Links – September 28, 2012

Painted Lady Hibiscus (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

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

National Parks Traveler has Does Shenandoah Celebration Signal End Of CCC’s “Greatest Generation?” and 15 Ways To Enjoy The National Park System This Fall

National Parks Conservation Association has Make Plans for Public Lands This Saturday–and Enjoy a Fee-Free Park Day

Wildlife Links

The Telegraph has Scientists solve the mystery behind the flight of the bumblebee

The New York Times has  Cat’s Stripes and Spots Are Tracked to a Gene 

Scientific American has Japanese River Otter Declared Extinct

Kitchen Daily  has 19 Crops That Would Disappear Without Bees

Mother Jones has Night of the Living Honeybees?

Environmental Issues Links

The New York Times has How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement

Mother Jones has Crossing the Melting Arctic in a Sailboat

Yahoo! News has What Will Ice-Free Arctic Summers Bring?

Photography and Art Links

Visual Science Lab has One of those weekly phone calls that makes you question your career choice…

NBC News has Gay couple sues after photo used in anti-gay flier

Jim M. Goldstein has Digital Is Not Forever

The Trichordist has Is The New Internet Association Really Just A Pro-Corporate Version Of The Pirate Party? No It’s a Transparent Ploy by Google To Curry Favor With Congressional Republicans.

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Grosvenor Metro Station. Then we can carpool to Longwood. I hope to see you there!

Links – September 21, 2012

Panama Pacific Water Lily

Panama Pacific Water Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

The Garden Plot has Pantone’s Spring 2013 Color Report and How it Affects Garden Trends

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has State Of Utah Hoping 10th Circuit Judges Agree A Creek In Canyonlands National Park Is Also A Road and Solar Power Is Valuable, But NPCA Report Says It Needs To Be Generated Away From National Parks
Refuge Wach has USFWS to Remove Wild Burros and Horses from Sheldon NWR in 5 Years , California Wildlife Refuge Gets Ax and Salazar Establishes 558th NWR Unit in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains
National Parks Conservation Association has Victory! Plans for Coal Plant Near National Parks in Virginia Suspended

Wildlife Links

The Washington Post has Resurgent wolves again are fair game
Mother Jones has To the Bat Cave! Scientists Hope Bunker Can Halt Deadly Fungus

Environmental Issues Links

Mother Jones has Hottest Ever Water Temperatures Off East Coast All the Way Down to the Bottom of the Ocean
The Christian Science Monitor has Appearance of explosive WWI relics underscores Alps glaciers’ retreat

Photography and Art Links

The Copyright Zone has Maybe We Are Just Skeptical, But…
Virtual Photography Studios has You Mean I Can’t Use An Image From Google Images?
Maria Brophy has How to File Your Copyrights and Keep Track of Them

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Grosvenor Metro Station. Then we can carpool to Longwood. I hope to see you there!

Links – September 14, 2012

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Virginialis Water Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

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

National Parks Traveler has Mr. Hornaday’s War: How A Peculiar Zookeeper Waged A Lonely Crusade For Wildlife That Changed The World and How Have National Parks And Public Lands Fared Under The Obama Administration?

Wildlife Links

The Huffington Post has Sea Otters May Be Fighting Climate Change By Keeping Sea Urchins In Check
National Parks Traveler has Groups Seek To Overturn Decision To Delist Wolves In Wyoming
National Parks Conservation Association has Blitzed with Butterflies: Citizen Scientists Document Species at Rocky Mountain National Park
MSNBC has New, colorful monkey species discovered in Africa rain forest

Environmental Issues Links

Mother Jones has Why Doesn’t Your City Have Curbside Composting?
NBC News has Warming sign in the Arctic: Starving female polar bear challenges male for food

Photography and Art Links

BBC News has Obama ‘Hope’ poster artist Shepard Fairey fined, World’s first colour moving pictures discovered and Scottish wildcat extinct within months, association says
The Copyright Zone has No Release = No Glory & No Money
Chaos To Clarity has Social Media Image Size Guide [Infographic]

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Grosvenor Metro Station. Then we can carpool to Longwood. I hope to see you there!

