Sunrise on the Grasslands

It is easy to feel the connectedness when the sun rises over the vast expanse of grasslands. Getting the opportunity to experience the prairie sunrise is a wonderful opportunity and this project to provide a hut-to-hut experience out in the grasslands is worth supporting.

https://www.americanprairie.org/project/hut-to-hut-system

https://www.americanprairie.org

http://www.explorebigsky.com/infinite-landscape-exhibit-benefits-american-prairie-reserve

The Fungus Among Us

I have always found mushrooms fascinating life forms. Not plant, not animal yet vitally important for the health of both plants and animals. However, they are a bugger to photograph yet I never stop trying.

Paul Stamets wrote a great book on Fungus call Mycellium running and delivered this inserting TED talk several years ago:

Fur Coats

Tow different alpine moths each wearing fur coats forage up high in the mountains of central Colorado.

Photographed in early September.

Just an hour after posting this I came across a news story describing the decline of insects by 75% in Germany. I am sure this is happening globally to varying decrees. This sixth extinction caused by our human species will have consequences and is affecting life big and small. A link to the study is provided below:

 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809