Archive for November, 2015

Cat guy

Despite the fact that I’ve told my daughter I’m a dog person (and even though I have a cat), when I read this article it occurred to me that maybe I’m also a cat guy.

Looking back when I was much younger, I must admit I was always fond of the big cats like leopards, cheetahs, tigers, bobcats and  lynxs.

So when I read the article “California outlaws recreational and commercial bobcat trapping” by Louis Sahagun over at the LA Times, I thought hmmm…Maybe it’s time to admit that I’m both a cat and dog guy.



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Wooden trees, what wooden trees?

Now last night I was talking about underground forests but tonight I’m going to talk about another kind of forest. This is a forest of lava trees.

What are lava trees you might ask? Well, check out this article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “What are lava trees and how are they formed?” by Catie Leary for the answer.



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Forests unseen

Usually when I talk about forest, I talk about trees, plants and animals, ones I can see. In this article entitled “Will the ancient sunken forests of New Hampshire ever appear again?” by Bryan Nelson over at the Mother Nature Network, they are unseen but every now and then, peek out from below the sands.

I guess it’s the history part of me that finds this fascinating. The fact that there once use to be a forest where these few stumps now sit. Like the author states, however, is this the future that we’re headed too? Stay tune.



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Rocky terrain


Okay, so these rocks that we came upon over at the park aren’t as nearly cool as the ones in the article entitled “Have you met the Seven Strong Men of Russia?by Catie Leary over at the Mother Nature Network, I thought they were neat. See for yourself.



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With winter just around the corner, the kids and I took what may be our last outside venture over at Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park or any park for that matter. The boys got the chance to skip some rocks and my daughter and I did a little walking around.

Using the book The Lost Art of Finding Our Way by John Edward Huth as motivation, I even got all of the kids to take a short walk in the woods. Looking back at my childhood, I realize that my kids really lack that ability to find their way in the woods.

So when I read this article today, entitled “On why we walk” over at Treehugger, it really hit home. I’m hoping to do a little walking homework with the kids next summer.

Sweet dreams!


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My favorite toy as a kid

As a kid, one of my favorite toys was just plain, old dirt. If we could find some, in the back yard or the local creek, we were in it. So when I saw this article over at High Country News, I knew it was for me, even though I’m not a geologist.

My kids however, might disagree as I have lots of rocks, a fossil or two and even some sand in the house. Hmmm? Maybe I have the makings of a new career. Anyway, the article is entitled “Thanks, BLM, for letting the dirt shine through” by Collin Smith.

Dig in!


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Recently I came across an article about how hundreds of elephants were slaughtered over in the Congo but I just couldn’t bring myself to post that article. To me, elephants are one of the most amazing animals on the planet. I have learned over the years that in so many ways they are really a lot like us.

Another article however, that I recently read entitled “12 facts to change the way you see elephants” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at Mother Nature Network listed several of those similarities, as well as, others interesting facts.

Peace to the elephants!


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