Tag Archives: nature

Rock garden, poetic thought by George-B


Rock garden, poetic thought by George-B

Where the sands ripples circles end
pointing rocks,
remind of harmony between
lose and compact,

fluid and solid,

framed in a live still nature,
all artificial, all maintained…
all remembered and all  forgotten.

rock-garden

rock-garden

Haiku: Our hopes, poetic thought by George-B


Haiku:   Our hopes, poetic thought by George-B

Our hopes hang loose

Half way between the clouds

And the deep blue sky.

clouds

clouds

 

Claude Debussy – Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faune (Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun)



Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faune 

“The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé‘s beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature.”

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Spanish National Orchestra
Josep Pons – Conductor

Preludio a la siesta de un Fauno
Orquesta Nacional de Espana
Josep Pons – Director de orquesta

 

Haiku: Bonsai (poetic thought by George-B)


Haiku: Bonsai (poetic thought by George-B)

Contorted bonsai
Path in life
Lauds it’s surviving might

Bonsai - California -Juniper

Bonsai – California -Juniper

 

FLIES AND BEETLES: FOOD OF OUR FOOD’S FUTURE?


Flies and Beetles: Food of Our Food’s Future?

Last month, the UN Food and Agriculture Organizationreported that insects are “underutilized” as food, and while many people are still reluctant to consider insects as a food source for themselves, they are less resistant to the idea of eating something that has previously eaten bugs. That is where French start-up company Ynsect, and others like it, come in. These companies are developing animal feeds that utilize insects rather than pricier soybeans as their source of protein. More… Discuss

Haiku – Wind (poetic thought by George-B)


Haiku – Winds (poetic thought by George-B)

Winds move life and death
with indifferent motives –
Eons only know

ROCK CLIMBING


 

Climbers on "Valkyrie" at The Roache...

Climbers on “Valkyrie” at The Roaches in Staffordshire, United Kingdom, in May 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rock Climbing

In rock climbing, participants scale natural rock formations or artificial rock walls using ropes and special equipment—or, sometimes, just their hands and feet. Though humans have been rock climbing for millennia, the activity emerged as a sport in the 19th century. Aid climbing, in which artificial handholds and footholds are used, allowed climbers to reach heights that once seemed inaccessible. Today, the sport continues to evolve. What are some of the ethical considerations of rock climbing? More…
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Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 — Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi



Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Antonín Dvořák -Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66 14’52

Santa Ana River Mouth – Huntington Beach (Oil Painting) (My Art Collection)


Santa Ana River Mouth - Huntington Beach (Oil Painting) (My Art Collection)

‘Santa Ana River Mouth – Huntington Beach’ (Oil Painting) (My Art Collection)

This Day in the yesteryear: LAST DUSKY SEASIDE SPARROW DIES IN CAPTIVITY (1987)


Last Dusky Seaside Sparrow Dies in Captivity (1987)

Thousands of dusky seaside sparrows once inhabited the natural salt marshes around Merritt Island and the area along the St. Johns River in southern Florida. The non-migratory birds lived exclusively in this small area, and this proved to be their undoing. From the 1940s onward, pesticides, pollution, and habitat loss caused the subspecies’ population to decline precipitously. By 1979, just six males remained. Why were the remaining birds eventually relocated to Walt Disney World theme parkMore… Discuss

 

Haiku: Petals


Haiku: Petals 

A flower’s petal 
Pendulating lightly
Gently rests  aground. 

Haiku – Time (my poetry collection)


Haiku – Time

The passage of time
makes one think about present
more than the past.

This Day In the Yesteryear: FIRST ASCENT OF MT. MCKINLEY’S SOUTH PEAK (1913)


First Ascent of Mt. McKinley’s South Peak (1913)

With a summit elevation of 20,320 ft (6,194 m), Alaska’s Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America. James Wickersham led the first recorded climbing attempt in 1903 but turned back at 8,000 ft (2,438 m). In 1910, a group known as the Sourdough expedition claimed to have summited its lower, northern peak. Three years later, explorer Hudson Stuck and three others made the first successful ascent of the South Summit—its true summit. How did Stuck’s ascent verify the Sourdough climb? More… Discuss

 

Past midnight (poetic thought by George-B)


A drop detatching from a dripping faucet. Imag...

