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HowToDisappear
04-09-2010, 09:05 AM
The Nature Thread....a calm, soothing, restful place where fellow nature lovers can post pics or relate their happy encounters with the natural world. Mostly, it's an excuse for me to post pics of the two bird's nests at our place. I am terribly excited about it. And baby birds deserve their own thread.

The House Finches:

They took up residence in a hanging planter on our patio:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/nest2.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/fnhatch1.jpg
Yesterday evening when the mother had flown off, I took a quick look and it appears to be three(?) new hatchlings!

The Hummingbird:

She picked her spot in a shrub directly in front of our bedroom window:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm1.jpg

Began her build (took about 5 days):
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm2.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm4.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm5.jpg

And is patiently nesting:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm6.jpg
Her egg/s should hatch any day now. We set a tripod up in the bedroom so we could document the whole process.

Will post updates as more hatchlings appear and we get to see feeding and fledging. :)


UPDATES:

#1 newborn Hummers (http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1689482&postcount=17)
#2 fuzzy Finches (http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1699237&postcount=40)
#3 feathers and wings (http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1717721&postcount=43)
#4 bye bye birdies and feeding hummers (http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1722896&postcount=46)
#5 last update gone baby gone (http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1723654&postcount=49)

JebusLives
04-09-2010, 09:53 AM
wow, great pictures! Please keep this thread updated!

HowToDisappear
04-09-2010, 10:25 AM
Absolutely.

Courtney
04-09-2010, 01:10 PM
Aw, this is nice. I don't have any birds, but I can post a nice, relaxing nature picture for you all:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2219/2315720750_8651d92faf.jpg

rasooli
04-11-2010, 12:42 AM
I'm a hiking enthusiest!

Sleepingrock
04-11-2010, 11:43 AM
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Devin the Dude
04-11-2010, 11:59 AM
Ohai thread. :pulse

Inthecolumbiagorge
04-11-2010, 12:01 PM
This is very cool!!!
Thank you for sharing!


The Nature Thread....a calm, soothing, restful place where fellow nature lovers can post pics or relate their happy encounters with the natural world. Mostly, it's an excuse for me to post pics of the two bird's nests at our place. I am terribly excited about it. And baby birds deserve their own thread.

The House Finches:

They took up residence in a hanging planter on our patio:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/nest2.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/fnhatch1.jpg
Yesterday evening when the mother had flown off, I took a quick look and it appears to be three(?) new hatchlings!

The Hummingbird:

She picked her spot in a shrub directly in front of our bedroom window:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm1.jpg

Began her build (took about 5 days):
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm2.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm4.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm5.jpg

And is patiently nesting:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm6.jpg
Her egg/s should hatch any day now. We set a tripod up in the bedroom so we could document the whole process.

Will post updates as more hatchlings appear and we get to see feeding and fledging. :)

obzen
04-11-2010, 01:01 PM
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GeezrRckr
04-11-2010, 01:05 PM
this thread is worth subscribing to. nice, HTD.

will post some contributions once my broadband is back up. dial-up blows.

juloxx
04-11-2010, 01:09 PM
Ojai has some cool nature shit goin

quicksand
04-11-2010, 08:08 PM
Just got back from a 3 day backpacking trip in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness.
Camping without a tent for the first time, drinking fresh spring water, exploring the mountains, waking up to watch the sun rise... Man it was beautiful.

http://i43.tinypic.com/ettro4.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/op6zqp.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/v5dcb9.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/2q326n8.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/20gmcl0.jpg

HowToDisappear
04-11-2010, 08:13 PM
Whoa! Looks like fun. Did you build the teepee?

quicksand
04-11-2010, 08:22 PM
Hell yeah I put my heart and soul into that thing.

HowToDisappear
04-11-2010, 08:27 PM
Impressive.

obzen
04-11-2010, 08:28 PM
All joking aside, there are some neat pictures in here.

HowToDisappear
04-11-2010, 08:35 PM
BABY BIRD UPDATE!!!

ONE baby Hummer:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bhumm1.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bhumm2.jpg
Head is bald and eyes are still closed.

TWO baby Hummers:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bhumm3.jpg
Just their bills poking up.

We haven't been able to get pics of her feeding them yet because she keeps her back to the window and shields them from view. Maybe as they get bigger we'll have more luck.

quicksand
04-11-2010, 08:44 PM
Daaamn man that's awesome.

obzen
04-11-2010, 09:33 PM
Hardcore.

HowToDisappear
04-11-2010, 09:36 PM
Today on the Cedar Creek Falls Trail, Upper San Diego River Valley (photos by 1litro):

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/trailvista.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/poppies.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/geoflwr.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/rattlesnake.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yuccaflwr.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/fallsnme.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/3291.jpg

Amazing what a good winter of rain can do to our beautiful backcountry! The trail and hill sides were awash with wildflowers. Too many to post here; I've never seen so many species in bloom at once.

FUN FACT: Did you know that ground squirrels have an enzyme in their blood that neutralizes rattlesnake venom? (A rattlesnake strike will not kill them, though I imagine they're not feeling too good afterward.)

Cheddar's Cousin
04-12-2010, 06:01 AM
I have nature pictures!

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/1000%20Palms/1000palms012.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/1000%20Palms/1000palms011.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/Backyard%20exploration/Yosemite.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/Backyard%20exploration/StoneyCreek.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/The%20Trees%2008/TheTrees2008003.jpg

quicksand
04-12-2010, 08:12 AM
Today on the Cedar Creek Falls Trail, Upper San Diego River Valley (photos by 1litro):


Awesome man those are great pictures. The first and last are my favorites.

quicksand
04-12-2010, 08:13 AM
I have nature pictures!

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/Backyard%20exploration/Yosemite.jpg


Daaamn man awesome.

lizng
04-12-2010, 08:39 AM
mmmm... nature...

http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/hs365.snc3/23560_107997749238486_100000847850785_62900_370013 4_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs385.snc3/23560_107997729238488_100000847850785_62895_208828 2_n.jpg

^ Blue Ridge Mountains last fall.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs385.snc3/23560_107999439238317_100000847850785_62916_692097 2_n.jpg

^ Imperial Moth that hung out on the back of my house for a few days... the thing had a wing span of about 6".

algunz
04-12-2010, 08:45 AM
This thread makes me happy. Thank you. I will post when I can. :thu

Josesativa
04-12-2010, 09:08 AM
FUN FACT: Did you know that ground squirrels have an enzyme in their blood that neutralizes rattlesnake venom? (A rattlesnake strike will not kill them, though I imagine they're not feeling too good afterward.)


thats due to survival of the fittest.. the squirrels kept getting ate so they eventually over time grew used to the venom and the ones that dint kept dying and the ones that have said enzyme were given opportunity to reproduce and pass on that trait.

pic of ,my favorite blazing spot that overlooks my city

HowToDisappear
04-12-2010, 01:10 PM
Ahhhh, nice pics, Cheddar and lizng.

algunz
04-12-2010, 02:31 PM
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN1193.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN0888.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/DSCN1013.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/5373_1109891425283_1166773707_30301.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/random/IMG_0639.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/random/IMG_0516.jpg

JustSteve
04-12-2010, 02:32 PM
watching the "life" series that airs on discovery...how do they get those amazing shots??? it's mind blowing.

J~$$$$
04-12-2010, 02:33 PM
She likes to give kisses on the neck.

http://weblog.tfalg.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/lion-eating-zebra.jpg

bleep
04-12-2010, 02:39 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/41505286.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/48dd8568.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/11ab177c.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/0b8e51e3.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/4f744368.jpg

full on idle
04-12-2010, 02:41 PM
beautiful

HowToDisappear
04-12-2010, 02:50 PM
Ooooooohhh.

obzen
04-12-2010, 02:53 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/41505286.jpg

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/bleep1234/4f744368.jpg


Awesome.

quicksand
04-13-2010, 11:51 AM
^^^^^^^^^
Very awesome.
Where's that at?

bleep
04-13-2010, 12:50 PM
rice terraces - East Java
mountain - somewhere en route to Mt. Hood in Oregon

Courtney
04-13-2010, 01:06 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4492914900_2d2f3851b8.jpg

amyzzz
04-13-2010, 01:27 PM
I want to go to there.

HowToDisappear
04-13-2010, 01:56 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4492914900_2d2f3851b8.jpg

My first thought when I saw this was baby sea turtles!!! Then I realized they were rocks. I think I have baby animals on the brain. Great pic, regardless.

