Sunday, August 26, 2012
Raymond M. Alf was a teacher at the Webb Schools and a passionate paleontologist who began collecting fossils in the 1930s. The majority of the fossils on display were found by himself and his students on field trips to Barstow and other sites in the southwest, from Utah and Wyoming to Montana and Arizona. Webb students still go on fossil-hunting trips.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
My neighbor Karen Sanford took these great pictures of a couple of coyote pups in her yard last week. Their mom left, but these two hung around--eating fruit! Those are nectarines on the ground, put out for the birds, and the pups are scarfing them up.
They also spent some time under the fig tree--not only eating figs off the ground, but also pulling them right off the branches.
Who knew that coyotes had a sweet tooth? I didn't. Since this incident several people have told me, "Coyotes will eat everything." I never would have thought that "everything" included fruit!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
In the days of old, Desert Magazine was regarded as the iconic publication of the desert. Just in case there's anyone who hasn't heard yet, I want to help spread the word that ALL back issues of this classic magazine are now available online for FREE! Just click here!
The person responsible for this generosity is John Grasson, Editor/Publisher of the new Dezert Magazine, a very classy online publication which you can check out at the same link.
The glory years of the original Desert Magazine were 1937 to 1958, when founder/editor/publisher Randall Henderson was at the helm. Thanks to Wikipedia for this summary: "The magazine focused on the desert country of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, and covered a broad range of desert subjects including: regional travel and exploration; the visual arts of painting, drawing, and photography; prose and literature; cultural history; prospecting and mining; natural history including geology, wildlife, and flora; river running, and 'lifestyle' – human interest stories."
The new Dezert Magazine features some spectacular photography and articles in the grand tradition of its predecessor. Grasson says, "I am trying to keep Randall's legacy alive with the new Dezert Magazine. We published our first printed edition last month and will continue to do so on a quarterly basis."
Sunday, August 5, 2012
A great lion arrived far afar
it was huge as silence...
It found only solitude.
It roared of shyness and hunger:
it could eat only air,
seafoam unpunished by the coast,
frozen sea lettuce,
breeze the color of birds...
Melancholy lion from another planet...
In the introduction to this book, Neruda says, "I came to live in Isla Negra in 1939 and the coast was strewn with these extraordinary presences of stone and they spoke to me in a hoarse and drenching language, a jumble of marine cries and primal warnings. Because of this, the book, adorned with portraits of creatures of stone, is a conversation that I open to all poets of the earth, so that it may be continued by all to encounter the secret of stone and of life."
While in very good condition overall, this book arrived imbued with a thick, musty old book smell. I couldn't look through it without sneezing. But there is a cure! I found this online. Here's what you do: Get a plastic box with a tight-fitting lid. Fill the bottom with kitty litter. Put the book in an open cardboard box inside the first box, then close the plastic lid. Leave it there until the smell is gone. It works! No more sneezing!