Links – September 7, 2012

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Red Canada Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens has Backyards As Arks for Wildlife

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has How Might The National Park System Fare Under A “President Romney”?

Wildlife Links

National Parks Traveler has With Wolves Being Delisted, NPS Asked To Protect Them In John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Scientific Progress Could Help Share Yellowstone National Park’s Pure-Bred Bison With Other Sites
The Nature Conservatory has Nature’s Copycats: Butterflies, Hornets and Orangutans
The Washington Post has Genetically modified pet fish worries Florida environmentalists

Environmental Issues Links

Slate has Rachel Carson Didn’t Kill Millions of Africans

Photography and Art Links

The New York Times has A Picasso Online for Just $450? Yes, It Is a Steal
National Geographic has Special Edition: Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs by Art Wolfe ©
Poynter has How National Geographic Traveler exposes problematic entries in its photo contest

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29. The location will be announced by mid September as we are not sure what will be blooming at that time. I hope to see you there!

Links- August 31, 2012

Renoir Lily

Renoir Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

The Desert Edge has Garden Designers Roundtable: Designing With Native Plants

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has NPCA Issues New Graphic Depicting Hardships Budget Cuts Would Impose On National Park System and Scientific Panel Calls On NPS To Recommit To, And Reemphasize, Science In The Parks

Wildlife Links

BBC Nature has Wildlife watchers: beauty and brutality

Environmental Issues Links

The New York Times has Intriguing Habitats, and Careful Discussions of Climate Change
The Christian Science Monitor has Parts of Arctic now ‘like a giant slushie’ (+video)
National Parks Traveler has Report Warns Of Climate Change Impacts To National Seashores Along Eastern Seaboard

Photography and Art Links

BBC News has Kodak set to quit camera film and photo paper business
Photo Attorney has Copyright Office Requests Additional Comments and Announces Public Meetings on Remedies for Small Copyright Claims
Dan Bailey has Behavior and Migration Habits of the Wildlife Photographer

DC Area FLower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29. The location will be announced by mid September as we are not sure what will be blooming at that time. I hope to see you there!

Links – August 24, 2012

Yellow Trillium with Ferns (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

Karen’s Garden Tips has Characteristics of a Meadow Garden

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Founder’s Day: Honoring The Legacy Of Those Who Built The National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75 Years As The World’s—Yes, The World’s—Quintessential Hike, Is World War II Mustard Gas Stashed At Horn Island In Gulf Islands National Seashore? and The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct: 25 Years As An Iconic National Park Experience
The Washington Post has National parks face severe funding crunch

Wildlife Links

Mother Jones has Fukushima Radiation Gives Rise to Mutant Butterflies?
National Parks Traveler has Huge Burmese Python From Everglades National Park Sets Unwelcome Records
The New York Times has Success Reported in Safeguarding a Butterfly Habitat
Native Plant and Wildlife Gardens has How to Design Your Native Plant Wildlife Garden

Environmental Issues Links

Mother Jones has The Drought Is So Severe, You Can See Its Toll on the Mississippi From Space

Photography and Art Links

The Copyright Zone has Where Do Your Stock Photos Live When You Die?
Dan Williams Bird Photography has Using HDR for Tough Exposures
Photo Attorney has Using the FBI’s Anti-Piracy Warning Seal to Thwart Copyright Infringement
The Luminous Landscape has Are Museums Destroying Art?
Richard Wong Photo Blog has Top 10 Most Influential Nature Photographers of All-Time
Audubon Magazine has Phony Wildlife Photography Gives a Warped View of Nature

DC Area FLower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at Brookside Gardens (map). I hope to see you there!