HowToDisappear
04-13-2010, 10:58 PM
UPDATE #2

Five Fuzzy Finches:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/finch2.jpg

And the Hummers are getting fuzzy, too (well, getting some sort of feathers):
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bhumm4.jpg

All that bird poop already! Both nests are going to be big, heaping piles of guano when they're through.

Mr.Nipples
04-13-2010, 11:28 PM
cute little furry bastards. great thread!





http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN0888.jpg




where is this exactly? i want to build a shanty and live on that shore across the lake

1litro
04-20-2010, 04:01 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/D3518.jpg
a quick snap to check on the auto focus so we can capture the humming birds faster

HowToDisappear
04-22-2010, 11:37 AM
UPDATE #3

Friday morning before Coachella, trying out those wings:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm7.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm8.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm9.jpg

Monday afternoon finches:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/finch3.jpg

Wednesday --- look how big they're all getting!!!:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm10.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/finch4.jpg

Amazing how much change has occurred in less than a week. They may actually start to fledge in a week (no more than two I'm sure).

Courtney
04-22-2010, 11:42 AM
Awww their fuzzies are nearly gone!

HowToDisappear
04-22-2010, 11:53 AM
I like how the finches still have a little bit of mexican hairless chihuahua tufts on their heads. The hummers are really shocking. From weird little pin feathers like a plucked chicken on Friday to looking all sweet and purty on Wed.

HowToDisappear
04-24-2010, 02:41 PM
UPDATE #4

Finches are gone!!!
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/finch5.jpg

Awww, they all flew the coop while I was at work yesterday. That was fast. I was expecting to see a couple of days of perching and beating their wings and practicing, but no, they just got up and left. I can now water my beleaguered plants.


Finally got shots of mama hummer feeding the babies (which are now nearly as large as she is):
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm11.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm12.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm13.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm14.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/humm15.jpg

Pretty soon they'll be gone, too.

whynotsmile99
04-24-2010, 02:49 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_0816.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_0812.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_07712.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_02452.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_0014-2.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_0092.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_0085-1.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/South%20East%20Asia%202007/DSC_0060-1.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a272/jdrubin1675/musclesholes0003.jpg

algunz
04-24-2010, 11:40 PM
cute little furry bastards. great thread!





where is this exactly? i want to build a shanty and live on that shore across the lake

It is Crystal Lake near Mammoth.

This thread is sooooooo nice.

1litro
04-25-2010, 08:19 AM
LAST UPDATE

And now they are off to see the real world.
this was yesterday
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/1-1.jpg

there were two one fledged in the early evening. this morning one was looking over its surroundings
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/2-1.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/3.jpg

He/she took a little hop out onto the branch and tested its wings
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/4.jpg

Momma came by to show how it was done
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/5.jpg

The little guy took flight
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/6-1.jpg

then perched on top of the shrub took another gander around then fledged
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/7.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/8-1.jpg
unsuccessfully tried to land on the stucco, then out and away

bye bye little birdies

algunz
04-25-2010, 09:44 AM
Hummingbirds are long, lost loves reincarnated in a dainty package to watch us from a far. Butterflies are family.

Awesome, thank you 1litro & HTD.

HowToDisappear
04-25-2010, 02:14 PM
You're welcome. This all happened while I was away at work today. I was so hoping he would catch the moment AND HE DID. AMAZING. Good job, love.

algunz
05-29-2010, 10:22 PM
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/The%20Canyon/DSCN2512.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/The%20Canyon/DSCN2509.jpg

HowToDisappear
06-01-2010, 04:42 PM
From our Memorial Day hike in Idyllwild -- the view from just off the PCT (the top of Tahquitz Peak is on the left):

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/Tahquitzpeak_Panorama1.jpg

You couldn't ask for a more glorious day.

donkey sex
06-01-2010, 09:00 PM
people just want marijuana and naked people. The rest is just bonus.

amplexus
06-01-2010, 09:41 PM
this thread is amazing. here are some of my recent photos:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4054/4649558180_00b794c2fc_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4649558026_fc0f9f6eaf_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4648940101_c34b5cba05_b.jpg

pelican friends. grays harbor, WA.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4648942469_3f93ff6ddd_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/4648942203_17b49cab7b_b.jpg

pacific chorus frog friends. i'm researching them in school!

donkey sex
06-02-2010, 06:11 AM
going to be a balls hot weekend. Yay.

http://sciencedude.freedomblogging.com/2010/06/02/heat-builds-toward-a-sizzling-weekend/100859/

HowToDisappear
06-02-2010, 07:08 AM
I love pelicans. I love how they look all serious and stately and wonderfully ridiculous all at the same time. I love how they cruise along in formation, and how they "surf" by catching the updraft from the building face of the wave. Nice pics, amplexus.


And that is a seriously tiny frog.

daxton
06-02-2010, 07:37 AM
This thread is beautiful. :pulse Now I'm itching to travel.

amplexus
06-02-2010, 07:20 PM
I love pelicans. I love how they look all serious and stately and wonderfully ridiculous all at the same time. I love how they cruise along in formation, and how they "surf" by catching the updraft from the building face of the wave. Nice pics, amplexus.


And that is a seriously tiny frog.

i know, right?! pelicans are so mesmerizing, they are HUGE and so goofy and gracefull. and yes, these frogs are small! but they produce an ENORMOUS sound... i.e., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFojjllBFOk

i have my own videos of them but i'm too lazy to post them right now :p

thanks! your pics are great too.

1litro
06-02-2010, 08:26 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/trail.jpg
On the road to Mt Whitney

HowToDisappear
06-07-2010, 09:20 AM
Every morning and every evening, the cottontail bunnies come up from the canyon to graze on the lawn:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bunnies1.jpg

This little guy is only the size of the palm of my hand:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bunnies3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bunnies2.jpg

Here, 1litro has violated the HOA prohibition against "feeding the vermin":
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/bunnies4.jpg

Gribbz
06-07-2010, 09:22 AM
Forgot about this thread. Went camping the other day in Coronado National Forest.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/06050017552.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/0605001926a.jpg

HowToDisappear
06-07-2010, 09:30 AM
Sky islands.

amyzzz
06-07-2010, 09:32 AM
Nice sunset pic.

chairmenmeow47
06-07-2010, 01:33 PM
adorable pics, HTD! i love the cotton tail bunnies that hop around my complex. last week i actually saw my first coyote in my complex.

and that first pic looks like heaven, matt :)

HowToDisappear
06-09-2010, 08:35 AM
My heart is beating. A hawk just nailed one of the bunnies right by the patio. Poor thing, but hawks gotta live, too. I hear telltale screaming noises, and look out to see the hawk looking mighty pleased with itself on the lawn, before it flies up over the canyon, prize clutched in its talons. Meanwhile, another bunny is huddled up against my sliding glass doors like LET ME IN PLEEEASE.

I am glad it wasn't the little bitty baby.

algunz
06-09-2010, 09:25 AM
:( That sucks, but as you said, the cycle of life.

GeezrRckr
08-01-2010, 08:34 PM
Zoygy-8PTtU

menikmati
08-01-2010, 09:18 PM
I'm dying to go camping for a week!

HowToDisappear
08-02-2010, 08:14 AM
That barreleye fish is bizarre --- never knew such a thing existed. Is the entire top of its head like one giant cornea/lens?

HowToDisappear
08-02-2010, 08:18 AM
I'm dying to go camping for a week!

Do it.

Gribbz
08-10-2010, 12:56 AM
http://www.freespiritspheres.com/gallery_woods.htm


Tree Houses ftw.

donkey sex
08-10-2010, 10:44 AM
Quiet reflections. A cabin. An axe.

TomAz
08-10-2010, 11:29 AM
from my trip

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5535.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5596.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5575.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5614.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5690.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5701.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5679.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5660.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5671.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5747.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5793.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5814.jpg

HowToDisappear
08-10-2010, 11:49 AM
Wow... family vacay in the Galapagos... fantastic! Love the Blue-footed Boobies and the swimming iguana. And penguins! What a great adventure.

obzen
08-10-2010, 11:52 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v703/TomAz/Galapagos/IMG_5614.jpg

o_0

HowToDisappear
08-10-2010, 12:15 PM
http://www.freespiritspheres.com/gallery_woods.htm


Tree Houses ftw.

