Cornflowers scattered in a grain field in the Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria.
The verdant blush of spring in the orchard country of Lower Austria.
Wild mountain strawberries.
Linz, sprawled along the Danube, with the crest of the Alps just visible on the far horizon on the right.
Out of the city and into the countryside the past few days, enjoying windswept grain fields, swimming holes, wild berries and ripening fruit trees in mountain orchards. A few scenes from Upper and Lower Austria in this early summer set. Visit the Summit Voice Sunday Set archive for more travel pics, or head over to our online gallery at FineArt America for a full selection of nature and landscape photography.
More proof that apex predators are critical to their ecosystems
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — There’s no question that top predators have profound impacts on their ecosystems, but sometimes those relationships play out in unexpected ways. New research by scientists from Oregon State University and Washington State University has documented how the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park is helping grizzly bears.
By studying what bears eat, and how wolves affect the behavior of other animals, the biologists found that the return of the wolves is helping to restore a key part of the diet of grizzly bears that has been missing for much of the past century — berries that help bears put on fat before going into hibernation. Continue reading “Study shows link between grizzlies, berries and wolves”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Food for people, birds and bears, the wild berries of the high form an important part of the local flora. Some berries are so critical for bears that, when the weather isn’t quite right and the berries fail, the bears head into town to supplement their diet with whatever they can find in human neighborhoods. Wildlife biologists have been able to connect berry crop failures with increased incidents of human-bear encounters. Enjoy the photos of local berries in today’s photoblog. Continue reading “Morning photo: The berry blog”→