Beautiful Image: Wild Flowers

Mother Nature’s Canvas by Bill McFall

Link: Earth Shots » Mother Natures Canvas by Bill McFall

Photo by Bill McFall

Bill McFall says: Spring of 2007 was a great year for wildflowers in southern California if you were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. This was my first time at this location and had no idea it would be this good. So I felt like a kid in a candy store, shooting away for hours among this amazing display of wildflowers. I’ve been shooting nature photography for around 25 years and still get a rush when searching for a beautiful landscape. I enjoy sharing my love of nature with other people. My focus is in landscape photography.

Equipment: Nikon D50, AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm lens

Does Sustainability Mean Survival?

We had better find a better say to sustain ourselves because we can't last long as a society if we continue to depend on oil from the Middle East or big box store items from China.

The key for survival is developing a sustainable economy that uses food we grow for ourselves, materials provided locally and energy from renewable resources like the sun.

Bill McKibben

via A question of survival | Blue Ridge Muse

Is Sustainability Foolish?

I believe that modern post-industrial societies will run out of the natural resources that they depend on – especially fossil fuels – unless some drastic changes are made. In short, I feel that we are on an unsustainable trajectory.

Apparently I'm in a minority in the United States, where many of my friends feel that we can find a way (e.g., technology, invasions, government intervention, self-medication) to overcome the shortfalls caused our ever-growing consumption. Of course, many folks are oblivious to such concerns and are content as long as cheap fast food and cheap gasoline can be purchased close to home. I have some foolish beliefs is the eyes of these people.

John Micheal Greer communicates his views in essays that combine an understanding of ecology and a knowledge of history.  His grasp of the rise and fall of civilizations provides an objectivity and humility rarely found in the debates in the media today. His blog that has become essential reading for me when I want some insight into the cloudy future that is rapidly unfolding before us. Below is an excerpt from an essay on his blog addressing sustainability.

As a student of ecology, I’ve learned that environmental limits play a dominant role in shaping the destiny of every species, ours included; as a student of history, I’ve reviewed the fate of any number of civilizations that believed themselves to be destiny’s darlings, and proceeded to pave the road to collapse with their own ecological mistakes. From my perspective, the insistence that limits don’t apply to us is as good a case study as one might wish of that useful Greek word hubris, otherwise defined as the overweening pride of the doomed. Still, the fact that these things seem so self-evident to me makes it all the more intriguing that they are anything but self-evident to most people in the industrial world today.(John Michael Greer: A Struggle of Paradigms)

If Mr. Greer had been my history teacher, I would have learned a lot more in school!

Tiger Woods’ Mother – Tida Woods Does It Her Way

Jaime Diaz at Golf Digest magazine traveled through Thailand with Tida Woods. She doesn't give interviews, but Jaime found out a lot about her in their travels. She had a tough childhood and she balances toughness and love in her own unique way. Click on the link below to read about a very interesting woman who has raised an amazing son.

Link: Tida In Thailand: Golf Digest Magazine.

Tida Woods with Tiger

This was a 550-pound adult male tiger at Thailand's Tiger Temple, out on an alarmingly exposed area at the bottom of a rocky canyon with only a frail Buddhist monk in a flimsy orange robe holding a stick as her guardian. By most accounts, the monastery does an admirable job of "imprinting" tigers to be comfortable with human contact, and thousands from around the world visit every year without reported incidents. This tiger, along with about a dozen others within a 50-foot radius monitored by other monks, was deep into his mid-afternoon nap. 

…Without hesitation, she sidled up to the beast, kneeled down and stroked its back. After a few moments, she shifted herself toward his face with what Cesar Millan of "Dog Whisperer" fame would call "good energy." Lowering into a sitting position, she scooted forward and, yes, lifted the tiger's head into her lap. And as time stopped for her traveling companions, she happily kept it there for more than a minute.

"Tida" is an animal lover who indulges four big dogs at her home in Southern California, and as a native Thai, the tiger holds an exalted station with her.

via Bill Kruger

Making Music – Gnarls Barkley

I saw this on the Sundance Channel – recorded at the famous Abbey Road studio.

I was impressed. Talented muscians making strange, mysterious music. Cee-Lo has a great soul voice!

Along with DJ Danger Mouse, Cee-Lo is currently part of a collaboration called Gnarls Barkley. Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo's first collaborative album, St. Elsewhere, was released on April 24, 2006 in the United Kingdom and May 2, 2006 in the United States. St. Elsewhere entered the charts at #1 in the UK, as did the first single "Crazy". "Crazy" is the first single to go straight to #1 in the UK based on digital download sales alone. The album is Cee-Lo's greatest selling venture yet, currently having shipped over 1 million copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.

A new album by Gnarls Barkley, titled The Odd Couple, was released in March 2008. Its first single released in January called "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)".

Cee-Lo was born in Atlanta, Georgia . Both of Cee-Lo's parents were ordained ministers. His father died when he was 2 years old. His mother was involved in a car crash leaving her quadriplegic and died 2 years later when Cee-Lo was 18 years old and his career with Goodie Mob had just begun taking off. His mother's death led him into depression, as is reflected in various songs throughout his career, including "Free" by Goodie Mob, songs on St. Elsewhere, and on The Odd Couple ("She Knows", "A Little Better"). Cee-Lo attended Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta.