August 21, 2019

Camping? Think about your firewood!

Here is a wonderful website i want to share (and I hope you'll share it too). This site brings attention to the problem of invasive species being carried around in firewood.
For my Texas friends, here's a nice brochure you can share:
If you're traveling, use this site to find where to buy firewood locally:
Notice there are very few vendors listed? Do you know anybody that sells firewood? You can ask them to list their business!

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June 18, 2019

Rattlesnake -- noun

"Rattlesnake, n. --
Our prostrate brother, Homo ventrambulans"

Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary

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April 29, 2019

A plea (not mine) on behalf of Lubbock's prairie dogs

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April 27, 2019

April 25, 2019

Springtime in fast-forward

Winter winter winter winter winter. And then POW, everything blooming at once!
Many wildflowers i had thought of as rarities are ubiquitous this year. Way more available flowers than pollinators.
Know what nobody has seen yet this year? Verbena bracteata.

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April 16, 2019


Not literally. Have a busted camera again. My beloved Nikon is going away for service, so i'll be working with my backup camera.
I post a lot of bad photos, but during this interim they're going to be even worse!

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March 28, 2019

February 03, 2019


Yep. Urban bodies of water. Yep.

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January 24, 2019

Neato! new packaging created with fungal mycelia

Because Nature is ALWAYS smarter and better than mankind:

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January 11, 2019


I took anthropology classes in college, and still enjoy the field alot.
We, Homo sapiens use fire to cook our food and derive more from it. And so did Homo neanderthalensis. And so did his precursor, Homo heidelbergensis. And further back, so Homo erectus -- a million years ago.
Darwin described cooking as the second most important discovery after that of language.
But in the view of primatologist Richard Wrangham: "The introduction of cooking may well have been the decisive factor in leading man from a primarily animal existence into one that was more fully human."
In his enormously enjoyable lay science book HEAT, Bill Streever writes: "By the time of Homo sapiens, fire was part of everyday life. Homo sapiens was born halfway down the on-ramp to climate change."

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