This hike was probably the most addicting hike we did this past week. We started this hike thinking we were only going to walk about half a mile, but once we made it to our first destination, there was a sign saying it was only a mile until the next. After four hours, we found ourselves over five miles from our starting point. The hike we took started at Sun Rift Gorge then went to Baring falls, then St. Mary’s Falls, and finally, Virginia falls. The hike was absolutely beautiful and wasn’t difficult at all. This is another hike I would highly recommend to beginner hikers, but again, I also recommend it to experienced hikers as well because the sheer beauty of the hike is too amazing to not experience. The lake and the falls you get to see on this hike are breath takingly beautiful. It is a beauty I hope everyone can one day see for themselves.
Both of these pictures were taken on the Red Rock Falls trail in Glacier National Park. The Female moose was found in Fishercap lake on the way to the falls. We had just started on a hike when a park ranger said “I got word that there is a moose down here, I am gonna go check it out, would you like to join?” We went down to the lake and went on what my mom calls a wild moose chase. We finally found her at the head of the lake splashing her head in and out of the water while snapping up some foliage on the bottom of the lake. We watched her have a blast in the water for about twenty minutes before we continued on the hike.
The second picture is the end of the Red Rock Falls hike, the Red Rock Falls themselves. The hike was a very simple hike with almost no hills. There was plenty of wildlife on this hike, but nothing extremely rare, just deer, ground squirrels and a single moose, but the guide we went off of said that you can sometimes spot rams or goats on this trail. I recommend this hike to any beginner hikers out there or even experienced hikers that want a leisurely hike.
These four pictures were taken in Glacier National Park in Montana. All four of these pictures were taken on the hike to Ice burg lake. The hike itself wasn’t the best I have ever done, but the end result was breath taking. The whole hike was a total of 9.4 miles and there were horse flies biting at your legs for the first and last mile and a half of the hike. Once we past Ptarmigan falls, the view became beautiful and the flies disappeared. We walked through a meadow filled with wild flowers and butterflies. Yes this hike was a little bit miserable, but would I do it again? The answer is yes, I would, in a heart beat. Once you are sitting at the edge of the lake with your sore feet submerged in the frigid glacier lake, the moderately strenuous hike becomes worth every bug bite and every inch of burnt skin.
All of these pictures were taken in Glacier National Park on Going to the Sun Road. This road is ranked number one in most beautiful roads in America. After traveling on this road, I agree with that statement 100%. I have never seen so much beauty during an hour drive before. The mountain goat in the first picture was my favorite part of the road. We were driving along when we saw some mountain goats on the side of the road, so we pulled over to snap a few pictures. After we were satisfied with the number of pictures we got, we saw a metal walkway leading to the cliff. We decided to walk up it and look over the side of the cliff, but when we got there, we turned a corner and were shocked to see this large male goat standing square in the middle of the walk. I simply stopped dead in my tracks when I saw him, but my Mom let out a nice loud, “Oh shit!” She has a habit of screaming that when she is surprised.
I also want to warn everyone reading this to be very wary around any wild animals. I know some of you are thinking that a goat can’t be that dangerous, but the truth is, they are. Some people forget that they have weapons built into their skull and their feet are made to jump on rocks all day. Every animal is equipped their own defenses and will use them if they feel even the slightest bit threatened. It looks like I was close to the goat, but I was about twenty feet from him and I didn’t think twice about getting any closer. Remember, don’t get close to ANY wild animals and especially don’t feed them. Take pleasure in watching them live in their natural habitat. Save the close encounters for petting zoos
This is the Purple Fringe. I found it while on a hike through Vedauwoo, Wyoming with my roommate and a couple other friends. The Purple Fringe blooms from June to August in the southern part of British Columbia to North Eastern California to the Rocky Mountains.
This is my little Veiled Chameleon, Pasquale. He is a wonderful pet, I love him so much. Right now he is only about 3 months old and only 5 inches long, but he will grow to be 17-24 inches long and will live about 8 years. The older he gets, the more colors he learns how to turn.
This picture was taken about 3 years ago at the Baltimore aquarium. these Jellyfish are called Northern Sea Nettles. Sea Nettles are some of the stinging species and from experience, I can tell you, their stings are not at all pleasant. When stung by a sea nettle, you are left with a massive rash wherever their tentacles touched your skin. A little known fact about jellyfish is that they can not sting the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet. The reason they cannot sting you there is because there are no hair follicles on those parts of your body. What fascinates me most about jellyfish is that they are considered to be immortal because they are able to revert back to their polyp (immature) stage and then back to their medusa (mature) stage. The only way that jellyfish will die is if they are torn a[part or stuck on the shore.
