Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

IMG_3004A baby with its mother. IMG_3017A happy family of four

These baby monkeys are curious little creatures with a lot of energy and playfulness.  They did go around hanging from branches and climbing up trees. But at the slightest hint of danger (aka humans), they ran to their parents much like we do to feel safe and protected I guess. 

I chose these pictures because I liked the way the little monkeys are holding on to their mother’s arm (in both the pics).  Nothing spells “security” better than the embrace of a loved one. 

– – Bonnet Macaques, Athirappilly falls , Sholayar Forest RangesThrissur, Kerala, India

(In response to the weekly photo challenge : security

Weekly Photo Challenge : Dense (Mussels and Barnacles)

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Mussels and Barnacles share an interesting relationship of mutualism and competition (well from the little that I have read). Barnacles are better at starting new colonies, but they thrive better with the mussels around. However, once mussels are recruited, the density of the colony is dictated by and can be dominated by the mussels.  The barnacles can however also recruit mussel predators to keep the mussels in check. Love-hate relationships, that help both parties thrive. Nature is amazing! 

IMG_1189Mussels are dominating here. Time to recruit some mussel predators! 

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Way to go team barnacles 😀  

California mussels and gooseneck barnacles on a rock, EL Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA

In response to the weekly photo challenge: dense

Weekly Photo Challenge : It IS Easy Being Green

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For this rose-ringed parakeet (the Indian parrot), it is definitely easy being green (literally). 

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It can be easily identified by its shrill calls, very common even in urban localities that are dotted by at least a few trees.  My parent’s apartment has a Gulmohar tree right next to one of their balconies, which is a perfect hide out for these birds. With their green plumage and red beaks, they fit right in, among the branches of the gulmohar tree with lush green feathery leaves and bright red flowers. 

With a multitude of shades of green, this beautiful bird  is a master of camouflage  It would be really hard to spot one if it was a little quieter. Can you spot the two birds in the picture below?

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In response to the weekly photo challenge; it is easy being green

Weekly Photo Challenge : Solitude

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@Lake Waukewan, New Hampshire

There weren’t  many people around the lake. And while the few who were there,  were packing up to head home, she stood there at the end of the landing,  oblivious to the dwindling crowd around her, enjoying  a quiet cloudless sunset on a rather chilly October evening, enjoying her solitude.

In response to the weekly photo challenge: Solitude

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurpose

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Kitchen mat and basket made from grocery (plastic) bags and a crochet hook. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, the three R’s that help protect the environment. Did you know recycle is the easiest step and the hardest one is Reduce. This is a display from the Boston Science Museum.

img_7648 We have been good with reusing and recycling, this year we are aiming towards reducing. So while I am planning to make more things with that big pile of plastic bags that we already have, we are trying real hard not to add to it. “Plastic bag free by the end of this year” (almost if not completely) – thats the plan. 

If you are interested in making yarn out of plastic bags to crochet useful things out of them, here is the link : yarn from plastic bags

In response to the weekly photo challenge – repurpose