Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
I shall celebrate Earth Day by looking at flowers, contemplating national parks, and appreciating the wild animals around me.
The desert continues to bloom beautifully. The brittlebush which edge the roads are finished with their yellow blossoms, but the palo verdes have taken over. The Desert Museum palo verde that I have in front is a dud. Don’t buy one! Here are the palo verdes down the street:
Today I braked for a roadrunner; yesterday it was quail. Neither bird likes to fly. The roadrunner loped across the road; the quail skittered. And there was a coyote checking out my yard outside the fence this morning. Have not seen any bobcats, deer, or javelina recently.
The White House blog is following Earth Day: This morning, the President is heading to the Florida Everglades along with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
John Muir’s birthday was yesterday. I remember “meeting” him. We had taken the kids to Yosemite many years ago, and the theater there had a one-man show, an actor playing John Muir. Excellent. But even better was the same actor, in character, giving Yosemite tours during the day, pointing out spots “he” liked, talking about “his” cabin and the rattlesnake which lived under it. Marvelous!
The naturalist John Muir is so closely associated with Yosemite National Park—after all, he helped draw up its proposed boundaries in 1889, wrote the magazine articles that led to its creation in 1890 and co-founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to protect it…1