My only real encounter with sharks is one that happened this year when the kids and I were walking through the Sea Life Minneapolis Aquarium and we watched a couple of them swim overhead.
Now I don’t think I will be swimming with them anytime soon but, if I was going to visit them, I think that the best place to do that would be in their own habitat and this year there have been several videos recently over at GrindTV on yahoo including these two entitled Photographer becomes focus of large and ferocious mako shark and Giant mako shark interrupts film session, gives diver scare of a lifetime both by Pete Thomas.
Pretty cool stuff if you ask me!
So like all good librarians, I went down my local library on my lunch hour as usual and while I was scanning the collection to see what new kids books they had, I came across Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell. Now that I’ve read it I have to say what a great book and the next time I read to my kids this will definitely be one of the books.
Now while apple picking season is over here in the midwest (it actually ended when my daughter went to a friend’s birthday party over at Eckert’s Farm a while back but that’s for another day) I would be remiss if I failed to mention pumpkin seeds, what with Halloween, Thanksgiving and all having just passed not to mention the pumpkin seeds sitting on my table to be stored away until next spring.
Anyway, check out the latest record setting pumpkin in Ron Wallace is the ‘Lord of the Gourd’ With Record-Breaking Giant Pumpkin by Ramon Gonzalez over at Treehugger. This pumpkin weighed over one ton. Wow!
Sleep tight little seeds, little seeds!
That’s what I was doing the other day when I decided to stop cleaning my gutters out and instead just take in all the sights and sounds of the neighborhood birds. Watching crows fly high overhead while all the local sparrows were hanging outbelow at the local bird feeder in my neighbors backyard. Talk about hussle and bussle.
Now of course, this is also comes of reading the chapter “The Discourse of the Birds” in the book Becoming Animal by David Abram which talks about among other things, the five elemental phrases among perching birds which are the song, companion call, begging cries, male to male aggression calls and the alarm call.
Try as I might though, all I could seem to pick out on this warm fall day were the first two and while that’s not to say that there weren’t any of the last three but speaking strickly as an amateur on bird calls, getting one past me would have been a distinct possiblity. So with that I’ll simply add a little additional reading here about our amazing friends the birds with “To Birds, Storms Survival is Only Natural” by Natalie Angier over at the New York Times.
Who would have thought that hundreds of millions of years ago the sea swept over Missouri. This is according to Diane Toroian Keaggy’s article over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled “Artist Brings New Arches to St. Louis with Museum Installation. The piece is called “Stone Sea” by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
And what post about geology (and the material used to build the sculptor) would be complete without an article about the K-T Boundry. I discussed the topic with my son’s Science teacher a couple of weeks ago at his student conference.
For those of you who don’t know (and I have to say that I wasn’t too familiar with it either) the boundary marks the end of the Mesozoic era and the beginning of the Cenozoic era, and is associated with the Cretaceiys-Paleogene extinction or mass extinction. You can get more information on the K-T Boundry over at wikipedia.
I can’t wait for this weekend as the kids and I are going to Powder Valley this Friday night for their Discover Nature Families:Give a Hoot! program. We know our owl calls, so we should be good to go. For more information, check out the Missouri Department of Conservations November Conservation Connection.