Sunday, June 28, 2015

Forest Canopy

Yellow Wildflower

Walking along a trail I found these small flowers growing in the grass. This blow up I accomplished with an extension tube. 48mm f/7.1 1/640 sec. ISO 200 -0.7  step

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Eastern Meadow Lark

Saw this bird while hiking behind a ball field.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mocking Bird

I saw this bird as I was checking the Missouri river for flood height.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Remeasure Eastern Cotton Wood Tree

June 1st 2015
Circumference 9' 8 7/8"
Height 108'
Canopy 61' and 73'
Total points 241

The decrease in height is due to the problem of looking through other branches that are not part of the tree I was measuring. The circumference increased 7/8"

June 14th 2014
Circumference 9' 8"
Height 115.8 '
Canopy 67' and 71'
Total Points 249
June 14, 2014 photo

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wandering Black Locust

When I took the first photo I thought the stem crossing the trail was a vine. But when I arrived closer I noticed that this was not a vine but a Black Locust tree that was searching for light.

There were stems growing vertically off of the horizontal stem.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Quality of Light

There is something about a forest that is clear below. One of the things this means is light is not getting through the upper canopy to allow for tall shrubs and trees to grow below. This would signafy that all the light is being captured. But that is not ture because if it was ture I would not be able to see into these woods. This then brings up the question of the quality of light. Can light be used up and the residual light we see not be useful for much plant growth?

This brings to mind the Scripture Jesus talks of light being dark. 

Matthew 6:23 ""But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!"

Let the light of Jesus shine within you.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blackberry Flowers

Hiking in a park we came across these Blackberry Flowers. We will be back to reap the fruit in July.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Western Kingbird

I saw this bird along with a few others chirping in some trees. I had to walk a ways to get a clear shot.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
1/500 sec.
ISO 100
-1 step
42 mm

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Slippery Elm

Not being familiar with this tree I was watching when the leaves came out to ID the tree. It is a Slippery Elm. One of the characteristics of this tree is the vertical  lines within the bark. American elm  does not have this. Am elm bark is blotchy in color. 

The buds were round and not angled and oblong like Am elm.