Monthly Archives: February 2016

Friday favorites: Scene for an epic adventure

The fog over Mirror Lake at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in New Hampshire gives this scene the feel of something out of a fantasy novel.

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Every 4 years

30 days has September April, June, and November All the rest have 31 Except that quite contrary February That has 28 most of the time But in Leap Year 29! This childhood ditty crosses my mind often in February. Every … Continue reading

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Flowering in winter? It’s witch-hazel!

The witch-hazel genus (Hamamelis) consists of five species of deciduous shrubs. Three of these are native to North America, while two are native to the temperate regions of Asia. What is remarkable about these species is when they flower. The … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Twilight noon

Noon at Imnavait Creek, Alaska, reveals a multitude of colors in a cloud-studded sky.

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Using nature journals to study phenology

Over time, many amateur and professional naturalists have kept journals to record their observations in nature. As observations are made at the same location over time, patterns of change begin to emerge. Records of these changes can provide evidence of … Continue reading

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Friday favorites: Steady through the seasons

I love this time series from the camera in Amador County, California. Not only is it perfectly steady (hurrah!), but it captures some beautiful changes in the vegetation over the seasons. It’s almost like artwork. Here’s what a single (spring) … Continue reading

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Tropical trees: a complex story

In most pictures on Season Spotter, the only evergreen trees you see have needle leaves. These trees keep their needles year-round and add new ones in a seasonal flush. However, evergreen broad-leaf trees in the tropics often show more complex … Continue reading

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