OR and WA have a lot of treehouse resorts, too. I've been wanting to try that one of these days. I'm also intrigued by the Human Nest at the Treebones Resort (http://www.treebonesresort.com/) in Big Sur. Except it's expensive and not rain-proof:

http://weirdandwonderfulhotels.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/treebones_a1.jpg

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/ny/viewfromnest.jpg

GeezrRckr
08-12-2010, 08:48 AM
lLnhy6oHQ1M

not sure where to put this. too cute to worry about though.

algunz
08-12-2010, 10:11 AM
Rainbow Falls near Mammoth:

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN2775.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN2774.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN2773.jpg

donkey sex
08-13-2010, 08:30 AM
Considering posting a photo of me laying by refreshing pools of water on a flat rock with various animals coming out of nowhere licking my extended hand in mutual greetings. Nobody would believe it otherwise. But first I’ll have to view the developed negatives to see how I look.

That happened Wednesday. If in LA area, do this hike on a weekday and when the weather is hot. It’s incredible. http://www.modernhiker.com/2008/08/11/hiking-the-east-fork-of-san-gabriel-river-to-the-bridge-to-nowhere/

The Bridge to Nowhere

GeezrRckr
08-13-2010, 01:16 PM
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01695/smile_1695525i.jpg

(Pilot Whale and...totally real!)

Courtney
08-13-2010, 09:49 PM
OR and WA have a lot of treehouse resorts, too. I've been wanting to try that one of these days. I'm also intrigued by the Human Nest at the Treebones Resort (http://www.treebonesresort.com/) in Big Sur. Except it's expensive and not rain-proof:

http://weirdandwonderfulhotels.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/treebones_a1.jpg

I WANT TO DO THIS.


http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee218/alessandragunz/bikes/DSCN2773.jpg

Gunz, this looks so lovely.

algunz
08-14-2010, 08:39 AM
Gunz, this looks so lovely.

It was and a perfect hike for Izzy. About 2 miles from the trailhead and Izzy trecked the whole way. There was this really steep stair case down to the base of the falls that was a little sketchy, but it was a perfect hike. Izzy and I were laughing at all the whiny kids (many older than her) who had to get carried. :)

Gribbz
08-16-2010, 01:24 PM
Went on a 6 mile hike the other day. Good times.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/39800_1407373428872_1368510152_30909506_7942164_n. jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/39827_1407375788931_1368510152_30909535_6449982_n. jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/39792_1407373628877_1368510152_30909508_2021544_n. jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/39926_1407376668953_1368510152_30909547_3228968_n. jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/39688_1407376348945_1368510152_30909541_2534471_n. jpg

GeezrRckr
08-26-2010, 10:20 AM
not sure where to post this so here it shall go:

Animal Planet is airing The Cove starting this weekend (http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/special.html?paid=15.15448.129777.0.0). please set your DVRs for this one. it's a fantastic documentary (won the Academy Award) and plays more like a thriller than anything else. there is only one short bloody scene that is imperative to the storyline. other than that, it's not only very watchable, but quite enjoyable (and, of course, there is the awareness component).

thx for watching it.

(full disclosure...i am loosely affiliated with the producers of this film)

Courtney
08-30-2010, 03:28 AM
I woke up at 5am last weekend to go hiking. It was worth it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4940896201_e95fb0a65e_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4102/4941485014_dd5d7528c4_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4941487628_2c7c335c2b_z.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4940901855_d7ba27eabd_z.jpg

GeezrRckr
08-30-2010, 06:50 AM
is that a monk seal? how are they doing these days out there?

chairmenmeow47
08-30-2010, 09:23 AM
i love those treehouse structures!!! i will be camping this weekend in fossil creek, i cannot wait :) i will also attempt a handstand and a cartwheel on a log, inspired by matt's pics!!!

algunz
08-30-2010, 09:37 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4940896201_e95fb0a65e_z.jpg


This is beautiful!!!!

Courtney
08-30-2010, 10:13 AM
is that a monk seal? how are they doing these days out there?

It is! I was really excited to see him, because they are on the endangered species list and it's now estimated that there are only approximately 1000 monk seals remaining.

HowToDisappear
08-30-2010, 10:37 AM
Dale, Gunz, Courtney --- love all the hiking pics! I'll have to live vicariously through you; with weekend work schedules and 1litro's bum leg from his bike crash, no hiking for us. We have permits to do Whitney in mid Sept, but it will have to wait.

Ivy, have fun camping! Take pics.

Sleepingrock
09-06-2010, 08:07 PM
I went to Cathedral Provincial Park this weekend :D

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/IMG_6592.jpg

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/IMG_6642.jpg

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/IMG_6597.jpg

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/IMG_6595.jpg

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/IMG_6696.jpg

OnlyNonStranger
09-06-2010, 08:09 PM
Nice pictures. Silly mountain goat! I hope you didn't give it food!

HowToDisappear
09-06-2010, 08:20 PM
Mountain goats!!! They're so funny. So completely unconcerned with humans. The thing I found most surprising about them is that they don't move soundlessly like deer; they have heavy, muscled footfalls like horses. And they willingly pose for pics.

Your tent is pitched on an incline --- were you a puddle at the bottom of your sleeping bag by morning? :)

Sleepingrock
09-06-2010, 08:38 PM
That tent wasn't ours actually, it just was a tent where the goats were hanging out by! And those goats received no food from us!

Geno_g
09-06-2010, 08:55 PM
Nice pictures...

fikus222
09-06-2010, 09:18 PM
WOW, this thread rules. Awesome pics everyone !!!

Here are some of mine:

Cape Flattery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula within Makah Nation lands:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs498.snc3/27168_102915683084872_100000993227362_22969_731007 _n.jpg

Tatoosh Island Lighthouse off of Cape Flattery:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs498.ash1/27168_102916616418112_100000993227362_22980_381305 9_n.jpg

Mt. Ranier viewed from the shores of Lake Washington down the street from our place in Seattle:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs461.ash1/25357_102923283084112_100000993227362_23032_395183 0_n.jpg

The Equator viewed from the middle of the Eastern Pacific:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs498.ash1/27168_103254853050955_100000993227362_26016_806380 _n.jpg

Dutch Harbor, AK
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs498.ash1/27168_103259463050494_100000993227362_26057_602324 5_n.jpg

chairmenmeow47
09-06-2010, 10:17 PM
9oi am bummed. did not camp :(

HowToDisappear
09-07-2010, 01:47 PM
That is a bummer, Ivy. Why?



The Equator viewed from the middle of the Eastern Pacific:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs498.ash1/27168_103254853050955_100000993227362_26016_806380 _n.jpg


Lovely. I guess the Pacific really is pacific at times.

chairmenmeow47
09-07-2010, 08:41 PM
now that i'm not drunk, fickus, great pictures!!!

HTD, the boy i was going with wasn't feeling well and he didn't let me know until friday night, after all our other friends had left. so we were lazy instead. kinda bummed, i was looking forward to hiking, but i didn't want him to drive me up there if he wasn't feeling up to it and then be miserable the whole time.

but, i'm very much considering a visit to topanga canyon. it's been way too long since i took a road trip by myself to see my idyllwild arts friends. i have a friend that lives in topanga now, but is probably going to move to hawaii soon. she has a place for me to stay. from what i read on wikipedia, topanga canyon sounds really cool. anyone ever been? any cool trails to check out or anything? i'm sure she'll be able to show me the ropes, but i figured you so cal folks might have some insight.

zimmy1222
09-07-2010, 09:19 PM
amazing thread.

so many beautiful places to see!

chairmenmeow47
09-12-2010, 08:56 PM
went hiking today at the stupid (tonto) natural bridge.

i'm a native, but this was my first trip. i hope to go back, it was gorgeous! according to the pamphlet, it may be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. it's 183 feet high over a 400 foot long tunnel. it's 150 feet at it's widest point. supposedly it was found by a dude in the late 1800s who was trying to hide from the apache.

on the road:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs305.ash2/58551_159220910759565_100000149721397_547394_43851 41_n.jpg

who the fuck stands behind their dog just waiting for it to take a shit?!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs305.ash2/58551_159220924092897_100000149721397_547398_14217 22_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs625.snc4/58551_159220937426229_100000149721397_547401_80463 1_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs305.ash2/58551_159220940759562_100000149721397_547402_19623 75_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs410.snc4/47313_159221040759552_100000149721397_547411_25636 39_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs430.snc4/47313_159221044092885_100000149721397_547412_13887 37_n.jpg

donkey sex
09-13-2010, 12:19 PM
running through Joshua Tree a couple weeks ago

http://www.villagephotos.com/utils/image.aspx?u=2010-2\1353915\1.jpg

Courtney
09-13-2010, 12:19 PM
That's an awesome photo.

donkey sex
09-13-2010, 12:40 PM
tanks, about a forty-five degree incline

seandlr
09-13-2010, 02:08 PM
running through Joshua Tree a couple weeks ago

http://www.villagephotos.com/utils/image.aspx?u=2010-2\1353915\1.jpg

Not to be annoying, but can you tell me EXACTLY where this is at?

