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.


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.


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.


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:





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.


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

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

I had a good day

I know I have not kept you up2date or informed - I have been occupied with ideas  - ?

Would like to share with you a sighting I made this afternoon off the boardwalk on the Cambrian Trail on Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay Islands National Park:

Cute thing, out of the wind, trying to soak up some sunshine. We were lucky - the forecast was for all-day rain and we were spared.

Other signs of life to come - W O B

PS  I am on a wooden board walk; camera approx 50cm above the snake. Temperature approx 14C, light breeze, accompanied by a few insects - because I cannot spell mosquitoes 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Ok, ok, just wanted to make a point. When I moved to Bochum in Okt 1971, I could not speak German although I did pass a 4-year course in 3 years for high school in 1961 (Grade 13 finals in Grade 12). I had a radio and every morning I would listen to the news and be puzzled for several days
about the Wasserstände an schifffahrtsrelevanten Pegeln
Good for hearing numbers, although: Eins, Zwo, Drei Vier is confusing since one says 2 always
before three in counting, measuring. I assume one says zwo first to avoid the delay in misshearing
a three or drei later, after the mistake had been made? Clear as ink, so keep your ears stiff, my friend.

So where was I? Ah yes measuring the shipability on the Rio McGee.

On Thur May 4, I was able to measure the fiducial point - for me - under the bridge where I had
placed a large rock to help me find the place for later sessions. The water depth was 57cm. I also
measured the depth downstream on the north side of the bridge for the case when the water was too deep, current too strong, water too cold, etc. It looked like this:

33.85cm (between .8 and .9 and an idea of the uncertainty if it matters - it does since it is a measurement) The ruler is against the underside of the bridge and is vertical even if it does not look like it. Another source of measuring error.

It began to rain. Noah came by and suggested getting in touch with Moses for Saturday. Moses told me that his "magic" rod was in the British Museum but was told that the one from Home Hardware  would do just as well. The entry looked like this:

Notice the "throw-lines" fixed securely to the bridge. And the personal flotation device. I am actually at the south side of the bridge and I left the water to walk across the bridge and down on the north side back into the water to measure on Saturday May 6:

The depth is 48 cm and I am not vertical but the ruler is! The fiducial depth is implied to be 71cm +/-

Yesterday, Monday, May 8, I returned to the scene and recorded this:

34.9cm or 58cm at the rock under the bridge. I felt I could have made it, but the water was 8C and I did not want to risk hurting anybody involved with the water programme. So there!

 W O B