“We all knew we were going to die on Mars. But not like this, and not this soon.”
Flotsam is the name of the 10 minute play I’m submitting to the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase. I’ve posted a draft here: Flotsam – Draft for 10 Minute Play Contest Please feel free to comment on the web page or the Conqueror Bristleworm Press Facebook page. Submission deadline is July 1, 2016, but I’m shooting for Tuesday, June 28 for a decent margin of error.
We had a fantastic response to the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Ventures day trip to Grand Falls on March 12. The museum had to rent an extra van to accommodate everybody! After loading up in the snow, the weather gods cleared things out for a fantastic day of geotourism (we even saw three pronghorn antelope).
My latest video about Grand Falls is now up, documenting the storm response of the falls from the first week of October, 2015.
Grand Falls Storm Response October 2015
One of the great things about Grand Falls, our amazing water fall in Northern Arizona, is that you can predict what the falls are going to look like ahead of a visit. The US Geological Survey has stream gages at Winslow, upstream from the falls, and downstream at Cameron that can be accessed on line. The Cameron gage is especially useful. The falls can be quite photogenic with as little as 15 cubic feet per second (cfs) flowing through the Cameron gage.
Cameron Stream Gage
Winslow Stream Gage
The Chevelon Fork Gage can be used as an indicator of how much water is being released from the reservoirs in the White Mountains (the gage downstream from Lyman Lake wasn’t updating the last time I checked). If you see the discharge increasing with this gage we can expect the falls discharge to grow a day or so in the future.
Chevelon Fork Gage
Wednesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM at the Colton House. Call Anne Franke at 928-774-5213 x227 for tickets or membership information.
Got the video up from the September 17 eclipse. The moon was at perigee (closest to the earth) with an eclipse at the same time (the media call this a “super moon,” which makes no sense). Great fun to see the huge turn out in Flagstaff just to watch the moon. Not everywhere does an eclipse come with it’s own sound track!
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A Northern Flicker has drilled a nest into the wood paneling in a nearby house. Makes for a great video opportunity, though really annoying for home owners. A good example of two flickers issuing challenging calls, and also a good view of the flicker using his tail as a prop.
Humphrey Lake is a nearby reservoir where I take my dog for a walk at least 5 days a week. This gives me the chance to make long term observations about the wildlife.
Last summer we had a colony of Double-Crested Cormorants living on the small rock island in the lake. They left in the fall, and this spring I’ve been keeping track of their return date. Two of them flew over the lake on May 22, 2015, and on the 23rd four of them took up residency on their rock (see photo). This morning (5-25-150 I spotted a fifth cormorant circling the lake before landing on the water. Really handy having these guys so close. Good comparative specimens for the video about the flightless cormorants of the Galapagos I’m working on.
I contracted out the cover design. Very pleased with the results!
You can order a paperback copy of Nereis, Nereis directly from CreateSpace for a 25% discount using the code Y2YU3NHS at:
Nereis, Nereis from CreateSpace
The paperback is also available on Amazon along with the e-book. Note that the discount code doesn’t work on the main Amazon site, only on the CreateSpace subsidiary (not helpful from my perspective — please send complaints to Jeff Bezos!)
Nereis, Nereis on Amazon