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Calvin and Hobbes Go for a Hike

Cute hiking cartoon I made into a 1 minute video:

Jenny

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by Jenny
Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:27 pm
 
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NYBG Rock Garden Rocks!

These beautiful things are popping out of the ground at the NYBG Rock Garden!

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by Jenny
Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:35 pm
 
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Re: Oak Trees are awesome

I know I've posted this poem several times, but never has it been more apt! Seeing this post describing the impossible feats of the oak while cherry blossoms are blooming madly makes it too tempting:

The oak tree.
Not interested
In cherry blossoms.

-Basho (1644 - 1694, Japan)
by Jenny
Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:55 am
 
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Re: Tree Haiku

I think I've got at least a few tree haiku in me...

Here's my first try in the oak tree/cherry tree theme:

Cherry blossoms fall.
From the crown of the oak tree,
a hummingbird's tears.
by Jenny
Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:14 pm
 
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Rock Garden - NYBG

Spring blasting away at the NYBG Rock Garden. The weather during the previous week had been unseasonably warm. On one day temperatures reached 90!

Most of the work I did on my volunteer day was clearing away english ivy (Hedera helix) and ranuncula (Ranunculus repens) from around a beautiful young Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) that had been planted in the Fall and 2 blooming camellia trees (not sure which species) which were planted a few weeks ago. (Of course, these pics are not in the video because after working several hours I just wanted to get away from that cove of the garden!)

Jenny


http://vimeo.com/10829597
by Jenny
Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:13 am
 
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National Park in Maine's Unorganized Territories?

I found this interesting amateur (I think) video about the importance of creating a National Park or at the very least a Wilderness in the northern Maine woods - a highly undeveloped part of the state, devoted mostly to logging. It seems like a relatively easy thing to do, why hasn't it happened? (There is only one Wilderness that I know of - The Allagash River Waterway, and one State Park - Baxter.

Also, found an interesting series of videos on some history of northern Maine by the Maine Woods Consortium. http://vimeo.com/user1441486

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O52PcXmtkSU


http://vimeo.com/3819339
by Jenny
Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:00 am
 
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NYBG Exhibit: Emily Dickinson's woodlands and gardens

Should be interesting. I didn't even know she had such extensive gardens and woodlands. Her poetry will be incorporated.

Here's a poem and 2 short videos about the exhibit installation. Go to http://www.nybg.ord for more info

How many Flowers fail in Wood --
Or perish from the Hill --
Without the privilege to know
That they are Beautiful --

How many cast a nameless Pod
Upon the nearest Breeze --
Unconscious of the Scarlet Freight --
It bear to Other Eyes --


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRQbcpJHC6Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-CQF8ygrCA
by Jenny
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:18 am
 
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NYBG Rock Garden Evolves....

If anyone is interested in following the progression, this is a video of some pix I have taken since the beginning of May of the Rock Garden at New York Botanical Garden

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by Jenny
Fri May 14, 2010 1:08 pm
 
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New Preston Connecticut

DSC04380.jpg Hanging out in some unusual trees in Connecticut's Bent of River Audubon Center near Danbury. A double trunked Hemlock, which, after a cursory exam, seemed undiseased, and a gnarly Ash Tree (I believe). What's up with this tree?

http://bentoftheriver.audubon.org/

Connecticut forests are a little too tame for my liking, but I'm just pretty 'gosh darn' happy to be out of the city and around some trees. This area around Lake Waramaug in New Preston in about 1.5. hours from NYC, making it an ideal little trip. It's no Maine, though, thats for sure.....too many people "antiquing" in overpriced shops....

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Today, biking the seven miles around the lake, canoeing and eating and hopefully seeing some cute birdies
Jenny
by Jenny
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:44 am
 
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Central Park -Comparative Photos

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Central Park: Some comparative photos from this winter and from a few days ago:
by Jenny
Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:16 am
 
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Creating 1st Wildlife Rehab. Center in NYC!

The Wild Bird Fund, where I often work and volunteer, has been accepted to compete for a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Vote for this 'idea' every day during the month of September to help us WIN! It would basically cover the start-up costs for the Center. Additional grants and donations would be dedicated to the running of the center.

I've been caring for baby birds this summer and mostly working out of rehabber Rita McMahon's apartment. The larger birds are kept at an affiliated Veterinary clinic, Animal General.

This is a pic of a huge swan rescued from City Island in the Bronx that I somehow covered with a towel and picked up and moved into a large box for transport to a facility in NJ for intensive rehab (The Raptor Trust-WBF does not yet have the facilities it needs to rehab large water fowl.) But I can't believe I moved this bird and somehow remained unharmed!

Here is the link to the Wild Bird Fund info if you would like to participate in voting:
http://www.refresheverything.com/wildbirdfund

Thanks! Jenny

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by Jenny
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:21 am
 
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Betty White, Honorary Forest Ranger?

Who knew???? She's EVERYWHERE:

"Betty White's lifelong dedication to protecting wilderness and wildlife was recognized today when the U.S. Forest Service proclaimed her an honorary forest ranger.

White said in previous interviews that she wanted to be a forest ranger as a little girl, but that women were not allowed to do that then. During the ceremony at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell remarked that despite those challenges, she found ways to make a difference in conservation and animal welfare."

http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2010/releases/11/betty-white.shtml

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by Jenny
Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:58 pm
 
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Re: Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.”

Love Shinrin-yoku! I can believe the Japanese would conduct such an experiment. I always encounter Japanese tourist hikers in the state parks near NYC - Harriman and Bear Mountain. And in many Japanese movies (I'm a japanese movie fanatic), forests are presented as having mystical powers. (A few are: Himatsuri [Yanagimachi] and Mogari no mori [Kawase]). I think I'm repeating myself here as I've mentioned this before....ah well....

