I love the yellow poppies which grow everywhere on the Californian coast. They seem much more sturdy than their European counterparts...like the one below which grew where nothing else seemed to want to live:
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If you go walking on Goat's Rock Beach near sunset trying to spot seals you will find that it is easier than expected - as the seals are all there floating in the surf spotting humans. They look like cute little ghosts - but we didn't figure out if they were just waiting for us to sod off so that they could get to bed (my theory) or if watching us was a leisure pursuit (the theory that was posted on educational information boards on the bays wildlife):
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I don't know how these little flowers are called - but I'm on holiday at the moment and wherever I go here, they grow at the roadside. I think they're adorable and love how they create their own little ponds. For many more flowers please visit Today's Flowers. I have very limited internet access, so apologies if I can't visit your flowers this week at Today's Flowers hosted by Luiz Santilli Jr .
Here is Mc Clures Beach on Point Reyes. I love Point Reyes, beautiful landscape, whales, elks, seals - do visit if you can. I'm still on holiday, so apologies for not being able to visit all your lovely Monochrome Monday pictures.
I flew over the Atlantic yesterday - the sky was cloud free for big stretches and the views where gorgeous. Most of the waters between Greenland and Canada are still pretty frozen. Below is Baffin Bay, though, where there were some areas which seemed well in the process of melting:
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Four was the number of leaves on a little plum or greengage seedling, that has magically appeared in one of my flower pots. Well, maybe two and two, if you're pernickety and you think cotyledons should not be thrown together with other leaves. However, that was yesterday morning. When I came home after work in the evening, I could already see the next two. It's amazing how things can grow when they're young. I'm going on holiday soon, so I fret that it might not survive - I hope it will, and that it will produce lots and lots of greengages when it has grown up.
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I think at this point it might start to show that I'm a terrible sucker for a good Night-sky. Here is quite a dramatic one, which I photographed some time ago during a stormy night. I was staying at an old english country house. The wind caused everything to creak and bang, and I couldn't sleep - so I ended up staring out of the window. The clouds moved swiftly across the sky and the moon cast quite a creepy light. Soon enough a ghost appeared under my window, so I thought - but then it just turned out to be my host dressed in a night gown, taking his pugs into the garden for a late night pee.
In the cloud forest I looked at droplets moving from the gaseous phase of their life back to a watery one. These days I'm working on where these droplets go for the next stage of the water cycle and what happens to them there. The River Kennet, which is one of the rivers I work on, is a chalk stream which would under non-polluted conditions be totally clear. The stretch on which the photo is taken, however, isn't - and nobody quite knows why (that's why it is being researched). Still, there are some plants growing and the water is clear enough to be able to see the bottom:
Matters could be far worse, as for example in the Riachuelo, a tributary of the River Plate. Apparently it is the third most polluted river in the world - but it doesn't really need any official credentials. One can smell it from some 300m away and it looks pretty toxic - it must be a hotbed of fantastically interesting microbes:
Staying in the Andes, here is another almost-night-shot. This time with the first traces of sunrise. I would have liked a slightly less grainy picture but it was cold outside. As it was only marginally less cold inside (there is no heating in the wooden huts which are the field station) I decided to preserve warmth rather than fiddle around with camera settings. I do somewhat like the image. Probably irrationally so.
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Almost two years ago I was on fieldwork on the easternmost slopes of the Andes, right where the Amazon basin begins. I was researching cloud/forest interactions and so I stayed literally in the clouds. Sorting photos today I came across this 'almost-night-shot'. The cloud forest is very beautiful, but also quite remote, humid and cold. Therefore a lot of living things stay away from it and evenings can feel quite lonesome. Watching fantastically shaped clouds get stuck on peaks is generally the most reliable form of evening entertainment the place has to offer.
The husband and I are quite good at sharing our space. Except when preparing meals. This is probably because the kitchen is hexed. Whilst cooking, I generally find that whenever I need to use a particular cooking utensil, the husband needs exactly the same item, too. When I need to be somewhere, the husband also needs to be just there just then. This is especially so in the most important moments of the cooking process. We've been experimenting with different approaches to solve the problem for roughly the last decade. I think the best outcome so far is that we still very much enjoy eating the meals that we've cooked together. Today's LT picture is a quick snap of last Thursday's orange hearts for the fennel salad:
There was some much longed for sunshine this afternoon, so I spent time outside. The bottom of the valley is a flood plain. It was totally flooded shortly after the snow had melted, and there are still lots of puddles in which I found great reflections:
I started my working life as a film maker. Then I began to feel useless and became a scientist instead. I love my new job but I can't give up cameras completely. Now I have accumulated so many photos that they're quite squashed in their digital box - so please click on them for instant liberation. If you want to know what cameras I use you have to click to see the complete profile.