This picture was taken in a canyon between Walden, Colorado and Laramie, Wyoming. My Mom and I had just spent the night in Saratoga, Wyoming and we wanted to go home a different way than we came, so we did. The way we took made us cross into Colorado then back into Wyoming. It was an absolutely stunning drive. We were looking ahead of us when we decided to take a glance behind us and this is what we saw through our rear view mirror. This was absolutely breath taking so we just HAD to get out of the car and get a picture.
Here’s another shot from my microscope.You are looking at a Nymphaea of Aqustio stem. A Nymphaea is a blue water lily. I like this one so much because of its colors and design.
This is another shot through my microscope. This slide holds a tissue sample from a coprinus mushroom. One species of a coprinus mushroom is a Coprinus comatus. The Coprinus comatus looks a little like something from Dr. Seuss but not as colorful, just white-ish grey. I like this slide because of the pattern; if you tilt your head to the right it looks like a little creature with two eyes, a nose, and no mouth.
This skull is my most prized possession. The reason it means so much to me is because I skinned it and cleaned the bones myself. This skull is that of a jackrabbit and more specifically, it is a white-tailed jackrabbit. I did not kill the jackrabbit, (I do not believe in killing anything) but my animal biology professor gave the body to me as a birthday present. (odd, I know) The next day, my other animal biology professor taught me the art of skinning and how to properly clean bones. This rabbit was the start of a new found hobby. Since I obtained the rabbit, I have gone “roadkill hunting” every chance I have gotten. I am now even working with a museum on campus preparing specimen for the cases. I have always loved bones and collecting them, but thanks to this rabbit (who I call Liza), I have found a hobby that I love doing more than anything. And of course I couldn’t have found this calling if it weren’t for my two professors: Dr. Carlos Martinez Del Rio and Dr. Liz Flaherty. One of which is my employer at the museum and the other I still take classes from whenever I get the chance.
This picture was taken in Epcot in Disney World. Epcot is a part of Disney where they have many different areas built to resemble different countries. In the land of Epcot there is: Canada, England, America, Morocco, Japan, China, Germany, Norway, France, and Mexico. This is part of Canada.
If you look in the far left hand corner, there is a large pile of rocks. On the other side, there is a large waterfall. The only reason they built a waterfall was because there is a large generator that makes a lot of noise. Walt Disney didn’t want the loud noises taking away from the authenticity, so they built something bigger and louder to drown out the sound of the generator; and what is better than a waterfall?
Canada also has a large butterfly garden where they raise larvae that then morph into butterflies and instead of flying somewhere new, they stay in the beautiful garden that was built especially to attract butterflies.
This picture was taken on the ride Space Mountain in Disney World. The first time I went on this ride I wasn’t able to get a picture quick enough, but the second time I went on it, I was ready to shoot some pictures. I took continuous pictures and only one out of fifteen pictures turned out well.
This ride is so much fun! You feel like you are flying through space. The entire ride is dark and there are tiny lights that look like stars all over the entire ride. The roller coaster is also entirely indoors. Throughout the entire ride, I was terrified to put my arms up because I could vaguely make out support beams and I was convinced if I put my arms up, they would be taken off. Even though it looked like my arms would be lopped off, it is not a likely event.
I would go on this ride over and over again because this is the closest I will ever get to being in space. My biggest dream is to travel through space, but I know that it is an impossible dream for me, so whenever I get the chance to go through a simulation of space travel, I will take it up, no questions asked.
This flower called a Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). The foxglove is found in woodland, moores, mountains, and sea cliffs of Ireland. This flower thrives in acidic soil and usually turns up in freshly cleared ground. They can grow to be about 1.5 meters (5 feet) and can grow up to 75 blooms on one single stem. When I first saw this flower, I thought it was the prettiest plant I had ever seen.
These are all pictures of the beautiful Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is located just outside of Mancos, Colorado. I was visiting Mesa Verde a few years ago for the first time and before I got there, I thought that it was going to be a boring trip, and I wasn’t going to see much that I was interested in. But once we had driven far into the park, I realized I had been completely wrong. The entire park was full of beautiful sights. The most amazing sights to see were the towns of the Anasazi Indians. Anasazi translates roughly into “The Ancient Ones” The Anasazi’s were given their name by the Navajos who later came to find the villages of the Anasazi’s abandoned, with no trace of why they had left. To this day, it is unsure as to why exactly the Anasazi’s left this rock fortress, what is known, is that they moved south. Some think it was due to droughts. All of these buildings you see are 100% hand carved from the canyon side. Each village rests about 100 feet above the canyon floor. The Anasazi’s would carve hidden notches into the side of the canyon wall and up into their village so they could climb in and out of their village for hunting and farming purposes.
It’s hard to imagine how the Anasazi’s lived, but it sure is impressive, however they managed it. All of this proves that we don’t need fancy houses or grocery stores to live a successful life. I believe that the Anasazi’s were much more successful than the average human nowadays all because of the hard work and craftsmanship put into these villages….you don’t see anything like this anywhere anymore and I find that sad.