June 30, 2015

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Mauna Kea kuahiwi ku ha‘o i ka mälie. This is not a little telescope - it's 18 stories tall. Antarctica!

(Other places we shouldn't mess with: Mount KailashUluru, the Sierra Madre de Santa Maria, the Black Hills and Enchanted Rock.)

cú, mmxv-vi-xxx

June 29, 2015

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Saw a hummingbird chasing a purple martin today. Stunning.

90.8 miles for June.

happy 1st, erin!


sweet little erin will be a year old in a couple days :)

June 28, 2015


this would make a nice greeting card

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June 25, 2015

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Mother and baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash. Awesome. "Details of how she survived are still sketchy, but local media said she came across a couple of indigenous people who helped her." Right on.

June 21, 2015

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Pan and I topped a small ridge this evening and turned around to find this wall cloud sneaking up on us. 

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June 17, 2015

June 16, 2015

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amy's columbines

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Though he's only been here a week, Cú came wiggle-butting up to the door when I got home from work today. He has already learned his name, sit, and come. He has had his vaccinations and his wounds are on the mend.  He gets along well with Ondine and Pan. He does a little counter-surfing and trash-digging, but it hasn't been a problem. He is a great cuddler. 

snippets, 6-16-2015

After the flood (Texas Monthly). And ugh, Tropical Storm Bill will be heading inland today - 100 percent chance of rain tonight.

Nice: Lynda Barry's commencement speech at the University of the Arts. Interesting thoughts on the question, "What is an image?" (I have some ideas on that topic but I'll save them for my novel.)

June 15, 2015

June 12, 2015

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snippets, 6-12-2015

My dog stole the tractor. "He’s not the best dog I’ve had, but he’s good enough."  :)

Also, this: Monkeys' cosy alliance with wolves looks like domestication. (Warning: annoying cookies and pop-ups, but still cool.)

June 10, 2015

water feature...

say hi to Cú

Looks like this boy is moving in with us. He was found as a stray up north of Fort Hood on Saturday: no microchip, all the local rescue organizations were full, and his next destination was the pound.

His foreleg, teeth and face were injured, and he's extremely thin. He had a dozen speargrass spears buried under his skin and between his toes. Bren took him to work this morning and got him checked over: no broken homes, and heartworm negative - that's miraculous in these parts. His lower left canine is broken and will have to be extracted, and he has a skin infection. We will have to get him neutered, too, but, all in all, it looks like with a little kindness and care he will be fine. The vet thinks he's about nine months old. He's 32 pounds now (Pan's size), but we're guessing he might get up to around 50 - he has very big paws.

Hasn't shown a hint of any prior training, but seems eager to learn. He's very mellow. Introductions with Pan, Ondine and Finn couldn't have gone more smoothly. He seems a little smitten with PJ, and he's indifferent about the cats. Within a couple hours of his arrival, he fell asleep with his head in Bren's lap. (I suspect that says as much about Bren as it does about the dog, lol.)

We're calling him Cú after the dog in Song of the Sea. :)

June 9, 2015

June 7, 2015

June 6, 2015

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A morning hike along the south side of the North San Gabriel. Water from last week's rain is still over the bridge we cross to get to the trail on the other side. The river hasn't been this full in years.