Archive for March, 2019

fungusqueen:Jack O’Lantern mushroom gills. I sat in the dark…

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

fungusqueen:

Jack O’Lantern mushroom gills. I sat in the dark with this for a couple minutes and I could see parts of it glowing; I tried to get a picture of it glowing in the dark at a super long exposure but it didn’t work, the gills are nonetheless a beautiful varying shade…yellow and orange but somehow also green tinted

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90377: At Vereda do Larano by Ricardo Pestana Facebook | 500px…

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

90377:

At Vereda do Larano by Ricardo Pestana
Facebook | 500px | Instagram

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that-girl-who-sails: Today’s sunset 05-02-19

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

that-girl-who-sails:

Today’s sunset 05-02-19

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meklarian: Golden-Crowned SparrowMendocino Coast Botanical…

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

meklarian:

Golden-Crowned Sparrow
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Ft. Bragg, California, USA
October, 2018

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Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)Santa Monica Creek, 2019-03-09

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

Santa Monica Creek, 2019-03-09

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sparrowsriver: Sunday Morning Sky #sunrise #sky…

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

sparrowsriver:

Sunday Morning Sky

#sunrise #sky #sky_brilliance #momentlenswide #pondreflection #pondoutback #sundaymorningview #sundaymorningsky (at Snow Camp, North Carolina)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BthNhdyAVHz/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=wc16hhl4n9ul

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positive-memes:Generous and very wholesome immigrant

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

positive-memes:

Generous and very wholesome immigrant

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greenandflex:Junior W.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

greenandflex:

Junior W.

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speakingofnature: The House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) seem…

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

speakingofnature:

The House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) seem to appreciate a few grapes placed alongside the usual seed mixtures in our backyard feeders.

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happy birthday! yesterday

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Thanks, Echo! 😀

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lies: (From a comment on this.) My own response has evolved….

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

lies:

(From a comment on this.)

My own response has evolved. There’s the initial shock of learning how actually bad things are going to be, and it’s only human to react strongly and emotionally to that, especially as a parent.

But it’s important to realize, too, that life will go on. Many people’s grandkids who would otherwise have lived will probably either die or never be born because of climate change; many others will have lives that will be deeply unpleasant. But people will still be here. We’re a weedy species. Like cockroaches and starlings, we won’t vanish. An almost unthinkable number of other species probably will, but humans — at least some humans — will remain. They’ll still fall in love, share special moments, tell stories, laugh… Your grandkids probably have as good a shot at that as anyone’s. So there’s that.

Also, after the Sixth Great Extinction has run its course, a few million years from now, there will be a new flowering of species radiating their way into the vacant niches. And through all that, the silverfish probably won’t even notice, except for there having been a brief and unexplained hiccup of warmth and moisture and starchy book bindings, now passed.

For me it comes down to a choice between despair and hope. Tolkien wrote that “by 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.” It haunted him, and he spent his life crafting a story to dramatize what he thought about how a person should respond to knowledge like that. Look at Denethor’s actions after he looks in the Palantir, versus Aragorn’s. Or look at Frodo and Sam, and their responses to Galadriel’s Mirror.

That Guardian piece I linked to isn’t giving you Lovelock’s views directly; like the Mirror of Galadriel, The Guardian is dangerous as a guide of deeds. We need to know what’s coming in order to prepare ourselves and to counter those who would mislead. But we also need to appreciate that if things are going downhill the way they appear to be, we should recognize and honor what we have today. I think that’s the point Lovelock was trying to make in that interview, though I’m not sure his interviewer really understood.

If a version of me had lived in the 1840s, and I could go back in time and talk to him, what would I tell him? Would I show him pictures of the carnage of the Civil War? Or tell him uplifting stories about the beginning of the end of slavery? Talk about the bombing of Hiroshima? Or about the landings on the Moon? What would I want him to know about the future? And if he knew what was coming, how would I want him to respond?

