Cooler

October 22, 2016

BW photograph of a series of red chairs and tables side lit by direct sun.

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We had two record-setting days of heat this past week.  On Tuesday, the temperature reached 87 degrees and then “cooled down” to 84 on Wednesday.

Today was windy with temps in the mid 50s-it felt very much like being a part of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.

Take care.

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Autumn

October 15, 2016

Fallen autumn leaves atop the rocks at Morgan Run.

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It was again much, much cooler this morning-another crisp beginning that was perfect for a walk in the woods.

Morgan Run rushing by with autumn leaves on rocks in the background.

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Morgan Run was the destination this time.

Take care.

 

 

Cleansing the Senses

October 14, 2016

Various fallen leaves in autumn colours.

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This is both a follow-up and an additional commentary to the two previous posts.

Lichen on a fallen branch laying across a log.

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Hearing that climate change was not going to a direct topic for discussion in the last debate wound me up in a way that was not pleasant.  Given today’s forecast,  it seemed to be a perfect opportunity for a trip to the mountains to cleanse my senses and ease my soul-a bit of mindfulness if you will.  The temperature was in the mid 30s and the stars still dotted the sky as the drive began.  It was nice to actually be cold at the start of a day.

Poplar leaf in autumn colour laying on the ground with strong side light.

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Once there, the only sounds were the intermittent breeze spreading through the trees and the distant thrumming of a woodpecker at work.  Otherwise, all was quiet and still.  It became quite warm standing in the direct sun as the morning progressed, but it was easy to move just a few yards back into the much cooler shade.

All was right for a while…it is so very useful to know how to regain one’s balance.

Take care.

 

Autumn Colour

October 14, 2016

BW photograph of wet autumn leaves after a hard rain.

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For someone who enjoys BW photography, autumn presents a special challenge.

Photograph of various leaves in autumn colours after a rain.

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BW or colour?

BW photograph of a wet maple leaf in autumn colour.

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For autumn…

Wet maple leaf in autumn colour atop a rock.

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…both work.  It just helps to see the BW without the corresponding colour images.

Foggy mountainside with autumn colour.

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Having said that, access to colour really does add to the pleasure of  an autumn scene.

Take care.

Climate Change?

October 13, 2016

Trash outside house in Lower 9 Ward three years after Katrina.

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The topics for the third, and final, presidential debate of 2016 have been announced:

Debt and entitlements

Immigration

The economy

The Supreme Court

Foreign hot spots

Candidate’s fitness to be president

While these are no doubt important topics, it is unacceptable that climate change is NOT one of the scheduled topics.  While Politico (the linked source above) does indicate that “Those topics are subject to change based on any news developments.”, one must wonder what it takes to have a direct, political, discussion regarding climate change-not that Secretary Clinton’s and Mr. Trump’s positions about climate change are unknown (here and here).

It is important to note that the U.S. Department of Defense released this report last year.

Destroyed sign in Lower 9 Ward three years after Katrina.

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Hurricane Matthew wrecked Haiti, and those in North Carolina are continuing to deal with rising flood waters. Hurricane Nicole, another Category 4 storm, is currently approaching the Bahamas.

Take care.

NOTE:  The above photographs were made in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward three years after Hurricane Katrina.

 

 

Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016

BW photograph of a branch swaying in Morgan Run.

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While folks in my part of the world were dismayed by the multiple days of rain and wind over the past week, Hurricane Matthew was spinning into a Category 5 storm-the most powerful designation in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  While it has since been downgraded to a Cat 4, Matthew is still the largest Atlantic storm since 2007, as reported by various sources.

This weather bulletin from NOAA and The National Hurricane Center reports that Matthew currently has sustained winds of 130 mph and the potential to drop 5-40″ of rain depending on the location-the predictions for those countries in Matthew’s current path are presented in that link.  Time will tell about its impact on the U.S.

As said before, the reaction to weather/storms is a matter of perspective.  I was talking with a gentleman on Saturday, who was in town for a wedding-an outdoor wedding.  It rained hard during parts of Saturday, which must have made for a bit of disappointment.  I attended an outdoor wedding a few years ago during which it rained for nearly the entire ceremony-relatively persistent at times.  There were not many ways to avoid the rain nor the slow sink into the soggy ground.  On Sunday, I talked with another gentleman, who described his efforts to fish during the off-and-on downpours the day before.  He did catch some fish, so the day seemed to be somewhat enjoyable.

A Cat 4 hurricane is another matter entirely.  Such effects become magnified when a storm such as Matthew rips through least developed nations.  The infrastructure often cannot withstand the effects, and there is often little in the way of response/relief beyond that provided by NGOs and other types of aid.

Perspective is something to be learned and for which to develop an appreciation.  When, as a child, I would complain about some real or perceived affront, I remember my grandmother saying “It can always be worse.” While she was right, it takes an adult perspective to fully understand the meaning of that statement.  Sometimes “worse” truly is catastrophic.

Take care.

 

 

Veggies

October 2, 2016

BW photograph of a head of cauliflower surrounded by its leaves.

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Take some fresh cauliflower…

 

BW photograph of a bowl of brussel sprouts.

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and some brussels sprouts-mix them together and spray with olive oil.  Add a drizzle of fresh squeezed lemon juice.  Roast until the desired tenderness, and then add fresh ground pepper.  Finish with a bit of Greek yogurt for the protein.

Being vegetarian does have its moments…

Take care.