I stood in the MIDDLE of the Pin Oak and Red Maple you see below.
The trees are actually very close together. You can't see much of the sky in between them.
I selected Pano on my iPhone 5, turned my phone on its side, then SCANNED up into the sky….. from the ground UP the trunk of one tree to the top and then down the trunk of the other tree to the ground again.
I took at least 6 panos trying to get the arc just right so that the trees were straight on the top and bottom. LOL Going SLOW was the key.
Here is my best tree pano from this afternoon in 3 different looks .
I opened the back door and inserted my black sweater into the swirling mass of snowflakes for about 10 seconds. Winter storm #2 was upon us and I wanted to use the opportunity to let my mind wander and wonder. I pulled the sweater back inside and smoothed it out on the counter. With my iPhone 4s and trusty Olloclip macro lens attachment at hand, I began recording the story of one particular clump of snowflakes in a 70 degree room.
I was happily surprised by what I observed.
Never sphere, I think you will enjoy this as well.
This is something you can show the kids at home or at school. Ask them to brainstorm a list of questions that arise in their minds as a result of this 'snowflake story.' What could they do to explore water's properties to find out questions and observe patterns?
Cool Story about using Creative Commons Flickr Photos.
I wanted to use it. On the lower right of the Flickr photo page it was licensed for use... Attribution, Non-commercial, Share-alike. I asked for NedraI's permission anyway in the comment section under the picture. What a nice interaction and a new connection and friend. Please click on the picture above to see my question to her and her response. Here is a previous blogpost about why I use Flickr as a Learner, Educator, and Photographer.
The setup: You must know this about me. I'm into birds and nature as much as I am into kids and learning. Here is the story of how I got to merge these two worlds. Last summer I did early morning bird surveys at Staley HS and Bell Prairie Elementary while my daughter was at cheer practice, last summer, 2011. No one else was around at 6:30 am. except me and the birds....and peace, quiet, and birdsongs. LIKE! I reported my data on ebird.org, of course. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Blue Grosbeaks, Lark Sparrows, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, and Eastern Bluebirds were some highlight birds. I observed many species on the school grounds and LOTS of Eastern Bluebirds. Mary Nemecek checked out the area and noticed the same thing.
Fast Forward to Feb 2012: Here's the 2-school Science project I've been working on thanks to my friends Mary Nemecek (birder and photographer), Linda Williams (Master Naturalist), and Julie Goldsberry (3rd grade teacher at Bell Prairie). Mary Nemecek started this whole 'story' with her idea of placing Eastern Bluebird (EABL) nestboxes at Staley/Bell Prairie. She shared that with me and I thought it was a magnificent idea! Perfect habitat for Eastern Bluebirds exists around Staley HS and Bell Prairie Elementary, here in the North Kansas City School District. In mid-February, I contacted NKC Schools personnel and SHS & Bell Prairie principals as well as Julie Goldsberry. District personnel responded right away; meeting with us and okaying the plan for nestboxes on the property. Julie worked us into her busy 3rd grade school schedule the very next week. Mary contacted Linda who agreed to volunteer her time and expertise. As a result, we were able to get busy teaching the kids about EABL's and helping them build the nestboxes in no time! As of Feb. 29th, here are 6 Eastern Bluebird nestboxes up around Staley and Bell Prairie. Many thanks to Linda and Mary for making the nestbox kits by hand prior to meeting with the kids. My 6th graders will help the 3rd graders observe and monitor the boxes in April and May, recording data and learning about EABL's and nature along the way! Updates and more pictures to come in the future as this story unfolds.