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365/2: 061. Storms breaking up.

365/2: 061.

And, snow on the Jemez.

03/02/14 • 02:56 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Seattle Times: ‘Serious problem’ - 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam.

Woof. Another infrastructure wake-up call. I understand, from previous reading that about 80% of dams in the US will have outlived their average 50 year lifespan. Excuse me if I see this as another canary in the coalmine.

03/02/14 • 12:07 PM • DesignHistoryNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CBC.CA: Aboriginal people may have lived on Beringia for millenia.

Sea-floor cores from beneath today’s Bering Sea show that Beringia — which stretched from Siberia to Canada’s Mackenzie River — was not the barren, treeless tundra it was assumed to have been.

03/01/14 • 11:58 AM • HistoryNatureScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube/GoPro: Pelican Learns To Fly.

Neat. [I hope the pelican was not harmed by mounting the GoPro. No real info on the vid.]

02/28/14 • 11:08 AM • Motion GraphicsNaturePhotographyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 058. A bit of rain at sunset.

365/2: 058.

Got a couple of tablespoons of rain. Ground soaked it up in seconds, the hardscapes evaporated it in about an hour.

02/27/14 • 07:53 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Smell of forest pine can limit climate change.

Pine-sol saves the world? No. But I couldn’t resist saying it.

02/26/14 • 03:12 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Geoengineering side effects could be potentially disastrous, research shows.

Meh. Use what’s already known to work: volcanoes. Or at least consider modelling a geoengineering solution to mimic the effect. Not wild about sulfuric acid, but … any port in a storm.

02/25/14 • 03:21 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discovery News: Sun Erupts with Huge X-Class Flare, Biggest of 2014.

Although this latest X-class flare is impressive, it still occurred during a solar cycle that has been very lackluster.

02/25/14 • 01:31 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 055 | Motion. 10 minutes of Santa Fe sunset, crunched into 23 seconds.

365/2: 055.

Wasn’t much of a sunset; just trying a technique. As in, “put the camera on a tripod and let it do its thing.”

Later: Flickr’s video interface and playback are pretty rotten. Doesn’t even work with Facebook, and when I embed it here, it’s a still. You have to click the photo and go to Flickr to see it. Rots. Going with Vimeo from now on.

02/24/14 • 07:40 PM • Motion GraphicsNatureSanta Fe Local • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: EPIC storm off South Coast of Ireland.

Mother Nature is supposedly gentle. She obviously hasn’t had a talk with Poseidon.

02/24/14 • 06:13 PM • Motion GraphicsNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: The American Chestnut’s Genetic Rebirth.

It will be a triumph for genetic engineering, if it bears fruit. The mighty forests of early America are legendary, and none alive today have ever experienced the like.

02/24/14 • 12:25 PM • HistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 054. Sun dazzle.

365/2: 054. Sun Dazzle.

Nice cloudage today.

02/23/14 • 03:39 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Real Shit - Organic Manure For Urban Farmers.

Offered, sans comment.

02/20/14 • 08:45 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalFoodNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 050. Viewfinder shot.

365/2: 050.

Yashicamat. Looking out at a mean-spirited, ornery + blustery evening.

02/19/14 • 06:43 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NWS Albuquerque: Significant Weather Update: Feb 19, 2014 330PM.

60+mph winds. All night tonight. Oh joy.

02/19/14 • 05:58 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Time: Obama Plays Water-Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought.

President Barack Obama traveled to California on Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses.” Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, sir.

02/19/14 • 09:59 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Syracuse.com: Great Backyard Bird Count - Some waterfowl abandon icy Great Lakes.

With the Great Lakes almost completely frozen, some species, such as white-winged scoter and long-tailed duck, have left the lakes and stopped at inland locations where they’re not usually found at this time of year.” And Snowy Owls in 25 states.

02/19/14 • 09:59 AM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Crew member hospitalised after turbulence causes injuries aboard flight.

Ouch. Everyone’s linked the 767 wing-flapping video, so I won’t link it again. Did you know a 747 is designed to allow 29 feet of ‘flap’ in its wings? Most other airplanes are 6-9 feet of flex.

Side note: The weather patterns over NM recently have gifted us with frequent lenticular clouds, which often presage severe (read: SEVERE) turbulence. If you’re flying over the Rockies this season, bring ye olde barf bags.

02/18/14 • 04:43 PM • GeneralNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Word of the day: WIND.

We’re getting pummelled here in NM. Can you dessicate beef jerky? Sheesh.

02/18/14 • 11:08 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AFP: Jet stream shift could be permanent.

We can expect more of the same and we can expect it to happen more frequently.”  Hotter summers, harsher winters. Oh, joy.

02/17/14 • 11:35 AM • EnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wired: So, Turns Out Crocodiles Can Climb Trees.

From a survival standpoint, I need to know this. But I really didn’t want to. Yeesh.

02/12/14 • 12:02 PM • Nature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bloomberg: Global-Warming Slowdown Due to Pacific Winds, Study Shows.

This hiatus could persist for much of the present decade if the tradewind trends continue; however rapid warming is expected to resume once the anomalous wind trends abate. [snip] Volcanoes and changes in solar radiation can also drive cooler decades against the backdrop of ongoing warming.” Or not.

02/11/14 • 11:25 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 038.

365/2: 038.

Clearer skies tomorrow, I hope.

02/07/14 • 10:56 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Virginia’s Natural Bridge Landmark Sold to Conservation Group.

One of the oldest U.S. tourist attractions, the 215-foot-high (65.5-meter-high) limestone feature in western Virginia was purchased by the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, which said it would eventually turn it over to the state park system.” Good. Sometimes these things get sold, and then turned over to privateers.

02/07/14 • 05:41 PM • HistoryNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: Nope, That’s a Puma, Not a Wildcat, Panther, or Mountain Lion.

People wuv kittycats.

Until they start offing small children (one of their favorite human targets).

02/07/14 • 10:36 AM • GeneralNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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