Welcome to our monthly celebration of nature and photography!
We hope you enjoy this issue's selection of jokes, trivia, photos and news.
Mount Wilson
This Yukon scene welcomes you as autumn arrives in the wilderness.

Before modern materials were developed, which flower stalks were used
to provide buoyancy in the manufacturing of life jackets?

You'll find the answer at the end of this newsletter.


After zooming in and cropping the picture we have a mystery picture.
Can you figure out what this mysterious thing is?

You'll find the answer at the end of this newsletter.


A visit to the beach and below the waves is our page selection this time.
Come exploring, and visit Life Below the Waves.

This close up image of a robber fly was sent to us by a regular here, Jim Noeninger of Shiloh in Illinois.
Claudia Gregoire of Glenville, NY. was fortunate to capture this hummingbird picture.
Albertina Pianarosa of Ottawa in Ontario forwarded this Oyster mushroom image.
Lois Mesner of Victoria BC. sent in this image titled 'A Century of Strength".

A female mallard was making a bit of a show and this image was captured by Tracy Capps of Mascoutah, IL.

Marilyn Flanagan of Florida sent this great image of an Atlantic Bluet Dragonfly.

Many thanks to Jim, Claudia, Albertina, Lois, Tracy and Marilyn
for contributing these fine images for us to share with all of us.
If you have a nature image for this section, please let us know!.


While wandering down by the sea, the two
Great Comorants were spotted catching a few rays.


What do you think would be a good caption for this photo ?

Here are two ideas to get you thinking:
#1 - "Yoo hoo!"
#2 - "Where did it go? I'm sure I had a fish!"

If this month's photo inspires you, please send us your caption here, e-mail.


___A black bear was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day. Repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 10 pounds."
___When the bear returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost 30 pounds! "That's amazing," the doctor said. "Did you follow my instructions?"'
___The bear nodded. "Although, I thought I was going to drop dead on the 3rd day."'
___"From hunger?" tha doctor asked.
___ "No, from a day of skipping." the bear answered.

"He should have said don't eat anything on the third day, not just skip a day."


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Monthly Selections
Here are this month's choices:
Bird -Savannah Sparrow | Wildflower - Tufted Forget-me-not | Bug - Crane Fly

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A Little Reminder

When tidying up the garden for the winter, leave a few berries and seed heads for the birds to enjoy.

Tips and Ideas

Usually around the hummingbird feeders, the birds find an observation spot from where they like keep guard.
The perch that they use can be observed with a camera, as the Rufous here was.

Keeping a watch on this branch, an Anna's sits there also to keep guard.
Watching where they wait can lead to some very nice images.

Picture of the Week
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You can also do so by clicking on the image to the left or by clicking here.
Past Issues
If you want to see any of the past issues of Whispers, they are available here.


World Animal Day is October 4th.


Do you know that when a baby robin is born, its skin is transparent?
You can even see its internal organs!


Missouri and Oklahoma have chosen the American Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana,
as their official state amphibian and is the unofficial amphibian of Iowa.


The stalks of sunflowers were used to make life jackets..


This month's mystery image is a rather unusual shot of a Canada Goose.

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Thanks for joining us this month! We hope you enjoyed this issue of Whispers. We invite your comments and ideas - just drop us an e-mail. See you next month!
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