As the season changes, so does the appearance of the forest floor.
New growth bursts forth while moss covers the dying roots of once huge trees.
Welcome to the 25th issue of Whispers, the newsletter of the Dereila Nature Inn - your cyber nature centre.
Thank-you once again for supporting this project and subscribing to our newsletter. This month we have some new photos for you to enjoy, a bit of trivia and several new features to tell you about. We hope you like what you find!
Here's this month's trivia question:
In the early days of the textile industry, when massive looms were employed, which plant was found to be useful?
You'll find the answer at the end of the newsletter.
What's This? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here's a close-up of a small section of one of nature's unique creations. Do you know which one it is?
You'll find the answer below.
|New Features at the Inn
This month we have added pages on mammals, a special place and a guide to marine life. Click on the images below to visit the pages.Walking in the Wild
Watson Lake, Arizona
Take a virtual tour of this strange place of water and curious rock formations in the latest addition in our series of special places.Marine Life At-A-Glance Guide
Discover a variety of astounding marine species in this pictorial guide.
As a community of nature enthusiasts exchanging ideas, stories, tips and images, we invite you to submit nature images to this part of our monthly newsletter.
From the digital albums of Judy Howle in Columbus MI we have two more
amazing images. Judy's pictures are of Bald Eagles with their nest and young.
We are also honoured to include two more photographs from the water world of Dr. R Walker. These fascinating tropical fish come from the islands of Palau, near the Philippines.
Many thanks to Judy and Rob for sending in these wonderful photographs!
If you would like to see your image as part of our members' section,
simply send us an e-mail
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Each month we select a bird, bug and wildflower of the month. Here are this month's choices:
Click on the images to visit the page and don't forget that we welcome your suggestions for future selections, even if you don't have an image to supply for us. Please send your ideas to us by e-mail
And a reminder that the year's archives for each are just a click away:
Wildflower Archives | Bug Archives | Bird Archives
|The Wandering Image
This month we wander down to the beach.
The Hermit Crab is a strange seashore creature as it likes to live in snail shells.
Our photograph shows other creatures enjoying the easy life as they are
chauffeured around on the Hermit Crab's chosen shell.
Snippets in Nature ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The wild and amazing coast of Oregon is a nature-lover's paradise.
This is the beach at Devil's Elbow. It's a wonderful spot for beachcombing,
exploring rocky outcrops and doing a spot of birding.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here's is this month's image that is waiting for a funny caption. What do you think these two ants are saying? To get you started, we've given you a couple of suggestions.
Number one: "Hey! Have you heard the latest?"
Number two: "Do you come here very often?"
Penny from Toronto sent in the following photograph and caption:
"Im not speaking to you.""
If you have any suggestions for additional funny captions to these photographs, please, send us an e-mail
! We'd love to hear from you and add your caption to our collection.
You can visit the rest of the collections at the Inn:The Mammals
| The Birds
| The Insects
|Behind the Name
In this section we examine the meanings of the scientific names given to organisms.
This is Wild Garlic, Allium vineale.
simply means onion or garlic. The vineale
part of the name doesn't mean that it is a vine, but rather the plant's orginial association with growing in vineyards. It's native to Europe but has been introduced to North America.Allium vineale
is sometimes also called Wild Onion or Crow Garlic but when using its scientific name, everyone knows exactly which plant is being referred to.
Joke of the Month ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A teacher takes her young children to the local library for story telling and to pick a book that they would like. One little boy picks up a book and takes it to the teacher. It is called Guide for all Mothers.
The teacher asks, "Is it for your mother?"
"No, it's for me," the boy replies. "I started watching and photographing moths last week. I'm a new moth-er."
This moth just seems to be saying, "Boy, the things we have to put up with these days!"
|Notes from Around the Inn
A Friendly Reminder
Keep an eye out for new-borns as they become a little more bolder and start to explore their world.
We are trying to complete our state/provincial birds, flowers, insects and butterfly pages. If you can help us our with any images, here is what we still need:
AK - Four Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
AZ - Two Tailed Butterfly
CA - California Dogface Butterfly
CO - Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
MD - Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly,
NM - Tarantula Hawk Wasp
OR - Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly
NWT - Mountain Avens
NU - Purple Saxifrage
SK - Western Red Lily
MT - Bitterroot
Birds - visit the page
NWT - Gyrfalcon
CO - Lark Bunting
DE - Blue Hen Chicken
RI - Rhode Island Red Hen
AZ - Two Tailed Butterfly,
AR - Diana fritillary butterfly
NH - Karner Blue Butterfly
NM - Sandia Hairstreak
TN - Zebra Swallowtail
WY - Sheridan's Green Hairstreak
If you can help with any of these image, please send us an e-mail.
Many thanks! Past Issues and the Next Issue
We upload past issues of Whispers
as new ones are issued. You can view them all with a simple click here
Our next issue will be in your inbox during the first week of July. Until then we hope you'll enjoy many wonderful moments in nature.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Fuller's Teasel was formerly widely used in textile processing, providing a natural comb for cleaning, aligning and raising the nap on fabrics, particularly wool. The dried flower heads were attached to spindles, wheels, or cylinders, sometimes called teasel frames.
These pictures show the flowers and the dried seed head.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here's the answer:
It's a section of the fungus Fire Morel, Morchella elata
. Were you close?
Find out more about the amazing world of fungi by visiting our Fungi At-A-Glance gallery
We thought the name Whispers well-represented the things we love so much in natural world around us: the sounds and changes in nature carried by the wind; the subtle passing of the seasons; the calming serenity of a wildflower garden and the gentle quietness of the forest. Next time you're in a special place in nature, listen to the whispers.
Spread the Word ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Please spread the word about our project by passing on our website information to friends and other nature lovers. You can also forward this newsletter by clicking on the "forward e-mail" link at the bottom of this newsletter.
Any other ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Send us an e-mail!
Until next time, best wishes from your friends at the Dereila Nature Inn
- the Cyber Nature Centre for Nature Lovers.