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21 years later…

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The next time someone tells you there can not be a Bigfoot,  consider this tale.   Yes,  Michigan has great woodlands and dense forests,  but they pale in comparison to the vast forests of the Pacific Northwest.   Few of the airplanes which went missing there have ever been discovered,  so why could an 8 foot hairy hominid not be hiding there?   For those of you unfamiliar with the woods,  anything which dies there is eventually consumed by other living creatures who need the calories or calcium from the bones.   Mother Nature is the original recycler and she allows very little to be wasted.

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

July 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Flooding hell…

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Ellicott City, Maryland is  once again  subject  to severe  flooding,  only two years after the last onslaught of Mother Nature.

About all the poor residents can do is pray  that Storm  Alberto doesn’t make it all the way up from Florida.  The Gulf Coast is already on alert and the interiors of Southern states are beginning to come on line.  Those of us with friends and family in low-lying areas are already moving them to higher ground.  As long as FEMA and company stay out of our way we’ll resuce all those who need it.

 

 

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May 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm

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Burn scars bloom…

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Huge amounts of the California wine country were torched by wildfires last fall,   leaving ugly scars across the landscape.   Sonoma and Napa counties received plentiful spring rains,  and those conditions have resulted in  stunning displays  of wildflowers.   Mother Nature has some extraordinary methods of healing damage, doesn’t she?

 

 

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April 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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Chinese snow festival…

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Snow sculptures are beautiful to look at,  but likely brutal to execute.   This festival  in China attract millions of visitors despite temperatures near zero.

 

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February 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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Watermelon snow…

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Yeah,  it is real snow,  and  it is pink,  and it really does smell just a trifle like the delicious summertime fruit,  but you don’t want to eat it because it is hosting a form of algae which speeds up the melting process.

 

 

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February 5, 2018 at 2:58 pm

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Blue tarantulas…

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India has some strange critters,  but these  bright blue spiders  might take the cake.   The species is currently found in only a 38 square-mile area of the country and is considered critically endangered due to loss of habitat. I would have guessed their conspicuous coloration was at least partly responsibly for their rarity,  but scientists say they don’t know yet.

 

 

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September 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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Nat Geo’s photos…

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National Geographic often irritates me with its politically correct pronouncements on various subjects,  but when it calls for nature photographs,  it certainly gets  some beautiful  ones.

UPDATE:  These  pix are  from week 2. of the Nature Photographer of the Year contest.

 

 

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September 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm