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Full flower blue moon…

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You can see the  flower moon  this evening  —  provided,  of course,  that Mother Nature does not send in a platoon of clouds to obscure the event at your location..   She has done that to me several times in the last year or so,  but I hope your luck is better.

 

 

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May 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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Jim Fowler, R.I.P.

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My parents  limited our television watching to those shows they approved of, mainly documentaries and history.  My father often watched boxing matches and the Ed Sullivan show.   We  all watched Jim Fowler co-hosting Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins beginning in 1963.   The Georgia native never quite lost his soft Southern accent,  or his sense of humor,  often a necessity during his many appearances on  The Tonight  Show.

He turned down offers from Major League baseball teams to become a zoologist,  and we are all richer for his decision.   I haven’t yet fulfilled my childhood promise to see all of the animals he displayed over the years,  but I’m still working on it.  I hope  he has the best seat in the house as recompense for a lifetime of educating us all.

 

 

 

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May 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Saving a friend…

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If you believe dogs are not very smart,  watch  this video and have your mind changed.   Prepare to be impressed by the border collie’s speed and accuracy.   I was lucky enough to rescue a border collie some years ago.  He was not merely intelligent, but exceedingly clever, with a drive to communicate with his human pack.  And he was just as fast as this one.  Good girl, indeed!   When my current canine friend trots over that rainbow bridge,  I hope to rescue another border collie.   They are rather strange and freaky creatures,  but if you can handle them they are sterling companions.   Even if you have no hankering for a collie,  check out rescue groups.   If you are an experienced dog friend,  try the shelters too,  but be aware that many of the occupants may be so traumatized they can’t be rehabbed.   That said,  I’ve had a number of rescues and after patience and care they became outstanding dogs.  Big Girl was returned to a shelter five times and was on death row when I spotted her.  She was a wild child for the first six months,  but she became a  steadfast companion and a loyal protector.

 

 

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April 13, 2019 at 2:46 pm

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Not all blondes…

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…have more fun,  in particular  zebras with partial albinism.   Blonde zebras are extremely rare,  so it’s exciting to see a photograph of one.

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April 5, 2019 at 3:41 pm

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Cenotes, por favor…

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If you are fascinated by the water-filled pools created when the ceilings of limestone caverns collapse,  there are  more than a few accessible ones in Mexico.   My favorite of  this bunch is the one located in the Costco parking lot!   Congratulations to a management team which exemplified discovering a lemon during construction and making beautiful lemonade out of it.

 

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March 31, 2019 at 3:41 pm

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New superbloom…

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California is mostly a ghastly place unless you are so rich you can avoid the daily unpleasantness which infects most of the state,  but Mother Nature tries to make up for it with some truly  magnificent scenes.

 

 

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March 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Spectacular lightning…

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I often bash California because it is so poorly run by arrogant know-nothings who make citizens suffer and welcome illegals with open arms.  In this instance I am neither bashing nor praising that deteriorating state, but pointing to  the wonders  of nature.

Most of us have witnessed a few flashes of lightning during thunderstorms,  but this  sustained flurry of bolts will take your breath away.   Our thanks to the photographers who brought us such beauty and who hopefully stayed safe.

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March 8, 2019 at 3:09 pm

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