New on 500px : Grizzly Bear, British Columbia, Canada by travelwithkat by travelwithkat

This large male Grizzly Bear sniffed the air to catch our scent as I photographed him from a small boat. He then slowly edged his way forward and looked me straight in the eye. Time to retreat I thought!

See more of my photography from Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest on my blog via Tumblr


New on 500px : Silver Falls fog by NickPage by NickPage

I made my first trip to Silver Falls state park this week. This is South falls, an impressive waterfall tucked into the rain forests of western Oregon. via Tumblr

New on 500px : `Apapane ~ Himatione sanguinea sanguinea ~ Maui by rtb808pix by rtb808pix

`Apapane ~ Himatione sanguinea sanguinea ~ Haleakala National Park ~ Island of Maui ~ Hawaiian Islands ~ The `apapane is a widespread nectivorous honeycreeper. Adults are bright crimson with dark wings and tail and prominent white undertail coverts. The head is usually brighter than the rest of the plumage. Their brush-tipped tongues may protrude, making their bill tips look white. Juveniles are yellow-brown with white undertail coverts. The Laysan subspecies was more orange, with dingy undertail feathers.
`Apapane are found around flowering trees, particularly ohia-lehua. They often perch conspicuously on the outer clusters of flowers to feed on nectar. The tail is characteristically cocked up. Small flocks of `Apapane frequently fly high over forested ridges.
`Apapane have incredibly varied call and songs, including squeaks, whistles, rasping notes, clicking sounds, and melodic trills. Some songs are pleasant and rather canary-like; others are harsh and mechanical sounding.
`Apapane are the most abundant native forest bird in the Hawaiian Islands. They are found on all main islands in mountain forests above 600 m and rarely in the lowlands. They are numerically abundant on Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii; locally common on Oahu, scarce on Molokai, and rare on Lanai. The Laysan form was last seen in 1923.
The Hawaiian Honeycreepers and other native Hawaiian bird species are brilliant & superlative examples of adaptive radiation that naturalist Charles Darwin would’ve marveled over to observe. via Tumblr