Posts Tagged ‘global warming’

THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT IS A “MUST WATCH” – The 21 Gutsy Kids Speak Out

A video that stands on its own without comments: Related Posts: March 9, 2016 – A Wet Day in Oregon I’m Not Apt to Forget 21 Gutsy Kids Who Make Me Proud


NOAA or NOAH … or Both?

Circa April 4,014 BC: It’s a bright sunny day in the Middle East – a balmy day for taking your family for a sail on the Red Sea, or the Nile, in your felucca. We’ll come back to this story in a bit, about what was going on deeper in the desert, several kilometers beyond […]


Why the Puffins Keep “Puffin'” and Other Lessons from Gjesvaerstappan

In mid-June 2013, we traveled to a fishing village, Gjesvaer, high up on the northwest coast of Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. There we boarded a small boat to take us Gjesvaerstappan, a series of small islands, breeding colonies for thousands of birds, located about 15 km from the Nord Kapp (North Cape) on […]


Iceland’s Illuminations

In late March 2013, we went, 15 photographers strong, to photograph Iceland and its Aurora Borealis in all their splendor. Our plan to photograph the Borealis illuminating the high sky was thwarted by cloud cover that blocked our rendezvous. But our exploration of this wonderful country illuminated our minds’ eyes, not only to Iceland’s pristine […]


T’was the Night Before Christmas – 2012 …

T’was the Night Before Christmas; Pete Polar Bear was not amused. The ice sheet shared with Santa could no longer be used. The North Pole melted – it could not be a worst plight. Santa’s workshop that topped it sank clear out of sight. Santa’s elves saw it coming, worked night and day – Christmas […]


Sammy Seal Talks with Pete Polar Bear about the 1% that Really Counts!

Hi, Sammy Seal here! A while back, I had the pleasure of making a few comments on this blog about what’s going on where I live, down on the Antarctic Peninsula. You can check me out, Sammy the Leopard Seal’s Report from Antarctica. You may recall I talked about some conversations I overheard regarding global […]


We Walk on Hallowed Ground – Thoughts for 2012 from the Antarctic

December 3, 2011. Rick Atkinson cut back the throttle on our Zodiac and we glided to our landing on Half Moon Island in the Southern Shetland Islands a few miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. I swung my legs over the side of the Zodiac and splashed the last few steps in shallow water before […]


Sammy the Leopard Seal’s Report from Antarctica

Hi, my name is Sammy. I’m a Leopard Seal. Home’s in the Gerlache Strait off the Antarctic Peninsula. I don’t normally put much faith in “talk with the animals” stuff. I understand a few years ago, a fellow named Dr. Doolittle sang a neat little “talk to the animals” ditty. But that aside, recently some […]


What happens when the “fresh waters” aren’t so fresh any more?

There’s a problem on North Carolina’s coastlines. Despite denials of climate change and warming and allegations of “hoax” from several Congressmen and Presidential Candidates, the seas, largely stable for the past 5,000 years, are rising and Carolina’s coastline is in retreat. Three islands are now submerged. The rising seas, exacerbated by melting glaciers, are flooding […]


The Happy Plight of the Obese Marmot and Other Tales

In our recent blog discussions, we’ve pointed out that wildlife, challenged by global warming, is moving to more northern latitudes, and when they can, further up the slopes of mountains. The species range-shift, as it is called by scientists, is occurring far more rapidly than originally projected. With the warming changes, migrations also hear a […]


The Milky Way: Detail 2011 – And a Question: Is Ecology Theology?

Recently, I read again a book that fascinated me in the 1960s, Henry Wilder Foote’s Religion of an Inquiring Mind. Afterwards, I went on line to check out the status of this wonderful work and came across the blog site “The Inquiring Mind.” A January 2010 post was titled “the religion that is Global Warming.” […]


The Unyielding Debt Crisis Downgrade

For the first time in the history of America, America’s debt rating has been downgraded. Wall Street’s past three sessions tanked over 1,200 points, the biggest nosedive since November 2008. Billions, if not trillions, of dollars in 401k plans and investment accounts have disappeared, maybe forever. Voter polls say that 83% of Americans have had […]


It’s Only When the Tide Goes Out That We Learn … Who‘s Been Swimming Naked [Warren Buffett]

There’s a pristine, protected bay between our island, Tierra Verde, and the Gulf Beaches. The bay is a favorite place for boaters to throw down an anchor and retreat to a Gulf Beach resort. But a few of the bay’s visitors ignore a fundamental of boating literacy – respect for changing tides. In the past […]


Is the Navy Getting it Right this Time?

