Category Nature

Making crosses

After a long day in the sun, testing one’s fortitude in the hope of making something meaningful I retire to rest so that tomorrow we might try again. At work we are making crosses. Nope, not religious icons. We are crossing different strains of soybean. Beginning the process of developing new and better varieties for […]

To Kill a Monarch

Not exactly a Harper Lee title, nor is this a story about the run up to the first World War (Archduke Franz Ferdinand was, strictly speaking, not yet a Monarch… human or butterfly). And as we shall soon see, no monarchs were actually killed in this episode, tough some habitat was deliberately destroyed. Specialists, are […]

Weather or not

Com in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm

Reflections from/upon this Galactic Speck – Earth Day 2019

Reflection, noun: 1) the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it. “the reflection of light” 2) serious thought or consideration. “she doesn’t get much time for reflection” Let’s do both. Prepositions will help us infer which of these two senses we mean. Reflection from Looking to the heavens […]

Clem claims Climate Clever Clovers courageous – not clueless

Back in October I posted a piece on cow guts.  In it I mentioned two avenues to remediation of methane evolution from ruminant guts, the methane affecting atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and global warming (a hot topic). Due credit was given to research to modify the cows through breeding, and to changing cow rations through […]

Last call for 2018

There seems to be value in reflection; where we’ve been, what we’ve done. Positive memories bring a nostalgia and warming of the heart. Negative memories call forth a resolve to learn from mistakes or guide us toward paths which avoid repeats. The turn of the year seems as good a place as any to take […]

Hawks and Doves

A red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, stopped by the house last weekend. A juvenile I believe. We see hawks now and then, they’re not all that rare in these parts… but one tends to see them out in open country and not so much near human habitats. This particular hawk wasn’t the least bit shy – […]

Cows – a gut check… and the future of beer?

The North American soybean harvest of 2018 is not yet in the books. It consumes this writer and many others as perhaps it should. It may interest many that for much of the eastern parts of the North American bread basket the harvest thus far has gone fairly well, and yields have been quite good. […]

Riff on an old saw

At a livestock auction long ago, my father and I had finished loading up our purchase and were turning about to make our exit. It had started to rain lightly, and the already muddy drive was getting worse by the minute. As we made our way up toward the hard road we came upon a […]

Losing a step

[ed. note: It has been very quiet here for a couple months.  My appologies.  No excuses…. perhaps this is an opportunity for me to ‘step up’?] If you’ve lived long enough to know yourself rather well, to know what your body is capable of (and not capable of), then you may realize when the bones […]