May 24, 2013 |
Featuring a glass atrium with 150 species, Butterfly Wonderland opens in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, on a five-acre parcel on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The new attraction brings a tropical rainforest environment right into the middle of the Arizona desert. Butterfly Wonderland will also feature educational laboratories, interactive exhibits, and a 3-D movie theater along with a gift shop and café. In addition to seeing more than 3,000 butterflies, visitors can stop by the Rivers of the Amazon to check out some aquatic life, an ant colony , and the Honey Bee Extravaganza exhibit that features of series of beehives (protected by glass, of course)
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April 19, 2013 |
Kris Jaro Hasson shot this photo of a butterfly on Monday at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She used a Canon S95. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
April 12, 2013 |
Hard-core techies will probably hate hearing this, but Facebook Home, an Android interface for smartphones, will be a popular choice for heavy users of the social network. The interface rolls out Friday for certain Android devices alongside the launch of the HTC First, the first smartphone to come with Facebook Home pre-loaded. If you're frequently on Facebook and have one of the devices that can download the interface, you may want to check it out. Facebook Home pushes aside users' smartphone apps in exchange for emphasizing their Facebook friends.
March 13, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Scientists who take the annual measure of Mexican forestland famously occupied by migrating monarch butterflies said Wednesday that the butterfly population is the smallest they have seen in two decades. The likely cause is unseasonably warm weather recently in the United States, as well as a dramatic loss of habitat in the U.S. Corn Belt, the scientists said. In a survey carried out in December and January, researchers found nine monarch colonies wintering in central Mexico, occupying a total of 1.19 hectares, or 2.94 acres, a 59% decrease compared with the previous year's study.
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March 2, 2013 |
The remains of what was once one of Los Angeles' most coveted neighborhoods can be seen behind a fence topped with barbed wire. Weeds sprout through cracks along streets lined with majestic palms. Retaining walls and foundations of custom homes peek through the brush. Rusty utility lines that have wiggled their way above ground bake in the sun like scattered bones. Two throttled-up passenger jets simultaneously take off from LAX and soar overhead, the thundering cacophony a reminder of why the community of Surfridge was forced to disappear.
January 6, 2013 |
— A creeks cuts out of the Santa Ynez Mountains about 25 miles west of Santa Barbara. It follows a tight canyon from grass-covered foothills to the sea, passing an old adobe underneath a giant eucalyptus and grapevines planted when California was part of Mexico. There's the smell of sage. Deep quiet. Wind in the leaves. This is the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, known as "the jewel of the Gaviota Coast. " I don't know about that. The whole western skirt of the mountains, draping down to the ocean between Goleta and Point Conception, is mostly undeveloped God's country.