Despite their unattractive appearance, I love vultures, not only do I find them fascinating to observe, graceful in flight and captivating to photograph, they are a vital component for the ecosystem.
Interesting Vulture Fact: Although bone forms a vulture’s diet for the most-part, there are some species that prefer a more rounded diet. Feasting on a variety of nuts, fish and other birds, both the palm nut vulture and the lappet-faced vulture do well to defy their haunting stereotypes.
We are at a crisis point environmentally, it is necessary that we all learn what we’re faced with and what possible steps we can take to restore our beautiful and unique planet so wildlife and humans have a future to look forward to.
I love the diversity of the wetlands, from Grackles to Herons, there are so many birds that call them home during the spring and summer.
Grackle Cool Fact: In 1900 the northern edge of the Great-tailed Grackle’s range barely reached southern Texas. Since the 1960s they’ve followed the spread of irrigated agriculture and urban development into the Great Plains and West, and today are one of North America’s fastest-expanding species.
Canada Goose Fun Fact: These geese have very good eyesight. They can see more than 180 degrees horizontally and vertically which is very useful during flight. Canadian geese also have mostly monocular vision.
This year, as every year, I spent Earth Day enjoying nature and her precious gifts. If it weren’t for Mother Nature, we wouldn’t exist. The name of my business Magical Elements Nature Photography is devoted to her four elements, earth, water, air and fire. Each element is vital to the other. Let’s be the change by honoring her every day and support her by restoring her to the beautiful, unique planet we call home.
A Painted Lady, A Cabbage Butterfly and a Common Checkered Skipper visited the yard while I was working in the garden. These beautiful, delicate and graceful butterflies are a welcome sight as Spring finally makes her way to Flagstaff.
Butterflies are a vital component to the ecosystem, they play a number of roles in the ecosystem. They act as a pollinator and as a food source for other species, an important connector in a thriving ecosystem web.
Did you know that: Butterflies provide assistance for genetic variation in the plant species they that they collect nectar from.
“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe.” ― Mark Twain
Saving Our Planet
There are thousands of conservationists, nonprofit wildlife sanctuaries, rangers and rescue centers working diligently every day to save thousands upon thousands of animals, in a variety of challenging situations all linked to humanity. I believe it is up to us to seek ways to remedy the problems we’ve created by finding ways to live in harmony with wildlife and restore our planet. It is my intention to bring awareness to the need for mindful living and compassion to the forefront through my imagery.
This is Mandy, my sweet animal companion, a rescue from an ASPCA when she was just 13 months old. We love and support Hope for Paws in Los Angeles CA, a non profit animal rescue organization.
This unique rescue helps animals everywhere, many are in dire situations, please click the link above to donate. They appreciate anything you can do to help. To see the rescues they make, their YouTube channel link is included below. Thank you