Earth Day: May I Present You with the Hope Cactus – KeaPOD 154

Mammillari mystax Esperanza, or what I'm calling the "Hope Cactus" (esperanza means hope).

For Earth Day 2014: Mammillari mystax Esperanza, or what I’m calling the “Hope Cactus”
(esperanza means hope). Photo by keagiles. Click on the image for a closeup view.

 

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SuperNeato: Information is Beautiful Infographic: When Sea Levels Attack

When sea levels attack -- fascinating infographic from the folks at Information is Beautiful. Credit: Laura Sullivan, Joe Swainson, Fabio Bergamaschi. David McCandless V3.0 - Feb. 2014.

When sea levels attack — screen-shot of a fascinating infographic from the folks at Information is Beautiful. Credit: Laura Sullivan, Joe Swainson, Fabio Bergamaschi. David McCandless V3.0 – Feb. 2014.

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Catching up on the Picture of the Day Series – KeaPOD 153

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Close up of an agave plant at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California, USA. Photo by keagiles.

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Neato and not so Neato…

Blue sea slug image from Treehugger article "10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification." Image credit: "lostandcold."

Blue sea slug image from Treehugger article “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” Image credit: “lostandcold.”

Beautiful marine species, beautifully captured. But each is at risk of extinction, according to the Treehugger slide show, “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” According to author David DeFranza, “Adding carbon to the atmosphere contributes to global warming and climate change. Another less-discussed impact is ocean acidification — whereby carbon molecules diffuse into the ocean from the atmosphere, causing a steady rise in acidity.”

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What can we do to make a difference? Check out this U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Ocean Acidification Program article, aptly titled “What Can We do about Ocean Acidification?

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Neato Clip Art Images

A while back, my brother owned a used bookstore called Applegarth Books. It’s closed now. When it was first starting up, I built a small website for it, and used the following two clip-art images. I’m posting them here because, well, I think they’re pretty neato… I just wish I could cite the artist and original source. Anyone?

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This just seemed to fit with a Merlin/Camelot-themed bookstore. I really like the lighting and colors. Click on the image to make it larger.

Merlin's wine. Applegarth was Merlin's retreat, according to legend.

Merlin’s wine. Applegarth was Merlin’s retreat, according to legend. Click on the image for an expanded view.

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Going Back to Costa Rica

I met someone yesterday who is planning to move to Costa Rica from Colorado. Wow! What a big change! That made me think more about my trip there in June 2013, and I’ve decided to re-post a few of my favorite pictures (click on them for a closer view) from my “First Trip to Costa Rica – Post 3” because I’m not sure how many folks have actually seen those photos (I set it up as a gallery, and it hasn’t gotten many hits). So, here you go:

Human and Capuchin interface via iPhone. Photo by keagiles.

Human and Capuchin interface via iPhone. Photo by keagiles.

We had the most magnificent rainstorm/thunderstorm -- shook the windows! This is after the storm. Photo by keagiles.

We had the most magnificent rainstorm/thunderstorm — shook the windows! This is after the storm. Photo by keagiles.

That bark is batty! Photo by keagiles.

That bark is batty! Photo by keagiles.

Capuchin (white-faced) monkey among the mangroves near Isla Las Damas, Costa Rica. Photo by keagiles.

Capuchin (white-faced) monkey among the mangroves near Isla Las Damas, Costa Rica.
Photo by keagiles.

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January 2014 Geology: Volcanic Lightning?

A volcanic plume generates an impressive lightning bolt at Sakurajima volcano, Japan. Self-electrification of ash particles and charge distribution within the plume are controlling factors for volcanic lightning generation. See “Experimental generation of volcanic lightning” by Cimarelli et al., Geology, Jan. 2014, p. 79–82. Photo by Martin Rietze.

A volcanic plume generates an impressive lightning bolt at Sakurajima volcano, Japan. Self-electrification of ash particles and charge distribution within the plume are controlling factors for volcanic lightning generation. See “Experimental generation of volcanic lightning” by Cimarelli et al., Geology, Jan. 2014, p. 79–82. Photo by Martin Rietze.

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