Mercury

Photo: False Color 2019 Transit Messenger http://messenger.jhuapl.edu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MESSENGER @MESSENGER2011 http://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2822-rare-transit-of-mercury-to-take-place-on-9-may http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/catalog/MercuryCatalog.html http://sci.esa.int/bepicolombo/ BepiColombo is Europe’s first mission to Mercury. It will set off in 2018 on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of …

Marigolds = Cempasúchil

Photo: Cempasúchil Common marigold may refer to: Calendula officinalis, a species native to Europe, but cultivated worldwide Tagetes, a genus of plants native to the New World, but cultivated worldwide Headlines https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/opinion/mochilazo-en-el-tiempo/la-flor-que-acompana-nuestros-muertos Translating: Marigold flowers Náhuatl: Cempasúchil Wikipedia Common_marigold Marigold Tagetes Planeta.com Flowers Celebrating Day of the Dead in Mexico Biodiversity Náhuatl Oaxaca Postcards (2008)

Flowers

Photo: Death Valley Flower = Seed-bearing part of a plant, consisting of reproductive organs (stamens and carpels) that are typically surrounded by a brightly colored corolla (petals) and a green calyx (sepals). Quotes Earth laughs in flowers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have …

Inselberg

Photo: Denisbin, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia Inselberg = an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly from a plain Wikipedia: An inselberg or monadnock is an isolated rock hill, knob, ridge, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain. In southern and south-central Africa, a similar formation of granite …

Brain

Photo: Brain Health Brain = an organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating center of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity Recommended listening Putting our minds to the brain – Despite decades of intense research, we still know very little about how the human brain actually functions. …

Joshua Trees

Photo: Mojave Preserve Joshua Tree = a yucca which grows as a tree and has clusters of spiky leaves, native to arid regions of southwestern North America Embedded Tweets Scientists have found Joshua trees are no longer producing seedlings at the drier, lower limits of their range. The federal gov’t rejected a request to list …

Parrots

Photo Parrot = a bird, often vividly colored, with a short down-curved hooked bill, grasping feet, and a raucous voice, found especially in the tropics and feeding on fruits and seeds Headlines Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America Planeta.com Birds https://planeta.com/birds-links

Ghost Forest

Buzzwords Ghost Forest = watery remains of a once verdant woodland Headlines https://time.com/5694648/ghost-forests-climate-change https://www.resourcesmag.org/archives/saltwater-intrusion-and-coastal-climate-adaptation-building-community-resilience Research https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0488-7 Elsewhere on the Web https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ghost-forest.html Wikipedia Ghost forest Neskowin_Ghost_Forest Planeta.com Trees Forests Changing Climate

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas. History: In 1990 Congress designated Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area (the seventh to be designated nationally). Today the nearly 200,000 acre Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area …