Seeing Bees Again?

Seeing Bees Again?

I’ve kept looking for bees this season. A few weeks ago, while driving my bus on the west end of town, I saw one dart across the windshield. Yes, then I saw another and again another. Wondering where that hive could be and if it was a feral hive, my heart soared. That is, until I crested the hill and saw a semi-load of bees […]

The Dark Side of Casper Mountain

The Dark Side of Casper Mountain

The Mine I’ve spent a lot of time hunting fluorescent minerals on Casper Mountain. Looking at my Confessions page, I’ve probably spent way too much time there. But until now, only half the story has been told. Here’s the other half. And it’s as intriguing as the fluorescent mineral side of the story. Collecting fluorescent minerals requires: going to out of the way places late […]

The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

The Beautiful Tricks of Flowers

Another interesting Ted talk. In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing ‘landing-strips’ to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat. Warning: There are a couple of instances in this talk that are […]

My Aching Back! Thinking Again

My Aching Back! Thinking Again

Well, it’s finally happened. And I probably deserved it. You see, I’ve been a bit of a showoff at times, as I’ve been lucky enough to avoid one of the common ills of aging. My marathon running brother has been going slower. As has his mountain climbing brother. A decade ago, they both developed back problems like our father. But I was seemly immune, even […]

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