Sam’s Photo Challenge

 

 

 

This is Day 7 of my 7-day photo challenge. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days and nominate a new person every day. Photos don’t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos
I am finishing up with a Butterfly photo. Recently I visited the “Butterfly Rain Forest”, in Gainesville Florida. Butterflies are hard to photograph because of their agility, unless you find them early in the morning (wet feathers) or catch them in a sex act. I found two Zebra butterflies in………you guessed it. See below. I hope FB doesn’t censor this photo due to it’s mature content!
Thank you all for for your likes and comments.
Thank you Vincent Veneruso for nominating me. I enjoyed it.

Sam

 

 

 

More Butterfly Images from our Nature Expert Eagle Deepthie!

 

 

These are some butterfly photos taken at Chaya Blue Butterfly Garden .
There were hundreds and hundreds of them in the little garden.
I had a hard time staying away from it !

There was a Naturalist available to help me ID the butterflies – which was
just great .
This garden is in the wild- just a patch of garden, that  this man had
started a Butterfly Garden, and I just admired  his Love  and Enthusiasm for
butterflies  !

Common Tiger- is the one that looks like our Monarch  and you can see the
Milkweed plant and flower too- that has that irritant milky sap .

 

 

Deepthie

Sam’s Photo Challenge

 

 

 

 

This is Day 6 of my 7-day photo challenge. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days and nominate a new person every day. Photos don‘t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos


This image was taken on our return trip from Denali in Alaska. We were actually sitting in the last rail car looking out the window catching the front of the train taking the curve.

Sam

 

 

Alaskan adventure copy

Polar Fights- Deepthie

 

 

 

I was in  Hudson Bay area of Churchill, Manitoba- the Polar Bear Capitol of
Canada in late  October 2006.

We were taken out in to the Tundra in a special Tundra buggy  ( an old
school bus fitted out with tractor wheels to take the rough ride on the
Arctic tundra )
On the shores of  the Sub Arctic Tundra of Hudson Bay- the Polar Bears wait
listlessly for the ice to form,  in early November ,to use it as  platform,
to ride out the open waters to hunt for seals- their main food source.
People from all over the world come to Churchill, Manitoba for this annual
event  if the Polar Bears waiting for Ice ..

These are two young juvenile bears- about 3 yrs old,  coming out of
‘walking hibernation ‘  from early April to early November .
They don’t go to a deep  winter sleep ( nov – april )  like the black bears
and Grizzly bears .
Polar bears- are half asleep, half awake, wondering around like  zombies ,
eating sea weeds, spring vegetation, rodents, caribou calves , sea gulls etc
. for protein .
The Polar Bears have the opposite time frame  for hibernation from that  of
Black and Grizzly Bears

 These two juveniles- one is asleep on a bed of sea weeds, and the other-
bored out of its skull, so he nags the other ‘wanna fight ? ”
These play fights are a  preparation for the real thing- when they would
fight with determined ferocity,  for the female  to mate with .

We watched this ‘play fight ‘ go on for an hour or so, drinking hot
chocolate. Coffee, tea, and eating cookies and muffins in the warm comfort
of the Tundra Buggy .

The sad thing now is that with Climate Change- these bears have to go
hungry for a longer time, as the ice thins out early forcing them to swim
lot longer in search of seals  ,and the ice platforms  forms late ,
extending their ‘ walking hibernation ‘ period .

 In one generation, my grandkids will see Polar Bears, only in their
grandmother’s photo album ….
My advice to you all- =if you want to see  live Polar Bears in the wild,
come to Churchill now, or see them in a zoo .
It is usually the American tourists that  fill the  3  day Via Rail

 

Sam- you folks really have to see this to believe it – it is wonderful .

I went again, two yrs later,  in July 2008,  to see the Arctic  in Bloom,
Beluga Whales and Bears ( Bears, Belugas and Blooms )  and saw polar bears
again – they broke into the local coffee shop early am, and had to be chased
out of town .
They are hungry- and the smell of fresh baking from the bakery was too much
for them at 5 am !

There  is a special 911 alarm for polar bear  sightings in the town of
Churchill- and the bakery was within walking distance of our Polar Inn !
When the alarm goes off, it wakes up the whole town, so people can stay
safe indoors.

No one walks around alone after dark in Churchill- but, one day, I took a
chance and went out at night  to see the Northern Lights !, and walked alone
in the afternoon  to the  National Park  to see the wild flowers and
photograph them, and to see the glacier carvings on the granite rock tops .

The Parks Canada Ranger-   located at the top of the granite outcrop, armed
with his long range gun, saw me from through his  binocs and later told me,
that a polar bear was walking parallel to me, down in the Hudson Bay shore
line .