Links- August 17, 2012

Day Breaker Roses (c) 2009 Patty Hankins



Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

The Christian Science Monitor has How to transform African farming: Return to ‘orphan crops’

Orchid Garden has Rare Orchid found on Bodmin Beacon

The Garden Plot has Mark Your Calendars for National Indoor Plant Week

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Enjoy The Perseid Meteor Showers In The National Parks and Support Grows To Rename Pinnacles National Monument As A “National Park”

Wildlife Links

National Park Traveler has Two Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Yellowstone National Park’s Bison Population Grows By Roughly 14 Percent Over 2011 Count

Environmental Issues Links

U.S. News has Blame blistering heat waves on global warming, study says

The Washington Post has Alaskan Arctic villages hit hard by climate change

The New York Times has Carbon credits gone awry: Coolant companies raise output of harmful gas

Photography and Art Links

Daily Mail has  A misty shot of the world to come: ‘First ever photo’ featuring French field and dating from 1826

Light Stalking has How to Recover Deleted and Corrupted Photos from Your Memory  Card

BlogHer has Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog and Copyright: YouTube? Recipes? LOLCats? What’s Safe? – A Follow Up on the Photo Debacle

Joel Robinson has The “Borrowed” Photographer

Dan Williams has Finding the Action……….and Getting the Shot

The Luminous Landscape has Dynamic Patience

National Parks Traveler has Poll Shows Vast Majority Of Voters Believe Federal Government Has Responsibility To Safeguard, Support National Parks

Fotopedia Magazine has MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK BY QT LUONG

John Paul Caponigro has 7 Benefits Of Returning To Locations

DC Area FLower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, August 25 at McKee- Beshers Wildlife Management Center(map). For those in Maryland, we will meet at 16898 River Rd , Poolesville. I hope to see you there!

Amazing US National Parks

“Lose yourself in nature and find peace.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I love spending time in America’s National Parks. I would love to see them have a greater level of support than they currently get from the government. And it turns out I’m not the only one who thinks they are important. A recent study by the National Parks Conservation Association found that almost 90% of respondents believe that it is important that the federal government protect and support the National Park System.

To me, each park is unique – representing a beautiful place that is like no other. I’m just back from visiting four National Parks – and each was wonderful in it’s own way.

Sapphire Pool, Yellowstone National Park

Sunset at Wind Canyon, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The first park I visited on my July trip west was Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota. Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Dakota Territory in 1883 – mainly to hunt bison. It was while he in the Dakotas that he developed his lifelong passion for conservation of the beautiful natural places of the world. His legacy includes establishing five National Parks during his presidency and passage of the 1908 Antiquities Act that has allowed other presidents to declare historic sites as national landmarks.

What I found that I loved about Theodore Roosevelt National Park was the wide open spaces. Seeing the vast landscapes during the day and at sunset reminded me just how large parts of this country are. It seemed as if I could see for miles and not see hardly any sign of other people. The solitude and the silence was wonderful. And in the silence of no cars, no radios, etc – I could listen to the birds, the insects and the wind. Not surprisingly, I spent some time meditating at Roosevelt National Park.

My next visit on the trip was to Glacier National Park in Montana. With Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier is part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Spanning the border of the US and Canada, this combined park is a World Heritage Site. Individually, each park has been named a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

What I love about Glacier National Park are the mountains, the alpine lakes and meadows, and the wildflowers. I finally made it over Going to the Sun Road (it was covered with snow in June 2011) and got to explore both sides of the park. I also had a good reminder of how dangerous it can be in an alpine environment – a few hours after I crossed over Logan Pass to the western side of the park, landslides closed Going to the Sun Road for several days. Glacier is a park I could easily spend weeks in exploring the trails and lakes.

Cow Parsnip, Glacier National Park

Wildflowers, Yellowstone National Park

When I left Glacier National Park, I headed to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Established in 1872 as America’s first National Park, I’m not sure I can say anything that hasn’t been said before about the park. From the thermal area with geysers like Old Faithful, to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River – the landscapes are unique. And then there are the wildflowers and wildlife – varied enough to keep any photographer happy for weeks.

At Yellowstone I finally found the hillsides of alpine wildflowers that I was hoping to see and photograph. In certain sections of the park, there were wildflowers and mountains as far as the eye could see.

I photographed this set of paintbrush and salvia along the side of the road. Since I was photographing the flowers from a distance, I was using my longest telephoto lens. So of course – several people had to stop and ask “Is it a Grizzley?” The looks on their faces when they realized I was photographing wildflowers not wildlife were priceless.

