Archive | February, 2009

San Francisco Garter Snake

Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

The San Francisco Garter Snake has been called North America’s most beautiful serpent.  A fantastically colored species that does justice to its moniker, it is identified by its reddish-orange head with red, black, and blue racing stripes on its sides and back.

Unfortunately this harmless and gorgeous critter isn’t easily seen, in part because it is on the brink of extinction.  Restricted primarily to San Mateo County, the species’ preferred habitats—wet and marshy habitats with access to upland areas—have been hit hard by agricultural, residential, commercial, and even recreational development.  There may be only one to two thousand individuals remaining in the wild today.

MP3: Incredible String Band – First Girl I Loved

February 18, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

I Been Downhearted Baby

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeva since the day we met.

Good lord almighty. If there’s an order you should do things today, clicking here should be on the top of your list. And if you don’t have the time to watch five glorious minutes of BB and Lucille preaching to a large group of Sing Sing inmates on Thanksgiving day of 1972 – and clearly you do – then go to the 4:00 mark, watch for Joan Baez, and try to deal with how much more fun prison looks than being on the internet.

February 18, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

West With The Night

West With The Night by Beryl Markham, 1952:

“Night flying over charted country by the aid of instruments and radio guidance can still be a lonely business, but to fly in unbroken darkness without even the cold companionship of a pair of ear phones or the knowledge that somewhere ahead are lights and life and a well-marked airport is something more than just lonely. It is at times unreal to the point where the existence of other people seems not even a reasonable probability. The hills, the forests, the rocks, and the plains are one with the darkness, and the darkness is infinite. The Earth is no more your planet than is a distant star – if a star is shining; the plane is your planet and you are its sole inhabitant.

Before such a flight it was this anticipation of aloneness more than any thought of physical danger that used to haunt me a little and make me wonder sometimes if mine was the most wonderful job in the world after all. I always concluded that lonely or not it was still free from the curse of boredom.”

Ernest Hemingway on Beryl Markham:

“Did you read Beryl Markham’s book, West With The Night? …She has written so well, and marvellously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and nailing them together and sometimes making an okay pig pen. But this girl, who is to my knowledge very unpleasant and we might even say a high-grade bitch, can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers … it really is a bloody wonderful book.”

West With The Night - #8 On Nat Geo’s 100 Greatest Adventure Books Of All Time

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February 18, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Fire

7 Ways To Light A Fire Without a Match

February 17, 2009 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Rainbow Festivals

Guano:

My daughter Skater (aka: Pixie, Shine, age 13) and I had a grand time at the Missouri Rainbow. We arrived Sunday June 23 and left July 3, and those were 11 magical days! Our drive in was 12 hours, and started with thunderstorms and a downburst in central Illinois that forced us off the road near Springfield. Big booming lightning! Old Mother Nature’s power chords! Ba-BOOM!! Ka-Pow!!!!!

Guano’s maps of various Rainbow Festivals1993, 19961999, 2000

MP3: Melanie – Babe Rainbow

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Mighty, MIghty

MP3: Baby Huey – Mighty Mighty (Live)

February 13, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Missing Links

From Nat Geo:

Known today as Hyracotherium (“hyrax-like beast”), Eohippus (“dawn horse”) was the original name of the first complete skeleton of this primitive, foxlike horse, discovered in the southern U.S. in 1867.

Why it matters: When Darwin went public with his theory of evolution, there was no hard evidence to show how an existing animal had evolved from prehistoric species—until Hyracotherium, kicked off a series of fossil discoveries depicting the evolution of horses over 55 million years.

Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago says Hyracotherium/Eohippus is up there historically with Archaeopteryx. The paleontologist named Eoraptor—the small transitional dinosaur at the root of the dinosaur family tree—with Eohippus in mind.

MP3: Genesis – Turn It On Again (Thx)

February 12, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

If I’s a lizard in the spring

MP3: Karen Dalton – Mole In The Ground (Live)

February 12, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Gladin’

Highland Beach, Everglades National Park, January 2009

Good lawd. Really take a look at this beautiful map.

More on Gladin’

MP3: Lonnie Mack – Florida (thx)

February 12, 2009 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Thrift Store Art

The PSB Gallery Of Thrift Store Art

MP3: Big Star – Give Me Another Chance (thx)

February 11, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }