Daily Bucket– Purple Haze

But even bold purply flowers, like this welcome offering from my hacked-down artichokes, seem washed out, as if horror author  Stephen King’s Tommyknockers are draining colors from view. I’ve offered some purple, now for the Haze. In some ways this is scarier than a Nebraska tornado cloud. No where to go.  We are safe, and…

The Daily Bucket–Low Water Flushes Tall birds.

The skies have not yield a moment of rain for months.  But I knew how to make it rain. I hung clothes outdoors on our new fancy clothesline.  It’s passive solar at its best.  Except the Rain Gods, laughing, then made it rain twice.  But not much, just enough to make the clothes moldy if…

The Daily Bucket–Frog Court Confidential

I’m Red Woodman, Senior Investigator for what we call the “Frog Court.”  If I can just get through today, I can retire with a pension.  But a whole bunch of new cases just hit my in-basket and I came to work to find a guy sobbing over a couple of baby robins.  “Erm, please don’t cry…

ME-Sen: New Bangor Daily News Poll Has Sara Gideon (D) Beating Susan Collins (R) 43-35

Some very encouraging news today out of Maine: x Maine Senate GE:Gideon (D) 43% (+8)Collins (R-inc) 35%Savage (I) 5% Critical Insights/@bangordailynews 7/28-8/9https://t.co/jUiNe9I26Y #MEsen— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 11, 2020 Democrats are leading in Maine’s major races, according to a Bangor Daily News-Digital Research poll conducted in late July and early August. House Speaker Sara Gideon…

The Daily Bucket: Good for the Hawk, Bad for the Robin.

Trigger warning for sadness. The sun shown through the russet and tawny and cream of what seemed to be a feathered explosion in the robin’s nest.  I watched from a few feet away, with only enough time to lift a hand. Two Robin sentinels sped to the scene but the hawk’s powerful wingstrokes carried it, with…

NY Daily News front page contrasts pouty Trump with grown-up past presidents

This pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? From today’s New York Daily News cover story: One by one, former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton stood tall Thursday at the Atlanta funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis, honoring the life and legacy of the fearless Congressional veteran. And in Washington, current…

The Daily Bucket–She Comes in Colors Everywhere.

The World is colors everywhere here and there And the sky’s blinding blue is right in front of you. The burgeoning flowers send new blossoms out for hours. I admire the colors of each different lily, Or the Dragon’s Tongue; a little silly. My Dragon’s Tongue managed to survive all these years.  The edible plant will…

The Daily Bucket–Why are the damselflies drinking with their butts?

But of course the damsel flies are not really drinking; they are laying eggs. They contort on the edge of a lily pad with their abdomen curved into the water seemingly under the lip of the pad. It’s called ovipositing. I’d seen lots of damselflies joining at the end of their abdomens earlier this Summer, to…

The Daily Bucket: My Grandson, the fledgling Robin.

I am so happy to walk into the back yard and have fledgling birds whirring about, clumsily.  New life! I put extra food on the ground for the dummies.   Some birds I know. Some I don’t.  Colors are vague.  Here’s a couple I don’t know. One seems to interact with the fledged robin. Brother and…

New daily records for both world and US

for new cases of Covid-19, according to Worldometers Please note  —  there are two more hours for them to update the numbers for the day Here are the numbers just before 7 PM EDT: # Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths World 12,604,412 +224,751 561,764 +5,141 1 USA 3,285,067 +65,068 136,556…

New daily records for both world and US – UPDATED X4

for new cases of Covid-19, according to Worldometers Please note  —  there are two more hours for them to update the numbers for the day Here are the numbers just before 7 PM EDT: # Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths World 12,604,412 +224,751 561,764 +5,141 1 USA 3,285,067 +65,068 136,556…

The Daily Bucket–Save The Redwoods

I’m just an old race horse out to pasture, pawing the ground when the race track bugle sounds.  I still read the local public notices about developments, reflecting back on 40 years of environmental challenges, wishing someone was doing some more challenging. And then something happened.  I am terrible at this but I’m the only one…

The Daily Bucket–Did Feng Shui Save the Fledglings?

My prodigal son and his advanced science teaching degree came home awhile ago.  While schools are closed, He’d been hiking in the Rockies.  His discoveries included a pocket full of cool sparkly rocks and crystals, and some Eastern philosophy. “Hang up these chimes here, “he said when we were out bonding with some herb in…

56,000 cases: a new US daily record for COVID cases

And no it’s not about testing levels, which are nowhere near what needs to be done; and then there’s the lack of contact tracing. This in addition to the numbers that are probably under-reported. Andy Slavitt tells us we need not freak out (yet): x COVID Update July 2: Why not to freak out. 1/…

The Daily Bucket-The Second Heron

I’d always felt there was more than one heron that’s been visiting my backyard ponds for the last ten years.  One would land and catch our fish while we gardened 30 feet away. Another one would watch from a neighbor’s roof for half an hour before coming in for lunch, but would bolt if you…