Sunday, August 20, 2017

Leaving for Nebraska!

I am off to see the eclipse!  And then I am going to roll through a large portion of the near-west.  Basically here to the Big Horn Mountains and back.

Bring on the vacation!

Bring on the Eclipse!

Bring on field geology!

Camera is packed, music is on the laptop, van is loaded.

Cooler is full of ice!

Here we go!!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bring on the Eclipse!

In happier news the eclipse is this week!  I have taken the week off (planned last fall) and I am heading towards Nebraska.  By my calculations this is the only possible reason to visit Nebraska.

Fear not, that is not the only thing we are doing on this trip.  Post Nebraska, we are heading towards the Sandhills (Still in Nebraska), Bad Lands and Black Hills (South Dakota), Big Horn Mountains (Wyoming), Tongue River Breaks (Montana), and Sheyenne prairie grasslands (North Dakota).

Two side notes, first I am traveling with my occasional co-blogger Meagan, second Sheyenne wants to auto correct as "sheeny", it must be a curse....

Anyway, I have cameras packed, and adventures are pending!

I will have more content for you soon.

In the meantime, here are some pictures...
 Jupiter with a little photoshop to make the moons pop out....
 It rained really, really hard the a couple of weeks ago, the road almost washed out!
Saturn, once again photoshopped, to make the moons pop out....
4 minutes of 2014 partial eclipse compressed to 30 seconds!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why the statues should come down

There has been an overwhelming about of talk about the statues in Charlottesville and elsewhere depicting civil war "heroes" from the confederacy and their removal.  I am strongly in the opinion that they should be removed.  There are a lot of people claiming that to remove the statues would be to erase the history of the Civil War, but I am of the opinion that the statues were not put up in remembrance of the Civil War, and therefore that would be a false equivalency.

The statues in question were mostly erected between 1900 and the 1950's.  This is long after the end of the Civil War, and at the time they were not put up to remember the leaders of the rebel army, but to make sure that no one forgot what the war was fought for.

The statues were put up to remind the black population of their place in the South, a place of subservience, and a place where they were not welcome, and should not expect to be treated as free or equal to their white counterparts in society.

The Jim Crow era was going strong in 1917, and through out the 1950's and beyond the wealthy white southerners did not want to change the way of life that they had grown accustom to.  They did not want to admit the people of African decent into their restaurants, movie theaters, schools, homes.  They did not want African Americans to be able to vote.  They did not want African Americans to be equal.

This is what the statues were placed up to symbolize, the South will never die.  The whites were in charge and they were going to stay that way.

Some of us have learned the errors of the ways of the past and would like for the rest of us to grow up and move on.  I think that we should do just that.  Grow up, and move on.

Remove the statues, and remove the taint that they place on this country.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pictures recovered from a phone, the college days...

I found an old phone memory card, I had to check it out and see what was on it!
 This is the floor of the Subaru, the seat fell through and the ratchet strap is holding it up.

This Subaru is famous because of This video!
 I had never seen a croc in the wild...
 The infamous snow-chicken...
 Geology field trip, dirty thirty night...
 I still have the dinosaur.
 Sandal drying...
 Collapse of teh old greenhouse, chicken coop extension...
 Heading West with Laura for Field camp, the truck died like two days later...
 June 18th snowman in Utah!
 Kind of a cool place to have lunch!
 The falls on the Yellowstone River.
Awesome bar sign in Park City.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I have hummingbirds, in my neighborhood at least.

I think there are at least four of them, although it is really hard to tell.

 The white at the end of the beak is her tongue!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Fourth of July photo dump!

I am not going to dump all of them on you, I took well north of a thousand shots, but here are a couple...

The ones I liked enough to post anyway.

That is all for now, I am going to run around and get some errands done around the house.  It is supposed to be rainy and crappy tonight, so I am dig through the archives of the summer a little more.