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When desserts aren’t…

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…is after they’ve had some winter rain.   Anza-Borrego State Park in California is having what they call a “super-bloom” year,  with an unusually  large amount  of wildflowers bursting out of the inhospitable sands.   These events occur only about once a decade,  so this floral outbreak is as uncommon as it  is beautiful.

UPDATE:  OK,  people,  they are truly breathtaking,  but show a bit of respect.   You don’t need  to trample  the wildflowers to enjoy them.

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April 3, 2017 at 12:18 am

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Snowflakes vs nature…

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The delicate little snowflake students of Columbia University are horrified to  discover that  hawks eat pigeons.   Did they imagine hawks flew past a drive-in window to pick up an order,  or waited for some environmentally correct student to toss out mice for them?   How will these pitiful humanoids survive their entry into the real world?

 

 

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November 27, 2016 at 11:56 pm

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New Zealand quake…

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A powerful  earthquake has  killed two in New Zealand,  and it has been followed by aftershocks and a tsunami.   Hopefully,  the aftermath will stay largely in the rural areas  most affected  and not cause any more death and destruction.  Include the Kiwis in your thoughts and prayers.

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November 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

Russian ice balls…

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These are  in northern Russia,  but they form elsewhere under the proper conditions.   Mother Nature is just full of interesting phenomena,  isn’t she?

 

 

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November 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm

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Best fall hikes…

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If I felt like hiking,  these are  certainly some of the places I would consider doing it in.  You will see some gorgeous fall foliage,  as well as some very interesting natural formations,  though for my money the trail at Watkins Glen takes the top spot.

 

 

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October 25, 2016 at 10:10 am

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Beautiful fall towns…

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Pure Wow offers the eight  most beautiful  American towns in fall for your visiting pleasure.   I have been to half of them in the proper season and can attest to their stunning display of fall foliage,  but it’s for you to decide.

I can say that the South seldom has the brilliant coloration of the northern states,  and this year it’s even worse than usual because of the drought.   Many locales haven’t had more than a half-inch of rain the the last thirty days,  and the summer has been unusually long and very hot.   This year many of the trees have dropped their leaves,  and much of the foliage remaining is dry and brown.   There are a few splashes of yellow and orange,  but it’s nothing to write home about,  even if you aren’t far away.

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October 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Snakes wrestling…

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No,  for once I’m not referring to Congress,  or even politics,  but two actual snakes,  both poisonous.   The truly odd thing is that one is a water moccasin,  commonly called a cottonmouth,  and the other is a copperhead.   It isn’t common to see two different species fighting each other,  and these particular two generally prefer different habitats,  so this footage is  all the more remarkable,  even in Arkansas.

The few snake fights I have personally observed were generally between the same species,  and none bit,  but in the only one I saw between two different species,  they bit and rolled furiously instead of merely wrestling.

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September 30, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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