Here are some clips worth watching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt1UmDBRT8k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpOhBYfphqY

Jenny
by Jenny
Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:03 pm
 
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Tongass National Forest

Great video produced by the Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. I believe it just came out today (according to their Twitter post):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgEgxVSs_Bo&feature=youtu.be&a[/youtube]

Jenny
by Jenny
Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:38 pm
 
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Best X-Mas Tree in NYC...

...is at the American Museum of Natural History. I can't tell what kind of conifer it is, seems to be a spruce of some kind, but it is decorated with 500 origami animal ornaments and surrounded by a sort of star mobile. Wish the pix were in better focus, but I was in a hurry.

Jenny
by Jenny
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:14 pm
 
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Newfoundland Landscape and Arctic Wilow

Evocative description of a Newfoundland seaside landscape (Avalon peninsula) including a description of the dwarf Arctic Willow from a book by Scott Weidensaul called "Return to Wild America"

"Pack ice surrounds much of the Avalon Peninsula until April or May, and throughout the summer icebergs that originated in Greenland are a common sight, floating south on the Labrador Current. Especially along the immediate coastline, summer fogs are an almost daily event, bathing the land in damp cold that counteracts the wan heat of the sun. This creates an ecosystem know as Hyperoceanic Barrens - a nearly horizontal plant community dominated by ground hugging Arctic species like crowberry, several species of cranberries, hardy grasses, and pale reindeer lichen in spongy green-white mats... Dwarf Arctic Willows, with trunks barely as thick as a finger, spread over rocks like a green cascade, raising maroon flowers 5 or 6" above the ground, their diminutive stature masking the fact that these trees are often 3 or 4 hundred years old, as deserving of awe as any craggy old-growth pine."
by Jenny
Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:58 am
 
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Harriman State Park Hike

I finally got out of the city on Sunday and drove 45 minutes to a popular winter hiking trail in Harriman State Park called the Pine Meadow Lake Trail. I hadn't been out there since my awareness of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. I was so sad to see that there were hundreds of Hemlocks along the river and on the hills and after examining a dozen or so, I have to believe that all the hemlocks are infested and will die. I can't imagine what a dismal sight this spot will be when they go. I am going to try to contact Harriman SP to see if they have a plan in place. It did give me an idea of what the Hemlocks along the Bronx River at the NY Bot. Gardens must have looked like.

So, the song is about loss, and in this video it is about the loss of the Hemlocks. Of course, I didn't have the heart to take many pictures of the hemlocks because it made me too sad.....so it's mostly water and some nice vistas....

Jenny

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by Jenny
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:06 am
 
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Re: Big Question: What is nature worth? (Youtube)

That was a very well done video.

Jenny
by Jenny
Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:24 pm
 
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More Central Park....

This was at twilight into evening. I was in this awful, angry mood and I wanted to take confusing and even ugly pictures. This song is too soft for what I was feeling. But it takes the edge off some of the starkness...... Jenny


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by Jenny
Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:25 pm
 
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Albany Pine Bush - Obligatory Video

Nice video of my one day at the Albany Pine Bush pine barrens...well, pine and snow barrens. return visit was attempted during a blizzard and that didn't exactly work out...

A better quality video than vimeo is here: http://gallery.me.com/jennifdudley#100530

But this is the vimeo:

http://vimeo.com/20445697
by Jenny
Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:48 pm
 
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Central Park Fall Migration ( trees!!)

I've been frustrated, amazed, and overwhelmed this season in Central Park by the Fall Migration (just ask Andrew Joslin how often I need bird ID - and now I'm starting in on Steve Galehouse with "perch" id...)

But I cobbled together a video of the Fall so far (do we still capitalize the seasons?) Music starts soft then gets louder. Wish I had lengthened the time for each shot.

Jenny

http://vimeo.com/30237318
by Jenny
Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:11 pm
 
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Trying with the trees (with Bach, Bob!)

Okay, so I'm thinking that I may have more success taking pix of trees if I go a little abstract. Didn't have a tripod and was standing on ice, so videos are a little shaky, but it's okay.

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Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:37 pm
 
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Callery Pear is a Survivor!

I stumbled on a fascinating short article in the New York Times about a callery pear tree that was rescued from the site of the World Trade Centers on 9/11, moved to a nursery in the Bronx and then blown down by the fierce wind and rain storms in NYC and Long Island last week-end. The Parks Dept. says the tree is expected to survive yet again! The long range plan is for the tree to be moved back to the WTC site when construction of a new building and plaza/park is completed...so....probably not in the near future based on the pace of things!

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/15/tree-that-survived-911-absorbs-another-blow/

Pix from last week-end and from 2001. Please survive Survivor Tree!!!
by Jenny
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:32 am
 
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Re: Calvin and Hobbes Go for a Hike

My best hiking partner ever:
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by Jenny
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:15 am
 
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Elk Crossing, Alberta

Ian McLeish

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?
If You Build It, THEY Will Come...

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This is the actual turn-off From Banff, Alberta, Canada to the #1 highway to Calgary.

Great picture isn't it? They had to build the animals their own crossing (especially the elk) because that was where the natural crossing was and after the highway was built there were far too many accidents.

It didn't take the animals long to learn that this was their very own bridge!
And then you have some people saying 'Animals aren’t intelligent.'

Really....?

Gary Comeau sent me this by email - i had to share!
by Jenny
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:47 am
 
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