Saturday, January 13, 2007

Good Planets 1/13/07

Welcome to this week's Good Planets show. As usual, our beautiful earth does not disappoint.
Dave from Bird TLC in Alaska shares this photo of a Bald Eagle about to snatch a meal from the snow. The shot was taken by a friend of his, Britt Coon.
Amanda from Old Girl from the North Country took this pic looking east into a Northwest Washington sky on a day when it snowed.
Cindy from Woodsong sent this image of a yellow lady's slipper orchid that she photographed near her home. She says, "they grow in colonies and self seed- the yellows get quite tall before they're done, at least a foot 1/2 high.. they grow in a 'bunch' and they're hard to shoot since most of the slipper-petals all face in different directions, so I try to isolate one blossom, which isn't always easy. And yeah, sometimes I get on my belly for florals.. the trick is getting back up :)"
Lindsay shares this beautiful pic of turkey-tail fungus. I know a few of you who will enjoy that!
Susannah of Wanderin Weeta sent this pic of boats and weathered old buildings. Sarala sent this pic of a juvenille Cooper's Hawk that posed briefly in a tangle in her garden.
Karen at Rurality shares this pic of hoarfrost on an unknown weed in her yard.
Robin of the Dharma Bums sent this photo of a bushtit.
Whorled Loosestrife (thanks Bev!) and a reflection of the blue sky at Whitesbog in the NJ Pine Barrens, photographed by yours truly.
Kerrdelune of Beyond the Fields We Know shares this breathtaking pic of a maple leaf caught in the wind in eastern Canada.
Liza at Egret's Nest offers this pic of a lone raven near Boulder Creek.
Maggie from Banter, Bones, and Breath sent this pic taken on vacation in Virginia.
Naturewoman wanted you to see this image from the Adirondacks in upstate NY.
Pam at Tortoise Trail shares this pic of a beautiful male cardinal with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the background, north of Tuscon.
Cathy at Left Curve offers this serene ocean view from Canon Beach in Oregon.
Evan sent this lovely hibiscus flower; this photo was taken in Saba.
Bunnygirl sent this pic of the City of Rocks. The City of Rocks is a grouping of big, smooth rocks on an empty plain near Deming, NM. With nothing of note for miles around, the rocks seem to have grown out of the earth, and by some accounts, that's exactly what happened. The rocks go on for a long way, and the park has dozens of campsites nestled among them. Camp there on a clear night with a full moon, and see what a mystical experience it can be!
KGMom sent along this colorful pic of shutters in Amsterdam.
The Fat Lady Sings shared this photo of her favorite secret cove in Monterey, California. This is one of my favorite places in all the world. Through these trees, down a narrow little trail is a tiny cove, protected from wind and weather. I'm sure it’s been discovered by now - but 20 years ago, when I took this picture, no one else seems to know of it. I would go there almost every weekend - sitting on the sand, listening to the gulls, tasting the sea air. Trust me when I say the picture doesn't do it justice.- I'm afraid it's no secret any longer!

Finally, Cathy at Looking Up sent this image of fall-colored aspens.

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Good Planets will be appearing here for the last two Saturdays in January and will then move to Wanderin Weeta for the month of February (mail to susannah AT dccnet DOT com). Until then, please continue to send your beautiful pics to me at lc-hardy AT comcast DOT net. Many thanks to those submitting photos this week. Also to the Dharma Bums and Tortoise Trail for continuing support (technical or otherwise). All photos (past and present) are archived at the Good Planets Flickr gallery.

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*Note to photographers: Please leave a few details about your pic in the comments here to better describe them. I wasn't able to access the descriptions each of you sent me by email and had to describe each pic from my memory of how you described them. My email account is acting up tonight. Hopefully I didn't invent any details or otherwise make too many mistakes.

31 comments:

Lynne said...

Thanks for doing all of the work putting this together so we all can enjoy it!

bunnygirl said...

The City of Rocks is a grouping of big, smooth rocks on an empty plain near Deming, NM. With nothing of note for miles around, the rocks seem to have grown out of the earth, and by some accounts, that's exactly what happened.

The rocks go on for a long way, and the park has dozens of campsites nestled among them. Camp there on a clear night with a full moon, and see what a mystical experience it can be!

Here's some good sites about the rocks:
http://www.darkisle.com/newmexico/cityofrocks/rocks.html
http://www.ragingmain.com/slideshow_city_rocks/phpslideshow.php

Mary said...

