The Watering Hole; Friday July 19, 2013; Crayfish Transfer Amongst Grebes

Every now and then it seems reasonable to set the world of humans and all its silly and contrived turmoil aside and visit, instead, that far more sane realm, the one that exists “out there.” In this case, we could call “out there” the Realm of the Grebes, or something close to that. Below are four photos taken my my old college buddy Denny Green of Tempe Arizona. The photos were taken in metro-Phoenix’s Papago Park, a large desert park area east of Phoenix, west of Scottsdale, northwest of Tempe, Arizona. Papago Park has a long and varied history. It began as simply a sizeable patch of raw desert, highlighted by a pair of red sandstone monolithic and eroded, windblown (sort of) buttes. During the 1940’s there was, believe it or not, a military P.O.W. camp which was the temporary “home” for numerous captured German Officers. Later came a National Guard facility, then a municipal golf course, the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, and finally, the Phoenix Zoo. Somewhere in the midst of all of that is a pond which has become home for families of Grebes (among various other water-critters).

The photos which follow don’t really need any captions; suffice to say that a mother Pied Billed Grebe has retrieved a crayfish from the bottom of the pond, and transfers it to her youngster. Enjoy the moment, the (temporary I’m sure) reprieve from that “other” world, the one that drives even sane people nuts!

Grebe 1*****

Grebe 2*****

Grebe 3*****

Grebe 4*****

😀 Life can, indeed, be sweet, no? 😀

Open Thread. Quack Quack Quack!

87 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday July 19, 2013; Crayfish Transfer Amongst Grebes

  1. Life can, indeed, be sweet, no?

    Yes!
    Denny’s photos are superb! Young grebes have a very unique look – great camouflage!

    • That is so awful, and so, so wrong.

      As far as I’m concerned, this only confirms that the government wanted him dead and didn’t want to be blamed for it. They would be hard pressed to convince me otherwise.

      There are just so many things about this that make it harder and harder to believe it was just a coincidence, starting with the eyewitness account of how the car just took a hard left turn and crashed into a tree. If ti”wandered” across a lane and smashed into a tree, I could believe it was an accident, possibly caused by him being drunk. But a hard turn like that is just too weird to believe was an accident.

  2. Elizabeth Warren’s Takedown Of CNBC Removed From YouTube

    A viral clip of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ripping into the hosts of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” has been removed from the senator’s YouTube channel.

    According to a message on YouTube, NBC Universal requested that the video be taken down on copyright grounds.

    The video can still be viewed on CNBC’s website, as well as on the BoldProgressives’ YouTube channel. Links in the Huffpost article.
    I guess our Senators are going to have to obtain permission in advance to use their appearances on commercial channels on their own Youtube channels.

    • How terrible for that boy.
      That man is more than a menace and needs to be stopped (this not being the first incident, according to the piece).

  3. Liz & Dick vs. Wyoming:

    A new Harper Polling survey in Wyoming finds Sen. Mike Enzi (R) crushing challenger Liz Cheney (R) in a Republican U.S. Senate primary, 55% to 21%.

  4. Can Powdered Water Cure Droughts?

    Solid Rain looks like sugar, and it sells for $25 a pound. And if you’re a bit skeptical of its maker’s claims, we understand. This Mexican product, which bills itself as a miracle powder that could solve the world’s drought problems, seems like it belongs right alongside magic beans and Herbalife on the “I wasn’t born yesterday” spectrum.

    But rest assured: Solid Rain is very real, and very effective.

    If this really works, it’ll put the irrigation equipment companies out of business.

    • They’ll sell it at garden centers right next to boxes of sunshine. Florida has been selling cans of sunshine to tourists for years.

    • I’ve used a similar product called Agrigel for years. It’s great when planting shrubs or berries that need to be watered often.

      • What I could find on Agrigel says it’s good for dipping the roots into when transplanting. I think I remember hearing about that.

        This may be a new use for a known product.

  5. If you’re on The Twitter, you can reply directly to these tweets from RW assholes who have no idea what they’re talking about.

    Here is a sample of the celebration on Twitter of self-proclaimed “patriotic Americans.”

    These wingnuts also do not understand that it is the municipal city government of Detroit that has failed, not the auto industry which was bailed out in 2010. The auto industry is still thriving.

    Oh and, the office of Mayor is non-partisan, candidates for Mayor of Detroit do not run on party affiliation.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42286_Detroit_Goes_Bankrupt_Wingnuts_Celebrate

    • In 1950 there were 1.85 million people in Detroit. By 2010, it was down to 710,000. When your city is shrinking like that, you end up with a tax base that’s inadequate to maintain the fixed infrastructure or to pay off pension costs that were incurred in more prosperous times. Period.

      • That’s when you try to give people a reason to come to your city and spend money, especially on taxable things. There are small cities in New Jersey (and elsewhere) that rely on Tourism to bring in revenue. You could fix up a venue to hold concerts or theatrical plays in. There are lots of ways to attract people to what you have to offer. You just have to make sure you have something to offer.

    • According to a caller on Ed Schultz, a judge has ruled that Detroit’s bankruptcy is unconstitutional and can’t proceed.

      • …Detroit bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution and state law and must be withdrawn.

        Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr must take no further actions that threaten to diminish the pension benefits of City of Detroit retirees, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said today in a spate of orders arising from three separate lawsuits.

  6. Obama says it could have been him 35 years ago regarding Trayvon’s murder. RWNJ are vile in response and probably wish it was Obama!

    • Good for him!

      Those women need to turn their energy and concern to assisting children already born and being abused.

      Caution, have tissue at hand if you choose to view: these are beautiful faces of innocence that are now gone from this earth.

      Not Just Statistics/helpspreadthis.org

      a few of the children we have recently lost due to abuse. Raising awareness and helping organizations spread the word about child abuse and child abuse prevention.

    • 13 % humidity is too high? You should be at Outstanding’s farm right now. She’s just as hot, with 59% humidity.

        • I quit caulking my new siding and trim at 11:30am. That’s about the time there’s no shade on the west side of my house, where I did the repairs. My ex is stopping to inspect on the way home from work, then we’re painting first thing in the morning. She is better at roller painting than I am.

      • The temperature in Pennsylvania is 96 degrees, feels like 105 degrees with 78% humidity. I was just speaking with my daughter and she told me that as soon as she moves her body, she begins to sweat. I don’t miss that at all. It’s the number one reason why I moved to the west.

  7. QOTD:

    “When you worship God, you are not just doing the right thing in terms of your relationship with God, you are doing your patriotic duty. It is your patriotic duty to worship God in order that we may have a prosperous and flourishing economy” – Bryan Fischer.

    Since Bryan Fischer has no clue, let’s review what Christianity actually is, shall we? (from Luke):

    And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God … But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

    • That idiot really doesn’t understand what the First Amendment is about, does he? People like him (and especially that snake oil salesman, David Barton) think that this is the same nation founded under the Articles of Confederation, which very may well have been “Christian in character.” But that all changed when we ratified the Constitution, which requires a secular government.

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