理恵 明渡 on Instagram: “もう桜が咲いたって聞くけど、うちの店はやっと木瓜が咲いたとこ。池田市の細河は大阪の極寒地です😰❄️ #盆栽 #養庄園 #bonsaitree #bonsai #木瓜”

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Friday Photos–More Bonsai and Palms, with Ferns too

Country Ripples

Enjoy some more photos from the flower show my friend and I attended.

I saw examples of God’s creative flourishes over and over, in the bright colors of flowers, in the subdued, but lush, beautiful greenery of the bonsai, palms and ferns, in the various patterns of bark on the bushes and trees. His creativity spilled over to the way men prune and shape the bonsai (often to reflect the way trees grow in the wild), and the way the flowers, bushes, and trees are displayed at the show. One manifestation of creativity inspires another. I never expected to see such lessons at a flower show, but I did.

Third Bonsai Author Photo

Second Bonsai at Phipps Author Photo

Lrg. Bonsai Tree Author Photo

More Palms,2 Author Photo

Ferns at Phipps Author Photo

If you are interested in learning more about bonsai, palms, and ferns, check these sites out:

wwwbonsaiempire.com

https://dengarden.com

https://www.britannica.com/plant/palm-tree

https://www.britannica.com/plant/fern

P. Booher

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News Pictures – Driver who accidentally hit owl and assumed it dead mysteriously finds creature SURVIVED impact

News Exc Celebrity

Article and photos from hienalouca.com

A Utah man got quite the pleasant surprise Sunday when he found an owl stuck behind the grill of his car.

He was able to breathe a sigh of relief after realizing he hadn’t killed the bird while driving in Lehi the night before.

Instead the nocturnal creature slipped in between a space on the front of his vehicle and he was astonished to find it was doing just fine the following day when he returned to the red Ford.

A great horned owl got stuck behind the grill of a red Ford SUV Sunday in Utah

A great horned owl got stuck behind the grill of a red Ford SUV Sunday in Utah

A great horned owl got stuck behind the grill of a red Ford SUV Sunday in Utah

‘I was driving home from my girlfriend’s house when a large bird flew up from in front of me causing me to incidentally hit it with my vehicle,’ the driver told ViralHog

‘I had assumed that it died on impact as the feathers disappeared shortly after impact…

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Slow Days

Natural Moments

More than 3 weeks have now passed since my last posting; following are a few of the better pictures I’ve gotten since then. Weather hasn’t cooperated very often lately, I’ve gotten busy with taxes and other menial tasks, and I haven’t been getting many good photo opportunities. There have been lots of porcupines about lately, which are always fun to spot.

I’ve been focused the last few weeks on finding more nesting Great Horned Owls after spotting my first one for the year at Albuquerque Academy on February 17 (photo shown on my last blog update). Since then, I’ve found three more. The first one, during our Audubon Thursday Birder trip to Durand Open Space on February 28 was a total surprise we just happened to notice.

(I’d actually checked eBird that morning but none had ever been reported there, and our trip leader had just mentioned looking for them…

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Alberta’s Approach to Caribou Recovery

Alberta Environment and Parks

Alberta is home to abundant wild species, rich biodiversity and immense ecological heritage. This is something we sometimes take for granted.

Mountain/woodland caribou bullIn the past few decades a few things have become apparent when it comes to the environment. We need to make sure we are balancing activities on our landscapes, we need to have plans in place to lay the foundations of work to conserve and protect, and we need to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our wild species.

An example of this is the work being done to protect Canada’s woodland caribou. In Alberta, caribou ranges cover about 23 per cent of the landscape, with 15 ranges falling under provincial jurisdiction. All woodland caribou in the province are designated as Threatened under both the federal Species at Risk Act and provincial Wildlife Act.

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