Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well
National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links
Park Advocate has Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Data for 2012.
Flower and Plant Links
Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens has Bunny Bustin’ Natives
Discover Magazine has After 32,000 Years, an Ice Age Flower Blooms Again
National Parks Traveler has Desert Treasures: Spring Blooms In Big Bend National Park
New York Times has On the Montana Range, Efforts to Restore Bison Meet Resistance
The New York Times has Mystery Malady Kills More Bees, Heightening Worry on Farms
Environmental Issues Links
The Guardian has Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss
Photography and Art Links
John Paul Caponigro has 3 Ways To Get More Resolution From Your Photographs
Mike Spinak has Artist, Respect Thyself
Thoughts of a Bohemian has Full Eclipse of the Moon
Russ Bishop has Visual Drama through Leading Lines
Photo District News has Gun Rights Advocate Charged in Copyright Case Over Anti-Gay Attack Ads
Art and Artifice has Can a collector prevent an artist from making new art?
DC Area Flower Safari
I finally have a location for this Saturday’s meetup. Due to the late spring – most of the usual places for early April don’t have much in bloom. So we’re heading to the National Arboretum in Washington DC.
Not sure exactly what we’ll find – hopefully some native plants in Fern Valley, some Cherry blossoms (they have more varieties than the Tidal Basin – so usually a longer bloom period), and a few magnolias. I’m sure there are some daffodils blooming somewhere in the Arboretum . . .
According to the What’s Blooming page – the first week in April we can likely see “ Daffodils, crocuses, early magnolias, Korean azalea, Japanese-andromeda, forsythias, cornelian-cherries, woodland wildflowers, epimediums, flowering cherries, arisaemas” - http://www.usna.usda.gov/Education/blooming.html
Plan for the meetup is to enter the Arboretum from the R Street entrance at 8 AM when it opens – and then meet in the parking lot. It would be great if we can consolidate the group into fewer cars in the parking lot – there is limited parking in many areas of the Arboretum.
From there – best suggestion will be to just head off and explore. My plan is to head towards the Cherry Trees and Asia Garden – and then back to Fern Valley. Since Fern Valley is in the woods – it’s easier to photograph later in the morning there than in other parts of the garden
We’ll meet back at the parking lot at 10 AM and head to the Dunkin Donuts at 2420 New York Avenue for coffee (it’s just around the corner from the Arboretum).