Archive for September, 2015

Lost art

I must admit that I’ve always enjoy drawing, especially when it’s related to nature. My first major back in college in fact was art but I quickly learned that the only person’s opinion I care about when it came to my art was mine.

So when I came across this article at Scientific American entitled “Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing, by Jennifer Landin, Ph.D., it sort of took me back to that time. These days it’s my daughter who’s re-introduced to another form of art I use to enjoy, the art of photography.

Something my dad first introduced me to many years ago. Unfortunately, he passed away back in 1994. So for some reason tonight, I’m getting the urge to draw. I think I might pull out one of the drawing pads that I got for the kids (but they never use) and doddle a bit.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

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El Nino for the new year

Granted, we still have nearly a quarter of the year to go, scientist are already looking at El Nino and how it might affect our weather this winter. In particular, they’re looking at California in regards to the drought this year and how it might affect rainfall in that area.

This article over at Earthsky, gives a very detailed explanation of what might happen and why. The article is entitled “El NiƱo this year: What will it bring?” by Catherine Gautier via the University of California at Santa Barbara. Good stuff!

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Green Librarian

Monarch Madness!

So I did an earlier post entitled Monarchs and citizen science and I have to say it was a success. All the kids had a great time. My daughter and I even caught a Monarch or two. I caught one (which had already been tagged) but my daughter caught two (neither of which had been tagged).

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Since she was veteran with the second one, they let her tag it herself. Meanwhile my youngest son had a great time learning all about butterflies while my other son just liked hanging out. I also e-mailed my daughter some pictures so she can show her science teacher. A good time was had by all!

Yea!

  

Green Librarian

Sun tornado

Okay, those are two words I would never have thought to put together. It seems that back in early September there was a tornado on the sun that was 5 million degrees Fahrenheit and that spun nearly 10,000 mph.

You can check out the whole story over at GrindTV in the article entitled “Tornado that is 5 million degrees rages on sun for 40 hours” by . All I can say is Wow!

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Green Librarian

Nighttime

As I was driving around tonight, there was a really nice view of some nighttime cumulus clouds heading east. I tried several times to take a picture of the evening sky and while it’s not a great picture, I was happy with it (see below).

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Nothing however, compared to the picture in the article that accompanies the article entitled “We’re Losing the Nighttime Sky” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. It’s time to take back our nighttime sky.

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Green Librarian

Monarchs and citizen science

When I came an opportunity for the family to do a little monarch tagging with Missouri Department of Conservation, I thought why not!? So weather permitting, we’re heading out to St. Charles to do a little Monarch Madness.

It also doesn’t hurt that we have a Milkweed planted in our front yard and it’s been a great place to observe several Monarch’s, along with a few caterpillars. Go Monarchs!

Monarch

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Green Librarian

Nautilus

The first time I came across this word was after I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. I was looking to become a physical trainer and the equipment I first learned to work out on was called nautilus.

The name came from the fact that the machine used chains with sprockets designed in the shape of the nautilus. Little did I know that I’d be writing a blog post on them thirty years later.

The article is entitled “Elusive Sea Creature with Hairy, Slimy Shell Spotted After 31 Years” by Elizabeth Goldbaum at LiveScience. The fact that they are scavenger’s of big, dead fish also reminded me of how important it is to have diversity in our big, beautiful oceans.

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Green Librarian