What a treat, Laura. The best of the best! Thank you so much for your time and work. I'm sure you are enjoying it, though.

NatureWoman said...

Very gorgeous photos, once again!! Thanks for bringing these to us Laura!
My photo is taken in August 2004 in the Adirondacks region of upstate New York.

LauraHinNJ said...

Bunnygirl: Thanks for your description here - I've edited the post to include it beneath your photo. I still can't open any of my saved emails.

beckperson said...

Laura...what a nice way to start Saturday. I do enjoy seeing everyone's fine work!

The picture I shared is from Canon Beach, Oregon, btw.

robin andrea said...

Wow, another week of beautiful views.

The only description I sent with the photo of the Bushtit was how surprised I was to see the color of her (his?) eyes. So light and warm.

Liza Lee Miller said...

fantastic job, Laura. All the photos are gorgeous! Wow!

Dave said...

Excellent job Laura. My friends name is Britt Coon and more of her pic's can be seen at http://akbritt.smugmug.com/

mon@rch said...

These are all amazing! What a wonderful planet we have!

Cindy said...

each photo is beautiful in it's own way.. thanks for putting this together Laura, we truly live on a 'good planet'.

seavu said...

Hi Laura ~ I'm "somewhere in NJ" too. All of the photos are fabulous, but of course I have to give a special nod to the Pine Barrens shot. Very pretty. Thanks for hosting.

The Fat Lady Sings said...

Thanks for including my secret cove picture. I described it thusly:

Monterey, California - secret cove. This is one of my favorite places in all the world. Through these trees, down a narrow little trail is a tiny cove, protected from wind and weather. I'm sure it’s been discovered by now - but 20 years ago, when I took this picture, no one else seems to know of it. I would go there almost every weekend - sitting on the sand, listening to the gulls, tasting the sea air. Trust me when I say the picture doesn't do it justice.

I grew up in Northern California. I cannot tell you how beautiful it is there; especially around the Monterey Bay area. I had lots of little places like this. Beautiful pockets of nature that I had discovered over the years. I miss living there very, very much.

bev said...

All of the photos are beautiful. Thanks for putting together this edition of GP, Laura. Also interesting that the plants turned out to be the Decodon.

Floridacracker said...

Thanks for your hard work!

Carol said...

First time visit, this is very nice.

Pam in Tucson said...

Another splendid set of photos. Thanks so much for putting these together, Laura. My little cardinal is framed by the Santa Catalina Mountains, north of where we live in Tucson.

Susan Gets Native said...

Wow. I REALLY need to try to get a pic for next time!
I could have sent in MY picture of the blue fungus. But did I?
Nooooo.

Laurie said...

What a great way to showcase the natural beauty of our world. Thanks for working so hard so that we can enjoy it.

silverlight said...

This what I really enjoy, since blogging. There are sites like this, where I can travel, even though I am no longer able to do it for real. All of the photos are great quality.

KGMom said...

Shutters in Amsterdam--my husband and I have visited Amsterdam twice. I love to photograph architecture--I love the lines of buildings intersecting and the contrasts of shapes and colors. These bright red shutters stood out along one of the city canals.

SB Gypsy said...

Great pics as usual, and thanks to all the photographers for sharing, and thanks to Laura for doing all the work of posting.

threecollie said...

I am so glad I happened to stop by to see what was happening. Terrific pictures!

LauraO said...

Really enjoyable to see these photos of our beautiful Earth Mother. Thanks for organizing this.

Sonia said...

Congratulations Laura! You made a good work! Love all photos!

vicki said...

I came here expecting a few beautiful relaxing minutes between unpacking moving boxes and you don't disappoint. Wonderful. Thank you for another great hosting job.

sarala said...

Wonderful photos. Now that I figured out this is a full month long hosting I shall send you two more photos. Thanks again.

Cathy said...

Laura - You've spun a beautiful album here. Thanks for creating a path along which we can wander and marvel at this planet's gifts.

dguzman said...

turkey-tail fungus: a-ha! Thanks for the ID of the fungus on some old stumps in my backyard! Mine's almost rainbow-colored--very cool.

What's up with Blogger? I tried to log in to comment and got blocked by my work's filters as "Pornography"???

MJB said...

Hi, just passing by but had to comment on the bald eagle photo. I think it is one of the most stunning bird photos I have ever seen.. Thanks for putting all the beautiful photos here for us to see. I like them all too.

Dr. Charles said...

beautiful collection. thanks so much!