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Wild country, wild weather…

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Australia is home to some strange weather phenomenons,  and the  dust storm  called a haboob is certainly one of them.   The long-term drought in that nation has made such storms more frequent and displaced more soil.

That was in New South Wales.   Melbourne  suffered huge  hailstones and  torrential  rain.   Add that to the fires…

 

 

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January 20, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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Rock on!

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Scientists are  total suckers  for rocks Mother Nature has precariously and whimsically balanced.   One reason is that they serve as “reverse seismometers” —  the mere fact that they are still balanced means an earthquake did not happen in the last few thousand years.   Sometimes knowing what didn’t happen is just as important as knowing what did,  especially when it comes to geological explanations and forecasts.

As for me, I always wonder how they arrived at that tiny point between balance and failure  — were they deposited by moving glaciers,  erosion,  or perhaps earthquakes?   i don’t know,  but  PBRs strike me as amazing and amusing and I need do nothing more than enjoy them.

 

 

 

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January 15, 2020 at 1:41 pm

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Elephant athlete…

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Climbing over anything is a skill elephants are not known for.  If you are that big,  you must be very careful .  It’s one thing to step over something a foot or so high,  but  this bull  elephant demonstrates astonishing skill in getting over a five foot wall,  using much the same technique as a human would.

 

 

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January 11, 2020 at 1:51 pm

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Redwood killer…

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A hiker in Muir Woods National Monument in California was killed by  a falling  redwood tree on Christmas Eve.   The location was not one of those affected by a recent storm and closed to the public,  but redwoods have shallow roots and are subject to lacking sufficient support in wet soil.

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December 27, 2019 at 6:45 pm

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Seahorse sanctuary…

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Roger Hanson is a retired school teacher from Iowa who found a  Pacific seahorse  in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach about  four years ago.   Soon thereafter he began driving 80 miles from his home in Moreno Valley to Long Beach around five days a week in order to care for the tiny and rare creatures.   In addition to compiling meticulous notes on the colony,  he has used thousands of sticks,  eelgrass,  and palm fronds to replenish the colony’s home.

Mr. Hanson has very wisely kept the location of the seahorses a secret in order to protect them,  but I trust he will take the necessary steps to ensure the continuance of his little seafaring friends.

 

 

 

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December 11, 2019 at 1:51 pm

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What a good girl!

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A stray dog is found wrapped around five small black kittens,  protecting them from the snow and freezing cold on the side of the road.  No one knows how any of them got there,  or if the dog knew the kittens,  but a shelter has taken them in.  I hope whoever adopts the dog  also adopts  one of the kittens when they are old enough, since she seems bonded to them.   Good luck to Serenity and the kittens she helped out!

 

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November 29, 2019 at 1:28 pm

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PETA pathetic…

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The people at PETA are so stupid they don’t know that  sheep need  to be sheared so their wool doesn’t mat up and basically immobilize them.   Do sheep love being sheared?   I expect they don’t,  but they clearly enjoy being cooler and carrying less weight.

Unfortunately there are people who will pay over a hundred bucks for a tasteless all-acrylic sweater they can’t lean back in and tell themselves they are doing good and supporting a fine cause.

 

 

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November 18, 2019 at 9:43 am

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