And Ivy, are you talking about Topanga Canyon just west of Santa Monica?

donkey sex
09-13-2010, 02:26 PM
sure thing...its the Mastodon Trail off Cottonwood

chairmenmeow47
09-13-2010, 02:57 PM
yes i am.

seandlr
09-13-2010, 03:08 PM
I hiked a trail there about a year ago. It was a nice little hike. I'm sure you're friend will know of the cooler spots but I thought it was relatively mediocre. If you're looking to do some cool hikes in SoCal, you might want to try Pasadena, Azusa, Mt. Baldy or if you're really feeling adventerous, I strongly recommend Mt. San Jacinto Peak near Palm Springs. That place is gorgeous.

chairmenmeow47
09-13-2010, 03:09 PM
thanks for the suggestions. i'm specifically going to see her and she has a small child, so we'll prolly stay hiking near her house.

obzen
09-13-2010, 03:39 PM
Azusa.

East Fork.




::chucks::

HowToDisappear
09-21-2010, 12:10 PM
Last week in CO:
Wild horses in Mesa Verde
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/CO%20trip/horses1.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/CO%20trip/horses2.jpg

Animas River (from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway)
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/CO%20trip/animas3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/CO%20trip/animas2.jpg

"Wilbur" on the Pikes Peak Hwy
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/CO%20trip/wilbur.jpg

Aspens are turning
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/CO%20trip/aspens.jpg

chairmenmeow47
09-21-2010, 12:31 PM
fabulous pics. just beautiful. i want to see some wild horses.

fikus222
09-21-2010, 12:56 PM
I've camped in Mesa Verde before, it's very beautiful.

I've always wanted a pet fox. IMO they're like the perfect blend of a cat and dog.

HowToDisappear
09-21-2010, 01:26 PM
First time for me in CO. It's really gorgeous, and my husband can't wait to go back someday and ride. Where the trees are dead/dying, though, is quite dismaying and alarming. I'd be very worried if I lived there.

My daughter and I just had a conversation last night about the sound that foxes make when they call to each other. It's quite scary, actually. They are super cute, though.

Ivy, no joke, when we stopped to take a picture of the horses, Mazzy Star's cover of Wild Horses was playing on the Ipod.

Gribbz
09-21-2010, 01:29 PM
Let me know if you guys ever go hiking/camping in Arizona... ton of good spots out here.

HowToDisappear
09-21-2010, 01:36 PM
Will do. Spent one night in Flagstaff along the way. Just south of town the mountainsides were carpeted with yellow wildflowers. Beautiful.

1litro
09-22-2010, 08:45 PM
We like to feed the humming birds and in the summer migration we actually get a few
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/8108.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/8104.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/8105.jpg

Courtney
09-22-2010, 09:38 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/8104.jpg

I love this one!

GeezrRckr
10-29-2010, 08:15 AM
wow, new monkey discovered. and it's kinda cute too.

http://photos.mongabay.com/j/myanmarsnubnosed.photo.568.jpg


Hunters' reports have led scientists to discover a new species of monkey in the northern forests of Myanmar. Discovered by biologists from the Myanmar Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association with support from primatologists with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the People Resources and Biodiversity Foundation, the strange looking primate is a member of the snub-nosed monkey family, adding a fifth member to this unmistakably odd-looking group of Asian primates. However, the species survives in only a small single population, threatened by Chinese logging and hunting.

Described in the American Journal of Primatology, the new monkey, dubbed the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri), was only discovered after researchers heard reports from hunters of a strange monkey with upturned nostrils and prominent lips. It is known locally as mey nwoah,or 'monkey with an upturned face'.

Locals have an easy time finding the species, since, according to them, it sneezes whenever it rains. Rainwater collects on the monkey's upturned noses causing them to sneeze. To combat this, the monkeys spend their rainy days with heads tucked between legs. <--haha, love this

The new primate is especially notable for being the only snub-nosed monkey known in Myanmar. The other four snub-nosed monkey species are found in parts of China and Vietnam.

more here (http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1026-hance_myanmarsnubnosed.html).

1litro
10-29-2010, 07:27 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/DSC_8963web.jpg
just another sunset in Sol Cal

algunz
10-29-2010, 07:33 PM
Beautiful.

I wish I had a camera for the sunrise this morning. It was gorgeous.

1litro
10-29-2010, 08:28 PM
I had my camera this morning but I was ridding to work and did not have time to get a shot off

daftmau5
10-29-2010, 08:37 PM
while we're on the topic of sunsets, figured I'd share this. i lived in Indonesia for a short while before being evacuated following the terrorist bombings in 2002. this is my favourite (sic) sunset picture, from Kuta Beach in bali.

http://i.imgur.com/ZUKav.jpg

1litro
10-29-2010, 08:50 PM
^NICE^ (sic) ;)

algunz
10-29-2010, 08:52 PM
That's awesome.

Always floors me the colors that nature can create.

Gribbz
11-02-2010, 02:08 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/4ccfa751d78a3preview-300.jpg

My buddy Scott doing his thing in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Gribbz
11-04-2010, 02:01 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/65322_514040449957_329600542_485255_5052224_n.jpg

I love the desert.

1litro
11-04-2010, 02:14 PM
^ deserts with rainbows how epic ^

HowToDisappear
11-17-2010, 01:44 PM
Some of my favorite shots from years past - photos by 1litro

Yosemite Falls in spring
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/Picture095.jpg

Waterton Lakes, Canada
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/watertonlake.jpg

First snow last winter in our local mountains
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/DSC_1870.jpg

chairmenmeow47
11-17-2010, 02:31 PM
absolutely gorgeous pics!

obzen
11-17-2010, 02:33 PM
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/Picture095.jpg


That's a clean shot.

discobotica
11-17-2010, 05:03 PM
I should have been all over this thread awhile back, but better late then never right?

Seeing all the awesome nature photos that y'all have taken and/or posted just on this page alone, it made me want to share some of the fabulous photography from my friends and classmates at Prescott College's Kino Field Station in Sonora, Mexico. This is where I spent a lot of time in class, especially for my major, while in college. Just the tip of the awesome iceberg:

Sperm Whales
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs779.snc4/65990_460840806128_721461128_5930705_7058175_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs942.snc4/73521_460841001128_721461128_5930714_6224846_n.jpg
Orca w/ baby
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs773.snc4/67382_460846231128_721461128_5930853_4545848_n.jpg
Common Dolphin
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs071.snc4/34902_427545656128_721461128_5136983_6201917_n.jpg

fikus222
02-13-2011, 12:36 AM
Today, my wife and I broke in our WRXs new tires on a drive through the coastal backwoods of San Mateo County:

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/118/l_f4ca9d5f32a94096b7096e1f2ed1732c.jpg
King's Mountain coastal redwoods off of Skyline (Hwy 35).

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/114/l_3e0dff3509b3475c9dd19cae4376569d.jpg

Stage Road north of Pescadero.

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/136/l_40d698d06ea94ab2bf4604b54b158f5c.jpg

San Gregorio State Beach, 11 miles south of Half Moon Bay.

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/145/l_fac32af5d02f4bd88f6db95ff9e6da3d.jpg

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/123/l_685842a433e5451194352fcc5d386b18.jpg

Half Moon Bay is visible in the distance.

fikus222
02-19-2011, 01:56 AM
Here are some pictures of Washington state:

The following 3 pictures were taken on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula overlooking the Pacific coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca near Neah Bay.
http://a4.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/126/f0e1f624efb1488ab7444f65d7a4e153/l.jpg


http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/117/l_aa37c4d8ef924ab895e58aecc39a5be7.jpg

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/122/l_7576d376af964ee496b7bee24dcf2b8f.jpg

South of Anacortes on the banks of Pass Lake
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/8/l_6d4b80411d354591b351e7736a549c63.jpg

Deception Pass Bridge from the banks of Whidbey Island.
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/39/l_c81dcd9c87f34c9e97fe8aa24f780850.jpg

Underneath Deception Pass Bridge
http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/25/l_a5d20bb44bc544f89c0529f743ea9ff9.jpg

bottomfeeder
02-19-2011, 06:20 AM
Shaw's Cove (Laguna Beach) 2.4.11

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV013.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV044.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV031.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV032.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV035.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/Hoopserver/ENV042-1.jpg

HowToDisappear
02-19-2011, 01:36 PM
Nice pics, fikus and bottomfeeder!

discobotica
02-19-2011, 02:09 PM
Oh my gracious! Pisaster ochraceus!

