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Morten Ross
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Seasonal waterfall on an island

Principe

This is only the very lowest part of a tall and impressive waterfall on the island of Principe.

This is shot in the rainy season and thus there was plenty of water flowing, but as this is a small island this flow is but a trickle if any at all during the dryer months. I suspect this pool is just a puddle then.

The only way to get a shot of the entire waterfall and the sheer cliff is from the ocean, that is how dense the forest is and how rugged the terrain is. Yet this is the waterfall with the easiest access.

What I love about free falling water like this is how the water is swaying and undulating in the air, falling to the ground in an unpredictable fashion (here you see it is swaying to the left). Not to mention the spray being pushed outward in a wind generated by the motion of the falling water.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 24 October 2017 15:51
Altitude: 198 meters

#principe #waterfalls #landscape
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The art of recycling

Fungus, Unknown species

Bom Bom islet, Principe

Humanity is still struggling with understanding its place in the universe.

Partly due to greed, short sightedness and weak government, but perhaps most importantly the deep an incomprehensible absence of feeling a connection with life!

Every child is pushed through a molding process starting in kindergarten - all firmly focused on upholding the past, traditions and the need of being a productive member of a society built on principles contradicting what is natural.

Nowhere are children receiving any confirmation as to their uniqueness being natural and that they should trust their inner voice as that is where truth resides.

Nowhere are children fully backed and supported to trust their inner being.

There is no curriculum on how to be at one with life.

The universe has and is providing for all our needs, and that is all for free. Yet we are taught how to best capitalize on taking more and more in new ways, and never to ask "how will this benefit nature?"

Only where there are extraordinary individuals will children receive the above, as these individuals are beacons of light, conscience and understanding.

So what does a couple of fungi transforming a dead leaf have to do with anything?

Fungi are just some of an endless array of lifeforms doing their things, but they are all doing it for free.

For themselves - not us.

Yet we are not attributing any monetary value to this as it has always been here and are thus taking them for granted.

If we did attribute monetary value to all of life on Earth, it would be a number so enormous we would not be able to express it.

How come we are not attributing any value to that which our lives are founded on?

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 20 October 2017 08:54
Altitude: 18 meters

#fungi #mushrooms #principe #bombom #nature

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro
#BTPMacroPro - +BTP Macro Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Kenny Jones
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Favourite perch

Principe kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus nais)

Principe

During my stay on Principe I had a lot of lovely encounters with one of the resident pairs of Principe kingfishers.

If I was inside my room and heard the familiar calls I would look outside and find one or more of them in one of their favorite perches.

Perhaps the most popular was that of the small tree right in front of the room - overhanging the beach. I could open my door, walk to my table and sit down without it taking off - that is how carefree they were. And the distance between me and them was regularly around 3 meters, which was hard for my long lens as that is too close to reach focus! Eventually I found a spot far enough back to reach focus on this perch and still be outside, but on another of their perches I had to stay inside my room to get a capture!

One good thing about staying under the roof of my room capturing the kingfishers is that I stayed completely dry during the many rain showers, and you can see raindrops in this capture as well as droplets on its plumage which is a beautiful addition.

Here you can listen to the bird: http://www.xeno-canto.org/132991

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 19 October 2017 11:34
Altitude: 3 meters

#birds #principe

#hqspbirds +HQSP Birds
#birdsgallery +Birds GALLERY #birdloversworldwide
#BTPBirdPro - +BTP Bird Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Lynn Wiezycki
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King of the hill?

Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrynchus)

Svalbard

Judging by the amazing size of the antlers, this is perhaps a leader, if not a runner up, as these gloriously large antlers are still in the making.

It was one of a sizeable number of individuals grazing like there was no tomorrow, and what a delicious smorgasbord indeed, as this was a sheltered slope receiving the full force of the sun's light and warmth.

This is one of several sites with an exceptional micro climate where most of the plant species reach their maximum size and the reindeer have easy pickings.

It is an amazing experience to walk in such lush fields in warm sunlight. It resembles a pasture much further south - in mainland Scandinavia.

What is unique to Svalbard is these reindeer are not afraid of humans as they have long been protected, so they will come up towards you and continue to approach if there is anything to eat, just as seen here. In fact a tele lens is not at all necessary!

Image Copyright © 2016 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 01 August 2016 11:57
Altitude: 99 meters

#svalbard #arctic #polar #wildlife

#hqspanimals +HQSP Animals
#BTPAnimalPRO - +BTP Animal Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Annette Junge Daugaard
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Last sunrays

Spiti, Himachal, India

A river and a ledge or hillside safe from avalanches and rock slides and you're set to build a house or a hamlet as seen in the distance here.

This river is mellow now, but will become a raging torrent in flash floods that will change the landscape. I came across destroyed bridges with steel girders bent like they were made of rubber and enormous boulders that have come down the mountain sides or been pushed downriver by the cataclysmic forces of a flash flood.

With in-depth knowledge from generations of experiencing normal and extreme conditions, people know where it is safe to build a home.

It might not be the most convenient of locations - but it is a choice of safe or sorry!

Now in January the temperatures are plummeting as the sky is clear but the sun is barely reaching above the mountains - without any strength to thaw. The river seen flowing here is frozen, and all water must be carried as ice blocks up the hills to the houses - everything takes longer now.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 07 October 2017 17:26
Altitude: 3539 meters

#landscapes #himalaya #spiti #himachal #india
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A recap of 2017

With the help of +CircleCount I have found that I've been more productive in 2017 than I'd thought - 275 posts in total, which also resulted in an amazing number of reshares, pluses and new followers.

The collage displays the 7 most plusoned posts of 2017!

Thank you all so very much for your interest and for taking the time to read my sometimes very long write-ups!

You inspire me to continue to push my creativity and to find new ways of capturing and sharing the wonderful natural world of this planet.

To a healthy and creative 2018!
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Your favourite birds of 2017

Click image to find your favourites of 2017 in an interactive gallery!

Thank you so much for following my Birds collection and for all your comments, pluses, views and shares!

I hope I to bring you many more amazing bird moments in 2018!
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A collage of the mammals I shared with you in 2017

Click image to find your favourites of 2017 in an interactive gallery!

Thank you so much for following my Mammals collection and for all your comments, pluses, views and shares!

I hope to share many more amazing mammalian moments with you!
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You loved these Fungi, flowers, fruits & leaves the most in 2017!

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Thank you so much for following my Fungi, flowers, fruits & leaves collection and for all your comments, pluses, views and shares!

I hope to capture and share many more amazing moments with you this coming year!
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You loved these landscapes the most in 2017!

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Thank you so much for following my Landscapes and seascapes collection and for all your comments, pluses, views and shares!

I hope you'll enjoy my stories and images in 2018 as well!
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