Flower Power

Every year we watch the cardinals and their babies at our bird feeders in the backyard. They have a nest somewhere close.

This spring we started a row of amazing flowers along the front edge of our yard. These are much more interesting than that strip of grass was.  We’ve seen more birds, caterpillars and butterflies than we’ve ever seen in our yard. Little yellow finches nibbling at the flower seeds. Blue birds swoop through.

We use the worms from our yard to turn our kitchen scraps into compost and then turn that into the dirt in the flower beds and around the bushes.

We planted 2 peach trees, 2 apple trees, a fig tree, blueberries and even a pomegranate! Yum. So our awesome new shrubs and trees will feed us people too.

This summer we certified our yard with the National Wildlife Federation. When we read the qualifications, they seemed to be describing our place! A friend of ours nearby certified their yard a while ago and I always thought it would be cool to have our own certification number! We ordered the yard sign too.

nwf.org Garden-for-Wildlife – Create-a-Habitat
“creating a certified wildlife habitat to discovering wildlife in your neighborhood and sharing the findings, there are many ways you can make a difference.”

Listen to this interview! All the great things to do in your yard! We’ve been doing it and it’s so rewarding.  http://ow.ly/2w3Tq

Geoengineering or the Genesis Wave?

Save Planet EarthImage by ozgurmulazimoglu via Flickr

Real research is going on to determine if we should really start shading our Earth to cool it down. We are living in Science Fiction Horror Shows. It’s crazy-hot. Your damns are bursting. Lakes are disappearing. Sink holes are swallowing your car, your horse, your house.  {You made up the one about the horse, right?} {Yes, but…}

The alligators are working together to plot against us.

The bears are so #melgibsonmad that they are tearing up your car for a pb&j sandwich.

A new modelling study shows that deploying a stratospheric sunshade to cool the planet would have hugely varying consequences for different regions. What’s more, although the sunshade could be tuned to adjust global average temperatures or rainfall, it couldn’t fix both at once.

Geoengineering fix won’t suit everyone – environment – 18 July 2010 – New Scientist

 
 
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LA Times photo essay on the oil spill.

Gulf oil spill – latimes.com

Still alive but almost unrecognizable, a sea gull is paralyzed by oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island in Barataria Bay, La.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times / June 4, 2010)

This is why photography is so important. All the debate, all the prayers, all the plans, all the finger pointing, all the regret, all the best intentions. They all stop here. For this image. For all of Ms. Cole’s images and the other photographers documenting this epic event. Thank you.

I can see the impact we have on our world.