Walked out quietly to water some plants this morning, put my head under a piñon ... suddenly, I realized I was face-to-face with a coyote. He bolted, I bolted. Opposite directions. He was one healthy specimen, none of the usual skulking boneyness ... this one was filled-out and had a full, glorious coat. Never seen one so well-fed. I’d heard we had a rodent overpopulation due to the wet winter ... I can see who’s reaping the benefits. If the whole pack that howls around here is that healthy, I’d recommend keeping a close eye on pets. Tobias had a similar situation a short while ago.
SF New Mexican:
You’ll love this. A mountain lion decides to go shopping in the Santa Fe Plaza. Do read the comments.
Tit for tat. “They found that, over the course of the breeding season, deserting the nest once eggs had been laid boosted the number of descendants produced by the bird that fled. Whether male or female, the more often a bird deserted its clutches, the more mates it had and the more eggs were laid.”
New York City Transit System Crippled by Flooding. I feel for ya, New Yorkers. Don’t forget the walkway-tunnel between 42nd and 34th, from the Library to Herald. Hard to find, but handy in rain or other crisis.
Chestnut tree poised for a comeback. As a child, I heard so many stories about our former majestic stands of chestnut forests ... this is quite exciting. Almost makes me want to move back East to grow a couple of acres.
UK battles foot-and-mouth outbreak. Foot and mouth. Foot in mouth is popular in political circles ...
New Scientist Environment:
NY Times, Frugal Traveler:
From Wyoming to Montana on Foot. “That evening, on a swell above Night Lake, we pitched our tent, fired up the portable gas stove and feasted on prepackaged but organic Annie’s macaroni and cheese, Maine beef jerky and swigs of good Scotch from my flask.” Hmmm. I’ve never found that wilderness ever needed alcoholic accompaniment. Maybe they needed it to choke down the mac ‘n’ cheese.
SF New Mexican:
Well, you can’t do the “Enchanted Circle” drive at the moment. Mudslides west of Red River have blocked the road to Questa.
have been popping up over Eldorado over the past couple of days, growing from nothing into big T-bumpers that head over to SF and Albuquerque. We’ve got another one that’s just formed, the lightning crashed about ten minutes ago, and now the rain has begun. Past weeks have seen these storms grow over the Sangres and hit Santa Fe without gifting us in Eldo any moisture, but it looks like the pattern’s shifted now. The plants in the courtyard are extremely happy ... beats hose- and rainbarrel-water any day.
Fisherman catches ‘living fossil.’ “It looked similar to the coelacanths found near Africa, but genetic analysis revealed that the genomes differed by about 3.5%, and it was described as a new species called Latimeria menadoensis.”
NY Times Americas:
Brazil, Alarmed, Reconsiders Policy on Climate Change. Lose the Amazon, you lose your ‘free money.’
Westerners say federal rules make wildfires worse. In this particular case, it sounds like they would have had a mess of barbecue ...
New Scientist Tech:
The North Pole, Russian?
Rare fossilized cypress trees found in Hungary. “But the real rarity about these trees is that ... their original wood got preserved ... they did not turn into stone.”
The Wall Street Journal:
How Do Cats Like Rabbits? Very Much, And Preferably Raw. Animals being slaughtered for animals; I wonder where PETA is on this one.
Don’t consume jimson weed seeds. And watch who your kid hangs out with.
“Mankind is influencing how much it rains ...”
Astronomy Pic of the Day:
Stay high and dry, readers in Britain.
“Our spaceship Earth is a beautiful place”, says an astronaut as he heaves junk overboard.
SF New Mexican, just posted:
A big fish for the little lady. Oh, excellent. A four year old girl catches a huge trout with a “Scooby Doo” fishing rod. So much for the high tech fly fishing gear ...
The moose babysitter. “Anchorage is believed to host about 250 to 300 black bears and, in normal years, 55 to 65 brown ones. It is the only large city, Sinnott says, roamed by grizzlies. The city is typically home to between 200 and 300 moose in summer and possibly 1,000 in winter, when they troop down from the mountains for better living conditions, he says.”