Saturday, January 5, 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2012

It's always fun to look back and see which posts got the most traffic over the course of the year. In case you missed them the first time around, here are the Natural Capital's top 10 posts of 2012. Thanks for reading!

Photo credit: the Natural Capital
1. Great Falls after Hurricane Sandy: a video we took of Great Falls transformed by way more water than normal. We love this spot and the change was just breathtaking.

Peeper 2
Photo credit: sfgamchick
2. How to find spring peepers: After years of going out to listen to the spring peepers, we finally, finally found one. This post was about how.

static flight
Photo credit: Patrick Wilken
3. Five amazing facts about crows: for starters, they can speak and use tools. Check out the video evidence I found.

Maple Flowers
Photo credit: jpwbee
4. Look for maple flowers: They're one of the most under-appreciated flowering trees in our area.

5. Best nature books of 2012: Our annual round-up of award-winning books about things related to what we write about here on the Natural Capital.

Putty Root - closeup
Photo credit: NC Orchid
6. Look for putty root orchids: Orchids in the temperate forests of DC? You bet. But they're not easy to spot...

Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)
Photo credit: Mary Keim
7. Look for eyed click beetles: Those eye spots are pretty amazing. And then they do their acrobatic jumping trick.

Photo credit: Jerry Oldnettel
8. Look for katydids: Inspired by the DC/Baltimore Cricket Crawl, I collected the songs of five species of katydid and tried to learn them. As with so many things, it's so fun now to hear one of these chirps and to be able to pinpoint which katydid I'm hearing, without even seeing it.

Biotite mica
9. Look for mica: On many trails in the DC area, the soil is full of little sparkly bits of mica. It's a great thing to look for in the winter while the plants are mostly hiding.

Wapato is in Bloom
Photo credit: Tom Brandt
10. Look for katniss: I enjoyed reading the Hunger Games, but it took me a while to figure out that katniss is a plant that I actually have growing in my pond -- I just knew it by another name.