I woke up super early this morning and legitimately thought it was fall and I had plans to go to the park and take pictures all day. Apparently I’d been dreaming or something. I even had—and still have!—that excited, fluttery feeling in my stomach!
So now I’m wishing it was fall, and I’m sad because summer just started a week ago. And since I now live in the south, fall doesn’t even really start until November. Sigh.
I only started hating summer after we moved down here. Summer with the highest highs being 80 degrees is so much more pleasant than 90+ for four months.
Here is the original file. It’s pretty large (~5MB), but it looks awesome if you have a big screen.
I’m pretty proud of how this turned out. I’ve never done anything like this before. Five photos, stitched together in Photoshop, with minor editing to smooth out colors and exposures.
June 3, 2014 - Common Loon (Gavia immer)
These diving birds are found in the Northern U.S. and Canada. They spend most of their time in water and are awkward on land, coming ashore only to nest. They have solid bones and can expel air from their lungs and feathers to assist in diving. Their heart rate also slows while they are underwater, reducing their need for oxygen. Loons are fast flyers, reaching speeds up to 70 mph while migrating, although they need as much as a quarter mile of water to gain enough speed for takeoff. They eat mostly fish and occasionally invertebrates.
Yay awesome!! Thank you again!
My houseplants, compliation post. Names and descriptions in captions.
May 30, 2014 - Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)
Requested by: heatherdawn
These small penguins live along the coast of Antarctica. They dive for fish, squid, and krill, sometimes reaching depths of 575 feet (175 meters). In the spring, they form large breeding colonies on land, often made up of thousands of birds. Males and females take turns incubating eggs in nests lined with stones. Chicks gather in groups at the age of about three weeks and begin to swim around nine weeks. Adélie Penguins can live up to 20 years in the wild.
This is perfect, thank you so much!!