I always liked this photo I took quite a few years ago and have scanned from a photographic slide. It shows Jim "Crash" Kennedy rappelling down the 200-foot entrance drop in Cueva Infierno on the Camotera Plateau just outside of the little town of Laguna de Sanchez, Mexico. It was a pretty pit and has a large colony of rare nectar bats in it which we were there to study. And no, he didn't drop something, that is his pack tethered on a rope just below him. Having a heavy pack full of scientific equipment on your back can throw you off balance on rappel so having it on a short leash below you is much easier.
Testing out this photo idea I had here on the blog. I am thinking the sign on the door is too small but that is the real sign on a real school door and a real robot from Marshall High School's Robotics Club Team Gryphon Robotics: Team 5549
A few of these guys will stick around as long as there is open water.
Very little open water left on the Potomac River as the arctic air has settled in hard in northern Virginia. But this little strip of water had three common mergansers on it, two females and a male. Here is one of the females shaking off her wings after a session of preening.
The bluebird is always pictured with scenes from Spring and Summer, but they are remarkably tolerant of cold. It was below freezing out when I took this photo in northern Virginia.
I have come to believe that it is impossible to photograph a brown creeper that does not look blurry. Between the bird being a very twitchy sort to start with and the odd nature of the back and wing feathers they just never look sharp.
It has been darn cold around here lately, and this Carolina wren shows it with all its feathers puffed out and huddling near a tree trunk.
One of the New Years birds we saw on a walk today along the Potomac River at River Bend in Virginia. Brisk but nice out.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist