American bison mothers and their young. Fun fact, of the 500,000 or so bison in the United States, only around 15-20,000 are wild bison, the rest are are raised as livestock. This is down from a population in the millions, possibly tens of millions, from the first half of the 19th century.
US carbon emissions fall to an 18 year low.(although carbon dioxide itself did rise slightly). The decline is attributed to numerous factors including lingering effects of the recession, a mild winter last year, continued general efforts towards green energy and lower emissions, and more power plants switching from coal to natural gas.
Though beautiful, the hike feels a bit like a hospice visit. Grinnell Glacier has lost 90 percent of its ice in the last century. Of the 150 glaciers that speckled Glacier National Park at its founding in 1910, only 25 remain. The latest predictions indicate that all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone by 2030. Cause of death: slow retreat due to temperature rise.
Views from East Rock Park. Most people(including myself in previous posts) posts pictures looking towards downtown, so I decided to post some spares I had looking towards areas with more foliage.
I’m not saying I have a phobia of wasps or anything, I’m just saying I’m terrified of anything that even looks like anything that might be described as a bee.
You Are Here. This is the only home you will ever have. A planet traveling around a relatively bright yellow drawf star(which labeling is a kind of a misnomer), which is traveling around one of the outer bands of the Milky Way, which is currently hurtling through the universe on a crash course with the Andromeda galaxy. A reminder for Earth Day, which should be every day, space is vast and spectacular, but there is no emergency backup planet.
My fence project continues. This is harder than it seems. First off, 1/2 of the fence wasn’t even standing anymore when I started this. I managed to put most of it back up though.(In the foreground in the second picture it’s obviously hopeless, that tree grew in over it a long time ago, that gap in the middle I think I can actually fix, I just need an opening onto the other side.) The end parts were the biggest paint because it was so overgrown, particularly with vines that just wanted to hang onto the damn thing. Meanwhile, what I have gotten painted so far has taken like 7 hours because the brush I have is all tiny and I was too stubborn to go buy another. But dang if that’s not becoming a pretty looking fence now.
Why would anyone let this fence fall into such disrepair.
The lawn is a great dichotomy of the aspects of nature. In the background, the last remnants of the most ridiculous winter in my living memory, in the foreground, the first blossoming of spring.(In fact there’s more today, this was taken yesterday)
Also known as Republicans who have decided to ram through every terrible thing possible in the wake of losing the election. We all already know about Right to Work, but while you slept the legislature was busy passing all kinds of terrible things. First off, do you remember that Emergency Manager Law(i.e. fuck your democracy law) that was soundly repealed by voters back in November? Have no fear, they just rammed through a new one. Meanwhile, state Attorney General and Zombie law enforcer Bill Schuette has told the state civil workers that the Right to Work law damn well applies to them, serious constitutional questions aside, and he’ll sue if they don’t enforce it.(But you know, doesn’t apply to police of course).
Abortion? Oh hell yeah we’re going to do as much as we can to ban abortion, this law was passed yesterday. A law so draconian it inspired a unique form of protest, the reading of The Vagina Monolgues on the state capitol steps back in June when the bill first came up. The most insidious part of this bill is a new requirement for fetal remains and how they are disposed of. The option is funeral arrangements, or the doctor must donate it to a designated facility. There just so happens to be such a facility in Michigan run by a company called Ardesta. Ardesta will sell this fetal tissue to universities conducting stem cell research. Do I have to even tell you who owns Ardesta? Did you guess Rick Snyder? Oh man, I hope you guessed Rick Snyder. I think this is also a good time to once again bring up Lisa Brown, the state represenative who was censured by the state House for saying the word ‘vagina’ when a bunch of overwhelmingly male Republicans were in fact trying to legislate on vaginas. Vaginas, you can legislate about them, but you can’t say their name. Oh, and let’s not forget when in response to this, one of the state representatives on the other side trying to pass this law called her a cunt.
Other things include the passage of new concealed weapons bill, which may not have been so bad if it didn’t allow carry into places like daycares, churches and schools. There’s also a new voter ID law. Meanwhile, medical marijuana laws were tightened in an era when two other states just fully legalized. Oh and they gave you a huge tax break, but you know, only if you’re a business or corporation. They also passed a bill allowing the hunting of wolves despite there only being a few hundred thought to be living in the northern part of the state.
And the kicker? They put spending appropriations onto all of these bills to ensure they can’t be repealed in a referendum. You know, ~fiscal conservatism~
To go along with the last post, views from the summit of East Rock.
Views from East Rock park. There are multiple ways to get to the summit of East Rock. There’s the main entrance/road. If you follow Orange St to the end and go left, you’ll come across the main entrance and road. It’s open to cars as well as pedestrians, cyclists, ect.(Closed to cars during late autumn/winter). If you go right at the end of Orange st, you’ll come across English Drive, which is closed to automobile traffic, so if you’re jogging or cycling it will probably be preferable. For the longest actual road to the summit, there’s the one that starts at Bishop’s Gate on State st. Meanwhile, there are numerous trails all around the ridge, including the Giant Step’s trail, which is exactly what it sounds like, a trail of mostly giant steps built into the mountain, it makes for a nice little workout. Don’t climb the sheer rock face though, c’mon, don’t be that person in the paper the following the day who falls or gets stuck.
Of note, that first picture with the steps is in fact not the Giant Steps trail. It’s just a small part of a normal trail that you’ll see along the main road to the top. This is in fact Giant Steps, albeit it only the very ending portion at the summit
Series continued here with views from the summit.