1litro
02-19-2011, 08:00 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/kingtied.jpg
King Tide

fikus222
02-19-2011, 09:31 PM
Very cool.

algunz
02-19-2011, 10:14 PM
I love this thread. :p

blackchango
02-19-2011, 11:48 PM
Thanks for sharing the beautiful scenery

discobotica
02-20-2011, 01:27 AM
I love this thread. :p

This x9 bjillion

GeezrRckr
02-25-2011, 11:47 AM
Gauhati is an old friend. when i worked at the SFZ, he was part of the tour i used to give to donors. he's a massive goofball (literally and figuratively), and a total sweetie. i miss him. this vid brightened my day and i thought i'd share it with you guys.

QHa1ePgs7k0

discobotica
02-25-2011, 12:58 PM
^ it's refreshing to see a zoo animal that appears to be enjoying himself in his enclosure..........I have very mixed emotions about zoos, but I think it's way cool that you worked at the SF Zoo Geezr!

HowToDisappear
02-25-2011, 01:17 PM
I have mixed feelings about zoos, too. But awwww, he really does look like a sweet and playful guy, Geezr.

GeezrRckr
02-25-2011, 01:25 PM
it was very difficult for me to work there, as i have my own misgivings about zoos. it's kind of complicated. if we ever meet, feel free to ask me about it as the reasoning behind why i did work there might interest you.

and, yes, i was working there when the tiger incident took place. fucking nuts.

HowToDisappear
02-25-2011, 01:43 PM
That was a terrible situation all around. Those boys were drunk and high and stupid and provoked that tiger somehow. Tragic for the boy's family, and more tragic for the tiger, which didn't deserve to die, but was forced to be killed.

1litro
02-27-2011, 01:35 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/DSZ_3208web.jpg
in S.D. snow got down to 1000 feet this a shot of the stuff frm Mt Helix

m3ta1head
02-27-2011, 04:06 PM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0133.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0139.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0150.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0151.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0160.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0162.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0164.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0169.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y103/m3ta1head/cascades/DSCF0176.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/LZKbo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/tsjU5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rwSLU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/l5YAf.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Sejtl.jpg

Gribbz
02-27-2011, 04:34 PM
It snowed in Tucson today:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/4d6a930bb4394image.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/4d6a92d1020edimage.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/4d6a8f01a71d5image.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/4d6a8edff31c5preview-300.jpg

GeezrRckr
02-27-2011, 04:35 PM
Wow, very cool.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
02-27-2011, 04:48 PM
I wish i had my camera when i was out and about when it snowed in Burbank yesterday. It was fucking surreal.

HowToDisappear
02-28-2011, 07:04 AM
Beautiful shots, Dale.

The snowfall this weekend was nuts. Cars stopped on the side of the road and people were playing in the snow along Interstate 8.

1litro
02-28-2011, 07:21 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/random%20picks/94cab4db.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/random%20picks/04c71969.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/random%20picks/087e633a.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/random%20picks/08e79ca3.jpg
little more snow

Cheddar's Cousin
03-07-2011, 08:16 AM
Hidden Valley- Joshua Tree

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/Joshua%20Tree%202011/044.jpg

The Cholla Garden

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m260/robdowning/Joshua%20Tree%202011/052.jpg

1litro
03-07-2011, 05:45 PM
^LIKE^

chairmenmeow47
03-23-2011, 09:54 AM
so i'm thinking about going to the redwoods with a girlfriend over memorial day. we're going to drive up from the santa monica area. last night i watched a national geographic special and fell in love. anyone have any special areas of the forest they like? good places to stay? thanks :)

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/10/redwoods/img/redwood-portrait.jpg

Cheddar's Cousin
03-23-2011, 10:06 AM
Sequoia National Park, Coast Redwoods, or Yosemite?

If you go to Sequoia, you need to see the sherman tree, then walk out to the Room tree. Hang out in there for a while. It's only a couple of miles round trip.

In Yosemite, you need to hike up to the Grizzly Giant. It's also a couple of miles.

I've never been to the Coast Redwoods, so I can't help there.

chairmenmeow47
03-23-2011, 10:07 AM
humboldt.

Cheddar's Cousin
03-23-2011, 12:33 PM
Those are Coast Redwoods. I have yet to see them in person. While much Taller than the Giant Sequoias, they are not as big around.

I saw a documentary a few months ago where some people hiked the entire length of the habitat from South to North and recorded various statistics. They even spent the night in the canopy one night. I would love to do that some day.

Sublime
03-23-2011, 01:38 PM
If you can make it on up to Eureka the Redwood National Park is sublime. Never quite seen anything like it. The town itself is pretty cool as well, they got some nice lodging and restaurants. Really a great trip, enjoy

HowToDisappear
03-23-2011, 03:04 PM
Humboldt is gorgeous. The locals are whacked, but that's part of the fun/adventure, I guess. You will undoubtedly drive Avenue of the Giants. It goes through the state park (parallel to the 101). If you are a serious hiker, hiking in Humboldt is honestly not that great. The trees are beautiful, but you could walk around in a circle for 10 minutes and see the same thing you could see in a 10 mile out and back. So just find a spot you like, near the river or the creek, bring a picnic and just enjoy. Do check out the Rockefeller Forest, some of the tallest trees on earth are there (used to have number one, but I think another tree elsewhere has supplanted it).

If you have time, drive the Lost Coast Loop. It will take you through some of the most beautiful, and most remote, parts of CA. Gas up before you go, there are no stations along the way. And places that look like towns on the map really only have populations of say... five. It takes you through the Sinkyone/King Range, to some beautiful beaches (Mattole, Black Sand Beach - Shelter Cove), and the westernmost point in the lower 48. Bring warm clothes; it can be very cold and windy. Don't turn your back on the sea --- rogue waves.

There is camping in Humboldt, but we've stayed at the Miranda Gardens - they have nice full-service cabins.

Have fun, Ivy. You will be floored by the beauty.

chairmenmeow47
03-24-2011, 10:34 AM
thanks for all the tips. i'm not sure how long we'll be there or how much hiking we really want to do yet. i don't think either of us are "serious" hikers; however we both trekked boarding school together in idyllwild, so i think we would like somewhat of a hike if possible.

m3ta1head
03-25-2011, 08:37 PM
Took a few pics hiking today, warning high res

http://i.imgur.com/SXxmi.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/P1TbN.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fo67U.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/oSQny.jpg

algunz
03-25-2011, 10:35 PM
THAT'S A BIG FUCKING TREE!!!

Courtney
03-28-2011, 07:26 AM
Matt, I really love those snow shots.

jimmycrackcorn
03-31-2011, 11:38 AM
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa357/igoslowugoaround/IMAG0012.jpg

never posted in this thread before but i thought this might be appropriate... i came out of work and saw this small owl just hanging out on a shopping cart by my car... it looked kinda tired and weary (it was a windy evening) and never flew off... this is as close as i wanted to get so as not to force it to fly off w/out completing it's rest :)

Sleepingrock
04-24-2011, 12:02 PM
Friend and I went hiking at a place called Rimrocks, lots of rocks! No snow down here, but 15 minutes away and a few hundred meters up it was covered!
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/068.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/064.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/057.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/054.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/047.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/037.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii231/Sleepingrock/018.jpg

getbetter
04-24-2011, 12:12 PM
That's a shocker that I haven't been posting in here. Tomorrow i get my camera back and I'm going hiking soon as the weather permits.

Gribbz
04-24-2011, 01:17 PM
Taking my first trip to Yosemite this summer. Super excited!

HowToDisappear, let's see some pictures por favor.

HowToDisappear
04-24-2011, 04:33 PM
I'm excited for you! The first sight of Yosemite is one of life's great oh-my-effing-god moments.

