Thursday, April 19, 2007

Blue Man Group on Global Warming

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A public service announcement from Blue Man Group, brought to you by Earth Home Garden and YouTube...

Earth To America!

What Have You Done For Your Planet Today?

Climate Change Worst Case Scenarios

This is my first effort to bring YouTube video into Earth Home Garden so please bear with me. It looks like I can't edit the text once the video has been posted so I may need to enter subsequent posts to expand on the content.

Thanks for your patience, if I get this down I may be able to make my own videos for posting.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

All In A Stormy Sunday...

Blue Sky & Snow
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Dallas Watches The Sun Break Through The Clouds
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But The Storm Moves In Again
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Too Much Good Stuff?
Or Too Much Vacancy In The Mind???
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Even Dallas appeared to be disgusted by this obnoxious new billboard in front of the ARCO station where I refilled my coffee cup during our snowy walk this morning.
Don't you just love the symbolism of the one-two punch from the bling-bling and junk-food encrusted brass knuckles?
It's even creepier than the previous ARCO billboard I posted here.

Badwater Springs
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The newly renovated solar waterfall at Earth Home Garden is now known as Badwater Springs.
A few breaks in todays clouds & snowfall allowed the solar panel to kick in, spewing water from the steer-skull on the right, and, in spite of their unfortunate fates, all the permanent residents of the springs look quite cheerful.

Peggy Works On A Dress This Snowy Big Bear Evening
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Stoking the fire before turning in at the close of a fine stormy day as the light snowfall continues...

~Sweet Dreams All~

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

A Visit To Nader Khalili's Cal-Earth Institute Of Earth Art & Architecture

Earth Dwellings - Outside The 3 Vault HouseClick on photos to enlarge
Forty-nine miles from our Big Bear place, in the Mojave Desert town of Hesperia, is world-renowned architect and philosopher Nader Khalili's Cal-Earth Institute of Earth Architecture building site. Peggy and I visited the Cal-Earth site yesterday where we finally got to see, first-hand, the beautiful and structurally sound earth-friendly dwellings that have been constructed there over the past 16 years.

Interior View Of The 3 Vault House
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Peggy was ready to move in to this one...
Below Is A Brick Dome At Cal-Earth With Wondrous Acoustic PropertiesClick on photos to enlarge
I can't describe what it's like to sit in the center of this dome and speak, or sing, or play your guitar, you'll just have to go there and see for yourself.

A visitor peers out the open ceiling of a brick dome
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A San Bernardino County Approved Earth Dwelling

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The small but cozy Hobbity looking home above has been approved by the San Bernardino County Department Of Building And Safety and plans are available from Cal-Earth.

A courtyard at the Cal-Earth site in Hesperia
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Cal-Earth Institute Of Earth Art And Architecture
For more information about Nader Khalili and the Cal-Earth Institute visit their website by clicking here and also see many more great pictures at their photo gallery here.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Afternoon Delight...

Selasphorus rufus
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A male Rufous Hummingbird rests near one of our hummingbird feeders on a short break from his turf war with an Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) who refuses to acknowledge his territorial claim.

I've been watching them go at it for a couple of weeks and this one finally stopped to pose for a nice portrait this afternoon. He's certainly a photogenic little guy once you get him to sit still for a minute.
The picture was cropped about 30% but the color is as photographed.

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Amazing Looking Creatures...

A Pelican Morning
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It was a special treat to catch these White Pelicans preening themselves in the warm sunlight this morning. Not wanting to disturb them I shot this from about 100 feet away with the tele-converter.

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