Today is National Farmer’s Day

National Farmer’s Day used  to be called Old  Farm Day.

National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation.  In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and family who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day.

Since today is a Saturday, it would be a great day to visit a farmer’s market, check out a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch, or take a ride in the country.  In Virginia, it is also Wine month where Virginia has many farm wineries.

Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:

  • leather
  • apparel
  • restaurants
  • beverages
  • textiles
  • trucking
  • railroad
  • forestry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • transportation
Glen Manor is a family farm that is now being farmed by the 5th generation.  It  has evolved from animals and vegetables through fruit tress and now as a vineyard.  This picture is looking east to the Skylne drive.   It is near Front Royal, Virginia.


Caromount Farm in Eastmount near Schuyler, Virginia is a goat farm.  They have several types of goats.  The owne, Gail Hobb Page, makes several type of gourmet goat cheese from the milk.


Cattle staring at visitors waiting to tour the Big Sur Light Station at Pt  Sur along the Pacifc Coast  Highway south of Carmel and north of Big Sur Village.



Reblog: Femmes in STEM

Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego has annual program for girls, 9-16 to take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.  Some of the week’s activities take place in the Park like the Rocky Intertidal Zone, aka the Tidepools, and some take place the Central Library’s Makerspace downtown.  To learn more, click here



Digital Climate Strike!

Today is the Day! Are you In or are you Out!?

Platform Number 4

With Friday’s walkout from schools and businesses of individuals demanding action through the Climate Strike, an important week of events focused on climate change and our environment begins! 

For those of us who work or study from home, “walking out” may not be a real option. I could leave my apartment building, but I don’t imagine anyone in the Square would know my purpose. I saw these tools for use in a digital strike and thought I would share. This website and this one offer banners, widgets, messages, and videos to be used by strikers with an online presence.

Our “house” truly is on fire, and we must fight for our lives!             


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The Noisy Seal Gets the Fish

Seals and Sea lions are two different  families of pinnipeds.

From the Marine Mammal Center:

Earless Seals or True Seals
Phocids are sometimes referred to as earless seals or true seals and can easily be identified by looking at their ears and flippers. They have ear holes but no external ear flaps. They also have small front flippers and move on land by flopping along on their bellies. At sea, true seals move their rear flippers back and forth like a fish’s tail to propel themselves through the water.


Harbor Seals laying on Children's Beach in La Jolla, CA
Harbor Seals lying separately on the Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla, CA


Eared Seals
Another family of pinnipeds are the otariids, sometimes referred to as eared seals. This family includes sea lions and fur seals. You can recognize these animals by their flippers and ears. Unlike true seals, they have external ear flaps. Their front flippers are large, and on land they are able to bring all four flippers underneath their bodies and walk on them. In the water, they swim using their front flippers like oars.

Along the California coast, you can find harbor seals and California Sea lions.  The  two seldom share the same stretch of beach.  Harbor Seals are solitary and quiet.  When hauled out on the beach, they lie next to each other without touching.


California Sea Lions lying on top of each other on the rocks of the La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, CA.jpg
California Sea Lions lie on top of each other on the rocks at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, CA


California Sea Lions are thigmotactic and much more vocal as they jostle for comfort and food.

Although the two groups do not usually cohabitate, at the Pacific Point in Sea World, you will find seals and sea lions sharing tanks.  It is possible to buy a small paper container of anchovies to throw at the animals while you are standing around the tank, listening to the caretaker answering questions and telling you a little bit about the animals.  On one visits, I saw  a harbor seal standing upright in the water and imitating the noisy barking of the sea lions that were vying for attention so that the loitering tourists would through fish their way.

Unfortunately I can not find a picture of the sea lion wannabe, but he did get his share of the fish.


SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe frozen shroud of icy mist

Stings like the chill of Death’s last kiss.

Chill spring showers pierce the ground

Stinging rain the only sound

The overcast of summer haze

Barely affects the sun’s hot  blaze

Shifting fog on an Autumn’s eve

Are those real Wraithes that you percieve?

clouds with trees

Clouds that block the warm  sunlight

Keep days cooler, but not the night

Where they are like an insolation

Trapping warmth in isolation

Water vapor trapped in place

Within a white or gray cloud face.

clouds at sunset

Mountains pierce them, planes fly through

Yet zero vis is also true

Solitary or in a crowd

How do you define a cloud?

clouds gray

Reblog: Popular Arts with Your National Parks: Comic-Con

This reblog has it all!  Part of San Diego’s Comic-Con takes part at the San Diego Public Library.  Cabrillo National Monument (San Diego’s old National Park) has a terrific outreach program.

This year, free public Conservation + Comics workshops were held at the San Diego Central Library the week of SDCC in celebration of the popular arts convention. But that wasn’t it for Cabrillo National Monument’s representation at Comic-Con – there was also a discussion panel about using art to communicate science titled “Conservation + Comics: Enhancing the Understanding of Science Through Art”.


Squirrelly in the Summer: Hanging By a String

The squirrels had become quite adept at feeding from the seed brick enclosed by a metal cage, even after my husband relocated  the feeder from inside the porch to the outside edge porch overhang.  The squirrels would either climb down from the gutter or a few would still jump up from the porch railing.

The three main techniques were the wrap around position:

Squirrel eating in the wrapped position

The upside down position:

squirrel upside down from the feeder

The  most impressive position (which I never got a picture of) was a squirrel hanging by one toe from the gutter above and feeding from an upside down position.  This position always ended with the one  toe slipping, an embarressed squirrel bouncing off the railing below and dashing back towards the tree.  Tell-tail evidence was a wildly rocking metal container.

Earlier this month, my husband decided to make squirrel feeding a more competitive exercise by removing the metal cage and handing the food brick from a plastic wire attached to the hook that previously held the metal cage.  Most of the bird were light enough to perch on the side of the block, while the squirrels would have to figure out how to hang  upside down from the gutter above.

It took a day before one industrious squirrel figured out how to eat by hanging down from the gutter above.  From this picture, the fellow almost looks like he has six pack abs. You can see where a corner of the block has been chewed away.

hangin by a st ring--squirrel chewing on a seed

Once the squirrels had figured out how to deal with this new take-out impediment, my husband relented and restored the metal cage, making it easier for birds and squirrels alike.