The heron exist on all continents except Antarctica and are present in most marine habitats except the coldest extremes of the Arctic. There are 64 types of herons. Although they are "waterbirds" that feed on the margins of lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds and seas, some do live in extremely high mountains and driest deserts. Interestingly, they are mostly a non swimming bird.
Havasupai is roughly translated as “The people of the blue-green
waters,” which refers to the beautiful turquoise color of Havasu Creek located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
The color of the water is the result of having been stored underground –
in limestone caverns or aquifers – for as much as 30,000 years. While
underground, the water leaches out minerals, primarily calcium and
magnesium, from the limestone. These minerals saturate the water and
reflect sunlight, making the water a turquoise color.
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It flows northwest and then south into the US state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven US states and a Canadian province.
Did you know that the seagull can drink salty sea waters? The seagull has a special gland that extracts the salt and pushes it out like tears through its nostrils. The water comes out 5 times saltier than going out since the bird absorbs the clean H20. This fun filtering system is common among many marine birds such as penguins, loons and puffins.
Polar Bears with out ice? While this guy happens to be chilling in the National Zoo sans ice, it's natural icy habitat is warming up and quickly melting. Climate change is fast effecting the arctic Polar ice caps and having profound effects on the inhabitants of the regions. If you would like to know more about the Polar Bear and climate change, click on the link to Polar Bears International
According to NASA "Over the past century, sea level has slowly been rising. This is in part
due to the addition of water to the oceans through either the melting
of or the "calving" off of icebergs from the world's land ice. Many
individual mountain glaciers and ice caps are known to have been
retreating, contributing to the rising sea levels. It is uncertain,
however, whether the world's two major ice sheets-Greenland and
Antarctica-have been growing or diminishing. This is of particular
importance because of the huge size of these ice sheets, with their
great potential for changing sea level. Together, Greenland and
Antarctica contain about 75% of the world's fresh water, enough to raise
sea level by over 75 meters, if all the ice were returned to the
This image was submitted by Grace E from Alexandria, Virginia.
Rumors of a monster catfish living in the Mississippi River have been told for generation by locals up and down the mighty waterway. Since the advent of photoshop, it has made it easier to claim sightings and catching the massive fish. In Asia, the catfish has been recorded up to 650lbs.
The Truckee River flows through California and Nevada. The Truckee flows northeasterly and is 121 miles long. It is is the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe and drains part of the high Sierra Nevada, emptying into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin. Its waters are an important source of irrigation along its valley and adjacent valleys.
" We spent the day in shorts and sweatshirts by the river and the snow."
The Umpqua River is on the Pacific coast of Oregon and is approximately 111 miles. The first Umpqua River
Light was built in 1855 and lit in 1857. Built along the river channel,
the original light was vulnerable to seasonal flooding. This led to
yearly erosion of the sand embankment of the light. In October 1863, the building's foundations had become too unstable and the structure soon collapsed. Construction started on the new light in 1892, and it was first lit in 1894.
"I'm a total water person. I put my hands or feet in water where ever I find it. It make me feel at peace.There was sooo much bird poop everywhere that it was the first time ever that I didn't need a sign telling me to not touch the water."
Munson Creek, outside of Tillamook County, in Oregon has the largest waterfall on the Oregon coastline. The trails in the state park were built as part of a youth program in the early 60's and has been favorite of locals and tourists ever since.
The term “koi” is derived from a Japanese
word “nishikigoi”, which literally means brocaded carp. These include
the ornamental varieties of common carp, which are used for decorative
purposes in outside water gardens and koi ponds. However, “koi” is more
of an English word and includes both brightly colored as well as dull,
gray fish varieties. Koi, in Japanese, means love, affection or
friendship. Hence, ‘koi’ are used as a symbol of love and good luck.
Koi are actually a mutated form of carp. Carp developed patches of
colors such as white, red, and blue in their natural habitats in the
Black, Caspian, and Aral seas in Asia, and China is the true beginning
of Koi fish. According to Chinese history Confucius’s
son was given a mutated carp by king Shoko of Ro and from then on the
fish became the subject of much Chinese artwork. When the Chinese
invaded Japan, these carp were breed as a food source due to their
resilient nature, this was the beginning of the Japanese Koi fish.
The Fuente de Neptuno in the Plaza de Canovas del Castillo depicts the god of the sea- Neptune in a conch-shell chariot pulled by the seahorses and surrounded by dolphins and seals. It was part of of the Salon del Prado project, commissioned by Charles III. it is now a public park in Madrid.
