Inspired by Joyce Tennyson’s “Trees of Life”
Joshua Tree National Park, CA.
8 x 10 tintype
American Hornet Moth (Sesia tibialis)
Field Diary description:
This is Cicindela limbalis, the green-margined tiger beetle. It’s very similar to the purple tiger beetle, Cicindela purpurea, which shares much of its range. The curve of the middle spot/stripe is more sharply angled in the former, like in this specimen.
C. limbalis prefers moist, steep clay soil, like that found near lakes and rivers. This is why it is also known as the common claybank tiger beetle. C. purpurea prefers upland habitats, forest clearings, and places with shale-based soil. This one, and many like it, was found at Sweet Briar Lake in Morton County, North Dakota.
Olympic Mountains From Seabeck, Washington
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In a setback to the US government’s long-running policy of converting abandoned railroads into public trails, the supreme court on Monday ruled for a Wyoming property owner who objected to a plan to extend a pathway across his land. In a decision that could affect similar cases across the United States, the court ruled on an 8-1 vote that the right-of-way across Marvin Brandt’s land that was established by a railroad was extinguished when the railroad was later abandoned.
As a result, the US forest service cannot build a public trail along a half-mile stretch of the railroad that crosses Brandt’s land in Fox Park. The land is in the Medicine Bow national forest, about 40 miles (64 kms) west of Laramie, Wyoming.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissenting opinion that the decision “undermines the legality of thousands of miles of former rights of way that the public now enjoys as means of transportation and recreation”. She said the court’s decision could lead to more expensive litigation over other trails, including compensation claims filed by landowners.
The railroad in question, the Laramie, Hahn’s Peak and Pacific Railroad Co, was 66 miles (106 kms) long, running from Laramie to the Colorado border. The line was formally abandoned in 2004, prompting the government to seek title so it could transform the land into a trail, as it has done to former railroads throughout the country since the 1980s. There is currently a 21-mile (34-km) trail that includes a detour around Brandt’s property.
The Rails to Trails Conservancy, which backed the government in the case, had previously said a ruling for Brandt could affect popular trails, including the George S Mickelson Trail in South Dakota and the Rio Grande Trail in Colorado. There are currently about 20,000 miles of so-called rail trails, according to the conservancy. Some, including those that run through federally-owned land, would not be affected by the decision.
More than two dozen Democratic Senators signed on to participate in an all-night session of speeches on climate change which was scheduled to run from about 6.30pm on Monday night to the start of the working day on Tuesday.
It is not a filibuster, unlike September’s marathon speech against Obamacare by the Texas Republican Ted Cruz. The senators conceded that a climate bill in this Congress would almost certainly fail.
“Tonight is not about a specific legislative proposal,” said Sheldon Whitehouse, from Rhode Island and one of the leaders of the speech marathon.
“We have got a little bit more work to do to open up the political space on this. I think if we want immediately to a vote we wouldn’t be successful,” he told a conference call with reporters. “If we make this an issue in 2014, if we make this a debate that Republican presidential candidates have to address, I think we can do that.” For the moment, however, Whitehouse conceded: “It would be premature.”
André Rebouças (1838-1898) was a renowned Brazilian engineer, writer, and abolitionist and one of the founders of the Brazilian Anti-Slavery Society. Born a free man in Bahia, he was educated in Brazil’s military academy and served in the army during the Paraguayan War (also known as the War of the Triple Alliance). He eventually became well-known in Rio de Janeiro, then the country’s capital, for solving a problem regarding the city’s water supply.
Rebouças was active in the abolitionist cause, founding the Brazilian Anti-Slavery Society alongside Joaquim Nabuco (who went on to become Brazil’s ambassador to the US) and José do Patrocínio (a renowned abolitionist who was also of African descent). He followed the deposed Emperor Pedro II into exile in Europe following the 1889 coup d’état which abolished the Brazilian monarchy, and settled in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. There he worked as a journalist for local and international newspapers, including the Times of London. He then spent some time living in the city of Luanda in West Africa (present-day Angola), before ending his days in Funchal, Madeira, where he is said to have committed suicide at age 60 in 1898.
…is an unusual species of deep sea Ulamarid jellyfish that is typically found in Antarctic and near-Antarctic seas. However, D .engimatica has also been spotted in waters near the United Kingdom, at depths of 829 to 1830 meters. D. engimatica has a very thin and wide bell (60cm/23in) and lacks prominent tentacles. Instead of using tentacles to capture its prey D. engimatica engulfs its prey within its sheet-like bell which is lined with a web of vein-like channels which distribute nutrients throughout its body.