Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I think lots of folks see Walden Ridge from the TN Valley and realize it is the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau and think the plateau is flat across until it falls off the western side down to Nashville. It would be called Walden "Cliff" if that were so. It is very cliff like on the eastern side but is eroded off into a series of valleys on the western side. Some of these shots are taken at the very top so you can see the drop off on either side. It's the closest I can come, short of hiring a helicopter and pilot, which I am thinking about doing...Seriously! The creek is Laurel Creek which is the last big tributary to Whites Creek on the Rhea County (southern) side before it flows into Watts Bar Lake. All of these were taken on the western slope of Walden Ridge up to the top.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Took a bit of a hike today up to the top of the mountain in yesterday's photo. My fancy Nikon lens was sent back to the factory under warranty so I took these with my wife's little outdoor Pentax.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
If you want to protect rare species, first you have to find them. In the past few years, biologists have developed a powerful new tool to do that. They've discovered that they can often find traces of animal DNA in streams, ponds — even oceans.What's Swimming in the River?
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Monday, July 08, 2013
This is that time of year when the relatively rare Diana Fritillary butterflies get together and make sure there are Diana Fritillaries next year. The males arise in late spring and survive until the girls come out, about now, actually. These shots were taken on opposite sides of the house today. Males on the butterfly bush and female on the monarda. Interesting lives they have, albeit short ones. The males will die soon after mating. The girls will survive until frost. They deposit their eggs near violets but not on them. The babies hatch and don't eat but crawl into safe cracks and crevices in the earth to winter over until spring. Those that survive, a small percentage, find the violets and start eating. Then everything starts all over again. Amazing! And yes, there is a lot of activity for the sharp eyed to observe...