Webcams!

Webcam stands for “web camera.” A webcam is basically a video camera that inputs to a computer that is connected to the internet. People on the internet can then see what is being videoed. You can read more about how they work here: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/webcam.htm
We are really fortunate today that some amazing locations around the world have webcams set up to view things we might not otherwise get to see. I like to go to webcams in foreign countries. I started doing it when I was taking a trip to Greece and I wanted to see what the people in the town I was visiting were wearing. Seriously! I couldn’t decide what to pack for the weather. Watching the people there for a few days gave me a hint as to what to take with me! Of course there are other really cool webcams set up that show animals and even birds. On the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library in Amherst, Massachusetts, a pair of peregrine falcons have a nest. They are raising their chicks and today (May 8, 2014) you can see them in action on the webcam. It’s amazing to watch the parents take care of their young. I arrived at the camera just when the pair were switching roles and I got a terrific view of two fluffy white chicks! Go to W.E.B. Du Bois Falcons to watch!
Thanks to Oak Meadow Faculty Chair and Social Studies Teacher, Ted Thornton, for sending me to this webcam!
 

A visit to a national park

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” John Muir

This July I had the good fortune of traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I had never been there before and I was surprised at how much the mountain fog really did look like great plumes of smoke crossing the peaks. The locals even say “smoke” when they talk about the natural fog. There are so many national parks all around the world and many can be visited in any season. Check out the parks in the United States!

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