Below are photos from our visit today (Monday, 8/13/12) to Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, because of the extreme heat Yosemite Falls was dry as a bone and Bridal Veil Falls was nearly so. The park was still impressive, as were the efforts to reduce traffic congestion. Even so, portions of the park must be near gridlock on weekends.
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The following photograph was printed front and center on page three of the Lansing State Journal, yesterday (1/12/12) in full color. How repulsive! Why can’t some people be satisfied with taking photographs instead of rifle shots? And why should the newspaper glorify this action with such a prominent location?
The photograph above accompanied a story about how the hunter used his wily skills to shoot and kill this 40 pound plus bobcat. Personally, I found the whole story and photograph to be extremely repugnant. I also felt a deep sense of grief over the death of the bobcat – it did not need to, or deserve to die in such a cutthroat manner. This beautiful bobcat should have been allowed to live a full and productive life instead of it being cut short in an act of selfishness.
Why kill this magnificent and beautiful animal? What purpose does it serve other than to feed the hunter’s exaggerated greed and ego. I don’t have a problem with hunting for the purpose of providing food, but the idea of killing this bobcat (which are not vast in numbers anymore) as some sort of ego-boosting trophy is just despicable and makes me sick.
The January 2012 issue of Conde’ Nast Traveler includes a list of the twelve most tranquil (quiet) places on Earth. The list is based on the degree to which non-natural noises and sounds are absent allowing the visitor to experience nature in all its sonic beauty and tranquility. Here’s the list provided in the magazine (do not believe it is on their website yet). those shown in bold are also UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA
- Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
- Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
- Samboja Lestari, Borneo
- Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
- Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Muir Woods National Monument, California, USA
- Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA
- Pyrenees National Park, France
- Olympic National Park, Washington, USA
- Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, USA
- Marconi Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts, USA
Source: Conde’ Nast Traveler, January 2012
My cellphone photo of a beautiful, albeit fairly small “sundog” seen over Greater Lansing, Michigan on Thursday afternoon, December 1, 2011. Way cool! And yes we do have snow on the ground after getting 8-10 inches on Tuesday night and another inch last night. Hard to believe it was 65F last Friday.
You heard it here first fellow swimming rodent fans — muskrats eat phragmites! Do not know what phragmites is. Below is a picture of a wetland overwhelmed by this plant species that is turning many wetlands into devastated monocultures.
“It has been stated or implied that Phragmites is little-used as food by native animals in North America (e.g., Marks et al. 1994). Rhizomes, culm bases, and young shoots of Phragmites are eaten by common muskrat and probably by American beaver. Phragmites marshes in the Hackensack Meadowlands often support substantial muskrat populations (Kiviat, pers. obs.). Young shoots are eaten by cottontail (Richard Casagrande, Yale University, pers. comm.).”
As the report notes, coming to the rescue are muskrats, as well as beavers and cottontail rabbits. Those lovable (to Eco-dude – me), furry, little marsh managers that pond owners often despise are a partial solution to a major environmental problem. Unfortunately, hunters like muskrats too, but maybe we need to rethink the hunting and varmint removal of muskrats considering the new benefits derived from them.
Thought this was a cool video, even though technically it is part of an advertisement for a resort in Alaska. It does look like a lot of fun. Thank you to Susan for forwarding the video to us. It is perfect for Fun Friday.