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Steady, heavy winds out here again.

I tell you, this has been the ‘year of wind’ out here east of Santa Fe.  I’m getting to the point where I’m going to have to tie down all the flappers on the various roof vents.

11/06/08 • 08:18 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Geologists say drilling caused Indonesian mud volcano.  Doing a little further digging, the Geological Society of America indicates that the drilling company was using poor fracturing techniques, almost guaranteeing a blowout.  I quote, “... well-bore pressures following drilling problems in Banjar Panji-1 reached magnitudes in excess of the fracture pressure and thus were sufficient to create fluid flow pathways in the subsurface.” 

11/03/08 • 05:29 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Britain is seeing their farmland bird populations fall to lowest level on record.  Multifarious factors.

10/31/08 • 12:50 PM • EnvironmentalNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reason Online:

Cloning dogs for love and profit.  “To clone a dog, you need multiple lab animals. Some serve as sources for ova, others are used as surrogates to carry the embryos that scientists create by enucleating an egg and fusing it with cells from the dog being cloned. All those animals, according to the Humane Society/AAVS anti-cloning report, are ‘subjected to painful hormone treatments and invasive surgeries.’” 

10/28/08 • 10:19 AM • ConsumptionDesignNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Environment:

Thoreau Is Rediscovered as a Climatologist.  “In 1851, when he started recording when and where plants flowered in Concord, he was making notes for a book on the seasons.  Now, though, researchers at Boston University and Harvard are using those notes to discern patterns of plant abundance and decline in Concord — and by extension, New England — and to link those patterns to changing climate.”

10/28/08 • 10:12 AM • BooksEnvironmentalHistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Fire-charred mountains fuel wildfire policy debate.  “... Some of his neighbors cleared a swath of land around their homes, and they still burned while others did nothing and escaped the flames ...”  Thinning and clearing may not keep deep-forest homes safe.

10/23/08 • 09:12 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WCVB Massachusetts:

Horseback Riders Endangered By Trail Traps.  Sick and demented. 

10/23/08 • 09:06 AM • LawNatureSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Ex-cop on armed patrol: Piñon pickers drive him nuts.  Some local color.  When fall hits, the piñon pickers come out.  Pickups and cars parked on every interstate, every rural route that has piñon trees.  Extended families take part.  All to harvest piñon nuts from the pine cones of piñon trees.  Some for personal use, some for sale.  You see individuals parked, usually on south St. Francis, tailgates down and bags of nuts priced and on display.  After reading the article, you might say it’s the season for nuts ... but pecans are more Novemberish.  NM exports more pecans than Texas does.  That fact surprised the hell out of me.

10/22/08 • 09:36 AM • FoodNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN Money:

“Drill, baby, drill” becomes “Chill, baby, chill” in the face of $75 oil.

10/15/08 • 03:16 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Magazine:

The era of cheap and abundant food may be over?  “Did you notice when you flew over Iowa during the campaign how the land was completely bare — black — from October to April? What you were seeing is the agricultural landscape created by cheap oil. In years past, except in the dead of winter, you would have seen in those fields a checkerboard of different greens: pastures and hayfields for animals, cover crops, perhaps a block of fruit trees.”

10/15/08 • 11:12 AM • ConsumptionFoodNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Otters make return to New Mexico waters.  Might have seen one at Cochiti this year, but it was such a fleeting glance, it could have been a muskrat or other water mammal.

10/15/08 • 09:26 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Governor backs state park designation for Pecos Canyon.  It’s an area that’s being loved to death, terribly overused.  Needs serious management and upkeep.  Great idea.

09/30/08 • 09:09 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Weird bloody weather.

It’s raining cats and dogs, and yet I’m sitting here watching a gorgeous sunset.  Gotta love New Mexico.

09/26/08 • 06:42 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Environment:

Arctic Ocean Ice Retreats Less Than Last Year. This short-term result will, no doubt, be used to buck the long-term trend and kick polar bears off the endangered list ... all for cheap political points.

09/17/08 • 08:43 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Dining & Wine:

Whenever the old man would put something we didn’t like to eat in front of us, he’d call it “moose meat and turtle eggs.”  My stomach still turns over when I hear the phrase.

09/17/08 • 08:12 AM • FoodNaturePolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

If you see smoke above Santa Fe today,

there’s a prescribed burn going on in the watershed.  Great timing ... I have a photo shoot to leeward.

09/17/08 • 07:25 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Court Rules Against Bush Plan to Allow Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park.  Cross country skiing gives bison a fair shot at snowmobiling over you ... a more invigorating experience overall.  Give me the jungle over the zoo.

09/16/08 • 07:18 PM • EnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Santa Fe New Mexican:

Ancient beast had armor down under.  A spiked chastity belt, in nature.

09/15/08 • 10:22 AM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN iReporter:

Civil war ship uncovered by Ike.  One, Two. The authorities are probably busy, but I hope the locals are making sure noone picks the wreck clean.

09/14/08 • 07:55 PM • HistoryNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


‘Certain death’ warning over Ike.  Reports I’m reading are saying storm surge is 20’ ... and Galveston’s seawall is 17’.  You don’t need to be an LHC physicist to figure that one out.  I’d get the hell away from the Houston ship channel, too.

09/12/08 • 11:35 AM • Home & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Missed this back in July ...

Kinetic sculptures.

09/10/08 • 10:27 AM • ArtsDesignNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discovery Channel:

Songbirds Duel With Duets. Next discovery.  Raven croaks as you leave your house.  Translation: “You humans are slow, ugly and your feet stink. Why don’t you leave your garbage can open, for once?”

09/05/08 • 09:44 AM • MusicNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

BLM oil shale plan ready before technology.  “The BLM said in its draft plan and regulations that it doesn’t know what kind of technology will be used, the potential environmental effects or the economic impact of oil shale development ...” My italics.  Ex situ is a straight mining process, destroying the landscape.  In situ is still in the ‘commercial viability’ stage.  This is a bum rush so that oil and gas folks can get in cheaply, without regulation.

09/05/08 • 09:23 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I worried about honeybees earlier in the year.

Shouldn’t have.  My spirea bushs are chock full right now.  Hardly dare walk by them.

09/04/08 • 12:52 PM • NaturePersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ars Technica:

Arctic ice shelf splits; ice loss 10x expected this summer.  “Ellesmere Island’s ice shelves are estimated to be around 4,000 years old, and experts do not expect them to reform under current climate conditions.”  That’s the understatement of 40 centuries.

09/03/08 • 03:37 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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