I think I’d want him to go bird-watching. I’d want him to walk through the forest listening for the call of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. I’d want him to watch Carolina Parakeets at play, or stand beneath a flock of Passenger Pigeons so huge it blocked out the sun.

Everything dies. Individuals, societies, species: all of us are coming to an end. One day life itself will come to an end. It can be comforting to imagine otherwise, but that’s a fantasy.

Climate scientists and magazine writers (and programmers) aren’t necessarily the best people to advise you on how to process that knowledge. I think poets are a better source. So I re-read Tolkien. Also, thanks to despairoftranslators, I’ve been reading Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver. God, I love that book.

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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redlipstickresurrected:Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973,…

Friday, March 22nd, 2019


Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Early Evening at Merri Creek, 2018 Paintings: Oil on Linen


Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Gum Tree at Yarra Bend, 2018 Paintings: Oil on Linen


Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Pink Grevillea, 2018 Paintings: Oil on Linen


Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Silver Banksia in Mount William National Park, 2018 Paintings: Oil on Linen


Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Red Flowering Gum, 2018 Paintings: Oil on Linen


Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Big Tree beside the Yarra at Ivanhoe, 2018 Paintings: Oil on Linen

redlipstickresurrected:

Adam Pyett (Australian, b. 1973, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – 1: Early Evening at Merri Creek, 2018  2: Gum Tree at Yarra Bend, 2018  3: Pink Grevillea, 2018  4: Silver Banksia in Mount William National Park, 2018  5: Red Flowering Gum, 2018  6: Big Tree beside the Yarra at Ivanhoe, 2018  Paintings: Oil on Linen

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90377: The Grandeur of the Alps by Jerdess

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

90377:

The Grandeur of the Alps by Jerdess

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dendroica:Downy Woodpecker (by me)

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

dendroica:

Downy Woodpecker (by me)

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lies: Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness Every year…

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

lies:

Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
world descends
into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out

to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing, as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married

to the vitality of what will be?
I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do

if the love one claims to have for the world
be true?
So let us go on

though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.

— Mary Oliver, from A Thousand Mornings

Photo by Kelly Gardner, Mississippi valley mayfly emergence, July 20, 2014.

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te5seract: #1 by #2 Elias and Theresa Carlson

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

te5seract:

#1 by #2 Elias and Theresa Carlson

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icecreampizzer: come on and SLAM, and welcome to the JAM It is…

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

icecreampizzer:

come on and SLAM, and welcome to the JAM

It is very true that this video is a cinematic masterpiece, further spearheading top tier quality content from Shipwrecked. Incredible. Amazing. Stupendous. Delicious.

…Please give Sinead some bread

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Daniel and Eugene Levy to end Schitt’s Creek after Season 6 | CBC News

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Daniel and Eugene Levy to end Schitt’s Creek after Season 6 | CBC News:

wild-aloof-rebel:

“I’ve always known how the show was going to end,” Daniel, who is also the showrunner, said by phone from Toronto.

“I’ve always seen every season of our show as a chapter in the story of this family’s life, and we have reached our inevitable conclusion in that story, so it was the right time and it was something that I had been building to for five seasons.”

“I’m sure people will be questioning, ‘Why walk away when so many people are watching it?”’ Toronto-born Daniel said, noting he tries not to pay attention to the show’s buzz because he doesn’t want it to affect the creative process.

“But the reality is, we’ve always been about the show, and I hope that when people watch this last season, they’ll understand that we did nothing but respect that experience.”

Daniel said he hopes the final season will provide closure and “tell the funniest, the sweetest, the most joyful episodes of our show we’ve ever told.”

And he isn’t ruling out returning to the characters one day.

“I would never say that this is the end. If we get an idea somewhere down the line that feels fresh and necessary and relevant, I would absolutely entertain any form of revisiting these lovely, strange characters.”

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mostlythemarsh: Ground Control to Major Tom Maybe spends a lot…

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

mostlythemarsh:

Ground Control to Major Tom

Maybe spends a lot of time in space.

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Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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