nature

Pipevine Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) This tailed beauty has a shiny blue body and white spots on the upper side of the hind wings. The blue underneath the hind wings encircle one row of orange colors. These swift fliers are usually low to the ground and do not stay at one flower for a long period of …

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5 Petal Beauty

by Amour de Monet May 2014 Wildflower “you cannot catch a wildflower” he says. “you are my wildflower.” I am lost inside myself my personal paradise my own euphoric insanity could i be as manic as I sometimes believe to feel as if my soul lives in the earth beneath my feet and stretches from the …

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Prickly Pear Cactus

prickly pear cactus promoted as a superfood. What’s behind the hype? Answers from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. Prickly pear cactus, also called nopal, is promoted for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers. It is also touted for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Some preliminary evidence shows that prickly pear cactus can decrease blood sugar levels …

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Spotted Towhee

You can find Spotted Towhee by walking slowly along the edges of forests, thickets, and overgrown fields. Listen for the Spotted Towhee’s whiny, cat-like mew call, its rapid song, or simply any rustling the bird makes in dry leaves. Look low in shrubs or along the ground in places with rich leaf litter and dense stems.

Acorn Woodpecker

A clown-faced western woodpecker with a complicated social structure, living in small colonies. Best known for its habit of hoarding acorns: the birds drill small holes in a dead snag, then harvest acorns in fall and store them in these holes, to be eaten during winter. Such a “granary tree” may be used for generations …

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eclipse flowers

    CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers say the public can help collect scientific information about the effect of Monday’s eclipse on plants for future generations. This will be the first time since 1918 a total eclipse will cross the entire United States. Douglas Bielenberg, a Clemson plant physiologist, said because total solar eclipses are …

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California Dreamin’

Created by ancient lava (basalt) flows, the approximately 3,300 acre North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is an elevated basalt mesa with beautiful vistas of spring wildflowers, waterfalls, lava outcrops, and a rare type of vernal pool, called Northern Basalt Flow Vernal Pools. Typically fissures in the basalt soak up winter rains, forming seasonal streams and …

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Tucson desert trails

The Sonoran Desert includes 60 mammal species, 350 bird species, 20 amphibian species, over 100 reptile species, 30 native fish species, over 1000 native bee species, and more than 2,000 native plant species. The Sonoran Desert area southeast of Tucson and near the Mexican border is vital habitat for the only population of jaguars living within the United States. The Colorado …

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Bridalveil Fall Yosemite

Bridalveil Fall From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bridalveil Fall Bridalveil Fall as seen from Tunnel View on California State Route 41. Location Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California. Type Plunge Total height 188 metres (617 ft) Number of drops 1 World height ranking 431 Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, seen yearly by millions of visitors to Yosemite National …

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Yosemite panorama

History of the Yosemite area From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Galen Clark, the first guardian of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove, pictured in front of the Grizzly Giant Tree, Mariposa Grove around 1858-9. For over 3,000 years Sierra Miwok, Mono, Paiute, and other Native American groups have lived in the central Sierra Nevada region of California. When European Americans first visited …

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