We all did a lot of yukking on Tumblr (and others all over the net) when it was disclosed that the CEO of Exxon was plaintiff in a lawsuit over a fracking development near his ranch. Well, he withdrew from the suit. Three guesses why, and the second and third guesses don’t count.
E.O. Wilson is going on 85. This article describes what he’s been doing lately. He coined the term, “Biophilia,” which is in the title of my blog. I’ve admired his writing and his science since I first became aware of him.
Now, more than three weeks after the initial spill, it’s possible to assess what the immediate impact of that spill will be. First, the good news: North Deer Island and Bolivar Flats did not experience significant oiling. In fact, most of Audubon’s 178 island sanctuaries along the Texas coast, which range in size from a quarter-acre to more than 100 acres, remained unscathed. A number of birds in the Galveston Bay area were oiled, but they encountered the slick in the open water, not in the sanctuaries themselves. Rather, much of the spilled oil traveled out into the Gulf of Mexico and migrated southwest down the Texas Coast. Oil made landfall at Matagorda Island, a barrier island some 120 miles away from Galveston. Its remoteness made cleanup and monitoring difficult: Matagorda is only accessible by boat, and because it has no roads, response teams had to use ATVs brought to the island by barge.
During the cleanup outside of Galveston Bay, crews bagged 219,025 pounds of oiled material, most of which came from Matagorda Island and Mustang Island, and recovered 77 deceased birds, including herons, terns, and shorebirds. In the end, two-thirds of the Texas Coast was affected by the disaster, from just northeast of Galveston down to North Padre Island, some 300 miles south.
If there are any positives to take out of this whole mess, it’s that the oil did not make it into marshes, nor did it sully the habitat for the critically endangered whooping crane, which is located just behind the Matagorda barrier island in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Moorten Botanical Garden is a well-known garden in Palm Springs. Been here forever. This is the story behind it. I’ve posted several photos from our visits to the Garden.
"Among all family members, there is a deep belief that the garden generates its own unique energy.
“ ‘We feel it because we know that her spirit is everywhere. If you don’t understand the garden you won’t feel the energy. It’s such a personal place that it’s hard to let it go and let someone else do it, so Dad will never retire. It’s an expression of how we all feel about this living breathing painting, and no painter would let another person choose his colors.’ “
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You) (Official Video) (by 4AD)
OK, minor deviation from the themes of my usual posts. But….I love most forms of music, and will listen to most anything. The song is terrific, and the video is fun. (Sort of fits my theme of deserts and horses.)
I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times, here, about a group from Baltimore called “Future Islands.” They played Coachella last weekend, and will play again this weekend at Coachella Weekend 2. They did Letterman last month.
Thursday night/Friday morning, they played at Pappy and Harriet’s, a traditional road house up in Pioneertown in the high desert, about 40 minutes from Palm Springs toward Joshua Tree. Sold-out. (Pappy is notorious in an excellent sort of way. Just before Future Islands came on, the Pixies did a set.)