Tag: Adaptations

Adapting To Live Along Side Us

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) seem like such an iconic woodland creature. I can just picture them perfectly frolicking through the forest, catching mice, and sniffing at berries. Over time, this iconic picture shifted. Instead of a beautiful forest scene, more and more fox are found in Urban environments; wandering busy streets and dodging cars as …

Sand Swept and Wind Blown Plant Adaptations

It’s summertime and one of my absolute favorite things is going to the beach and getting a big whiff of salty air in the green salt marshes! I love the look of a white beach with green plants and a blue sky and ocean! It’s the best.  But how do those plants in a sandy, …

Pollination – Amazing Plant & Animal Relationships

Last month, I had a wonderful opportunity to learn more about pollinators, like the honeybee, at the nationally recognized botanical garden – Longwood Gardens! This professional development opportunity allowed me to not only learn about these amazing plant & animal relationships, but to witness first hand active pollination in the outdoor gardens and photograph some …

Orchids – the Mischievous Flower

Flowers rely on pollinators like bees, beetles, birds, moths, butterflies, bats, and other creatures to spread pollen from one flower to the next in order to create seeds. Flowers have adapted their color, shape, or aroma to attract the type of pollinator that would best suit them – for example, hummingbirds like red tube flowers. …

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 …

“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. …

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 …

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

Galanthus nivalis is a beautiful snow-burning plant that is a wonderful herald of spring!

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 …

Plants That Eat More than Sunlight!

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.

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 …

How do tiny birds survive the cold winter?

Cardinals need to eat a lot of fatty seeds in order to stay warm all 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 …