Monthly Archives: November 2015

Forest InSight Conference

I am attending the Forest InSight conference in Valdosta, Georgia. The picture is the hotel across from the venue. I don’t have one more interesting. It is interesting to me that they have so many palm trees here. The outlook … Continue reading

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Lefsa

Chrissy got some lefsa through the mail. I have not had that for a long time. For those unfamiliar with the food, it is kind of a tortilla made of potatoes, but it is softer and more absorbent. You can … Continue reading

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Land ethic & sky islands

A big fire in 2002 destroyed large areas of forest on the upper slopes of Mount Lemmon. Looking at the results more than ten years later makes you think about how/if/why to help nature. Mountains in places like southern Arizona … Continue reading

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Barrio Brewery in Tucson

Chrissy and I had a couple beers at the Barrio Brewery in Tucson. The beer and the atmosphere was good. I like it that small breweries are popping up all over. They often do it in the old industrial areas, … Continue reading

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Hiking with Alex Sandoval

I guess that nobody owns pets anymore. Now humans are custodians who just clean up after them. Alex Sandoval and I took a walk in the hills near his and Lisa’s house.

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Last Day in Arizona

Weather in Arizona was very much like weather in Virginia at the same time. It rained – pretty hard – as we left Phoenix. The night before, we had supper at San Tan Flats. It was a very 1970s type … Continue reading

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Cousin Elise and Carl have a very artistic house.

Cousin Elise and Carl have a very artistic house.

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Measure of a cactus

We stayed with cousin Elise and Carl at their house at Dove Mountain. It is a well planned development with natural areas preserved among the homes. I like the idea of mixing humans and nature. It is good for the … Continue reading

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Saguaros

It is hard for me to accept that there can be a mature forest that does not provide shade, but the saguaros qualify as forest and let most of the sun get to the ground. Saguaros are remarkable organisms. They … Continue reading

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Giant Magallan Telescope

Chrissy, Carl Hankwitz & I went to the Mirror Lab at University of Arizona. Arizona is the leading school for optics in the U.S. The Mirror Lab is making mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). GMT will be ten … Continue reading

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