Close All Tabs 2010-05-07

Coltsfoot: Gone to Seed, and Gone, and Gone, and...

Image: Coltsfoot–another invasive whose dandelion-like seeds float far and wide on the breeze.

Sign of the times: I forgot to post this before I left for Mt Rogers on Friday. Old-timers disease. CRS.

I’ll be heading off later today for Mt Rogers and the thirty-somethingth Naturalist Rally. It’s likely I’ll have some pictures and things to say about the experience when I return.

Meanwhile, I’m leaving with an increasingly large number of important things left unexplored on the computer and so many conversations that I’d like to happen–in person, preferably, or via the blog, once upon a time.

Best I can do is leave a trail to follow. Tabs to close in Firefox this morning (some of which I will return to later) include:

Circle of Blue Waternews: A very rich resource to bookmark if you follow water as a natural resource topic.

What Are You Going to Do When the Internet’s Gone? You have homework. Read this piece carefully. We need to talk.

Fearless: the magazine Is this the way of future magazines? Topically-narrow and finely-targeted, fear of many varieties that limits and cripples so many is a great topic. Give it a thorough read, then share with friends and family.

Woodrat Podcast: Dave Bonta interviews Allison Kent Ah, the Ecotone era of my early blogging life. Allison was at the core and early, Dave came in later as the “place where people write about place” was beginning to suffer from spam and disruptive personas non-grata. Dave’s poetry and poetic prose at Via Negativa are well worth a stop and a bookmark.

Missing the Dark: Health Effects of Light Pollution Blessings in their absence on Goose Creek: Lights at night where they don’t belong, and noise where quiet is so much nicer. (Did I mention that we’ve recently heard the noise of a LEAF BLOWER in the distance here? First time for everything.

Saratoga woods and waterways A northern (NY) blogger who found Fragments by way of the Nature Blog Network that featured us on Monday. Find there some botanical specimens I would not have known. (But might see when I visit NY in July.)

Center for Biological Diversity Special Site for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster As the name of the organization suggests, the primary concern is for the voiceless victims of this disaster. And Natural Resource Defense Council’s Switchboard site for the spill and it’s ongoing consequences.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. As for the internet going bye bye, go to the link below. It’s a forum for shooters and gun owners. Go to the on site search engine and type in “SHTF”. If you don’t know, that stands for “S**t hits the fan”. You’ll find lots of threads on this subject, including what it’s going to be like if the internet implodes.
    Jim Connor

  2. Thanks, Fred, for all the links to interesting — some scary! — reading. I very much appreciate you mentioning my Saratoga blog. I do find hope and solace from my woodland wandering.

  3. The Fear.less magazine was very impressive. All the articles’ authors were famous, and extremely impressive people. I’ve never seen an Internet magazine before. Unfortunately, my eyes are too poor to read that size font, even full screen, so I just looked at the large quotes.