Routeburn Poof

No idea what this is, but it grows high in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. I found it on the Routeburn Track… of course that makes it a Routeburn Poof.

Ice Earring

No, this isn’t an earring, but when I first saw it I thought someone had left an earring out overnight. This is actually far cooler. It is a pine needle that somehow looped itself and was hanging off the side of a dried up fountain. It snowed the night before and the needle had collected flakes, creating…

Twisted Life

It is neat to see how life strives for survival, twisting and turning to seek out space and find rays from the sun. This is a bush full of new growth. Each twig seeks a place to thrive in this often unseen world. It is the twisted life of survival.

Glacier Berries

I found these berries along the Highline Trail near the Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park. I can’t recommend the Highline Trail enough. If you don’t have a fear of heights (exposure to steep drop offs) and love beautiful mountain scenery with the occasional mountain goat blocking your path than you will love the…

Milford Moss

New Zealand is known to be one of greenest places on the planet. I don’t mean it is environmentally friendly, although that is probably true too, but a literal natural green. Most of its notoriety for it greenishness is due to its lush rolling green hills (you know, Hobbiton—Lord of the Rings). That is the…

Yucca Stalk

From afar a Yucca plant doesn’t look all that interesting or inviting, but up close this plant holds many intricate secrets. The closer you get, the more you’ll discover about the beauty of this plant. Start with the long pointy leaves and notice the various shades of green and yellow and then how the shadows play…

Fuzzy World

I am fascinated by the minute details in our complex world. That something as simple as a small green leaf can be found to have this kind of complexity blows my mind. If we zoomed in even further we would find even more detail to look at. Our planet, and indeed the universe itself, is…

Desert Needles

These beautiful cactus flowers in Canyonlands National Park seem to grow in opposition to their spiny counterparts on a prickly pear cactus .

Fungi Forest

New Zealand’s southwest coast is inundated with massive amounts of rain every year. The southern part of Mount Aspiring National Park is no exception. This area is where the Routeburn Track is located and 8,000mm (315 inches) of rain fall a year is not unheard of here. All this water makes for extremely lush forests…

Yucca Pod

This is a dried-up seed pod of the resilient Yucca Plant. The Yucca is a perennial plant that is able to thrive in drought stricken lands.

Sprouts

I am amazed by the beauty of the world that I far too often take for granted. I’ve lived in Colorado for over five years now and must have passed by countless bushes with new growth on them, just like this one. I can’t say I’ve really ever noticed this particular species before. The intricacies,…

Organic Popsicles

A few years ago I drove to Tennessee to visit with family. During my stay much of the midwest was on the receiving end of what was one of the worst ice storms I have ever experienced. Everything, including my car, was encapsulated in about half an inch of ice and the interstates were shut down for…