Nature



Dear Reader,

To my great shock it has been over a year since my last blog update.   My return is inspired by my ong12191934_10207654778633334_5611895828087000928_noing volunteer work with WelcomeNew England Give Camp – aka “How 100 Geeks Form A Perpetual Motion Machine”  Six years and going strong!

This year I had the opportunity to work with The Mystic River Watershed Association! untitled Additionally, I had the distinct privilege of serving as project manager again.   I had an awesome team to work with and they deserve mucho kudos!  Nothing is more rewarding than being able to contribute to the ongoing work towards recovering and preserving the Mystic River Watershed and having a dedicated, talented group to work with.

It was a wonderful weekend filled with hard work, education, and inspiration.   The hard work speaks for itself.   I learned a lot about our natural river watershed in the process and some of the flora and fauna.  Until this weekend, I thought Alewife was the end of the line stop on the Red Line in Boston.   An alewife is a fish and its common name is said to come from comparison with a corpulent female tavernkeeper (“ale-wife”).  My inspiration always comes from the dedicated non-profits we work with.   They devote themselves all year long to work that I’m unable to do myself.  Knowing that I am able to make a difference to them and to those they benefit is reward enough for a weekend out of my life.

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Dear Reader,

I love spring.   Rebirth.   For me, the first heralds of spring are the lowly crocus flowers.

It used to be the little moments were lost or not so easy to preserve.  Film cameras were bulky and complex to use – fStops, ASA settings, light meters, etc.   Then there was the cost of processing the film and the waiting to see if the pictures turned out ok.   No way to tell if you caught the image just right or it would be washed out.  I remember years of crocus pictures that looked like they had been bleached by mother nature leaving them in the wash too  long.

Thanks to this great little Fuji camera that my father bought me this is the case no longer.   It fits in my handbag and with the instant readout available on digital display I know if I am walking away with good pictures or if I need to retake them.


Dear Reader,

McCain seemed so certain he could control the climate of an entire planet that he made global warming a campaign promise.  Al Gore has similar ideas.

It looks like Mother Nature is reasserting herself and telling all of us who is boss.  The earthquake on March 14, 2011 sped up the Earth’s rotation and shifted the earth’s tilt on its axis just enough so that our days are now 1.8 millionths of a second shorter than before.[7]

I don’t think any of the politicians could top that!

Notes:

1. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/mccain_vows_to.html

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Inconvenient_Truth

3. http://www.universetoday.com/84004/the-science-behind-a-tsunami/

4. http://www.gizmag.com/japan-quakes-speeds-up-earths-rotation/18145/

5. http://www.6theory.com/forum/index.php/topic/25430-due-to-the-japanese-earthquake-the-length-of-a-day-has-been-shortened-by-18-milliseconds/

6. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread675059/pg1

7. http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/japan-quake-effects-length-of-day-and-gps-coordinates-20110314/

8. http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/12/6256280-how-the-quake-shifted-japan?chromedomain=cosmiclog