Republican Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, is crying that the costs for relief of the recent disastrous tornadoes must be offset by cutting back elsewhere.
I have the perfect answer…. Cut back on the subsidies the oil companies receive.
They are profiting more than ever. Plus they’re the ones, whether knowningly or unknowningly, that are a main component of our aggressive climate change. They can chip in. More…
I had no idea there was such a creature. I stepped outside earlier this morning to take a break from the computer and noticed what was not unlike a hummingbird flitting around from flower to flower. But it’s speed just wasn’t quite fast enough. Oh, this creature could move much better than most insects, but just didn’t have that “zip-zip” of a hummingbird. Plus, it allowed me to get much closer than birds do – and that’s when I noticed the antennae. I definitely knew then that it wasn’t a hummingbird. I wanted some photos but did not come out with my camera. Luckily, it hung around long enough for me to run inside, grab my camera – and even change lens – and get a few fairly decent shots. More…
Aren’t you supposed to cook them before eating them?
Never cease to wonder and be amazed.
Mt. Rainier casting a shadow up on to the cloud layer above.
Hmmm… what do you think. Sunrise? Or sunset?
“Momma! Come on, wake up! I’m hungry!!”
Now I’ve see it all… mosquitoes having sex. OMG… cannot unsee!
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” will stop the milkman?
Not even the “London Blitz” of 1940.
Looks just like her mother. No, wait… like her father. Oh, bother…
These are definitely the most amazing, phenomenal photos of the sun I have ever seen! Alan Friedman of Buffalo, New York is an amateur astrophotography who captures amazing photographs of the sun through a telescope in his backyard. He uses special filters that allow the photos to be captured without destroying his camera or his eyes. More…
I am an amateur. No ifs, ands, or buts. I feel I have a better than average eye, but no where near professional. Although I LOVE wildlife, I have found I favor urban photography. I find people absolutely and utterly fascinating both from a sociological perspective as well as visual. So that is where most of my photography has been. I don’t have the patience for wildlife photography, I suppose. Having to wait sometimes for days, if not weeks or months for that perfect shot. Humph, then if I do finally get to see that critter, it’s out of my site, or partially out of site by the time I get my camera focused. I think I’ll stick to people and items that just don’t move that fast. Although I do enjoy macros photography, and there’s often plenty of time for me to focus. I just need a real macros lens…. Anyway….. More…
This image below was loaded on to NYPD’s Facebook page recently from a photo taken in early November, and it has now gone viral. I just heard about it on the news this morning, but you may have already hear the story and seen the image. Regardless, it’s worth sharing.
Larry DePrimo, from the NYPD, saw a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk without shoes, nor socks, and apparently had blisters on his feet. DePrimo stopped and talked with the man for a while. In doing so, he found out the stranger wore a size 12, so the officer went into a nearby Sketchers shoe store and bought a pair of $100 boots for a little over $75, after the store gave a discount, as well as thermal socks.
On Saturday night, a home explosion in the south side of Indianapolis IN leveled that house as well as the neighbor’s home immediately to their south. The Indianapolis Fire Department says the explosion happened in the 8400 block of Fieldfare Way, which is in a subdivision just off of Sherman Drive south of Stop 11 Road.
At a Sunday afternoon press conference, officials say damages are estimated at $3.6 million. Five homes are gone or need to be demolished. A total of 80 homes were affected. The cause of the explosion is still yet undetermined although natural gas is the suspected culprit.
Photo comparison of good eye to blind eye
This is my dorky dog that I call “Dork.” Imagine that. He’s a dork. When I go to bed, or am lying down watching TV in my bedroom, Dork likes to sit in front of the mirror and watch me via the reflection. It’s actually rather amazing because he is what’s called a “lethal white” Aussie. Born completely deaf and blind in one eye. His distant vision is not that great. Hmmm… Now that I think about it, I wonder if it is clearer because the image of me is actually only a foot away when looking at my reflection. Whereas if looking directly at me, I’m about 5 or 6 feet away. Thoughts?
FYI… IzaakMak, you may want to skip this one.
An entertaining and informative article from Scientific American. Here are a few of the more horrifying ways a beetle can kick the bug-et (oh, ouch) or agonizing arthropod annihilations. After seeing these photos and reading the deathly demise of a dragonfly done in by another dastardly demon (hey, I’m trying…), I don’t feel quite so bad when I accidentally step on a crunchy creepy-crawly now. At least it’s quicker and much less painful than some of these ways….
Today was our our local Dia de los Muertos y Marigold Parade in Albuquerque NM, aka “The Day of the Dead.” This was my second attendance, with last year having been my first.
As I learned last year, besides honoring those loved ones who have passed, some participants choose to make political statements. Just so they meet the rules of the parade which one is no one may participate in the parade if they are not either wearing make-up or a skull mask.
I grew up in tornado alley and of course there is quite a bit of difference between the two. One major difference that keeps coming to my mind is the length of time. Tornadoes are “wham bam thank ya ma’am,” whereas Sandy (which is no longer being called a hurricane) is like the Eveready Bunny… just keeps going and going and going…. I’ll take my tornadoes.
A wide variety of animals featured here. Some are wild, some are pets, some rescued, some at the zoo…. So get your “awwww’s” all ready to go because there are a few of them.
But they should all at least make you smile.
Photo credits are completely unknown. These images were sent to me via email from a friend. I have seen a few of them roaming around the internet, but still do not know who took those either.
This is a list of “life occurrences” people have actually been through which almost always applies only to those who are living in poverty. Where these originally came from, I do not know, but these came from another WordPress site called “Whatever” by John Scalzi. After Whatever‘s list, there are hundreds of comments of people sharing their own experiences, so I have to wonder if this is not unlike a “chain-list.” A list that started with just a few items, then grew and is continually passed on just as I am doing now. Each and every passing alters and changes it somewhat by removing a few and adding in some from the comments. Every voice deserves to be heard. And please, if you have some to share, please do so in the comments.
Beautiful. Reminds me of a scene from Excalibur.
Artist/photographer credit: Unknown
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This is awesome! Photography taken by the Mars Rover, Curiosity, in a 360 degree panoramic view. Photography by Andres Bodrov. Taken at 14:23 on 14/08/2012.
Simply click and drag to go right, left, up, down, at an angle, whatever which way you want to view. Going down will also allow you a great view of the rover itself. Best to view in the FULL SCREEN (top left of the interactive screen below). The interactive movement is quick, so be careful how far you drag your mouse. You may also use your up/down, right/left keys to view – which is a bit easier and more controlled.
Here is the recount of Luke MacGregor’s trials and tribulations, and finally success, of getting that perfect shot! The full moon positioned exactly where a sixth ring would be on the Olympic Rings hanging from Tower Bridge.
“With very little understanding of astronomy but with the aid of a phone app, I began a three evening attempt to capture the moon with the Olympic Rings. The rings have been hanging iconically on Tower Bridge for the London 2012 Olympic Games and it was suggested to me that a full moon should – at the right angle – cross through them.”