ericeugenius I'm forever in awe of the beauty that surrounds us in this world. Here is a throwback to one of my first hikes in Alaska. This ptarmigan was sitting just below the top of the mountain, and she was kind enough to let me take a few pictures. I was only a couple feet away from her when I took this shot. I don't know why she didn't fly away but it touched my heart getting to be so close to a creature so beautiful. It is here, in nature, that I find God- and that's where I am truly grateful. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Would love to have some comments from you of what you are thankful for today (and every day) 2d
  •   livebongandprosper Grateful for manifestations of God and the Divine all around yet in the most unexpected of places. Happy Thanksgiving Eu 2d
  •   ericeugenius Thanks! @mizorri 18h
  •   ericeugenius @tamarasik I can't think of a more pure thing to be thankful for, thank you for sharing! 18h
  •   ericeugenius @brit_labonte thank you for sharing that with me, you are a beautiful soul. Your pictures and captions all make me feel grateful and present :) thankful for your positive energy and passion! 18h
  •   ericeugenius @happymrsp that's what I was thinking also, she also seemed to be relying on her camouflage. Staying very still I had difficulty seeing her from several meters. Would love to see them garbed in their white winter attire! Beautiful creatures :) 18h
  •   ericeugenius Happy Belated Thanksgiving, hope it was a good one :) that's a wonderful thing to be grateful for. God can be seen everywhere if you have the proper vision- as you do @livebongandprosper 17h
  •   happymrsp We have ptarmigan in Scotland I never realised they were so wide spread! They are such pretty birds it is so sad they are shot for sport. 17h
  •   tango68 What a perfect shot, Eric! 12h

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ericeugenius Saw this butterfly resting on the summit of the mountain. I guess it's just as tiring flying to the top :P 3d
  •   taymaesur Gorgeous! I can't think of the name though... 3d
  •   forzebra wow what a cool butterfly 2d
  •   happymrsp Happy Thanksgiving! 2d

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ericeugenius Wasn't the most stunning reef but still such a pleasure to get in the water :) staying longer next time! 5d

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ericeugenius Swift sunset. Salty, warm breeze. Aloe on parched skin. Sea foam; Blue ocean. Bahamas. 1w

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ericeugenius love grows 2w

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ericeugenius This is where I belong.. Thanks for capturing the moment 😙 @kyra_hutt 2w

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ericeugenius Don't worry, this little fishy survived the photo shoot. In fact, I actually saved it's life. I was walking down the trail when I saw something shiny wriggling in the shallow water. There was a slender, larger fish holding this one in it's jaws -about to have some lunch. I coaxed the fish closer with a branch and then grabbed for it. The second I touched its slippery scales it was gone, and in it's mad dash to escape it released this little one, sending it flying into my lap. The spirited little fish was doing just fine; close call but no harm done I love how nature is always surprising me. These are the kind of things that make me happy🌎🌍 2w

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ericeugenius I saw little caterpillars on my fennel plant and decided I'd try and raise them indoors since it's getting chilly. I am amazed at how fast they grew! I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures throughout the process.. When I first found them they looked like little bird turds, about two centimetres in length. They shed their skin as they grew, taking on a new appearance each time until they reached the last phase. I kind of just let nature do it's thing so I let the caterpillars search for the ideal location to form a chrysalis when they were ready- meaning they wandered around my house until they found a spot they liked. Funny how this caterpillar found it's sibling and decided to string up right next to it! Butterflies in a couple weeks, hopefully 3w
  •   fishingchick8 You can do it! @ericeugenius I raised a bunch of monarchs. I built a cage, put milkweed in for food and sticks for them to build cocoons. I came home and one had broke out and was sitting on the outside of the cage! I released them when their wings were dry! One of the best experiences I've had! 3w
  •   ericeugenius Ahhh I would love to care for some monarchs :) I can't believe I haven't done this before! They are so simple, just give them food and they seem happy @fishingchick8 3w
  •   lauradposs Awesome @ericeugenius! I look forward to seeing two butterflies in your house! 3w
  •   gopro_nikon is it love at first sight? 3w
  •   ericeugenius Haha I hope so! I might get another generation of caterpillars😛 @gopro_nikon 2w

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ericeugenius Family photo! Don't know how many of you remember this, but about eight months back I cross-pollinated my green and purple oxalis triangularis (false shamrock) and got two seeds. One of them sprouted and is happily growing daily on my windowsill. I'm very excited to see how it looks in another eight months 3w

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ericeugenius 😛 4w

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ericeugenius Discovered my reflexion in nature's seeing-glass todayThis pond becomes a perfect mirror on calm days. 1mon

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ericeugenius Been a while since I caught a rooftop sunset 1mon

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ericeugenius After hiking four miles and slipping over sharp rocks and piles of snow the last thing I thought I'd see at the summit were friendly flowers waiting to greet me. Can't describe how it made me feel; every part of me was smiling. A piece of my heart will always be on top that mountain 1mon
  •   ericeugenius So happy to share the love @thisluciddream 2w
  •   ericeugenius @googe_a that's exactly how I felt when I got up there.. Totally unreal. Had a wide, stupid grin on my face the entire time 2w
  •   ericeugenius It really is amazing @happymrsp I saw a lot of different plant life on this trip, especially since we drove. Went through all different environments and even in the harshest there was some life around 2w
  •   googe_a @ericeugenius what do you do man. 2w
  •   googe_a Like you're always traveling around tonal this really awesome places. 2w
  •   ericeugenius This summer I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a two month road trip to Alaska with my dad and bro. So that's where most of the more impressive pictures are from. And since then I have had an unquenchable urge to go camping and explore, so I've gone on a few weekend getaways after getting home. Wish I could make a career out of it! @googe_a 2w
  •   happymrsp You can see how they survive nestling into the crevices to escape the wind! I can see how some people get hooked on growing miniature alpine plants like this! Are you planning your next adventure yet?! 2w
  •   googe_a Where do you live at? And I completely understand. That's all I want to do in life is see as much as possible and meet really awesome people all along the way. 2w

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ericeugenius Today's lunch break kept me sane. Nature provides the best medicine🌳 1mon

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ericeugenius Got to squeeze in a quick hike this weekend 1mon

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ericeugenius @jtsunami12 I stole your car 1mon
  •   jschrijn You can not steal 1mon

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ericeugenius My stapelia gigantea bloomed today :) commonly called starfish plant or carrion flower; the scent is like rotten flesh as it relies on flies for pollination 1mon

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ericeugenius ️Teacup from Shanghai travels, little rocks found in Alaska, and a happy plantOnly the best for my green friends 1mon

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ericeugenius An ambitious pumpkin seed decided to sprout out of a crack in one of the pilings surrounding our elevated garden bed. Another plant convinced it's spring 😛 1mon
  •   happymrsp It's amazing the strange places that seeds will germinate! 1mon
  •   garden_nh Amazing 1mon
  •   toinfinityandbeyond31 thats too funny! hopefully a unique pumpkin will sprout! 1mon
  •   lovngmindfulnss I have some day lilies that think it's spring and have bloomed again...wacky! 1mon
  •   ericeugenius It gave me a good laugh before I realised how impressive it was. It actually looks like it's trying to flower! I'll try to pollinate it and see what happens, mini pumpkins maybe @happymrsp @garden_nh @toinfinityandbeyond31 1mon
  •   ericeugenius @lovngmindfulnss there are hostas around my neighbourhood that are flowering right now. And my lilac had another blossom yesterday! It really is a peculiar fall! 1mon

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