Clouds

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?

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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”.

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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.

Today is World Ocean Day

Proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   World Ocean Day

On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!

 Mother Ocean

Giver of life

You feed us

You beguile us

You terrify us

You inspire us

You give us wisdom

And make us humble

Beside your foaming glory

We travel upon you

And below you

We reward you with

Pollution

Exploitation

and Conceit

That we may contain you

With our limited wisdom

And foolish pride

Poseidon, we’re sorry.

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