For the Birds

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Great Blue Heron at the Guadalupe River Trail

 

First eating

 

Then flying

 

Definitely for the birds

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Mangos

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Mangos originated in India over 5,000 years ago

Mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa, and South America from around 300 to 400 AD

Some mango varieties are called: 1. Honey 2. Francis 3. Haden 4. Keitt 5. Kent 6. Tommy Atkins 7. Palmer

Keep unripe mangos at room temperature

A ripe mango will be softer

At the Slough

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Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose

 

The gentle wind

 

The silent waves

 

The morning sun

 

The wildlife refuge

Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village)

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Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a World Cultural Heritage site since 1995 in the North-western part of Gifu Prefecture in Japan. Is is also located in the historical region known as “Hida” and it is also known as “Hida Shirakawa.” At the village there are 114 thatched roofs structures as well as a rice field and a river running through the town.

Golden Pond

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The colors and patterns of the salt evaporation ponds are caused by Micro-organisms combined with the seasonal changes and the salinity of the water. It’s rare to see the same tapestry of colors and designs every year.

Layers

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You never know how to catch nature.

It’s often so unpredictable and mysterious.

But when you can it’s very rewarding.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose