snow reflecting sunlight, mysterious animal tracks, and bird sightings are just some of the joys of winter hiking.  This winter we went hiking near Pineview Reservoir in Eden, Utah...

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Knocking on the Door of an Icy World

Knocking on the Door of an Icy World

   Hello Ice, my cold hardened one.   Your beauty and chill is hard to take, yet there are hidden gems in all natural wonders.  It is difficult to resist the temptation to “break the ice” with a rock, a stick or with one’s foot.  I admit...

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Kids that dig it!

Kids that dig it!

   Children love to dig in the dirt!  In fact, this fundamental activity seems to be therapeutic to all ages.  There are about 1 billion microorganisms in just one teaspoon of top soil.  Earth worms, bacteria, fungi, arthropods, nematodes,...

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Painted ladies

Painted ladies

   Painted ladies on Hollyhocks has been a common occurrence this week, as the weather continues to warm pleasantly this spring in Utah.  Vanessa cardui is a widespread butterfly in North America baring black, orange and brown patterns on the upper...

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What mantra are you whispering to the universe?

What mantra are you whispering to the universe?

   The ring of daffodils around the tree in our front yard, the opening of the penetrating red emperor tulip, and the polyester bees delicately hovering about signaled the herald of spring today!  After a long winter with more than usual snow fall, many of us here in...

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