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp5.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp6.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp4.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp7.jpg

After a winter storm, the Valley awash with clouds, with El Cap and Half Dome peeking through:
http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp8.jpg

If you're doing Half Dome, the cables (those are my girls ages 12 at the time pulling themselves up) and the view from the top (hang your head over - it's 4k ft to the valley floor):

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp2.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/yp1.jpg

Have fun! :)

getbetter
04-24-2011, 04:45 PM
http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll147/adawofl/drooling_homer-712749.png

and to think Yosemite is only like four-five hours north of me and I haven't been there is a real shame.

HowToDisappear
04-24-2011, 05:04 PM
I give you permission to go, so GO! The spring snowmelt has begun. All the falls will be thundering (by summer they will be but a trickle). Hardly any people. Take a long weekend. We've done that before, and it's a nine hour drive.

Gribbz
04-24-2011, 05:05 PM
Thanks! Awesome pictures.

chairmenmeow47
04-26-2011, 11:41 AM
great pics HTD and sleeping rock. yosemite is beautiful.

my redwoods trip was cancelled :( i did go to lake powell and zion national forest over easter, didn't get to hike though. my mom lives at lake powell now for a job, so i think i'm going back for a hiking trip as soon as i can, loved it!!!!

HowToDisappear
04-27-2011, 07:28 AM
I'd love to see pics of Lake Powell, Ivy. I've never been. Tried to get my 8 siblings and their families to do a reunion there once (rent a few houseboats and hang out and such), but that didn't fly. So post pics next time you go.

Love Zion. And all of southern Utah is pretty spectacular.

Gribbz
04-27-2011, 07:34 AM
^ Ever encounter any bears at Yosemite?

fikus222
04-27-2011, 07:50 AM
While in Yosemite's tent camping, some friends of mine had a bear visit their camp during the night. They heard it rooting around and snag a backpack. The next morning, they found the backpack in a nearby bush with granola bars left inside. Apparently, the only thing missing was a baggie with a few pills of valium. I'm surprised they didn't find the bear snoozing nearby.

Keeping a tight lid on food items is a must while visiting or camping in Yosemite. There are bears, whom are experts at forcibly entering cars and ransacking campsites. For the most part, they aren't aggressive, just destructive. They're pretty common, so there's a good chance you see some while there.

Gribbz
04-27-2011, 08:18 AM
Regardless of the potential dangers/inconveniences, I think it would be rather exciting to see a bear.

There are bear signs throughout the mountains here, but I've never seen one in the 20 years I've been hiking/camping the area.

fikus222
04-27-2011, 08:59 AM
I've also seen bear sign, but never an actual bear. I've just missed seeing Kodiak Browns several times while on port call in Kodiak, AK.

There's a river South of the Kodiak Coast Guard Base that my shipmates and I would swim and fish in. Apparently, the same bend in the river we frequented was also the favorite spot of some local juveniles. The bears would stop by and feign indifference while going about their beary business. They had their side and we had ours. My luck had me there too early or too late to see them, which may have been a good thing. Later that Summer, we heard one of those bears attacked and killed a dog while it was on a walk with its master along the riverfront.

Kodiak Browns have a totally different temperament than the brown and black beats you're likely to encounter in Yosemite.

Gribbz
04-27-2011, 11:08 AM
Awesome. Especially the bit about "Beary business."

HowToDisappear
04-27-2011, 02:37 PM
There are lots of bears in the Sierras; it would be pretty hard to not encounter one in Yosemite, especially in the summer, either in the campground or along the trails. (We've got lots of great bear stories.)

All campsites are equipped with bear boxes and all food most be stored there. Don't keep anything with a scent in the cab or trunk of your car (no food or drink obviously, also no toiletries, car air fresheners, nothing). Keep your campsite scrupulously clean and only have food and cooking gear out while food is being prepared/eaten. The bears are really smart, can smell things from miles away and are masters of destroying vehicles. While on a trip in Sequoia, a car was destroyed in the next campsite because the idiot left two crackers on the back seat. They'll hop on the roof and bounce up and down, blowing the doors or windows out. Amazing.

Gribbz
04-27-2011, 02:51 PM
Thanks for the wisdom! I'm unbelievably excited.

jackstraw94086
04-27-2011, 03:22 PM
There are lots of bears in the Sierras; it would be pretty hard to not encounter one in Yosemite, especially in the summer, either in the campground or along the trails. (We've got lots of great bear stories.)

All campsites are equipped with bear boxes and all food most be stored there. Don't keep anything with a scent in the cab or trunk of your car (no food or drink obviously, also no toiletries, car air fresheners, nothing). Keep your campsite scrupulously clean and only have food and cooking gear out while food is being prepared/eaten. The bears are really smart, can smell things from miles away and are masters of destroying vehicles. While on a trip in Sequoia, a car was destroyed in the next campsite because the idiot left two crackers on the back seat. They'll hop on the roof and bounce up and down, blowing the doors or windows out. Amazing.

no shit. it's hard to not trip over bears if you spend any reasonable time even driving through yosemite area all the way to tahoe. Bears on the side of the road in north tahoe are common.

Cheddar's Cousin
04-27-2011, 08:41 PM
Had a bear come into camp at night in Yosemite about 30 years ago.

I've run into a couple on the trail in Sequoia NTL park in the last few years.

J~$$$$
06-15-2011, 09:29 AM
The other day I went to my local spot to do some fly fishing and I saw for the first time in Colorado a moose cross the river and a couple of black squirrels.

Courtney
06-15-2011, 09:48 AM
That's awesome. And, I had absolutely no idea that black squirrels even existed.

J~$$$$
06-15-2011, 12:51 PM
I have heard rumors of the black squirrels living in California so I was excited to see one in Colorado. Moose are not native to Colorado either so I was really excited to see it.

Gribbz
06-15-2011, 12:58 PM
I went to get the mail a few weeks ago and came upon this little guy:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/210618_10150584640960297_579270296_18458588_248613 9_o.jpg

jackstraw94086
06-15-2011, 01:09 PM
That's awesome. And, I had absolutely no idea that black squirrels even existed.

There are tons of black squirrels in NY.

My grandmother lives in Scarsdale and they seem to outnumber grey squirrels.

Courtney
06-15-2011, 01:11 PM
Weird. Are they a recent addition? Because I have lived in New York state off an on for at least 12 years, and don't recall ever seeing one.

HowToDisappear
06-15-2011, 03:11 PM
I saw a black squirrel once, a few years ago, in a residential area in San Mateo. I was really startled (I thought it threw something at me); I had no idea they existed until then either.

And seeing a moose is exciting, J!

HowToDisappear
06-15-2011, 03:23 PM
Ever since I was a young girl, I've wanted to see the wild ponies on Assateague Island, VA. Wish fulfilled.

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/the%20road%20trip/n3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/the%20road%20trip/n5.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/the%20road%20trip/n1.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/the%20road%20trip/n4.jpg

amyzzz
06-15-2011, 03:27 PM
They brand the wild ponies? Beautiful pics.

HowToDisappear
06-15-2011, 03:50 PM
They have a pony penning and auction in July every year. The island can only support so many, so they're rounded up and tagged. Some foals are adopted as pets, others are bought at auction but re-released. The proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Dept.

Courtney
06-26-2011, 11:19 AM
HTD, awesome. I visited there once when I was very young, and I remember it being completely magical.

Courtney
06-26-2011, 11:24 AM
I woke up at 4am yesterday to hike up with a flashlight to the top of a mountain range and watch the sun rise over Lanikai beach.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5200/5870874730_5bf23971dd_z.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/5870320675_f70b3973db_z.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3193/5870319221_13f9a29ece_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5035/5870322245_d4a45efbeb_z.jpg

fikus222
07-08-2011, 05:08 PM
Looking out to sea from Mt. Tamalpias in Marin County:

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/261985_216491341727305_100000993227362_614079_1230 417_n.jpg

Looking South toward SF:

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261652_216492221727217_100000993227362_614082_3953 513_n.jpg

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/268125_216493728393733_100000993227362_614094_6370 255_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/265037_216494351727004_100000993227362_614095_5292 287_n.jpg

Gribbz
07-08-2011, 05:49 PM
^ Awesome pictures.


Arizona monsoon season is upon us:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/phoenix-dust-storm.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/DJArcLight/263676_2026637298986_1035653294_2193728_3871536_n. jpg

1litro
07-24-2011, 06:46 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/DSZ_4546co.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/DSZ_4537co.jpg
little time to kill on a Sunday morn, shot tiny things in my backyard

HowToDisappear
09-04-2011, 04:10 PM
Yesterday at The Wedge (photos by 1litro)

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/wedge1.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/wedge3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/wedge2.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/wedge5.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/wedge4.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/wedge6.jpg

HowToDisappear
09-29-2011, 08:06 AM
New moon red tide last night at Marine Street

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/rt4.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/rt1.jpg

TomAz
09-30-2011, 12:31 PM
I saw a skunk trotting down the street the other day near my house.

