The first stream restoration I was ever involved with took place on a dairy farm. A small three foot wide tributary carved through a dairy pasture, warmed and silted by the lack of vegetation along its course of 1700 feet of the property. We had no idea what to expect but the speed of the results were mid-boggling, and all we did was erect fencing and crossings to keep the cows out of the stream. Trout re-population was our goal, but they came last after many more restorations due to temperature issues upstream, but ducks, otters, water snakes and tons of aquatic insects appeared withing a couple of months. Seventeen years later, scientists are here to tell us that river restoration does not take generations, that the positive effects are speedier than first thought, and that they are inter-specific.. Hell, they could have just asked my Trout Unlimited chapter.
Photo by Zooey
This beautiful spider has set up an abattoir on a huge web outside my kitchen window. He’s got about five of these little “packets” in his web at any given time, and just goes from one to another, stabbing in his sippy straw and chugging away.
It’s really rather disgusting, but fascinating at the same time — and as long as he stays on his side of the window, we will remain the best of friends.
This is our daily open thread — Anyone know what kind of spider this is?
Happy Summer Solstice, all y’all? Heh, all I know is that it’s supposed to be the day of the year with the longest daylight hours. I won’t say it’s the longest day of the year, because, as we all know, that is a rather subjective concept.
Anyhoo, enjoy this lovely video of Alaska during summer solstice.
This is our daily open thread — Brace yourselves for summer…
“The Man” in Boulder was trying to mess with Michael Grab aka Gravity Glue guy, because stupid reasons, but the prosecuting attorney told those cops to piss off, which I like in a prosecutor.
If you go to Grab’s video list on YouTube, you’ll find all kinds of awesome balancing going on.
Is it just me, or does anyone else’s hands get super cold watching him convincing those stones to do what he wants them to do? Brrrrr….
This is our daily open thread — Enjoy it while you can, cuz 2016 is coming…
Photos by Zooey
So it was a good trip, with beautiful sunny days and cold nights, visits with friends and family, and lower gas prices than Oregon. It’s the little things that count. 🙂
This is our daily open thread — Did you turn your clock back or forward?
I’m only a day late, but it’s been 25 years (yesterday) since the famous photo was taken by Voyager 1.
I don’t know about all y’all, but every time I hear Carl Sagan talking about “the only home we’ve ever known,” I weep like a baby. It’s so hopeful, but, at the same time, it’s a severe reality check.
This is our daily open thread — Remember, we’re all in this together.