Well, we did it. We successfully had another Autumnal Equinox, changed seasons and entered fall. And at least as of sunset on the 23rd, the world hasn't ended, despite predictions to the contrary! It's still above 80 deg-F outside, and I'm still mowing my lawn - but astronomically, the nights are now longer than the…Read more Beyond the Equinox, Beyond the Sea (Astronomy: Week of 9/24/17)
I'm making up for some lost time with a rare double post! I wanted to share a quick video featuring a quick look at the southern barrier islands of North Carolina. I've never been one for lounging on a beach, but I do enjoy watching the constant movement - not just the waves rolling in, or…Read more Constant Change on a Tranquil Sea
In Acadia National Park, Maine, the tides change as much as 12 vertical feet. Life here adapts to the timing and the twice-daily overhaul of the local environment. Mussels and sea stars stay deep, close to the permanent tide pools. Barnacles and seaweed cling to rocks, sealing in moisture when the water recedes. Snails graze…Read more Tidal Ecosystems, Layered
A quick (and early) post this week, because Mercury, in particular, is moving fast, and the effect will soon be ruined. This week, try and get up early. For some of you I know this is pretty typical, but even those of you that are normally kicking and screaming at 5:30am might have reason to see…Read more Dawn Planetary Lineup (Astronomy: Week of 9/17/17)
I have to start by admitting my ignorance. I've never had occasion to, or really even considered, calling a civic Animal Control organization. I've relocated snakes, mice, and bats - even owls and squirrels (chimney) - out of my own various houses, on my own, or with family members. When I was young, my grandfather…Read more Can I Get Help From Animal Control?
For months, it was "Eclipse! Eclipse!" Then, that abruptly ended. Well, the sun is apparently jealous of the sudden lack of attention, as this week it reached out and smacked the Earth with a large coronal mass ejection (CME) as if to say, "Hey! Still here!" So let's pay attention - fortunately, all those eclipse-viewing…Read more Sunspot, Baby!
We've all been there. Lying in bed, knowing it's time to get up - but outside it's raining. You can hear it on the roof, on the windows. So you pull your covers over your head and doze off for another half-hour (if you're lucky). Scientists link rainy-day drowsiness to a lack of sunlight. Light…Read more Sleeping In On A Rainy Day