A drop detatching from a dripping faucet. Image taken by User:Dschwen on February 8th 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Past midnight (poetic thought by George-B)

Is pretty much past midnight…
And sleeping is a dream;
I grow aware of a drip, DRIP…DRIP –
The kitchen faucet licks its wounds,
Silently,as much as it can,
but still….
It makes me interject:
“But please, can’t you keep it quiet?
I need my sleep,
in case I never get to sleep another night!”

Playful Squirrel- Almo Oil Color Sketch )My Art Collection)


Playful Squirrel- Almo Oil Color Sketch )My Art Collection)

Playful Squirrel- Almo Oil Color Sketch )My Art Collection)

Dog Beach – Spring Walk Day


Dog Beach - Spring Walk Day

Dog Beach – Spring Walk Day

“SPIDER DAN” SCALES 110-STORY SEARS TOWER (1981)


“Spider Dan” Scales 110-Story Sears Tower (1981)

After witnessing a deadly high-rise hotel fire, Dan Goodwin resolved to call attention to the need for better skyscraper firefighting and rescue techniques. Six months after the blaze, he donned a homemade Spider-Man suit and, using suction cups and climbing gear, began an ascent of Chicago’s Sears Tower—then the world’s tallest building. He reached the top seven hours later and was promptly arrested. What structure—formerly the world’s tallest—did he climb with no equipment, twice in one day? More… Discuss

Leopold Stokowski “La Cathédrale engloutie” Debussy


Published on Aug 29, 2012

“La Cathédrale engloutie” The sunken Cathedral”
for piano by Claude Debussy,
arranged for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski
New Philharmonic Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski, conductor
1968

To think or not to think (poetic thought by George-B)


To think or not to think (poetic thought by George-B)

To think or not to think,

is a question as fundamental as
to be or not to be, because:

Not to think is to be not, in fact more evolved as a grain  of sand,
maybe less, considering all
a grain of sand, potentially have experienced….

So: if grains of sand could unleash their memory
of the things they’ve become aware of,
imagine the images, the aromas, the sounds, of being a grain of sand….

To be a grain of sand, or a human, is now the choice…but:

can you afford to be, as apparently unmoved and unimate as  a grain of sand? 

Today’s Birthday: LORRAINE HANSBERRY (1930) a Playwright


Lorraine Hansberry (1930)

At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry’s own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Whose poem gave rise to the play’s title? More… Discuss

UN ADVOCATING BUGS AS FOOD (one way to avoid it is to get insects as pets….Jerry Lewis did!)


UN Advocating Bugs as Food

In many parts of the world, insects are an accepted part of the cuisine, and it would behoove Westerners to welcome bugs into their diets as well. A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization concludes that insects are “underutilized” as food. They are good sources of protein and minerals, and their production produces fewer greenhouse gasses and is less land-dependent than the raising of livestock. Increasing our dependence on insects as a highly nutritious food source could help combat world hunger and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, even help reduce obesity. More… Discuss

“UN: Leave my crickett alone!”

Pressed Seasons (poetic thought by George-B) (maybe Haiku)


Pressed Seasons (poetic thought by George-B) 

Pressed rose sent in May,
Preserves love for a season-
Fresh rose – forever.

