Students learning whitewater rescue techniques on the Yampa River, CO.
From the Rescue Seminar section of my NOLS semester

Students learning whitewater rescue techniques on the Yampa River, CO.

From the Rescue Seminar section of my NOLS semester

80 ft rappel in High Spur slot canyon, Utah
From the canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester

80 ft rappel in High Spur slot canyon, Utah

From the canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester

Moon rise over the canyons, Utah
From my canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester

Moon rise over the canyons, Utah

From my canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester

Crossing the Dirty Devil River, Utah

From the canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester

Sunset on the Henry Mountains, Utah.
From my canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester.

Sunset on the Henry Mountains, Utah.

From my canyon expedition section of my NOLS semester.

I’ll be posting a few photos from my NOLS semester as a sneak preview of what I’ve been up to the last two months. More will come once I get back to the East coast mid May.

We’re headed back out into the field tomorrow for a 16 day climbing and high angle/rope rescue section. 

I asked my instructor what the chances were of me being able to climb a 5.15c at the end of this section and his response was “zero chance”. Challenge accepted. A bunch of us were drooling over ropes and cams today at the outfitters, can’t wait to climb.

astronomy-to-zoology:

Megetra vittata

…is a species of blister beetle (Meloidae) that is native to the southwest United States (mainly Arizona and New Mexico and neighboring states). Megetra vittata is mainly found in arid areas and like other blister beetles is capable of excreting a noxious chemical if threatened.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Polyphaga-Tenebrionoidea-Meloidae-Meloinae-Eupomphini-Megetra-M. vittata

Images: ©Frank and Vicky Giannangelo and ©hunterspoon

birdandmoon:

Do you like charts? Do you like nature? Here’s a semi-annual reminder that my online store is bursting with charts, tshirts and other nature-related items that I’m pretty proud of.

If anyone wants to buy me the Bird Sound Mnemonics chart for my birthday, that would be awesome.

fairy-wren:

(via 500px / S T E L Z E N L Ä U F E R by Georg Scharf) Black Winged Stilts