I bow to thee nature !!!
For I have been fascinated by the psychedelic charms that you hold since ages
For you captivate me with your mysterious bewilders..
The rain dripping slowly and steadily over my skin ,
The burbling of the waterfalls in the mountains , with the rippling flow .
The mysterious scent of the soil , post the rain ,
the vibrant tints and colours of flowers ,fruits and everything around.
The way the Sun melts into the sky , amidst the sunset in the shades of warm red and yellow.
The colour of the butterflies that retains in one's hand after a fragile touch ,
The wilderness of the woods ,
The dews sitting still on the surface of the leaves,
The tall and slender mountains looking stern and determined,
The merciless tides of the ocean , flashing around my legs ,
The sound of the bird's chirping like a flute echoing soft music in my ears
The way they endure the audacity,
I owe to them my tranquility,
As they serve to sooth my insanity ,
So I surrender myself completely to thee ,
Let me be your mystic ,
Cause here I am standing about thy wonders,
Cause you have me in your complete grip,
I bow to thee nature.
Happy #WildlifeWednesday and World Elephant Day! This great photo of a baby African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) was taken by our own Dr. Nyeema Harris while she was in Tanzania! Elephants are critically important megaherbivores and keystone species that can help shape landscapes. They shape the landscape through feeding and sometimes destroying trees. As a result, this creates habitat for many other animals! Elephants are considered a vulnerable species, however they are at risk of local extinction in many areas. Part of the decline of the species is due to both legal and illegal hunting for their tusks, hide, and meat. Despite bans in the sale of ivory, the illegal trade exploded which resulted in increased poaching of elephants. This, along with decreases in habitat, have led to significant declines in populations. #UmichEEB#elephant#elephantsofinstagram#wildlife#wildlifeconservation
A young bighorn ewe looking out over the Columbia River. I had been watching this group of sheep feed on the rock band just below me for over an hour. I would sneak to a location ahead of the direction they were heading, and waiting patiently, could snap a few photos as they walked by below me. They certainly knew I was there - they have some of the best hearing and sight of any mammal - but because I was quiet and moved slowly, they didn’t seem to mind my presence. Chasing sheep and goats around the mountains and cliffs of WA and OR is one of my favorite activities - you have to be persistent and patient to get into their habitat, and tactful to get into a good position to photograph them without spooking the animals. The fact that they almost necessarily live in gorgeous places is also a plus.
Populations of these guys are generally trending upwards across the west, but this was not only the case. Not only did hunting and habitat loss impact the various North American ovis species, but pneumonia induced die offs have played a huge role. Sheep herders brought domestic sheep to the highlands of the western United States, and along with them, a contagious bacterial pneumonia. Domestic sheep don’t typically exhibit symptoms, so the introduction of this disease was not immediately known. However, bighorn populations can experience catastrophic die offs among all age groups in response to contracting the disease. This has resulted in management agencies culling nearly entire herds to prevent the spread of the disease to other populations.
Did you know elephants have over 40,000 muscles in their “proboscis” or trunk? ⠀
Humans only have ~650 👀 ⠀
Happy world Elephant Day! I am in awe of these living Gods and the irreplaceable services they provide our ecosystems as landscape engineers. ⠀
A single elephant footprint has been found to create micro habitats for insects and amphibians. Grazing clears the way for new plant life to take root and increase biodiversity. ⠀
Let’s hear it for the haattis (elephant in Nepali)!⠀
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