Adaptations, Animals, birds, Climate Change, conservation, Endangered Species, Special Conservation Designated Events, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

National Geographic Educator Certification – Another Reflection

For a while  now, it has been my super unrealistic goal of becoming a National Geographic Photographer. While I am competing with so many extremely talented photographers all over the world who have access to more “interesting” subjects, better equipment, and have more experience, you gotta have goals, right? Much to my surprise and delight,… Continue reading National Geographic Educator Certification – Another Reflection

Adaptations, Identification, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Skin may be different- but that’s not bad!

The amount of diversity in this world is absolutely amazing! There are so many skin tones, hair colors (mine is blue and will be purple in a few days...), eye colors, heights, shapes.... you get it - this list could go on and on... Did you know that there is even MORE diversity in the… Continue reading Skin may be different- but that’s not bad!

Adaptations, Animals, Art Exhibits, Climate Change, Colors, conservation, Endangered Species, The Art of Ecology

“Heart & Soul” – A Photo Project Looking at Animal/Habitat Relationships

As a Conservation Photographer who finds the interconnection of life fascinating, I try to reflect that passion in my work. I created my "Heart & Soul" project to depict this interconnection. Heart & Soul shows the blend of an animal and it's ideal habitat, or where the animal's heart and soul belong, through image overlays.… Continue reading “Heart & Soul” – A Photo Project Looking at Animal/Habitat Relationships

Adaptations, Animals, Backyard Habitats, birds, The Art of Ecology

Beautifully Built Bird Beaks & Bills

You have a bird feeder out in your back yard, but you notice that not all of the birds you have seen are visiting it - Why might that be? Well, one answer might be that not all birds are designed to eat the same foods. By looking at the bird's beak or bill, you… Continue reading Beautifully Built Bird Beaks & Bills

Galanthus nivalis is a beautiful snow-burning plant that is a wonderful herald of spring!
Adaptations, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, Seasons, The Art of Ecology

Burn Through Snow – What Flowers Can Do that We Wish We Could Too!

About this time (maybe even earlier!) each year, I start missing the sunshine and heat like crazy! Fortunately, nature’s got my back and I can get my “spring fix” even during the last dreary winter days. A few flowers get tired of the grey like I do and do something about it; they heat up… Continue reading Burn Through Snow – What Flowers Can Do that We Wish We Could Too!

Look up close at the long "leaves" of the sundew plant! These will curl up and look similar to a fiddlehead fern when an insect is caught.
Adaptations, conservation, Endangered Species, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Plants That Eat More than Sunlight!

As kids, we’re all taught that plants eat sunlight through a complex process called “Photosynthesis.” This is one of the many things that, as humans, make plants a little hard to relate to. If you’re feeling disassociated from plants, here’s something to make you feel better - some plants eat meat! Yum. Carnivorous plants are… Continue reading Plants That Eat More than Sunlight!

Cardinals need to eat a lot of fatty seeds in order to stay warm all winter!
Adaptations, Animals, birds, Seasons, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

How do tiny birds survive the cold winter?

We always think of birds as migrating south for the winter (wish I could too!), but obviously, some birds do stick around. These birds are able to adapt to the colder temperatures and can find enough food to stick around chilly Pennsylvania! Birds adapt in many ways that are similar to humans. They eat yummier… Continue reading How do tiny birds survive the cold winter?

We often see pinks and purples in nature, but why is the color blue so rare?
Adaptations, Animals, Colors, Flowers, Gardening, Plants, The Art of Ecology

Why do we always see purples and reds in plants, yet rarely blue?

Winter is here and it makes me miss the vibrant colors of spring, summer, and fall. I personally LOVE yellow. I love Sunflowers, Coreopsis, Daisies, Goldfinches, and Blue-Ringed Octopus. I’m not super picky though. I just love color! I love Butterfly Weed, Zinnia, Hibiscus, Purple Beautyberry, Cuttlefish, Common Sea Dragons, Giraffes… the list can go… Continue reading Why do we always see purples and reds in plants, yet rarely blue?

These beautiful flowers attracted many pollinators out in the New Mexico desert!
Adaptations, Plants, The Art of Ecology, Travel, Wildlife Behavior

How can life still occur in the desert of the American Southwest?

Traveling, especially to places that look and feel different than Pennsylvania where I have lived for all of my life, is so exciting! Fortunately for me, I had the chance to go out to New Mexico to do some photography this past summer! It was amazing to see how many plants and animals that a… Continue reading How can life still occur in the desert of the American Southwest?

Chipmunks are amazingly cute members of the rodent family, each with their own personality!
Adaptations, Animals, The Art of Ecology, Wildlife Behavior

How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?

I’ll gladly go bungee jumping or skydiving. Not much scares me, yet for some strange reason, I gasp at small things. A door closed unexpectedly? Gasp. Did a leaf fall on my shoulder? Gasp. I’m startled for a fraction of a second and react. Who knew that this is a similar trait to shy, cute,… Continue reading How do Chipmunks show their personality through vocalization?