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31 December 2012
Monday macrobug: Katydid
Happy New Year’s Eve! Here’s a katydid seen on my porch back before it got really cold: Can you tell if it’s a male or a female? (Hint: look for the ovipositor!) This one’s out of focus, but I like it anyhow because of the character lurking in the background: Happy New Year!
28 December 2012
Friday fold: Bighorn monocline
Happy Friday! The last one of 2012, in fact! To celebrate, check out this monocline on the western flank of the Bighorn Range in the Rockies of Wyoming: Click to enlarge Annotated. Check out those fine hogbacks! Previously, we also saw this same structure in this GigaPan: link
27 December 2012
Half a decade ago today, I wrote my first blog post. A lot’s happened since then. Blogging is fun, and it’s brought me a lot of great opportunities and new friendships. Any thoughts on the material I’ve produced since that initial foray? Want more of something or less of something? Thanks for reading…
26 December 2012
More GigaPans from the M.A.G.I.C. project
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25 December 2012
Stromatolites of the Green River Formation
The summer before last (2011), I spent some time in Wyoming on an energy resources field trip run by Sheridan College, and one stop we made was to look at “oil shale” (really kerogen-rich marlstone) of the Green River Formation, an Eocene lake deposit in southwestern Wyoming. The oil shale is exposed on the east side of the White Mountain escarpment in the Green River Basin. Here’s the view to …
24 December 2012
Monday macrobug: Fishing spider
Found this fellow in my woodpile: Note the finger tip at lower left for scale. Here’s a close-up. I think it’s a fishing spider:
23 December 2012
Frost this morning
It’s a cold morning in the Fort Valley.
21 December 2012
Friday fold: the Ross Sandstone
The Friday fold is an exposure of the Ross Sandstone in Ireland, bent into a syncline that dives below water.
19 December 2012
The Planets, by Dava Sobel
I got The Planets from the Fort Valley library a few weeks ago, because Dava Sobel wrote it. She wrote the excellent Longitude, and that was enough for me. Also, I’ve been really into astronomy lately. Watching the meteor shower earlier this week was stunning, and I loved training my binoculars on nebulae and stars numerous beyond imagining, littering the dark sky. Plus, the book’s cover was beautiful, and enticing. …
18 December 2012