The news stories of the last week or so from the Ukraine, Syria, Gaza and elsewhere remind us that nothing in this world is as wantonly divisive, destructive and tragic as unleashed human self-interest. 811 more words
In the Beginning: Hiking in Palo Duro Canyon in a place aptly named — Canyon, Texas. Beautiful scenery and not as hot as I would have expected in mid-July!
A lizard lounges in Palo Duro Canyon.
The Teepee Buttes northeast of Pueblo, Colorado, formed by methane seeps when this area was at the bottom of the sea during the Cretaceous.
From the top of Pike’s Peak. We came through hail and are in clouds, so not much view from here. But lightning all around caused people’s hair to stand up.
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This flat lander is reminded of the importance of abundant oxygen in the atmosphere. As we do some hiking through Garden of the Gods, I run out of stamina quickly, but it is so beautiful. The once-flat sedimentary layers (sandstone and shale) were uplifted by the igneous intrusion that formed Pike’s Peak and, after exposure to the elements over millions of years, have eroded into these lovely formations.
We could actually see Pikes Peak this morning! It’s beautiful and cool as we travel through the mountains toward Twin Lakes and then on to Leadville. We are traveling through terminal, recessional and lateral moraines formed at the end of the Ice Age about 10,000 years ago.
Twin Lakes, Colorado, dammed up by recessional moraines.
Our lunch location, for my chemistry geek friends!
As one of the rotating images within its website header teases, what has 72 feet, covers 3,000 miles in 16 days, can earn 3 graduate hours of credit, and is more fun than summer vacation when you were a kid?995 more words
The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. 200 more words
Italy has confirmed they’ve lost their touch.. And so much more! Probably partly stolen by Uruguay who bit the shit out of the players. The usual big guns were all out half the way (the only surprise of WC 2014). 54 more words