I was on higher ground  , and I had a ‘feeling ‘ that a bear was down
below, and somehow, there was No Fear in me at all …
I was glad, that the bear ‘knew me ‘ and my scent is now in his DNA !!!!

The Parks Canada guy thought I was crazy !!!! and he kept watch on me, till
I returned back to town and told me ” now don’t stop to take any more
photos- just walk straight down to town’
Like hell- I stopped a dozen more times, before I reached the town, knowing
the Parks Canada Ranger was watching out for my safety !

 

Enjoy- eagleD

 

 

Pertinent Question- Ariya

Who or What am I?
 
There is virtually nothing ‘I’ do to form me
Contrary to my thoughts, high & grandiose
Birth, growth, sickness, ageing and death
Happen due to factors beyond any control of me
A male and a female cell do combine
With correct warmth to make me
There is little or no input from me
Though proudly identify as ‘I’ or ‘ME’
To cry when born to get a breath of air
‘I’ did nothing just an apparatus, not the heir
Hunger pains signalling to brain makes me cry
Seeking milk and warmth, as well to remain dry
 
From then onwards up to the point of death,
‘I am’ not the provider but plants or milk & flesh
Everything from outside, none is of my making
From youth, middle and old age up to my death
 
My hunger is not under my control
None of my desirers not even the anger
Good health or ill health isn’t my doing
The concept ‘Me’ is a work of the brain
 
It tricks me to take control of events
And thoughts and to react to objects
A false sense as the load and master
Bestowed on, to protect & gene transfer
Ariya De Silva

Sam’s Photo Challenge

 

 

 

 

This is Day 5 of my 7-day photo challenge. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days and nominate a new person every day. Photos don’t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos.

This image is an “Emerald Dragonfly” I captured in a friend’s backyard 2 years ago. Location is Battaramulla.

 

 

Emerald Dragonfly

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This is Day 4 of my 7-day photo challenge. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days on Face Book and nominate a new person every day. Photos don’t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos.

This photo was taken in Bolgoda Lake, SriLanka 2 years ago. It was awarded a yellow ribbon by the FCCC ( Florida Camera Club Council)

Sam

 

“Stranded in Blue Waters”

Sam’s Photo Challenge

 

 

 

 

This is Day 3 of my 7-day photo challenge. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days and nominate a new person every day. Photos don’t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos. This photo was captured at the Tampa Zoo last year. Enjoy,  Sam

 

 

       “Love Birds”

 

More Nature Photos- Deepthie

 

 

 

This was my Christmas greeting for 2015
It was minus 20 deg C ,on that brilliant sunny winter morning , when me and
my friend,Wendy Maurice set out to see the Snowy Owls in the farms/ fields of Springwater
Township, about an hours drive from home .
We got lucky that day- with spectacular sightings and photos .
These owls seem to come to the same farms year after year, and are very
predictable .
Snow Angel- never fails us- the farmers are our friends and this is a
social outing for me and my friend  to sit in that old farm kitchen and
drink hot tea and eat home make cake on a cold winter day !
The Spruce tree that the bird is on, is the tallest spruce tree in the
area- so, it is easy to spot the owl on top of this tree from quite a
distance .
If it cannot be seen from the road, then we drive around the street- and we
are sure to find it around the farm yard !

 


Enjoy- eagleD

Sam’s Photo Challenge

This is Day 2 of my 7-day photo challenge in Face Book. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days and nominate a new person every day. Photos don’t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos.

 

 

This photo was taken several years ago in Palm Springs California. I was fortunate to have a HummingBird post for me.

Sam’s Photo Challenge

 

“Snowy Peaks”

 

Snowy Peaks copy

 

This is Day 1of my 7-day photo challenge. I was nominated by a friend to post one nature photo a day for 7 days on Face Book and nominate a new person every day. Photos don’t have to be recent. They can be sometime during your lifetime but taken by “YOU”. The goal is to flood Facebook with beautiful nature photos.

This photo was taken in Alaska when we were on vacation celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary

Sam

 

Mt Everest

 

 

Picture of Mt. Everest taken by me from the base camp , before my climb 15 years ago. As you can see the base of the mountain to the top does not look very tall. The base is at 14000 feet above sea level.  From the base to the top is only 15029 feet.
Mt. Denali  base is at 2000 feet above sea level. Therefore from the base to the top of Denali is 18320 feet. As a mountain Denali is taller than Mt .Everest. However the peak of Mt. Everest is at 29029 feet above sea level and is the tallest mountain peak in the world.
Just kidding guys I did not climb  Mt.Everest. If I did attempt it 15 years ago , I would not be giving you this information and would never have met all you nice folks at RU 64.

Nisantha