ICELAND

10 DAYS on the RING ROAD in a camper van in ICELAND. pictures do it no justice, but perhaps this small sampling can still inspire.

Jökulsàrlòn 

Jökulsàrlòn 

amazing BASALT formations all over the landscape

amazing BASALT formations all over the landscape

Whooper swans, Djùpivogur

Whooper swans, Djùpivogur

Hverarond 

Hverarond 

Lake Myvatn, one of my favorite places and breeding grounds for Barrow's Goldeneye

Lake Myvatn, one of my favorite places and breeding grounds for Barrow's Goldeneye

Common Snipe resting. A rare moment, capturing this normally busy bird, resting.

Common Snipe resting. A rare moment, capturing this normally busy bird, resting.

Icelandic ponies near Grettislaug 

Icelandic ponies near Grettislaug 

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Black-legged Kittiwakes were one of many species nesting on ocean cliffs

Black-legged Kittiwakes were one of many species nesting on ocean cliffs

more amazing basalt coastline

more amazing basalt coastline

Common Eider 

Common Eider 

SPRING MORNING IN THE WOODS

got out early this weekend to look for some spring creatures

tiny Velvet Mites found in and under the damp logs (tiny but on the move (blurry))

tiny Velvet Mites found in and under the damp logs (tiny but on the move (blurry))

spring rains form vernal pools on the forest floor,  these temporary ponds become useful breeding grounds for a variety of amphibians like these Blue Spotted Salamanders that i found hiding under logs adjacent to the pools

spring rains form vernal pools on the forest floor,  these temporary ponds become useful breeding grounds for a variety of amphibians like these Blue Spotted Salamanders that i found hiding under logs adjacent to the pools

i found 9 total Blue Spotted's for the morning. 

i found 9 total Blue Spotted's for the morning. 

i always make sure to replace the logs as carefully as possible and return everything as i found it.

i always make sure to replace the logs as carefully as possible and return everything as i found it.

from a little homework, i think these big grubs will become June Bugs when they transform

from a little homework, i think these big grubs will become June Bugs when they transform

helped this toad buddy across the road

helped this toad buddy across the road

lots of Garter Snakes warming themselves in the morning sun

lots of Garter Snakes warming themselves in the morning sun

back home by the apartment, one of 5 little bunnies nibblin' on flowers

back home by the apartment, one of 5 little bunnies nibblin' on flowers

NAPLES, FL

Always exciting to get down to Florida in spring and get a glimpse of all the bird activity!  So much to see comparatively to our northern winter.  

Tri Colored Heron

Tri Colored Heron

Little Blue Heron hunting for fish (or whatever it can grab)

Little Blue Heron hunting for fish (or whatever it can grab)

Always a special treat to see a Loggerhead Shrike!!

Always a special treat to see a Loggerhead Shrike!!

NORTHWOODS wi.

I have taken it upon myself to get better at my moths.  Always a surprise as to who will show up after leaving an outside spotlight on overnight.  The hope is always for some of the big guys, but even the tiniest moths have some amazing patterns and colors when you really look close.  I took lots of photos then poured over my field guide to get ID's.  

Wavy Chestnut Y   (found him on the ladder i was using to look at the moths high up on the garage)

Wavy Chestnut Y   (found him on the ladder i was using to look at the moths high up on the garage)

a perfect Luna Moth

a perfect Luna Moth

Rosy Maple Moth

Rosy Maple Moth