Hiking and taking long walks is the best way for me to discover nature. I am always fascinated when I see anything new. It is important to observe closely. Something will often surprise you.
I accidently brought a cute bug into the house as it hitched a ride on my shoulder. This allusive bug was small, slightly larger than a ladybug. While observing the bug, it moved slowly and did not fly. The bug was beautifully camouflaged, making it easy to miss in my garden. Online I read he was a stink bug probably from an apricot tree.
I encounter colorful birds, fast moving lizards and magical butterflies during my walks.
I am over joyed to have the Pacific Tree Frogs in my garden! I hear their loud chirp from dust to dawn. Their lovely serenade brings the garden alive in the evenings.
The cute little Pacific Tree Frog is a common species that are relatively small in size and can have a range of different colors, transcending from light to dark, including many shades of green, brown, gray, black, tan and red. The Tree Frog lives in territories ranging from British Columbia, Canada all the way down in Baja California, Mexico.
Many are found near slow moving creeks and moist habitats, but can also survive in mountainous terrain. These primary nocturnal frogs hide in my garden under leaves, rocks and pieces of wood during the day to stay cool.
They use their loud chirp to call to females during their mating season, which is between November and July. When numerous frogs call together it is called a chorus. On summer evenings it is very common to hear them sing together as I gaze at the stars.
Recently we visited the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, which is part of the UC Santa Cruz. The center is overlooking the ocean and is surrounded by all kinds of wildlife.
There are very impressive skeletons of both grey and blue whales on display outside.
The articulate docents are available to lead tours, which really enhanced the experience. Part of the tour includes watching dolphins play in large pools.
There are several touch tanks with sea stars and hermit crabs as part of the inside exhibit. Other tanks display colorful abalone, anemones, and large soft sea cucumbers.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/about.html
The above link has a slideshow about the Hubble telescope, which is orbiting around the Earth. Enjoy a view from inside the International Space Station. Capture images of a portion of the Swan Nebula located 5,500 light years described as an ocean of hydrogen with small quantities of oxygen, sulfur and other elements. Also see the Ant’s Nebula and Esquimo Nebula at 5000 light years. The images are fascinating, moving, and dazzling of Earth with a rising moon, Neptune’s orbit, Venus without its clouds and so much more!
A robin built a nest in a hanging basket on a porch and laid four eggs. The film captures robin eggs hatching and the small birds feeding and growing over a four week period.