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Wild Wolf Encounters
Songs for a Beloved Friend
Last week we rented an RV and took our dogs to Utah. We love going there in the spring. But dogs are not permitted on trails in the national parks, and it’s generally too hot – or too uncomfortable – to leave them in the car. So on previous trips, we have looked longingly at the trails but have not been able to hike. This year we did.I’m not sure what the dogs thought about this trip.
Canyonlands is Edward Abbey territory. I keep expecting to see him flitting around the corner – or at least some visible evidence of his presence hovering. We did meet an amazing campground host named Ed, who looked and sounded somewhat like Abbee. A kindred spirit.
After our last hike – in the San Rafael Swell near Green River – we showered, fed the dogs, and cooked dinner at the trailhead before driving back to the campground. That’s living.
pistachio ice cream rocksicle
Jewels of the Queen Mother
Brilliant beyond Cartier’s imagining
fitting crown for a queenly brow
jeweled geometry of shape and pattern
sprinkled with diamonds
sown with platinum
dusted with silver
dotted with rubies
gleaming treasure veiled in light
uncloaks in shadow of the night
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century was a world-exclusive-to-Denver-Colorado exhibit of Cartier creations which closed last month. As otherworldly and exquisite as human work can be. Here are some examples:
The actual diamonds from photos above are bright white; the colors you see in the photographs are from my cell phone camera and reflected light in the exhibit. However, the jeweled cherry trees and bracelet with cherry tree motif below do have colored jewels.
The Smell of Approaching Rain!
Australian scientists Isabel Joy Bear and Richard Thomas identified and named the smell of rain approaching: they called it “petrichor … the unique odor which can be regarded as an ‘ichor’ or ‘tenuous essence’ derived from rock or stone”. This article from EarthSky news describes their discovery in the 1960’s. Petrichor is the scent the earth itself releases when humidity is present in the air, particularly after a dry spell. Humidity fills pores in the earth’s surface with minute amounts of water. The “oil” or essence is released from the surface into the air. Rain and wind accelerate the process. An Indian perfumery called this essence “matti ka attar” or “Earth perfume”.
Now scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a slow-motion video of this process in motion.
It is raining here, thank goodness, and that earth perfume sure smells good!! I’d like a bottle of it.
More about albatross from Greg Joder, who spent four months on Midway Island with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See albatross smile…
Originally posted on My Earth:
So, my four month term in the USFWS biological volunteer program came to an end and my flight off Midway Atoll was a few days ago. I’m both ready to get back home and also already missing the birds, the ocean, solitude and geographic isolation. There are a few people I will miss too and hope to work with again some day. I’ll continue to post more interesting photos and video of Midway once I am home in Tucson, though I will also return to making posts of the desert life and other wildlife work.
On Midway, the albatross are in full swing raising their chicks. The nestlings are getting bigger and hungrier, so the adults are making lots of trips to sea to catch food. Most of the chicks are too big for the adult to brood, though some still try…
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