Tagged: Nature images

Sunset over the Bay Area

“To leave out beautiful sunsets is the secret of good taste.” (Dejan Stojanovic.) Well, occasionally we fail. A spontaneous walk in the evening, without much expectation, and suddenly, there it was, this sunset over the Bay Area, viewed from Tilden Park. In California we are fortunate enough to have the Ocean in the West, which means that the sun sinks into the ocean, if you are living near the coast.  We can watch beautiful sunsets every day,  and therefore we don’t value them enough. If I missed one today, I can watch another one tomorrow. They are guaranteed for the rest of my life. I took the following photos from...

Pacific Gardens

This is part two of my travel report through the Pacific Northwest. One of my goals for this trip was to visit several gardens. The climate along the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington is mediterranean: warm, sunny, with mild winters, and plenty of moist air from the ocean – in other words, the region is ideal for gardening! In this post I will share some pictures, and will briefly describe some of the gardens I visited. About Gardens Gardens are among the most interesting places in the world. They mediate our relationship with nature, and they are expressions of culture and human...

Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest

It’s about a thousand miles to drive on Highway 1 from San Francisco to Port Angeles, the northern-most town that connects the US and Canada. The drive along the ocean is beautiful, through vast coastal landscapes and ancient forests. One can find some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world along this remote coastline, small fishing towns, Indian reservations, and several world-famous National Parks. I travelled the whole distance during this summer, and I want to share some of the pictures below. Links to more extensive photo pages are at the bottom.  About the Region The Pacific North West includes Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, and the...

Animals

Most animals are multicellular, they breathe, and they can move spontaneously and independently.  We humans emerged from the animal world, but there is no balance in the relationship between humans and animals. They are food for us, they are pets, they work for us, and they are the face of nature. They represent wilderness, and they seem to have emotions.  Darwin wrote a whole book about this subject: in 1872 he published “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals“. The pictures below are either from the public domain, or taken by me. Some of these photos were taken...

Plants

Plants are living organisms that obtain most of their energy from sunlight, via photosynthesis. The chloroplasts necessary for this give them their green color. Seaweed (which is a form of algae) , fungi, and bacteria are not plants.  In traditional forms of classification, however, all living things fall into one of two categories: plants or animals.  There are about 300.000-315.000 species of plants.

Landscapes

The idea of landscape reaches to the core of human experience – we always require a space in order to imagine ourselves. Nature is our natural space. “My aim is to borrow from the (visible) world nothing but forces—not forms, but the means of making forms. Not history. Not décor. But the feeling of matter itself, rock, air, water, vegetable matter—and their elementary properties. And acts and phases—not persons and their memory.”  (Paul Valéry) “The idea of landscape, that free falling splendor of sensation that artists unearth in the cosmos or in the ripples of a river lies at the...

Astronomy Images

We live in a tiny bubble within a very strange universe. Hubble and other telescopes are giving us images never seen before, but it’s still incomprehensible. I like the photos of earth from space, because we can look back at our own home, and see how beautiful it is.