The final park I visited was Grand Teton National Park, also in Wyoming. As big National Parks go, Grand Teton National Park is a fairly new park. The current park was created in 1950 with the merger of an older Grand Teton National Park and National Monument in the area. John D. Rockefeller, Jr donated 35,000 acres of land to park to create the current park.

What I love about Grand Teton National Park is the way the mountains of the Teton Range dominate the landscape wherever you are in the park. As you drive along the main roads in the park, you can find pull outs with magnificent views of the mountains. By crossing Jackson Lake, you can hike in the mountains. I headed out for several sunrises – hoping to catch the magical morning light on the mountains. And then spent the rest of day looking for and photographing wildflowers.

Pipsissawa, Grand Teton National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Every National Park I’ve visited has been wonderful. I’ve only visited thirteen of the fifty-eight U.S. National Parks.

Do you have a favorite National Park that you would put on everyone’s must see list? If you do, please let me know so I can start planning a few more trips. I would love to visit all the U.S. National Parks – guess I’ve got some more traveling to do.

Links – August 3, 2012

June Allison Water Lily

June Allison Water Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

The New York Times has Leading the Search for a Self-Reliant Bloom

The Pachamama Alliance has Monkey Face Orchids in Ecuador and Peru’s Cloud Forests

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park With Insider Tips From Friends Of The Smokies and “BioBlitz” Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park In Late August

San Francisco Chronicle has Pinnacles monument closer to park status

Wildlife Links

Refuge Watch has Night Hunting of Coyotes Endangers Red Wolf Recovery

Environmental Issues Links

The Nature Conservatory has There’s Room for Both Wind and Wildlife

Mother Jones has And You Thought That Heat Wave Was Bad?

Photography and Art Links

Whimbrel Nature Blog has Beauty in the Details

Dan Williams Bird Photography has Golden Light…the Sunrise Version

DIY Photography has You CAN Build Everything With Lego, Even A Pinhole Camera

National Geographic has Resting Lions, Tanzania

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next one is scheduled for Sunday, August 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (map). For those in Maryland, we will meet at Grosvenor Metro at 6:30 AM and leave at 6:45 for Richmond. I hope to see you there!

Links – July 27, 2012

Harvest of Memories Bearded Iris

Harvest of Memories Yellow Bearded Iris(c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

Town Mouse & Country Mouse has My Silver rule: Don’t plant nursery natives that cross with my wild natives

Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog has Avoiding the invasives

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Traveler’s View: Yellowstone National Park Deserves A Better Winter-Use Plan, Ranger III At Isle Royale National Park Given Ballast Treatment System To Thwart Non-Native Critters, National Water Trail Designated In Kansas, New Visitor Center Dedicated At Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Minimum Impact Stock Use Training at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy To Improve Wildlife Habitat At Cataloochee Ranch On Border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Refuge Watch has Home Values Higher Near National Wildlife Refuges

Wildlife Links

Gothamist has There Is An Endangered Egg Bandit On The Loose!

MSNBC News has Lobstermen finding more odd colors in the catch

The New York Times has Frozen Sperm Offer a Lifeline for Coral

The Christian Science Monitor has Polar bears, brown bears interbred during warm periods. Is it happening again?

Refuge Watch has USFWS Routinely Ignored Experts When Designating Endangered Species Habitat

Environmental Issues Links

The New York Times has Searching for Clues to Calamity and Melting asphalt, kinking rail tracks: Weather extremes buckle US infrastructure

Switchboard NRDC has Drought Grips Nation and Shows What Climate Change Does to Our Communities

The Washington Post has What we know about climate change and drought

Photography and Art Links

Whimbrel Nature Blog has Avoiding Five Common Macro Mistakes

BBC News has The search for photos of China’s past 

British Journal of Photography has Fujifilm discountinues two professional films [update]

Social Times has Who Will Stop People from Sharing Photos at the Olympics? [Infographic]

Digital Photography School has 10 Tips for Improving Your Wildlife Photography

Photo Attorney has Excuses, Excuses (Part 1) and Excuses, Excuses (Part 2)


If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next one is scheduled for Sunday, August 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (map). For those in Maryland, we will meet at Grosvenor Metro at 6:30 AM and leave at 6:45 for Richmond. I hope to see you there!

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