Earth Day

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.

earth dayIf you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.  -Carl Sagan.

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:

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But even though my palo verde is a dud, the blackfoot daisies, yellow lantana, and aloes are blooming attractively out front.

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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

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9 Responses to “Earth Day”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Boy, if these folks would only go to China to see what they are doing to their environment, they would get down and kiss John Muir’s feet.

  2. Price Says:

    The Chinese environment, despite their protestions of fixes, is a disaster – land, air(particularly), water, etc. I backpacked 70+ miles of the 225 mile John Muir Trail 2 years ago. A lot of 12,000+ foot passes and beautiful scenery.

  3. Jim Says:

    But China is very good at making defective copies of Western products, making military threats, preventing freedom of speech and killing its baby girls. Mao was one of their greatest leaders; his biggest achievement was to keep the people in poverty, while their dictators enriched themselves. So is it really so surprising that they now live an open sewer?

  4. Jim Says:

    Watering rots the roots of Palo Verdes – turning them into duds.

  5. Jim Says:

    Toss the hungrey coyote a sauage and she will love you forever.

  6. Jim Says:

    A desert tree planted in hole with poor drainage, though never watered, will turn also turn out to be a dud.

    Therefore the wildlife will never love you, because only love begets love. Of course, you can also buy love with money, by getting yourself a dog.

    Oh, China is also very good at causing the extinction of the last rhino’s by using their horns to medically cure erectile disfunction. Apparently, some Chinese genius discovered that proclaiming this great discovery, he could scam millions into spending their hard earned money to buy a little of his powdered rhino horn to their reproductive disfunction.

  7. Jim Says:

    Oh, I just now remembered the great Chinese discovery of the tiger penis cure for erectil disfunction; no doubt this too was another stroke of Chinese economic genius.

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