Saturday, December 14, 2013

Abraham Lake , Alberta,Canada: Frozen Methane Bubbles

As scary as methane gas is for the environment , there is a rare beauty in the winter ice of Abraham Lake.

Visit the lake through a photographer's lens at this link.

In the article is a link to beautiful photos and a more detailed explanation.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sea Circles Wonder

I couldn't help but share this amazing video about an unlikely critter and its beautiful creation.

Who would think that something so unattractive could do this?

Well you know the old adage - you can't judge a book etc etc

Japan's Underwater Crop Circles

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Can You Identify The Tidy Egg Layer?

It is a mystery to my husband and I.

Hubby was splitting firewood ( poplar) last week and discovered something which he has never come across before. And he has split a lot of wood in his years.

When he halved a log, it separated neatly along a channel bored into the wood. Inside, he found a tidy row of little green packages about 2cm (an inch) in length . The packets were formed with leaves that lined the channel . Each leaf was perfectly fitted to the diameter of about .25 cm ( 3/8 ") and the ends were all neatly tucked and folded shut.

There is no way an ovipositor can be a foot long is there?
I doubt it is a wasp. I think. I'm pretty sure. Well maybe there might be.

Five of these little packages wrapped in identically-sized leaves were butted up to one another at the bottom of a channel that was about 30 cm (a foot) deep . The channel entered the cut end of the log and continued in an angle to its end.

We know of wood borers and wood-boring wasps but the neat little packets that deep into the log meant female took took exceptional care to wrap each egg carefully in a leaf to ensure its survival. And whatever insect went that deep had to be able to back into the channel quite a way to deposit the eggs.

Or is it a type of caterpillar's work ? Hmmm!???

What can it be ?

Do you have any idea? Let me know.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bear 71

This is probably the most profound film about the Grizzly Bear that you will view...ever.

It starts with a film segment of conservation officers tranquilizing and collaring a female grizzly: Bear 71.

From that point on , you are in a landscape far removed from reality.
 A map . A sort of moving screen filled with bleeps and icons showing what is the environment of Bear71 in impersonal form.

But it is an interactive screen which allows you to catch video cam glimpses of that environment.

All the while you are wandering , Bear 71 tells the personal story of her journey from 2001 , when she was collared , until 2009 _the end of her journey.

" There aren't a lot of ways for a grizzly bear to die. At least that's the way it was in the wild."...Bear 71

                                        The documentary Bear71

 Leanne Allison and Jeremy Mendes have created a poignant experience for us. Take the 20 minutes to watch this National Film Board Interactive film once . I guarantee you will need to watch it again.

  Where you are in Bear 71's story?

This should be interesting to watch. Live from a thorn bush in Africa.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ships at Sea
On November 21,2009 , this many vessels were active in the worlds oceans at one time. The Vessel ID System on the International Space Station can track every active vessel.

What if every one of them spills one spoonful of oil?

What if every one of them disposes of the days garbage into the water?

What if every one of them empties the day's sewerage?

Something to think about.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sing and Dance Your Way Through

There is a great collection of winter songs put together by the Canadian Encyclopedia that give a variety of reflections on winter in Canada. Some are metaphors for other aspects of life.

Enjoy the music and scenes in these videos.

Follow the link.