Friday, 14 July 2017

McGee's Ups and Downs

The water was a pleasant 17C and over 50cm deep at the bridge.
Looking up stream:




And there was a bittern, too:


Down stream there was evidence that nature aka beaver had not abandoned the Creek:


And there was a water snake soaking in the water aka rain:



(At the left edge, middle)

No frogs or dragons, lots of minnows.

W O B

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A very Special Day: 11th day of the 7th month together 7 friends

150 years ago the First Nation people invited the English and French to join them in sharing. There is a wampum document to this effect: 3 people and a cross representing English, First Nation, French, and Jesuits(?)

A couple of days ago I saw an alternative to the bronze statue nearby:



Looks like a better representation of the people who lived here.

There is too many points to be discussed - rather think about who we are and where we have been. Maybe we can see better how to walk the paths ahead.

W O B

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

It was a little this and that, today.

I was up early to watch the sun rise.


Felt pleased that I could "hear", locate and identify this latter without help or tease from my sister.

Had my wood burning/etching kit on the balcony when it started to rain - so I worked on organizing my publications - study is getting, actually, the floor in the study is partially visible.

Then at 5pm I went for a paddle.




Lots to see from the water's edge.

W O B

Thursday, 15 June 2017

And Solar Activity

This I enjoyed -





It was on our return trip from Cordova, on Sat May 13. More about fantastic Cordova later, best to last?

I think I am an environmentalist, past/future imperfect tense,

When I saw this:

What is this?
It is  the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant  -the tower is 140m high
Here I show how it looks on the landscape:



Enough for circa 30,000 homes all year round-

It even works at night!


And that's no bull:








Andalucía

 

 

W O B

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Non-solar Activity?

Ok - I should be doing something else but I thought this might be more interesting and colourful.

Mount Etna





Taormina, Sicily is the foreground town.

Mount Vesuvius






 Beware the Ides!
The end is near

W O B 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Nuts about Nature - Passport to the Carden Centre

It was a great day for Kawartha - 29C, some breeze, sunny.
Vicki and I were present to look at the sun with a Coronado H-alpha solar telescope

Weather was good as  I said but there was little activity to be seen. Here are some images from the SOHO solar observatory in space - the very latest images of the sun.

The closest to "white light:


And from activity, similar in appearance to H-Alpha, the 304 Ångström


Surface magnetic fields were also weak:


One can never be sure of the weather - at 40% probability of rain - so I thought maybe I ought to offer an indoor program as well, and make a comet. It turned out that it was out of the heat and welcome.

I do  not have any photos of Comet Courtney fresh from "baking" - maybe I'll receive some in the mail and can include them. However, about an hour later I started cleaning up and noticed several jets had appeared:

And did I say it was a good day for ice cream?



I hope everyone arrived home safely - W O B

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

N1 2

I am not into sms' texting abbreviations - I would have tried 'abreviashun' 4 e.g.
So I'll never make the You-Twit headlines, 2 mch compeds nywy.

Jens kindly explained that "N1" meant 'nice one' - so Kim's comment makes two too.
So today it is N1 2 - I am 2 old 4 this.

Last November I took these snakes, an Eastern Fox or Milk, maybe a Hognose but I cannot see the head, or maybe a young black Northern water snake. In any event very good to have around U.



Not everyone can carry off that hair style, Very "N" or even "In".

And now for something almost but not quite completely different:
Not 2 happy?

These criters or critters have been around longer than humans have - good luck to them.

W O B

 PS There are a couple of articles in today's NATURE on the age of humans
and the dating/chronology process  b