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“We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.”―JIMMY CARTER Most of our household electricity still comes from burning fossil fuels—gas and coal accounts for 60% of total UK usage, for example. The typical North American…

via Micro Earths – Exploring Energy Efficiency — Jason Lewis

Here We Go Again

Hayden Pass wildfire

Hayden Pass fire

The Hayden Pass wildfire went from a lightning strike, quietly smoldering to over 5,000 acres in one day to over 12,000 acres that night.  Many people evacuated from the small community of Coaldale, directly below the fire.  Huge amount of beetle killed pines (winter is no longer cold enough to kill off most of the beetle larvae, thank you, climate change) are the fuel, high, hot winds blast it across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Far enough away (could be 5 or 6 miles as the raven flies) to be of no concern for our safety, near enough to set our nerves on edge, wildfire is our new reality.

Hayden Pass wildfire

Smoke filters the sun with a few “fair weather clouds”

Hayden Pass wildfire

Volcanic eruption, without the volcano

 

Ravens

Common Raven [Corvus corax]

 I love ravens.  There, I’ve said it, but how can you not?  They have that outsized personality, a voice that can wake the dead or be soft as silk, and watch them on the wind, playing the currents like their own personal carnival ride.  How can you not love them? Read the rest of this page »

Brush Strokes

Patterns on sandstone, Butler Wash

Mineral stains, Butler Wash, Utah

The Colorado Plateau is a pretty dry place.  A desert to most.  Maybe 8″ of precip in many areas.  The water, when it comes, moves the meager mineral soils in surprising ways.  Gravity, wind and capillary action can make a plain rock wall into a canvas of beauty that would be at home in a fine art gallery. Read the rest of this page »

The Valley

 

The sky fills with Sandhill Cranes.

The Valley is flat, billiard table flat.  Oh, it’s a little rumpled along the edges. The massive, volcanic San Juan Mountains are to the west. East of here are the knife edged Sangre de Cristos.  Flat, almost treeless and now that its warmed a bit, there are dust devils scrolling across the dry alkali playas.  Sometimes the wind brings a little grit to the tongue.  All in all a very nice day.

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