Friday, September 30, 2011

Where Did I Put It?

This Time?

I seem to have misplaced these pictures when I processed them for the first time yesterday. So here they are, re-done for posting.

What I also misplaced was the text and narrative that made them relevant, (as if relevance is of paramount importance to the thread that runs through these posts).

Here it is, the last of the month, (if one is measuring their time by the Gregorian calendar), and the flowers that remain, remain beautiful in their fascinating shapes and colors.

I sometimes wonder about the people who get all worked up and worried about the numbers in calendar dates, or numerology for that matter. There are some people who actually take that stuff seriously, even though the birthdate numbers are from an arbitrarily concocted calendar made up to please one of the Popes.

Or, there are the 2012 Mayan calendar, end of the the world, age of Aquarius, invisible killer planet, believers who’s basic premise is based on a miscalculation of when the Mayan, stone calendar needs to be replaced.

Most archaeologists, and anthropologists who actually have studied the Mayan culture have concluded that it’s more likely a version of a calendar developed by the Toltecs, (or some earlier civilization). Either way, long count calendars run out of space on the circular stone they are chiseled upon, and I am guessing that Borders doesn’t offer the new 5,000 year Mayan calendar. Thus it clearly means the end of the world on December, (or November), 21, (or 23), 2010, (give or take 30 to 50 years), unless you read some history,  anthropological journals, or study any peer reviewed scientific reports.

Temperatures have been pleasantly warm here in Redding this past month, with the exception of Rubber Ducky Derby day, when it plunged down into the mid 60’s.

The improved, technologically advanced component air conditioning and heating units arrived during September, and a few days ago our new Treehouse maintenance man, Tony,  replaced my old, not particularly energy efficient unit with one of the new ones and a smarter digital LCD readout thermostat.

This new one delivers a fast, powerful blast of arctic air periodically that quickly brings the temperature into compliance with the setting on the new thermostat. It doesn’t need to run as long. or as often as the older model. I will know more next year when I can compare my utility bills, but I find the new A/C to be much less intrusive.

Next on my appliance wish list; A quieter, and more energy efficient, refrigerator.

Hatchet Ridge Turbines

This, (above), is an attempt to roughly stitch together a panoramic image of the wind turbines that decorate the ridge line out past Burney so as to show the scale of the project. People near the wind farm no longer suffer fearfully under the misconceptions that they were told by the voices of the fossil fuel industries. It seems that they haven’t killed all the cattle, slaughtered thousands of migrating birds, or driven the people insane with the noise of the wind blown blades. In fact they are generating power, bringing in tourist dollars, and actually look pretty good on the ridge.

I found a couple of pink lilies out by the mail room/office door. I wasn’t expecting anymore lilies this year. What a nice surprise.

There was even a determined hollyhock blossom that popped up on the end of a stick full of dried out husks. I had best get out and check out this last day of September, (according to Gregory), and see what other wonderful surprises this beautiful day has in store.

Today’s Relatively Appropriate Song;

World Of Wonders

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