Morning Drive I

Fred First over at Fragments From Floyd blogged about always taking your camera and (this is the important part) stopping when you see what looks like a good shot and taking it. Well on the trip to work this morning I took him up on it and this is what resulted… Posted by Picasa

Evening Walk Out Back

After work I grabbed the camera and the tripod and wandered out back to enjoy what’s left of this weather before it heats back up and the humidity rises.

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The sun sidelighting the grasses looked pretty nice…

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I know for most of you this is still way too much green to be calling it fall. Welcome to SE Texas. At the time of this photo the temperature was still in the upper 80’s but the humidity was below 50%…

Came across this guy while walking.

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While back at the house the flowers have all pretty much gone to seed…

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Ya’ll enjoy the week and we’ll catch you on the flip side…

Autumn Redux

YES!!!!
I woke up to clear skies and a temperature of 62 degrees this morning. Finally, a brief respite from the unseasonable heat we have been living with. The drive to work was almost pleasurable with the bright sun and haze of autumn in the air.

I’ll try to post some pictures this evening…Enjoy the day

Al Gore has it right…

Gore Unveils Global-Warming Plan – washingtonpost.com: “‘This is not a political issue. This is a moral issue — it affects the survival of human civilization,’ Gore said in an hour-long speech at the New York University School of Law. ‘Put simply, it is wrong to destroy the habitability of our planet and ruin the prospects of every generation that follows ours.'”

He went on to say…

“The debate over solutions has been slow to begin in earnest . . . because some of our leaders still find it more convenient to deny the reality of the crisis.”

Autumn – Sunset

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For the first time this year I could stand out and watch the sun set without wiping my brow or my lens…I love it. Too bad it wont last. The rain blew through this morning but the clouds are still hanging on. It is clearing to the west or the photo above wouldn’t have happened. The weather folks are predicting a low in the 60’s (I know it’ll be 69 but let a guy dream will ya…). I think it may be time to follow John Scalzi’s lead and cut back on the political blogs…They are eating up way to much time and they just piss me off.

It’s good to see Marie Freeman posting again. I need a semi regular visual fix from Valle Crucis, NC, the semi annual vacations are never long enough.

I am really enjoying my new Nikon D80. So far I haven’t found anything to complain about…Catch ya down the road.

Ann Richards

A great lady who preceded the mess we had with Gov. G W Bush died last week. Molly Ivins remembers a thing or two in her latest column. Go have a read…

Creators.com – Creators Syndicate: “At a long-ago political do at Scholz Garten in Austin, everybody who was anybody was there meetin’ and greetin’ at a furious pace. A group of us got the tired feet and went to lean our butts against a table at the back wall of the bar. Perched like birds in a row were Bob Bullock, then state comptroller, moi, Charles Miles, the head of Bullock’s personnel department, and Ms. Ann Richards. Bullock, 20 years in Texas politics, knew every sorry, no good sumbitch in the entire state. Some old racist judge from East Texas came up to him, ‘Bob, my boy, how are you?’

Bullock said, ‘Judge, I’d like you to meet my friends: This is Molly Ivins with the Texas Observer.’

The judge peered up at me and said, ‘How yew, little lady?’

Bullock, ‘And this is Charles Miles, the head of my personnel department.’ Miles, who is black, stuck out his hand, and the judge got an expression on his face as though he had just stepped into a fresh cowpie. He reached out and touched Charlie’s palm with one finger, while turning eagerly to the pretty, blonde, blue-eyed Ann Richards. ‘And who is this lovely lady?’

Ann beamed and replied, ‘I am Mrs. Miles.’ “

Ann Richards was the best Governor the state of Texas has had in my limited memory. Sadly, we will never know how well she governed because the Bush Team has spent the past decade undoing her work. Rest In Peace Madam Governor…

CO2, Methane and Climate

I’ve posted a few times on the global warming controversy (not that I see a controversy, but to be politically correct we’ll call it a controversy). I wanted to pass on this link from Daily Kos from Friday because it puts most of what I’ve been saying into a single well written piece.

Science Friday: Pale Blue Flame

Fri Sep 15, 2006 at 02:52:46 AM PDT

Despite the common notion that the earth is in the sweet spot with respect to our distance from the sun, the truth is we’re a little too far out. By the rights of simple thermal science, our planet should be locked in ice right now. And since our sun was even cooler in the past, the primeval earth should have quickly settled into a permanent, stable, snowball condition billions of years ago.

Go on over and check out the full post.

Buy local…Sustainable agriculture

I guess this is a prime reason for local sustainable agriculture if there ever was one…

Calif. Farm Firm Linked To Tainted Spinach – washingtonpost.com: “Federal health officials last night linked a deadly E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach products to a California farm company that sells organic produce in 74 percent of the country’s grocery stores.

Natural Selection Foods, widely known for its Earthbound Farm brand, yesterday recalled all its fresh spinach products, along with packaged salads.”

The really telling part of this story is that 74% of the organic produce in America comes from this one firm. I am really torn by this. On the one hand I am all for the organic movement in this country. I bought into the healthy soil – healthy food philosophy so long ago that I can’t remember not believing organics were better for you.

I personally eat Earthbound Farm’s Salads on a regular basis and have their Romain Lettuce in my refrigerator now. Will this change that? Probably not. Though I was surprised to learn the size of their operation…From their website

Serving as a catalyst for positive change

Earthbound Farm wants nothing less than to change the way America farms and the way America eats. Over the past 22 years, our land base has grown to 26,000 acres of organic farmland—much of that transitioned by Earthbound Farm.

Annually, Earthbound Farm’s organic farming:

  • Avoids the use of 267,000 pounds of toxic and persistent pesticides
  • Avoids the use of more than 8,400,000 pounds of synthetic fertilizers
  • Conserves nearly 1,381,000 gallons of petroleum by avoiding the use of petroleum-based pesticides and fertilizers
  • Combats global warming because carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is absorbed by organic fields at the rate of 3,670 pounds per acre—and with our acreage, that’s the equivalent of taking more than 6,000 cars off the road each year!

Organic farming is a sustainable method of producing safe and nutritious food for many generations to come. At Earthbound Farm, we believe organic is the healthiest choice for people and the planet . . . that it’s truly “Food to live by.”

So, yea, I’ll probably keep buying their bagged salads until a local supply comes available. But like I said…even the organic farming movement has gone bigtime.

Today's Walk

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I went walking with my camera around sundown today. For the first time in days the sky is clear. We have had a “cold” front blow through and the weather folks are saying we should expect a couple of days of “autumn” weather. They are predicting a low tonight of…Maybe 68 degrees and the height tomorrow will be a moderate 89. I really can’t wait for the cool days of fall to hang around for a week or better before they run back north…Maybe next month.

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At least the hazy look of fall showed up for a day or too.

Have a great day…