Sunday, March 22, 2020

Western Pond Turtles

Male on right (thicker tail) Female on left


A few from one of the ponds












Sunday, March 15, 2020

Wondering why staying home matters, even if you feel fine?



https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/ 

No matter how old you are, this should convince you that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  It is within us to end this with as little loss of life in the vulnerable as possible.
This is just beginning here in the US & Canada, and we are already behind the curve.


This is a great simulation and well explained. Run it a few times.


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Inga, The m40i

Sold the motor home. Bought a new car.
Her name is Inga & answers when I say her name. She talks to me. She will do 0-60 in 4.4 seconds & easily go over 155mph. She is designed to ford 20 inches of water & has an 8 inch clearance.
Stops on a dime with oversize brakes.
8 gear transmission & can get 27+mpg in econo. mode.
Total of 1400 miles break in and 26+ mpg so far.
Seat comfort unmatched! HK sound system w/ all my 648 albums loaded in lossless FLAC.
Best trade ever!

2020 BMW X3m40i.
Click on her photo. She likes it.




Fall off of the porch in the morning



Click for bigger photo & black frame better than white!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Spiders,Bees, and Dragons

Walking around photos.
Click on one to see better.


Crab spider & Megachile or Leaf cutter bees

Sweat bee landing

Sweat bee on blackberry

Honey Bee on Blackberry

 Red-veined Meadowhawk
Sympetrum madidum


 Red-veined Meadowhawk
Sympetrum madidum


 California Darner (male)


California Darner (female)

Friday, February 22, 2019

News from the USDA - Good news for farmers?

It doesn't look like it.


The USDA estimates a net farm income of $66 billion for 2018, compared with $134 billion in 2013. 
Early last year Trump admitted farmers would take a hit in the trade war, but he insisted that they would “understand.” These are “great patriots,” he added, referring to the farmers. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country.” The Farm Bureau, which represents the nation’s farmers, has spoken out against tariffs and the trade war. The administration has set aside $12 billion to bail out farmers hurt by the president’s trade war.
Russian farmers are one of the beneficiaries of the trade war. Their soybean exports to China more than doubled last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Russia’s overall trade with China rose more than 27 percent to over $100 billion last year, according to the Journal. The increase in trade between the nations has been reportedly nurtured by an increasingly powerful relationship between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who are taking advantage of an America that is on the trade sidelines. 
The trade war has also been linked to the highest number of Midwestern farm bankruptcies in a decade, according to an analysis of court records by the Journal. 
Farmers’ fortunes could change if the United States and China work out their trade differences in talks that are underway. But even in the event of a trade deal, China’s recently developed commercial relationships with farmers in other countries could continue for years. Johansson also warned that unsold American soybeans now stored could take years to “unwind.”
As for the near future, the South American soy harvest “would make exports more competitive in the rest of the marketing year, dimming the prospects for an export recovery,” Johansson warned, according to Reuters.
https://youtu.be/kOeZC5og-Yw