Sunday, March 31, 2019
Linda and Joseph just sent these shots from Lapland, Finland. Fun but frosty, I would say.
Lois shares a picture of her pretty wisteria.
With the recent poppy shots as inspiration, Warren sent a picture flying over the aspens in Colorado on his way back from Kansas City last fall.
Gary sends over an artistic black and white.
R at the I.M.Pei designed steel tunnel in Japan at the Miho Museum.
trip sure looked good to me.
Doesn't have the Marble Caves of Chile I want to see before I die but looks so lovely. I sent the link to some of my cronies. Looks like one of my friend's might be going on my dream vacation. Happy for him but honestly very envious.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
R & D are now raising their own pigs and chickens up in Washington. Last time we saw them they gave us generous portions of each. Leslie cooked up the chicken with some herbs de Provence and it was honestly the most flavorful, moist and delicious chicken I have ever tasted. A whole other world.
She roasted the pork with lots of garlic and course salt and it was incredibly tasty with a crisp flavorful skin.
R told me that she had finished the pigs on hazelnuts the last two months and you could taste the exquisite rich flavor. It is becoming a regional delicacy in the Pacific northwest.
I decided to drop by yesterday afternoon and take some shots. Unfortunately my 400mm 2.8 wouldn't allow me to focus, the confined area didn't give me enough critical distance to do what I wanted to do.
Finally packed it in and went home. I decided to water my palm and succulent garden. Although we had a lot of rain, things are getting dry again and need regular watering once more.
I could bore you with a thousand or more shots but will have mercy on you.
We played hide and seek for a few minutes until he finally consented to giving me a shot or two.
She really brightens and compliments the landscape. And my life.
Friday, March 29, 2019
I always felt the best way to judge a person was to see if they had a nice boat. Finally a president who understands this.
“We got more money, we got more brains, we got better houses and apartments, we got nicer boats, we’re smarter than they are and they say they’re the elite,” the president said. “You’re the elite, we’re the elite.”
|Nicolas Kamm - Getty|
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
|David Bernhardt - Tami Heilemann|
Interesting story in the New York Times yesterday. The current nominee for Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt, intervened to block an endangered species report that dealt with the effects of pesticides on a multitude of animals, including foxes and sparrows.
Scientists at the Department of Fish and Wildlife had produced the reports after years of study and analysis.
Their analysis found that two of the pesticides, malathion and chlorpyrifos, were so toxic that they “jeopardize the continued existence” of more than 1,200 endangered birds, fish and other animals and plants, a conclusion that could lead to tighter restrictions on use of the chemicals.I'm not a religious man, but find myself wishing for a place in the afterlife called hell, a fitting place for the David Bernhardts of this world. And their cronies at Dow Chemical.
But just before the team planned to make its findings public in November 2017, something unexpected happened: Top political appointees of the Interior Department, which oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, blocked the release and set in motion a new process intended to apply a much narrower standard to determine the risks from the pesticides.
Dow, which was recently renamed Corteva, donated $1 million to Mr. Trump’s inauguration committee. E.P.A. and Interior Department records show that top pesticide industry executives had regular access to senior agency officials, pressing them to reconsider the way the federal government evaluates the threat pesticides cause to endangered species.
A Dow spokesman said the shift in policy was unrelated to the $1 million contribution.
I have friends across the political spectrum. It is obvious that many of those on the left are in a deep funk over the Mueller Report and are nursing serious depressions. My counsel is to stay away from high ledges and sharp objects. I have been steering clear of politics wherever possible of late. and don't intend to really spill now. Don't have enough faith in my fellow man to get too disappointed over stuff like this.
Kicks the can down the road, the truth will eventually out I suppose.
For now it is like a rorschach blot and people see what they want to see.
I decided to bug out yesterday and head for the hills for a couple of hours and see what was up at the SJWA.
In the bird sense, not a whole hell of a lot besides a million or so red winged blackbirds.
Didn't see a whole lot of raptors, a harrier here or there, a red tailed or two, lot of action just out of range.
It felt like I was in the center of an avian symphony, a rich tapestry of sound.
So calming. At 8000 hz and above I was absorbing a lot of alpha wave frequencies. Instantly puts me in the right place.
Walker Rd. is still closed due to storm damage. I cut out of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area pretty early, had my fix. Talked to a ranger I know, he says that the tri-colored blackbirds should be making an appearance soon.
He had a beautiful female hooded oriole in a tree, the hummers were going crazy over his bottlebrush.
Made it home to a reheat of the Chinese food and a rewatch of Kung Fu Hustle which is on Netflix again.
Funny, no matter how far I travel, home is always the best and most beautiful place for me.
Let's all try to stay happy and away from each other's throats.