BOAT CARRYING CYCLONE EVACUEES CAPSIZES OFF BURMESE COAST


Boat Carrying Cyclone Evacuees Capsizes off Burmese Coast

A boat carrying about 100 people being evacuated ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to hit westernBurma later in the week, capsized on Monday, and at least 50 of the passengers are feared dead. The evacuees were Rohingya Muslims who had been living in temporary camps in Rakhine after being displaced from their homes by violence last year. Tens of thousands of displaced people are living in vulnerable, low-lying, makeshift camps near the coast, and the evacuations were undertaken at the UN’s urging. Sadly, a measure aimed at safegaurding the people instead hastened their deaths. More… Discuss

MIXED MESSAGES WHEN IT COMES TO LIGHT DRINKING DURING PREGNANCY


Mixed Messages When It Comes to Light Drinking during Pregnancy

There is no doubt that heavy drinking during pregnancy causes significant harm to one’s fetus, but experts are divided when it comes to light drinking. The data from a recent study of 10,534 UK children indicate that light drinking—defined as no more than two units of alcohol a week—during pregnancy does not harm a child’s behavioral or mental development, at least not before age seven. Experts are quick to caution expectant mothers that these results are not definitive and that more research is needed. The safest course of action, they say, is to abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy. More… Discuss

DallasNewscom_-_ Why didn’t 2,400 tons of ammonium nitrate at West plant raise concerns? (my question is: why do they hate us so much?)


DallasNewscom_-_ Why didn't 2,400 tons of ammonium nitrate at West plant raise concerns

DallasNewscom_-_ Why didn’t 2,400 tons of ammonium nitrate at West plant raise concerns (Click to access report)

Joan Baez – The Green Green Grass Of Home



Joan performs a country classic on the Smothers Brothers show.

Send “Green, Green Grass of Home” Ringtone to your Cell


Joan Baez – green, green grass of Home

The old home town looks the same
As I step down from the train
And there meet me is my mama and my papa
Down the road I look and there runs Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
The old house is still standing
Tho’ the paint is cracked and dry
And there’s that old oak tree that I used to play on
Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, they’ll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
Then I wake and look around me
To the cold gray wall that surround me
And then I realize that I was only dreaming
There’s a guard and sad old padre
Arm in arm we’ll walk at daybreak
Again I touch the green, green grass of home
Yes, we’ll all be together in the shade of that old oak tree
As we beneath indeed the green, green grass of home

Send “Green, Green Grass of Home” Ringtone to your Cell

INVASIVE SNAILS EATING FLORIDIANS OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME, LITERALLY


Invasive Snails Eating Floridians Out of House and Home, Literally

Several invasive species have made Florida their home, including the Burmese python and the perhaps lesser known but no less destructive giant African land snail. These snails can grow to be as big as rats and even carry a parasitic rat lungworm that can sicken humans. They devour over 500 species of plants and are also particularly fond of stucco, a building material that contains calcium needed for their shells—shells so sharp they have been known to puncture tires. Over 100,000 of the snails have been captured since they were first spotted in Florida in September 2011, but with each snail capable of producing 1,200 eggs a year, the battle is far from over. More… Discuss

 

Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth Gray-toned (gray tones are for Art!) (my photography collection)


Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth Graystoned (graytones are for Art!)

Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth Gray-toned (gray tones are for Art!) (My photography Collection)

Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth Triptic Vertical – Panorama With view of Catalina Island (S) and San Gabriel Mountains (N) and Alamitos Bay (W)(my photo collection)


Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth

Seal Beach @ San Gabriel River Mouth View of Catalina Island to the South and San Gabriel Mountains to the North and  Alamitos Bay to the West

point of view (X-ed in Red_

point of view (X-ed in Red

 

Earth Day 2013: April 22, Let’s make everyday Earth Day: our actions count!


Earth Day 2013: April 22, Let’s make everyday Earth Day

Topometric Portrait in Indigo (my Photo Collection) (The higher we rise, the larger the horizon!)


Topometric Portrait in Indigo(my Photo Collection)

Topometric Portrait in indigo(my Photo Collection)

Topometric Portrait in Indigo (my Photo Collection):

“The higher we rise,

the larger the Horizon!”

