Archive for February, 2013

Ode to a Whale

Tonight I thought I would post a poem that my daughter wrote a while ago entitled Whales:


I am a Whale

I am very pale

I am very smart

and have a big tail

I live in the ocean

Where there is a lot of commotion

I am very big

but I do not wear a wig

I live in warm water

where it is a lot hotter

I am a whale

Now what inspired me (in part) to post this poem is an article I read the other day over at LiveScience entitled “Whale-Poop Find May Fetch Man $180,000” by Marc Lallanilla. That article reminded me of a great book I read a while ago on whales entitled The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare. I seem to recall that he went into some detail about the value of whale poop. Anyway, when I came across this poem, I knew I had to post it.



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If a tree blooms in the woods…

Okay, so it should say if a tree falls in the woods but the point here is it seems a little early for trees getting ready to bloom but if you look outside in my front yard, I have a Bradford Pear tree that looks ready to bloom. So that got me to thinking about trees and climate change and the like.

So anyway, first up is an article entitled “Pine Beetle Attacks Alter Climate Over Canadian Forests” by Deanna Conners over at EarthSky.

Then I saw this article on the same day entitled “Peatland Forest Loss and Climate Change” by Alex Peel over at the Environmental News Network via Planet Earth on Line. So one plus one equals what again?

Finally there was this article over at Science Daily that was titled “Spring May Come Earlier to North American Forests, Increasing Uptake of Carbon Dioxide” originally written by Cather­ine Zan­donella. Okay, you do the math.



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From the top to the bottom of the Ocean

Despite the fact that nearly 70% of the earth is covered in water, we seem to know very little about it, particularly that which is in our oceans. Take for example this article over at the New York Times by Carl Zimmer about what’s on top entitled “In Ocean’s Teeming Top Layer, Scientists Find a Microbe Haven“.

While down at the bottom (of Lake Whillan in Antartica) researchers have brought up samples 2,625 feet (800 meters) below the surface of the ice, also looking for microbes and other signs of life. You can read about it in “Antartic Drilling Team Nabs 1st Samples of Buried Lake” by Becky Oskin at LiveScience or at National Geographic in “Life Found Deep Under Antartic Ice for First Time? U.S. Scientists Discover Microbes in Lake a Half-Mile Under the Surface” by Marc Kaufman. They’re both good reads.

Hmmm! There seems to be a theme here.

So I’ll go ahead and throw in this article about microbes to give you an idea (if you haven’t already figured it out) how tough they are. The article is “Stormy Weather is No Match for Microbes” by Alex Reshanov over at EarthSky.



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Mother Nature at her best

Okay, it’s been a while since I posted more than a couple of articles but since I found myself relating to each of these articles, I thought I would go ahead anyway.

The first two reminded me of our family cabin up north and fishing.  In the first one, it seems the fish got the better part of the fisherman and it’s about time. The story is over at GrindTV from Yahoo! and is entitled “A Hooked Marlin Sinks a Fishing Boat? Well, Something like That” by David Strege.

This next article is for my dad. While I’ve never gone ice fishing myself, I know he did and so I thought this ones’ for him. It’s entitled “Fishing Is Just Not the same without a Very Cold Brew” by Joe Barrett at the Wall Street Journal.

This third one is for the game of hockey, a game my family has been following since my brother first started playing organized hockey back when he was around twelve years old. Go Blues! Oh yeah, the article is “RinkWatch: How backyard skaters are monitoring climate change” by John Platt at the Mother Nature Network.

The fourth one reminded me of a time I was outside on my way to work waiting for the bus when I saw what must have been hundreds of birds flying off in the same amazing way. It was quite a view. This article is also over at the Mother Nature Network and is entitled “Stunning ‘bird ballet’ interrupts ad shoot” by Russell McLendon.

This last one reminded me of a great book I read, The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare. I remember him talking about Whale vomit and how much it’s worth and apparently this guy got really lucky. The article is “Man Finds (valuable) Whale Vomit on English Beach” by Mike Krumboltz.

Happy reading!


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