Friday, February 28, 2014
Woke up to lots of bird songs just before sunrise. First time this year, a harbinger of spring? It was raining gently. Then, a half hour later, I looked out the window of a downtown coffee shop and it was snowing. When I got home, which is only around 100' higher in elevation, there was quite an accumulation. I wonder if those birds are just hovering in various sheltered places or if they took one more trip down to the Central Valley. Looks like March might roar out like a lion, as the song says.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Regarding the reference to mocking in today's headline, I am thinking about a report that our Secretary of State, John Kerry, in a recent appearance in Jakarta, mocked "climate change deniers." It's about time! The hyper-capitalist right wingers have been mocking science for a long time, and not only on the subject of global warming, so it's about time we started mocking back.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
1 1/2" long from toe to toe, and less an inch in body length.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Today is the 205th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Since they've mostly stopped recognizing Lincoln on the 12th and instead have Presidents' Day on the 17th (or 3rd Monday in February), and in many places have included the 14th (or 2nd Friday) in order to make it a four-day commercial success, why not recognize Charles Darwin for giving some of us a greater understanding of our origins by having the holiday on the 10th (or, 2nd Monday)? To continue the evolution of holidays, we could then celebrate Easter on the first Monday after Lent. I'll bet sales of chocolate eggs and bunnies would soar.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
So, this much-needed distraction has been an enjoyable reflection, and I think I'm ready to get back to correcting papers before I go back to the woods in search of mammalians and other kinds of aliens.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Saw a bumper sticker today on an old pickup truck with aggressive tires. It said "Eat More Beef; the West Wasn't Won on Salad." I a nutshell, it expresses the attitude that has contributed to the destruction of the West. How do large herbivores like antelope, hippopotami, and elephants get so strong eating their versions of salad? Maybe we'll learn some day.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
In Quincy, I don't see how we can have six more weeks since we aren't really having winter in the first place. We don't have any Groundhogs in Quincy. The closest we come to having them would be the Groundhogs' cousin, the Yellow-bellied Marmot, high up on the mountains surrounding Quincy. I'm sure they didn't see their shadows this morning, for two reasons. The main reason is that it's cloudy. Another reason is that there was probably no one up there to drag a marmot out of its den. Thankfully. If our imaginary local groundhog couldn't see its shadow this morning, that means an early spring. That figures. As you can see from the above photo of Crocuses about to bloom, it appears that spring is already here. There's a possibility we're yet to receive a big snowstorm which would cover the Crocuses and force them to start over after the melt. They're used to that. If they couldn't tolerate the occasional snowstorm after blooming, there would be no Crocuses here now.
I'm excited about returning to regular blogging after a meager month of January with only 9 posts.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
January was a busy month for me, so I didn't keep up my desired pace for blogging. I plan to fix that from February onward. Some new images will arrive tomorrorw.