Cat Poses in Mirror: We all are fascinated by mirrors: from Snow White’s step mother, to Sox the cat; The reasons are unimportant!


My take on things: To the question who was first: the HEN or the EGG….Our answer is: MONSANTO!


My take on things: To the question who was first: the HEN or the EGG….Our answer is:  MONSANTO!

This Duck doesn’t quack – Pacific coast red driftwood – Paradise Cove Beach (my photo collection)


My Duck doesn't  quack (my photo collection)

This Duck doesn’t quack – Pacific coast red driftwood – Paradise Cove Beach (my photo collection)

Description: Natural color driftwood of redwood species, of unknown age and provenience .

Assembly: Work consisted of sawing of the head-neck and re-attaching them to the body, in a realistic way. One drywall screw secures the assembly.

Year of work: 1993

Found: On Paradise Cove Beach, North of Malibu.

GROWN UPS JUST AS GUILTY OF TEXTING IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT


Grown Ups Just as Guilty of Texting in the Driver’s Seat

Though young drivers are typically considered the worst offenders when it comes to texting while driving, it turns out that adult drivers surpass them in this regard. A survey conducted by AT&T reveals that more adults are texting behind the wheel in the US than teens, 49 percent versus 43 percent respectively. Of the texting drivers surveyed, 40 percent do so habitually. Nearly all of the respondents claim to be aware of the dangers of texting while driving, yet this is apparently not enough of a deterrent for many. More… Discuss

Uploaded on Jul 24, 2010

 

I put this movie together for my speech in my communication class, But I thought I would share it here and maybe it will help u all decide to make your car a NO PHONE ZONE!!

I do not own this music, or the pictures. I downloaded them for a class project.

NAMIBIAN “FAIRIES” MAY ACTUALLY BE TERMITES


Namibian “Fairies” May Actually Be Termites

Numerous hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origins of the bare desert patches known as fairy circles, but one scientist thinks he has found the culprit: termites. After years of research, he has come to the conclusion that Psammotermes allocerus clears these patches of ground in order to maintain a water supply in the arid environment. He contends that they eat the roots of short-lived grasses, creating round, bare patches of sandy earth that then collect water just below the surface. This water supports both the termite populations and perennial grasses that grow at the circles’ edges. More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: BBC REPORT: SPAGHETTI GROWS ON TREES (1957) Biggest hoax!


BBC Report: Spaghetti Grows on Trees (1957)

An estimated 8 million unsuspecting viewers were watching the BBC’s trusted current affairs program Panorama when it aired one of the first televised hoaxes in history, a 3-minute report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest. Afterwards, the station received calls from hundreds of curious viewers, including some who wanted information on cultivating their own spaghetti plants. In the report, the year’s abundant spaghetti crop was attributed to a mild winter and the near-elimination of what pest? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birhtday: SIR BENJAMIN THOMPSON, COUNT RUMFORD (1753) a scientist and inventor


Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (1753)

A scientist and inventor, Thompson was perhaps the first person to recognize heat as a form of motion, at a time when many believed it to be a substance. He invented various heat-related items, including a double boiler, a drip coffeepot, thermal underwear, and a more efficient fireplace. After he was denied a commission in the Continental Army, Thompson spied for the British in the American Revolution. When he had to flee the country, what particularly notable thing did he leave behind? More… Discuss

 

Seapoint View Huntington Beach – Nature preserve at Bolsa Chica- June 17, 2012 (my Photopgraphy)


Seapoint View Huntington Beach - Nature preserve at Bolsa Chica- June 17, 2012

Seapoint View Huntington Beach – Nature preserve at Bolsa Chica- June 17, 2012
(click to enlarge)

San Gabriel River Nature Preserve


San Gabriel River Nature Preserve

San Gabriel River Nature Preserve

Nature – The Florist ( my Photographic memoirs)


Nature - The Florist ( my Photographic memoirs)

Nature - The Florist ( my Photographic memoirs)