Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 13 2012

What I Did On My Goldener Oktober Vacation

One of the many lots of erratics I found exploring bits of the drumlin I've not been on. I didn't take after this one with a rock hammer - yet.

Every once in a while (probably more often what with anthropogenic climate change), a kink develops in the weather, and the Pacific Northwest ends up with unseasonably warm weather. This can be torture in the summer, when desert air ambles up to say hello and desiccate everything. This time, it meant late summer weather in …

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Oct 11 2012

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: The Sound of Music

Rock or Artifact I

Eskered, who sent us a quite nice weka a while back, could use our help. UFD #1 was taken in Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand. This bird is a song bird, have a rather pathetic video of blurry forest as I frantically looked around for the bird, but the audio is great. Somewhat blurry …

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Oct 11 2012

Post-Adventure Checklist

Arrived home alive √ Kitteh survived √ Car intact √ Download nine bajillion photos – argh, tomorrow Pass the fuck out – pending completion  

Oct 10 2012

Fun Moments in the Field

Ah, look, that's some very cold, clear water on top of the pebbles.

Oy, am I tired – been out having fun in the field. Which ties in wonderfully with Evelyn’s Accretionary Wedge #50 theme, so that works out splendidly. We’ve definitely had some fun moments on this field trip so far. I’ll start with one from a place that I definitely want to take Evelyn to – …

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Oct 09 2012

Mystery Flora: I Am Flower, Hear Me Roar

Mystery Flora I

I think these flowers might be monkeying around. Then again, flora isn’t my forte – which is why I’m grateful to have you lot. I can traipse around in the wild (or domestic) looking for pretty plants to photograph, and then come back to my experts. I love you guys. There aren’t so many flowers …

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Oct 07 2012

Una Aventura Más

Last roses of summer.

In a few hours, I shall be off to Oregon for one last adventure while summer lingers. I know some of you are experiencing horrible weather, and I’m sorry. I truly am. I’ll be rubbing your nose lightly in the fact that we’re in the 70s and dry as a bone for a few days …

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Oct 06 2012

Cryptoinsect: Wide Web

Cryptoinsect I

(For our first official cryptoinsect, arachnophobes may wish to leave the cantina.) All right, some of you have been clamoring for insects. I am nothing if not (occasionally) obliging. Besides, I developed a brand-new love for insects when I got the camera with the good macro mode. Things I used to dodge with a shudder, …

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Oct 04 2012

The Quest for Dave Crockett’s Car

Suzanne et moi standing in front of a logging truck that did not weather the eruption unscathed.

One of my favorite survivor’s stories of all time is up at Rosetta Stones. Go meet Dave Crockett, watch the video he shot as he struggled to survive on the slopes of Mount St. Helens in the middle of the eruption, and marvel at the fact that both he and his car survived. There’s a …

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Oct 03 2012

Geopuzzle: One of These Three Postulations is Right Out

Summer Lake Sign

Those informational signs at various attractions can sometimes be more aptly described as mis-informational. This tends to frustrate the geotraveler: responses may include groans, gripes, and rolling eyes. One severely-annoyed geologist at Summer Lake, Oregon took matters (and a Sharpie) into their own hands, and engaged in a little correcting-their-fieldwork.

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Oct 02 2012

UFD: This Bird is a Badass

Spiny. Whiplike. Yup. Image courtesy MoveableBookLady.

So here’s the thing about ocotillo: it’s not nice. Oh, I grant you, it can be lovely to look at, especially when it’s blooming. It’s a wonderful desert plant, and I’m sure it’s ecologically important, and one or two in a xeroscaped yard look very classy and Southwestern indeed. However:

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