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Yahoo News:

Iconic stone arch collapses in southern Utah park.  You’ll recognize the pic ... it’s the same arch I have in the B&W featured gallery on this site.  The Devil’s Garden walkway winds almost directly underneath, a very narrow space ... lucky it didn’t hurt anyone.

Later: CNN has a photo of the remains.

08/10/08 • 02:53 PM • HistoryNaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Eduardo’s here.

Big dark clouds forming overhead.  Looks like it’s raining over in west/southwest Santa Fe.

08/07/08 • 02:21 PM • NaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Orion Mag:

Three views of a Western Juniper.  I think I like the first one the best.

08/06/08 • 10:49 AM • ArtsBooksNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Asia/Pacific:

Rescuers Wait to Reach K2 Survivor.  If you aren’t familiar with mountaineering, K2’s a climber’s mountain.  Greater cojones required.  No guides taking pudgy bourgeoisie up K2. 

08/05/08 • 10:09 AM • HealthNaturePhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Daily Mail.UK:

Playing fetch with an 8 ft. wingspan sea eagle. Okay, now that looks like serious fun.

08/04/08 • 04:41 PM • Nature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Escapes:

Island Hopping by Kayak at America’s Ceiling in Wisconsin.  Sounds cold, but fun.  I feel anyone posting stories about camping near water need to mention bugs.  Yes/no, how bad, what season.  Bears I can deal with. Bugs can make an outing un ... wait for it ... bearable.

08/01/08 • 12:19 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePhysical FitnessSportsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Beetle update.

The spinosad, sadly, didn’t work.  Gave a few hours reprieve, that’s it.  Cinnamon scares ‘em off quick, but delivering it in liquid form is the problem.  I’m considering my options ... perhaps the soap-and-oil routine.

07/31/08 • 10:59 AM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingNaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Frugal Traveler:

Dodging Witches and Wild Boar in Germany.  “... in the tricky light of evening, I saw the black haunches of what looked like a hefty wild boar bounding into the woods. Witches I could handle; wild animals, not so much.”  If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.  I once walked, at night, into a large pack of javelina. [If you leave your flashlights turned off,  you encounter more animals.] They apparently couldn’t directly see me, but they could smell that there was a human in their midst.  I was grazed by a half-dozen tusks as they darted around trying to find the danger.  They shortly dashed off into the brush.  No harm done.

07/31/08 • 09:58 AM • NaturePersonalTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Quick note:

The spinosad worked.  Beetles, bye-bye.

07/29/08 • 09:34 AM • NaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Damned little beetles.

I’ve got these little black buggers with white patches on their wings by the hundreds.  They swoop down on lilies, sunflowers, and other flowers, gathering near the center of the blossom, and start chomping.  You can hear them from a couple of feet away!  A lily that blooms in the morning will be a forlorn, drooping, sad little blossom by evening, covered in gobs of beetles.  Even worse, when flying around, if they land on you, they give a nasty bite.  I just tried spinosad on them, but they didn’t seem to be bothered.  I’ll wait and see what the result is in the morning.  If I see no change, then the next step will be copious amounts of godawful industrial-strength melt-your-fingernails and shrivel-your-testicles pesticide ... hate using that stuff.

07/28/08 • 07:30 PM • NaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


One killed, hundreds stranded by New Mexico flood. Southwest and southcentral NM got clobbered by Dolly.

07/28/08 • 05:49 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Santa Fe River flows as officials release water from Nichols Reservoir.  Hello, Dolly.  Preparing for the precip from the hurricane.  My plants are very happy right now, even if buyers at Spanish Market are chagrined.

07/26/08 • 05:45 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Buried treasure: One-of-a-kind formation found in N.M. cave.  A “snowy river.”

07/25/08 • 08:42 AM • NatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Home & Garden:

What’s Lurking in Your Countertop?  Your granite countertops may be ‘hot’ with radiation.

07/24/08 • 09:01 AM • EnvironmentalHealthHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


“Greenhouse” bees spread disease to wild bees.

07/23/08 • 01:16 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

The Return of a Lost Jersey Tomato.  And if you haven’t had a good August Jersey tomato, you haven’t yet experienced heaven on earth.

07/23/08 • 10:19 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSMV Nashville:

6,000 New Species Found In Smoky Mountains.

07/22/08 • 05:05 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Hundreds of Dead Baby Penguins Wash Up on Rio de Janeiro’s Beaches.

07/21/08 • 12:43 PM • EnvironmentalNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Colorado: Energy boom alters Rockies’ pristine landscapes. Better see it soon; your “Rocky Mountain High” will be the result of noxious petrochemical fumes in the future, not fresh air.  Even better - fight the change!

07/20/08 • 03:14 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Home & Garden:

The Versailles of the North.  Even in our most trying economic times, there is a need for beauty to relieve the burden.  Longwood Gardens was built by the DuPonts, makers of gunpowder.  The parquet tile floor in their organ room is made up of the slivered gunstocks from World War I.  Folks walk across those wooden floors daily, never considering each sliver likely represents a life lost in war ... or that the gardens are the result of profits therefrom.  Formal gardens tend to overcome their origination stories and become something else.  I find this garden a little contemporary for my taste, but I still applaud its creation, notwithstanding.

07/17/08 • 10:21 AM • ArtsConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Monsoon season kicks in to high gear, but data collected at airport tells different story. I can find our local rainfall rates here, thanks to a Weather Underground personal weather station.  Not completely accurate, because of the ridges around here, but close.  Third of an inch an hour last night, for many hours.  Total rainfall was way over an inch.  Our aquifers are going to be *very* happy, if this continues.

07/17/08 • 09:09 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Santa Fe New Mexican:

Body found in storm’s surge.  I was downtown when this storm hit yesterday, and drove past a couple of the flooded, rushing arroyos.  It looked bloody dangerous - and bloody close to the tops of the arroyo banks. No way a person caught in the torrent could escape.  Three inches of rain in roughly an hour. The city should have a seasonal reservoir west of town to gather runoff - this was a substantial amount of water.

Day later: Madorange’s father got some shots of the Santa Fe River, about to overflow the banks.  The water was moving fast.  The river’s still flowing today, after last evening’s smaller storm.

07/15/08 • 02:19 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Science:

Country, the City Version: Farms in the Sky Gain New Interest.  Anyone familiar with the delivery-of-basic-utilities problems in skyscrapers can tell you this is not feasible at this kind of scale.

07/15/08 • 10:16 AM • FoodHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Check out MadOrange’s

marmot encounter on Santa Fe Baldy.

07/10/08 • 05:39 PM • NaturePhotographyPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Washington Post:

In the Gardens of Versailles, A Horticultural Revolution.  “Nowadays, we vary the species of trees—beech, hawthorn, poplar, chestnut—to prevent major losses in case of a disease affecting one type of tree.”  Not historically accurate, but smart from a long-term management standpoint.

07/09/08 • 03:19 PM • EnvironmentalHistoryNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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