Thursday, July 5, 2012
Some Observations on the 5th
At a certain time of day, the gathering of Thread-waisted Wasps on the Indian Hemp is also fairly predictable, at least for a while longer in the summer. This is such a dramatically beautiful insect that every time I see them I try to get better photos than the last time.
Last, I'm presenting photos of two flowers I haven't shown together before. The Hooker's Evening Primrose and Fireweed. Both are now blooming and they are in the same family. I hope you can see the family resemblance.
Perhaps my most important observation of the day comes in two parts. The first part is that hundreds and hundreds of music lovers are arriving in Quincy and while some locals welcome this, there is a residual stereotyping of a negative sort among others. Names like Hippie Fest, skinny dipping, pot smoking, etc., roll off the tongues of many with a decidedly negative vibe. In my limited observations, I see a pattern of Quincy locals trashing the swimming hole near Oakland Camp off and on in the months before the music festival, then "hippie" visitors picking up lots of bags of trash. To top it off, as I was entering a fairly remote spot along Spanish Creek on my daily guided nature walk, I saw a recognizably Quincy pickup emerging from the woods with camping gear. A few minutes later we came across their campsite where they had left their campfire still smouldering. We all emptied our water bottles on the coals, but that wasn't sufficient. We called the Forest Service when we returned to camp and showed them where the site was located. Maybe we saved Quincy from itself.