SF New Mexican: Officials - Hiker found north of Santa Fe ski basin died of hypothermia.
In late JULY, note. When we’re nearly at our hottest temps. I keep banging on about this, but you can so easily be hiking, have a thunderstorm crest those mountains, and experience a 60 degree temperature drop in minutes. I see so many people, too far from the trailheads, woefully unprepared. I do stop and advise (gently), when there’s an opportunity.
I can see snow falling in just about all the surrounding mountain ranges.
Winter’s coming! Gotta break out the snowshoes. Excited.
365/2: 322. Meet ‘Flit’, our wintering hummingbird.
We have a wintering hummingbird. Up at 6AM to give him warm sugar water (it’s below 27 at night here, when sugar water freezes). He’s skittish as all get-out, and I have to sneak up on him to get any image at all. Tight crop, through a screen. Hopefully he’ll get tamer if he sticks around.
Job #1 right now is keeping him alive through these cold nights. The skittish behavior is something we’ve observed before, when instinct takes over. He obviously would love to migrate, but can’t lace up enough food sources to make it ... so he’ll disappear for a day, half a day, and then reappear. If he could make it to the Bosque down in Albuquerque, he’d have food sources all the way down to Mexico. It’s this first 75 miles that’s brutal for late migrators.
Photo Attorney: Forest Service Chief Issues Directive on Photography Permits.
Cut to the chase: “I also want to emphasize that commercial photography only requires a permit if the photography takes place at locations where members of the public are not allowed, or uses models, sets, or props. Commercial film and photography permit fees should be primarily viewed as land-use fees. If the activity presents no more impact on the land than that of the general public, then it shall be exempt from permit requirements.” My italic emphasis.
DiscoverMag: Buffalo Suburbs May Have Set a Record for 24-Hour Snowfall in a Populated Area.
76 inches in 24 hours. Ouch.
NY Times: In Compromise Plan, Limited Fracking Is Approved for National Forest in Virginia.
No. There should be no compromise in defense of our national forests. They exist to preserve forests, not mineral extraction technologies.
NY Times: The Civil War’s Environmental Impact.
“Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.” A useful word for upcoming drone issues, methinks. Or knocking Ms Nockett.
SciAm: Coldest Air of the Season Forecast to Blast 42 U.S. States This Week.
So glad we finally got our glitchy radiant heat system fixed last week. Tomorrow, the chimney gets cleaned.
Outside: Does The Wild Truth Tell the True Story of Chris McCandless?
Archaeology News Network: Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded.
No forests of large trees? Some birds almost never touch ground.
NY Times: New Potato, Hot Potato.
The McPotato is here. Less cancer is a good thing, no?
Discover Mag: Latest Forecast - Odds of an El Niño Drop.
“Back in June, forecasters pegged the odds of an El Niño emerging by fall and winter at 80 percent. Today, a bulletin from the National Climatic Data Center reports that the long predicted El Niño has still not emerged, and that the odds of one emerging have dropped from a two in three chance last month to 58 percent now.” *Sigh.*
Archaeology News Network: Arctic warming - Scientists identify new driver.
Photo Attorney: Do You Need a Permit to Photograph in Wilderness Areas?
We might, if we don’t knock the legislature up the side of the head with some letters, etc. See bottom of this post.
Archaeology News Network: 19th century shipwreck uncovered under New Jersey sand.
Early shot today. A robin flew into our glass door (robin’s fine) leaving this beautiful remainder.
I always wanted a light boat to carry up to the mountains; most weigh a ton (30-40lbs). This one’s 10 pounds. But at a cost ... $1,900.00. Woof.
DeSmogBlog: When the Shale Runs Dry - A Look at the Future of Fracking.
“... the cement plugs have a life expectancy of roughly 20 years. This means that every two decades, it is necessary to drill through the old plugs and install new ones. Some wells are even costlier and more complicated to seal because they are now underwater, requiring the deployment of barges and scuba divers.” Fracking is a ‘gift’ that keeps on giving to taxpayers, long after the oil and gas folks are gone with their profits.
Vimeo: SPAZUK fire painter.
Self-absorbed Instagrammer defaces National Parks.
This makes me livid. Most know I spent over half a year working in Big Bend National Park in between years of college. We spent a great deal of our time trying to preserve things for future generations. I cannot even begin to express how impenetrably self-absorbed this young lady is.
I say put her on the Park Service’s lowest payscale job. She works as long as it takes to pay for the remediation of the damage she caused, plus a generous fine. Lives in park housing, eats park meals.
Normally, I’d say she needs to visit a psychologist, but I find hard work often smooths out such narcissism. Working in a park, she’ll learn to appreciate it ... make her work with the public, she’ll learn how obtuse the average park visitor can be. She will experience her behavior as in a mirror, and have to deal with the repercussions. Every. Single. Day.
She must be an example, a deterrent. Otherwise more will follow. More will follow anyway, but a proper balanced punishment will go far to prevent this behavior from spreading.
Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.
Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]
SciAm: EPA Approves Dow’s Enlist Herbicide for GMOs.
Dow looks to outdo Monsanto in the current spate of superweed issues. 2,4-D will likely cause some “Agent Orange!” cranks to come out of the woodwork, but it’s a substance that’s got a very long history ... and a very short halflife. The real question is, how fast will the weeds adjust? Roundup alone didn’t last very long.
CBD: Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into California Aquifers.
“Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.” Woof. What a bunch of maroons.
DiscoverMag: NASA - September Was Warmest on Record.
365/2: 281. This crazy robin ...
... in the midst of a cold, COLD rainstorm, decides she wants to sit in the skanky bowl I put out for the coyotes to drink from. She did a little bathing, and sat there for at least ten minutes in the cold water. Weirdsville.