I don't recall ever having seen a skunk in the Arizona desert before.

jackstraw94086
09-30-2011, 12:40 PM
It might have been a black cat that accidentally brushed against some white paint. It fooled Pepe Le Pew many times.

algunz
09-30-2011, 12:56 PM
New moon red tide last night at Marine Street

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/rt4.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/rt1.jpg

Is this still happening?

HowToDisappear
09-30-2011, 01:08 PM
A friend took his daughter last night and said it was still epic. If the bloom continues, the now waxing moon sets at around 9pm, so anytime after that should be plenty dark for a good show.

We had fun stomping around in the sand and making our footsteps glow.

amyzzz
09-30-2011, 01:33 PM
I saw a skunk trotting down the street the other day near my house.

I don't recall ever having seen a skunk in the Arizona desert before.
You usually just smell them from afar. Or see them smooshed on the road.

chairmenmeow47
11-13-2011, 09:50 AM
faxy and i hiked 6.4 miles yesterday to the top of the flatiron on the superstition mountains.

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=45

it was brutal. lots of rock climbing. we wanted to give up several times, but my always-chipper-former-army friend kept us motivated... well for me, it was the promise of kiltlifters at four peaks after lol. we made it though, took seven and a half hours. the trail was gorgeous though. there was a slick rock area with a waterfall, though no water right now. as we moved up in elevation, so much more greenery appeared. and we could see the city skyline, and even fountain hills. the top was breathtaking and so worth the trek.

there were a few moments where i had sharp pain from my health problems, but i rested a few minutes and worked through it. faxy was such a trooper. i think his ankles were starting to give out and he had calf pains, but he kept moving. i'm so glad faxy made it though and that we pushed each other through the pain!!!

i had watched this documentary the night before that talked about the early pioneers crossing the country to the west needed 6,000 calories a day to make the trek. i definitely did not eat enough and felt queasy for a bit on the way up, but kept scarfing down granola bars to make it through. faxy and i split a ham & turkey sandwich and some goldfish crackers at the top which helped :)

the weather was perfect. chilly, but not too cold, mostly cloudy. the sun peaked out at the top to admire arizona's little fluffy clouds, but then went back into hiding for the hike down. we also started to get a little rain, but it stopped. i seriously could not have asked for better hiking weather.

i am so sore today, but i managed to wake up, hit the hot tub real quick and do some yoga. this past week i'd been neglecting working out because i was in a lot of pain, but this has motivated me to get back in the groove once again. i'm so glad i organized this hike with my friends before my next surgery. even though i've been in pain and not as fit as i would like, i made it to the top and back. and i want to do it again now :)

i'll post more pics later since my friends took more than me, but here's a few:

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905224-2/2011-11-12_12-59-47_773.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905232-2/2011-11-12_13-15-00_69.jpg

HowToDisappear
11-13-2011, 01:23 PM
Good job, you two! A 2780ft elevation gain in 3.2 miles --- that's a 16% grade. So yeah fairly steep. I could see how you'd definitely be feeling that today. Views from the top are worth it, eh? Very pretty.

chairmenmeow47
11-15-2011, 06:20 AM
Good job, you two! A 2780ft elevation gain in 3.2 miles --- that's a 16% grade. So yeah fairly steep. I could see how you'd definitely be feeling that today. Views from the top are worth it, eh? Very pretty.

when you put it that way, it seems even more crazy!!!

pics here (http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/v/ivy/album01/flatiron/)

so the flatiron is stub with the rounded corner towards the right.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905448-2/376692_10100112297811327_24606508_45136526_4165748 89_n.jpg

we started about 9:30 in the morning.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905280-2/307782_10150375798096284_666671283_8604484_1582113 638_n.jpg

early on the way up is this little area. i had no concept of how much further we had to go. i could not conceive the path to the top.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905212-2/2011-11-12_10-19-56_692.jpg

the slick rock area was killer. there was a waterfall to the left, but no water. going down this made me with for a snowboard and some snow. there was some sliding lol.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905216-2/2011-11-12_10-44-52_787.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905379-2/300846_319135108101414_100000147838180_1516217_190 409340_n.jpg

i thought going up that would be like almost there. again, no concept of how far. if it weren't my friend constantly lying and telling me we were close, i'd probably never have made it. this is nowhere near close in effort.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905382-2/307762_319142071434051_100000147838180_1516245_420 592855_n.jpg

but then it got crazy rocky. this was when i seriously said i would quit, but they all convinced me to take a break. so i ate a granola bar. about when we started walking, it rained for a minute, then stopped.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905220-2/2011-11-12_11-37-09_570.jpg

ROCKS

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905430-2/302430_10100112304403117_24606508_45136564_5194887 14_n.jpg

and after countless rocks. after countless motivational speeches from my friend, mark and i made it!

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905406-2/374576_319145094767082_100000147838180_1516265_793 718782_n.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905240-2/2011-11-12_13-18-59_113.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905289-2/312565_10150375795816284_666671283_8604451_2281823 61_n.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905316-2/377875_10150375795366284_666671283_8604443_1526925 519_n.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905427-2/297818_10100112310870157_24606508_45136729_1755861 773_n.jpg

but then, we had to get down.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905313-2/377738_10150375794801284_666671283_8604434_2120592 351_n.jpg

climbing down those rocks was not easy. when i get momentum like that, i just keep going. we all got separated.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905370-2/390991_10150375798596284_666671283_8604488_1896494 013_n.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905256-2/2011-11-12_13-51-55_906.jpg

we all met up at this spot. i tried to look for mark. thanks for wearing yellow :)

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905376-2/297749_319143248100600_100000147838180_1516252_282 687560_n.jpg

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/905260-2/2011-11-12_14-52-08_440.jpg

the struggle down was long, but we all eventually made it to the parking lot. i can't believe it. every time i looked back up, i was awestruck. still cannot believe we did that.

faxman75
11-15-2011, 06:38 AM
Awesome write up. Thanks again for the invite. Sunday and Monday I was very sore but today i'm starting to be able to move a bit more fluid. I enjoyed the hell out of that adventure and it totally motivated me to continue with getting healthy. If your friends weren't so motivating, I was definitely ready to turn around several times. I never would have though the hike down would have been so difficult either. It was a great experience all around. Thanks for driving, sandwich/snack sharing and having great friends who looked out for us. I can look at these pictures all day.

HowToDisappear
11-15-2011, 08:19 AM
Great pics!

And yeah, on a very steep trail, down can definitely be just as tough as up. It can make it seem so much longer.

HowToDisappear
12-27-2011, 09:25 AM
Sedona is beautiful.

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/sedona%20christmas/sed14.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/sedona%20christmas/sed8.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/sedona%20christmas/sed17.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/sedona%20christmas/sed3.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/sedona%20christmas/sed16.jpg

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/sedona%20christmas/sed1.jpg

Gribbz
12-27-2011, 01:13 PM
^ I love Sedona.

Took this about 10 minutes ago with my phone:
http://i40.tinypic.com/6p2bgy.jpg

HowToDisappear
12-27-2011, 01:16 PM
OOOOOHHHHH! AWESOME!

fikus222
12-27-2011, 01:17 PM
Kitty!! Very cool.

Bobcat or lynx? Since I can't see the tail, I'm not certain if it's a bobcat.

HowToDisappear
12-27-2011, 01:19 PM
Assuming it's a bobcat? Don't see tufts on the ears.

Gribbz
12-27-2011, 01:21 PM
Yeah, it's a bobert.

HowToDisappear
12-27-2011, 01:27 PM
Ahahahaha.

Seriously, how lucky were you to see a bobcat and snap a pic. And in the middle of the day, no less.

Gribbz
12-27-2011, 01:31 PM
Yeah, there's a window right next to the tv. Caught my eye. I see desert creatures pretty frequently.

betao
05-20-2012, 12:26 PM
I've never been a "nature" kind of person, but I think I just became one.

My friend and I went on a hike in the Appalachian Mountains in VA - specifically, the White Oaks Falls trail off of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Skyline Dr). The trail is about 4.5 miles long, with a waterfall halfway though. It was a cloudy and drizzly day which put the clouds very low; we were literally walking through the clouds. It was complete fog and mist (and a few deer!), resulting in one of the most hauntingly beautiful and surreal experiences I've had with nature.