I was ten years old, walking down Fifth Street on my way home, in Superior, Wisconsin on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese Navy launched its surprise attack on the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A friend shouted the news to me from his porch. The attack, by 353 Japanese planes launched from […]


Where All the Vultures Aren’t Pretty!

I don’t listen to a lot of radio, but there is one program I really like, Garrison Keeler’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” with its gentle, tongue in cheek, spoof about “Lake Wobegon Days” — life in fictional Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, examined by a twinkling eye through glasses rimmed with good old-fashioned, mid-west values. Lake Wobegon […]


Disappearing Florida – Sunrise or Sunset?

There’s something special about our island, Tierra Verde, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Living here is like being on a perpetual vacation in one of Gaia’s most beautiful places. Centuries ago, when native Americans settled this part of the globe, and the seas were much lower (about 120 meters lower – see our blog Abrupt Change […]


Disappearing Florida – Birds of a Feather Disappear Together

There’s something special about wading birds, like the Herons and the Egrets (members of the same specie family). Elegant, graceful, poetic in flight. And then there’s their feathers. Ken Burns, in his National Park PBS series and DVD provides telling information about our fashionable ladies’ quest for Egret and Heron feathers for their bonnets around […]


Disappearing Florida – Sea Life, from Turtles to Coral Reefs

Sea Life and Coral[/caption] Florida has the richest concentration of reptiles, sea turtles and other amphibians of any state. Sea turtles can live to be a 100 years old. However, they have a weakness. They lay their eggs – 50-200 at a time – in nests dug among beach dunes, far inland from the waters […]


Disappearing Florida – Coastal Hammocks

Unlike most of the photos we’ve featured in our blog, the picture above has not been included for its beauty. The dead red cedars were once part of a thriving “island hammock” – a tree-filled bit of high ground protruding above the high-tide line on a coastal salt marsh; in this case, on the Withlacoochee […]


Abrupt Change. The Legend of the Dreamcatcher. It’s a Bug’s Life!

On September 8, 2010, I was a guest on the web station, BBS 1 Radio, Conversations with Mary Keene. The conversation was about living through crisis, based on my 1991 book, Crash Landing – Surviving a Business Crisis. The conversation was recorded for your listening. The book is about lessons learned during the early 1980s, […]


Some “Bugs” that “Bear” Fixing

The winter of 2010 is going to be a tough winter for the bears in Yellowstone – and for a number of the Park’s visitors. There’s a shortage of whitebark pine cones, a favorite bear food. Bears like to load up on the pine cones before they hibernate for the long winter. But in recent […]


A Visit to Eden, A Thought from Thoreau – and a Lesson for the Photographer

After a visit to our April 2010 blog, “Did the Wrong CAT take Over the Swamp?” Peter, a good friend and fellow photographer, asked me, “Are you a Photographer turned Planeteer, or a Planeteer turned Photographer?” I chuckled, “I’m a Photographer turned Planeteer!” Peter responded. “Thought so!” It wasn’t long after that quick exchange that […]


A Growing "Photo Op"!

Deserts are fascinating places for photographers. Deserts are filled with geometry – lines and curves, shaped by shadows and sweeping mountains of sand interspersed with dead trees and empty riverbeds, populated by unusual wildlife. Early on, as I developed my interest in photography, I bought a Brett Weston desert landscape, “Dune California.” In the mid […]


Did the Wrong “Cat“ Take Over the Swamp?

This is a tale about two big cats. Big cats are “territorial,” like nearly all other of our Creator’s creatures. Robert Ardrey, in his 1966 classic, The Territorial Imperative, defines “territory” as an area of space, which an animal or group of animals defends as an exclusive preserve. Most species defend territory only against animals […]