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A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapted to the unique hydric soil. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Source Wikipedia.

Tekka Place Facade- Singapore


The long thick branches of green, lush trees entwine and protect the forest by forming a canopy. The forest floor, consisting of decaying leaves, flowers embedded deep into it's soil still gives life to the ferns, grasses, mushroom and tree seedlings. The bushes crowd each other and grow around the trees with, grass covering the forest floor protecting it. It seems chaotic to read doesn't it? This isn't even 1% of the chaos that gives life to an ecosystem & helps it thrive.

Why should we seek stability, when chaos is the reason behind birth, reincarnation (reference: dead leaves & flowers, etc), a full beautiful life & an elegant meaningful death?

I don't want to be stable if I can be a living, breathing, powerful body full of chaos.

Just something to think about.




The photo is pretty old, coordinates from Second Life-

The organisms in the riparian zone respond to changes in river channel location and patterns of flow. The ecosystem of rivers is generally described by the river continuum concept, which has some additions and refinements to allow for dams and waterfalls and temporary extensive flooding. The concept describes the river as a system in which the physical parameters, the availability of food particles and the composition of the ecosystem are continuously changing along its length. The food (energy) that remains from the upstream part is used downstream.

The general pattern is that the first order streams contain particulate matter (decaying leaves from the surrounding forests) which is processed there by shredders like Plecoptera larvae. The products of these shredders are used by collectors, such as Hydropsychidae, and further downstream algae that create the primary production become the main food source of the organisms. All changes are gradual and the distribution of each species can be described as a normal curve, with the highest density where the conditions are optimal. In rivers succession is virtually absent and the composition of the ecosystem stays fixed in time.

Olympus E3 + Sigma 150 f2.8 macro

waiting baby ducks, and geese

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Went out for a walk in the rocky shore of Vuosaari, Helsinki.


I found a nice location and started to wander around.


Found this composition after getting my shoes and socks wet, because I wasn't paying attention to the waves. Lesson learned.


I proceeded to set the tripod, grabbed the camera from the backpack as well as the Sigma 18-35mm lens.


After taking a couple of test shots, it became obviously clear that the image needed a polarising filter to expose more detail underwater, and a graduated filter to calm down the bright sky.


I took three shots, first focusing on the rocks in the foreground, then the partially submerged rocks just a few meters away and then all the way to the island with the trees.


After finishing the trip I sat down in front of the computer monitor and started working on the images. I processed the images the way I liked them and proceeded to focus stacking them in Photoshop.


So here's the result of a lovely mid-day walk with wet shoes, hope you enjoy the image.

I love this miniature garden on a Scots Pine cone.

This typical forest scene plays out all over the world and here it is in Somerset

Lake, marsh, subtropical forest and pine forest all in one place.

I moved sideways into clouds and skies for this series. This could be a "hard hat" storm out east. Keep your "rock" umbrella as ready as I keep my rock skis ready for the early season. Finally, the fairgrounds really approached twilight's end for last summer's carny; I am ready for the rides to pop. This cloud was a feast of captures. Clouds do this as the atmosphere vastly expands after compressing, cooling and clearing the Rockies from the west. I liked this sky but there are degrees. I figured folks on the eastern plains, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma, better go for the hard hats. Black is the new blue.


No global warming under here; no global warming under there! People won't continue to believe the TheRump's lies after FEMA is broke. This will soon be a thumper and those folks will need to flash the sign of the cross to the heavens. That fossil-fueled summer heated up our atmosphere and with 8% more atmospheric moisture trigger smack downs worl d wide! Insurance companies declare events as acts of god instead of global warming for obvious reasons. They don't have payouts if they can blame god. It's more important to stage a WWIII even before our regular scheduled mass extinction. Few southern conservatives are listening. "The extinction won't be televised," Gil Scott Heron. Well... scientists said the weather would be more violent as the climate warmed. The heating increased humidity in the atmosphere by 8%. Here we are, we have met the enemy and he is us.


The steep sides of the Khutzeymateen Inlet have a number of avalanche slopes and waterfalls that slash through the north temperate rain forest down to the estuary. A large population of grizzly bears hibernate on the slopes over the winter and migrate down to the sedge grass meadows at the shoreline to feed in the spring. Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary,



Il nuovo servizio ARS Altomann gestito da Rail Traction Company / Lokomotion da Verona QE per Monaco è da poco ripartita dal passo del Brennero verso Innsbruck al traino della 189.917 ed è qui ripreso sul celebre curvone di St Jodok. (10/3/16)


The new ARS Altmann train from Verona QE to München has just letf the Brennerpass station pulled by the Br189.917. (2016/3/10)

Ogni volta che leggo di qualche disastro ambientale, come è accaduto in questi giorni, mi chiedo fino a che punto potremo arrivare.. Un giorno dovremo competere per le risorse e la sopravvivenza come la maggior parte delle speci viventi.. e in quel caso, si salvi chi può...


Foto di archivio, un angolo di barriera corallina, dall'acquario di Genova.


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Sand Hill Crane, Black Vulture and Turtles at the Brevard Zoo, Florida, USA

Moss and lichen making a living on an old fence post. Hobble Creek Canyon, Utah County, Utah.

Wilton church is well worth a visit for its eclectic building and decorative styles. The churchyard also has quite a bit of interest. I was taken by the colour combinations produced by the lichen, ivy and mosses growing on this particular grave stone.

As successive seasons come and go, I love trying to illiustrate the process.

Hong Kong "Peter Maynard" Asia "Life in Shadows" "Victoria Harbor". 2010.

Did you know that one of Canada’s richest ecosystems is also one of its most endangered?


Garry oak ecosystems are enchantingly beautiful and high in biodiversity. They are unique to a small part of southwestern British Columbia, where less than 5% of the habitat remains in a near-natural condition.


Don't tell my husband, but I am having a torrid affair with this terrarium.

The mountains, forests and wetlands of Eastern Hokkaido are located at the boundary of a cool-temperate zone and a subarctic zone, and they contain a mixture of northern and temperate plant species. The wetlands and the temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the area provide a diversity of habitats and a variety of wildlife including some endangered species such as the red crowned crane, the Blakiston's fish owl, and the Stellar's sea eagle and a small population of Hokkaido brown bears.

Olympus E3 + Sigma 150 f2.8 macro

Solitude and beauty along Rucker Creek. This rare perennial stream provides a reliable water supply for a diverse range of flora and fauna, found only in Arizona's southeastern mountains and the adjacent Sierra Madre in Sonora, Mexico. - Chiricahua Wilderness, Coronado National Forest, Arizona


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