California's a tinderbox. We feel for the people who are suffering through some of the worst wildfires the region has even seen. The TV drone footage of entire blocks of homes ravaged by fire makes us gasp. We can imagine it happening in our neighborhood as natural catastrophe knows no limits in the long run.
Want to follow the moon's shadow as it crosses the continent on Monday., Aug. 21? In this awesome video at vimeo.com/73595112, you can do just that. The simulation starts off the west coast of Oregon and tracks all the way to the Atlantic. If you've picked a destination town along the centerline, you'll almost certainly find it here. The mapping is thorough with lots of cities big and small.
I worry every spring about whether the fireflies will return. Habitat loss from urban sprawl and light pollution are thought to be behind the decline in their numbers in recent years. When you use light as the language of love, bright porch lighting, streetlights and headlights can make it difficult for a potential mate to sense your intentions.
I really shouldn't be surprised anymore. But I always am when I see the fiery bright star Arcturus appear in the east on midwinter evenings. Surprised because Arcturus is more closely associated with spring, especially the month of June, when it sails high in the southern sky when sultry twilight finally gives way to night. March's feet are still firmly planted in winter in my part of the world. What business has this orange giant here?