Over 100 volunteers from BGE, Monarch Academy Baltimore, The Children’s Guild, organizers from KaBOOM!, and local residents came together to help transform an asphalt play area into a new playground that is bursting with color.
The Natural History Society of Maryland had a recent meetup lead by biologist Nick Spero in Herring Run Park. They were searching for wild mushrooms, but with the warning not to eat any mushroom that you cannot identify. They found many like Pleurotus pulmonarius, also called oyster mushroom, Phellinus linteus, or black hoof mushroom, and Lenzites betulinus. I later returned on my own to see what visual treasures I could find hidden in the woods of Herring Run Park.
Astronaut Reid Wiseman, born and raised in the Baltimore area, is currently stationed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He literally has a window on the world as the space station circles in low orbit around Earth. Wiseman has been taking hundreds of pictures of Earth and posting amazing images on his Twitter account @astro_reid.
From November to February the Conowingo Dam attracts over a hundred species of birds, but the bald eagles are the star of the show. What draws them to the giant hydroelectric dam, which located on the Susquehanna River, is the way it makes energy. As the dam produces electricity, a large volume of water and fish are sucked through the generators stunning the fish into “floaters” as they exit the dam downstream. The easy prey becomes an excellent food source for bald eagles and other birds.
Ryan Diviney was a West Virginia student in 2009 when he suffered severe brain trauma after nearly being beaten to death outside a convenience store near campus. Ryan’s father Ken has documented his son’s struggles on a blog. Ryan has been pulling through – slowly but surely.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3-masted barque rigged sail training vessel, pulled into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Wednesday and dock along the west wall. The ship, based out of Bergan, Norway, is used to train Royal Norwegian sailors. According to the ship’s website it was build in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marine. The ship was taken by England in World War I as a war prize and later sold to Norway in 1921. The ship has 22 sails that distribute over 2400 square yards of material. The Statsraad Lehmkul is Norway’s largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship. The ship is available for visits November 8th and 9th from 10am to 3pm.
Last Saturday, Thoroughbred enthusiasts of all ages from the Three Diamond Club made their way to Sagamore Farm, a Thoroughbred training and breeding farm in Glyndon, Md. The morning was cold, but the fall colors decorating the farm and the early sunlight created something serene. With lovely light and warm jackets, the group set off.
Fake foam tombstones, polyester-spun cobwebs, and elaborate “haunted” houses abound during the Halloween season, but if you want to see the real thing, head to Westminster Hall at 519 W. Fayette Street. An 18th century historic burial ground and catacombs, simultaneously macabre and serene, lies directly across North Greene Street from the looming glass tower of the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite attracts the most attention, but many prominent civic and military leaders are buried here.
While the quality of the iPhone camera has gotten better with every new release, I have generally considered it a backup camera for situations when my trusted Nikon DSLR is unavailable. Last month, however, I went on a safari of sorts in my front yard with a set of macro lens attachments on my iPhone 5s made by Olloclip. Although the focal plane was very limiting, requiring the tiny critters to be about half-an-inch from the lens, I found that I was able to get unique angles that would be hard to achieve with a traditional camera.
The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore will open on Saturday “Penguin Coast,” its new home for the it’s African penguins. The zoo is home to one of the largest colonies of the birds in North America. The exhibit will allow the number of endangered birds to double from its current number of 50.