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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 14 2013

If Things Go Rather Silent…

…it’s because it’s another winter when my mother declines just that much more. She’s back in the hospital, and they’re talking about electroconvulsive therapy this time. Severe mental illness is a merry go round you can never quite step off of. Please don’t worry about me. It’s sad and chaotic, yes, but not unexpected, and …

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Jan 14 2013

Supercrow and Other Natural Art Stories

Flock of Waterbirds over a North Creek Pond.

Sorry for bugging out on you, my darlings. The sun came out in midwinter in Seattle. Then there was The Hobbit. And basking in the sun with the cat. And then filtered sunlight, but still more than adequate for wandering about photographing interesting ice. Then more basking in the sun with the cat, this time …

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Jan 12 2013

Cryptopod: Black and White

Cryptopod I

I hope you’re not about to tell me this lovely little pollinator is also an invasive species. I think it’s beautiful. That probably means it’s some terrible import killing off all the natives, knowing my attraction to invasives. Sigh. It was very busy in the beautiful-yet-awful Japanese knotweed a few Septembers ago. I didn’t even …

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Jan 11 2013

My state’s official rock is a mineral!

Serpentinite

I live in California.  Our official State Rock is serpentine.  The only problem with that is that serpentine is a mineral, not a rock.   Rock consisting mostly of serpentine is called serpentinite.  AAAAGGGGHHHH!  (Jumps up and down in frustration.)  Admittedly, where serpentinite occurs, it’s really, really, full of serpentine.  But still…mutter grumble grumble mutter.

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Jan 11 2013

Friday Freethought: “A Declaration Which Could Only Be Made By One Whose Humanity Was Extinguished By Divinity”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how little things have changed in the last two hundred years. Mind you, we’ve made enormous advances in science. Since Charles Southwell anonymously published his An Apology for Atheism, nearly every science has seen revolutions: evolution in biology, general relativity and quantum mechanics in physics, plate tectonics in …

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Jan 10 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: The First Survivors

What started with a bang continues with a roar: our next installment of The Cataclysm explains a bit about how a forest can be destroyed completely yet quietly, and delves into the experiences of some of the survivors. It would have been longer, only it snowed a bit tonight, and I went out to play …

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Jan 10 2013

Obsidian

Mike along the trail

UPDATE:  One commenter wanted to know what I do with obsidian beads.  So I’ve added a photo of one of my beaded necklaces at the end of the post.  It’ll be up for sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop/gemmyjoy in a week or two.  /UPDATE Rocks are my friends.  I especially like the ones I can pick up, …

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Jan 09 2013

Caption Contest: Loud Seagull is Loud

Seagulls 1

There’s a cartoon just begging to get out in this photo sequence. I know some of you are creative and funny – this looks like a job for you! Participants will get posts of their own, and we’ll have a reader vote at the end to determine who wins. And what’s the grand prize, you …

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Jan 08 2013

Mystery Flora: White Spray

Mystery Flower I

This is one of those prequels that can stand on its own. Observe these wonderful sprays of white flowers and broad green leaves. In a few days, I’ll be able to tell you what pollinates this flower. More precisely, I’ll be able to show you its pollinators and you can tell me what they are. …

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Jan 07 2013

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Exterior Decorating

UFD I

Well, then, my darlings. You got the last nest without breaking a sweat. In my quest to give you a challenge, we’ll try this one. Not only is it a nice nest, it’s in a lovely location. Obviously, this isn’t a recent shot. It’s from last spring, when the flowers were creating botanical clouds and …

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