Here are some photos. I wish I had a better camera to do it justice:

This is what our visibility was like driving through the mountain (taken at about 3pm in the afternoon):
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/579935_10151123678642729_570597728_13360861_853348 025_n.jpg

These are from the hike itself:

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http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/555457_10151123679182729_570597728_13360865_199206 6698_n.jpg
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/545365_10151123679742729_570597728_13360871_203621 9569_n.jpg
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/536097_10151123679862729_570597728_13360874_173613 0264_n.jpg
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/303349_10151123680297729_570597728_13360878_193125 5411_n.jpg
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/540348_10151123679612729_570597728_13360870_205069 204_n.jpg
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/561381_10151123680557729_570597728_13360879_212467 6665_n.jpg
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/547846_10151123681592729_570597728_13360889_130951 5909_n.jpg
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/547636_10151123682062729_570597728_13360894_236431 086_n.jpg
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/582431_10151123682307729_570597728_13360896_120617 8527_n.jpg

deer!
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559527_10151123681412729_570597728_13360887_181761 6051_n.jpg
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559566_10151123681062729_570597728_13360883_849209 059_n.jpg

algunz
05-20-2012, 02:59 PM
Beautiful.

Sleepingrock
05-20-2012, 06:36 PM
That looks beautiful, but spooky too.

TomAz
05-21-2012, 07:43 AM
So that solar eclipse yesterday was sort of nothing. It got dim for a while, then the sun set.

algunz
05-21-2012, 07:51 AM
Izzy and I made a box pinhole camera with a special filter and were able to see it pretty well without hurting our eyes. She thought it was neato. I think she enjoyed making the camera more than anything else.

marooko
05-21-2012, 08:12 AM
East coast and Capoeira, how were you previously not a nature person? Aren't you only allowed to do Capoeira on the beach? I kid.

I miss that kind of thing about the east coast. Great pictures, love it!

HowToDisappear
05-21-2012, 08:35 AM
That looks like a really lovely hike, betao. The Blue Ridge is beautiful.


We went up to a viewpoint on Palomar to view the eclipse, prepared with our eclipse glasses. That was the first time we'd ever used some; we'd always done the tried-and-true pinhole trick before. Best $2 investment ever. We had a great time --- we love geeking out on stuff like this. The couple next to us brought two telescopes (one equipped with a camera) so we got to see high res as well. They'll email us the images they shot, but here's one that 1litro took near the peak (83% here in SD), holding the eclipse glasses over his camera lens:

http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww234/howtodisappear_2009/eclipsepeak.jpg

At least in the mountains, the temps dropped noticeably before and during the peak, and then warmed up quickly once the light started building again.

chairmenmeow47
08-26-2012, 04:16 PM
i know i'm late, but beautiful pics betao & HTD :)

sorry the pics are so huge, i'll see what i can do to fix that. i just got back from sedona. had a blast. went to montezuma's well, chapel of the holy cross, the airport vortex, and oak creek to collect natural spring water (so tasty).

montezuma's well

not technically in sedona, but not far away. it's essentially a large, limestone sink hole. inside the well are native dwellings from like 700ish years ago. you can walk down to the bottom of the well on a short trail and visit a native birthing area where natives still perform ceremonies today. the water from the well (which is gross) passes through the mountain into an irrigation canal and the creek. the canal was created by the natives and improved upon by modern civilization. there was silica in the water so my friends were excited to get some, though there was some debate about arsenic i don't care to rehash lol.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/286721_514498128565173_736827803_o.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/621064_514498331898486_1831560459_o.jpg

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https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/546730_514498798565106_809935773_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/292066_514498851898434_1742716076_n.jpg

the chapel of the holy cross

from what i was told by a local, the vision was for this church to be non-denominational. a place for all religions to worship. he said there was something about an alien sighting involved, but there's no record of that of COURSE. damn the man. anyway, the catholic church ended up building the chapel. it's small and simple, but beautiful. the surrounding area is gorgeous.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/265570_514499341898385_372238681_o.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/280946_514499125231740_1425927952_o.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/265418_514499221898397_2135292262_o.jpg

check out this zillionaire who ruined everyone else's view

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/621660_514499288565057_1757477322_o.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/294370_514499365231716_1824206944_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/542308_514499425231710_119583255_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/290497_514499515231701_281858420_o.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/399644_514499535231699_554201935_n.jpg

the airport vortex

for a native arizonian, it's pathetic how few times i've visited sedona. so i'd never been to a vortex. i'm extremely ill so i was desperate to check one out. we went to the airport vortex. not a great name, but it's by the airport. we saw some cool prop planes. wasn't a long hike. there are multiple vortexes in sedona. for more info, check out this site (http://gosw.about.com/od/sedonaarizona/a/sedonavortex.htm). it's basically a vortex of energy. i've been told some are magnetic and some are electrical. i'm normally not the type of person to go for this stuff, but again i'm sick and am trying to tap into my very small, but nature-loving spiritual side. i'm probably reaching, but here's my experience:

we brought up sandwiches and had lunch up there. it was really pretty and peaceful. there was just enough wind to keep things cool. my friend had the great idea of coming back to do midnight yoga. i hadn't been feeling well, but i started to feel better after hanging out there. i even did a cartwheel. at one point, i stood up to stand and stare. when i walked to the spot i wanted to stand. i closed my eyes & took a deep breath in.

at art school, we would do lots of breathing exercises and things like guided meditation. one of the exercises was to breath in positive energy and release negative energy from different parts of your body and to visualize a colour for each type of energy. my positive colour is orange and my negative colour is purple. to this day i still do these exercises when trying to relax.

anyway, when i breathed in i felt a rush of warm, orange energy rush upwards through my body. and that was it. who knows if it had anything to do with the vortex or if i'm just a sick person reaching for help, but it was kinda cool. probably no need for surgery now, right guys?! =P

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/621154_514499571898362_1939105901_o.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/210680_514499651898354_1856259252_o.jpg

i accidentally left my camera on panorama mode:

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/549669_514499678565018_2026082818_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/475969_514499865231666_51964663_o.jpg

oak creek: harding spring

the last stop on the way home was the purpose for our trip; to collect natural springs water. phoenicians may cringe at the thought, given all the bacteria found at slide rock. but this is upstream. i'll be honest in that i don't know about how water is produced, but it comes out of two faucets and is drinkable. the natives believe the water has healing powers. we met a few who were washing their hair in the water and then braiding it. the taste is refreshing. i'm no water snob, but i'm so sick of my brita filter. this was heaven. i got two 5-gallon jugs. i can maybe fill-up on my way to lake powell in the future.

it's located off the 89a right off the road next to the pine flat campgrounds. harding spring. so tasty.

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/280918_514500318564954_643242666_o.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/539532_514500088564977_546216407_n.jpg

algunz
08-26-2012, 07:22 PM
That is so cool. I hope it helps.

HowToDisappear
08-27-2012, 07:26 AM
Oh, that sounds like a wonderful trip, Ivy. A place that beautiful, that is so uplifting to the soul, can only be beneficial to the body, too... right? I do hope it brought you all the benefits you hoped for.

Gribbz
09-13-2012, 10:24 AM
http://i50.tinypic.com/287m7sy.jpg

I love the desert. I've seen solitary bobcats, but never in a big group like this.

chairmenmeow47
09-13-2012, 10:35 AM
wow, my aunt and uncle had one in their backyard in marana, but not a group!

Gribbz
09-13-2012, 10:48 AM
Yeah, I would to see a family of them.

ThatGirl
09-13-2012, 11:34 AM
Last week a bobcat and her two kittens were filmed wandering around a community in Calgary. Pretty rare sight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVX0rVL9LNE

algunz
09-13-2012, 02:32 PM
http://i50.tinypic.com/287m7sy.jpg

I love the desert. I've seen solitary bobcats, but never in a big group like this.

It looks like an underground fight club.

algunz
11-19-2012, 02:24 PM
I don't understand at all. Why would somebody do this?

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-petroglyphs-theft-20121119,0,6886011.story

stinkbutt
11-19-2012, 02:36 PM
fucking assholes

algunz
11-19-2012, 02:44 PM
Is there a market for this stuff? Was it just to be mean? I really don't get it.

I should have put this in my Help me understand thread.

stinkbutt
11-19-2012, 02:45 PM
There probably is a market for it