"I participated in a 3 day walk for breast cancer. And while the walk was about the gathering of thousands of individuals joining together to fight cancer, I couldn't help but be aware of the water all around me. Water has always been a source of healing. A source of peace and calm. So when I crossed the Golden Gate, it was a very symbolic crossing for me of health and strength echoed in the amazing orange bridge spanning the water. We can get there. "
"The Hawthorne Bridge is one of a dozen plus bridges in the city of Portland. It is the gateway to the heart of the city, a landmark and a welcoming site. It is a favorite for bikes, cars, buses and pedestrians alike. It always the city to move freely both on land and water."
This was submitted by Maggie C from Portland, Oregon.
Castilla-La Mancha is a south-western European region that was part of the Kingdom of Castile. Rainfall in this region is not abundant but the soil is incredibly fertile. The La Mancha region produces 14% of the total olive oil produced by Spain.
This image was submitted by Eloise Q. from California on vacation in Spain.
The Alhambra"The Red One" the complete Arabic form of which was Qalat Al-Hamra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain.Water makes up a large part of the decorative elements of this magnificent monument turning the palace into a literal oasis.The Acequia Real is the main water channel which carries the water
supply to the Alhambra palace. This 6 km stretch of water channel is set
just above the Darro River. In the times of the Nazrid dynasty this
water would have be clean and drinkable. This network of channels would
have run along to the Generalife Gardens and then through the heart of
the Alhambra palaces.
There are over 21,000 petroglyphs at the Three Rivers Petroglyph
Site at Three Rivers, New Mexico, located midway between Tularosa and
Carrizozo in Otero County. The ruins are not far from the SouthFork Ruidoso Rio, Middlefork Ruidoso Rio and NorthFork Ruidoso Rio.
"This once beautiful lake in SF with boating, fishing, recreation, and a restaurant
is facing a new danger of pollution from run off in the gutters and streets of San Francisco.
This is home to many nesting cormorants. Cormorants
nest in colonies around the shore, on trees, islets or cliffs. They are
coastal rather than oceanic birds, and some have colonised inland
waters such as Lake Merced.They
are excellent divers, and under water they propel themselves with their
feet with help from their wings; some cormorant species have been found
to dive as deep as 150 feet!"
This was submitted by Kennette E. from San Francisco, CA.
"The Port of Oakland (established in 1927) loads and discharges 99% of the goods for Northern California,the nation's fourth largest metropolitan area .From here they go on rail directly at the marine terminals.It
is a world class hub. In 2015 it received the megaship Benjamin
Franklin, the biggest cargo ship ever to come into the United States.
Currently, 73,000 jobs depend on the port. Oakland's cargo volume makes it the fifth busiest container port in the United States Located
on the mainland shore of San Francisco Bay, one of the great natural
harbors of the world, Oakland was among the first ports globally to
specialize in the intermodal container operations which have
revolutionized international trade and stimulate the global economy.
California's three major container ports carry approximately 50 percent on the nation's total container cargo volume."
"Munson Creek outside Tillamook County in Oregon has the tallest waterfall on the Oregon Coast line.
The trails in this state park were built as part of a youth program
in th early sixties, and has been a favorite of the people of Oregon
every since, claiming it to be one of the "must sees" for visitors to
the Oregon railways."
The Pinto Lake area was part of a 15,400 acre land grant from Spain
to Jose Amesti who, in 1844 deeded the land to his wife, Prudencia de
Vallejo. The lake was named for Rafael Pinto, son of Serafin Pinto, the Chief
Civil Officer, or Alcalde, of Branciforte, who married Maria Amesti.
The north portion of Pinto Lake passed into the hands of Charles Ford
in 1861 who sold it to George S.P. Cleveland the next year. Cleveland
constructed the buildings and developed this 164 acre parcel as a ranch. In 1974, the County of Santa Cruz purchased the north portion of Pinto Lake “to protect the lake while providing recreation.”
This was submitted by Tracy E. from Watsonville, CA.
A general definition of succulents is that they are drought resistant
plants in which the leaves, stem or roots have become more than usually
fleshy by the development of water-storing tissue. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.
Stingrays are a group of rays, which are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. The flattened bodies of stingrays allow them to effectively conceal
themselves in their environments. Stingrays do this by agitating the
sand and hiding beneath it. Because their eyes are on top of their
bodies and their mouths on the undersides, stingrays cannot see their
prey; instead, they use smell and electroreceptors (ampullae of Lorenzini) similar to those of sharks. Stingrays feed primarily on molluscs, crustaceans,
and occasionally on small fish. Some stingrays' mouths contain two
powerful, shell-crushing plates, while other species only have sucking
Some people succumb to peer pressure and some pier fishing. One of the biggest benefits of pier fishing is the fisherman having the
ability to reach certain depths of a body of water that couldn’t be
reached via shore. Fish find piers useful for finding food or avoiding
predators, except for humans with bait and hook.