The Swollen Missouri River (Pic)


I took a break from my evening bike ride to snap this pic of the Missouri River.  Under normal conditions you would see banks on either side of this section.  My favorite park, which is a mile or so up the river from here, has been underwater since April.  Nothing to see here…

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Update: (7/11/11)

I just stopped by my favorite park and found it to still be underwater.  It’s starting to look like a lost summer…

(I took the pic below  from the park’s entrance, which goes down a slight incline.  I apologize for the poor quality of the shot, but it was already dusk when I arrived and my Droid’s flash does not hold up well in outdoor conditions.   Back to the pic…  The slight incline is still under about three feet of water and has been impassable every time I’ve visited the site since April.)

MNN’s The United States of the Environment (Infographics)


Great post over at the Mother Nature Network (MNN.com) which shows the best and worst each state has to offer.  Plenty to be proud of and a nice hit list of opportunities for improvement.  There is one thing which bears pointing out.  My home state, Missouri, is highlighted for having the Most Ozarks.  My mother would say, “If you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!” 😛

Link to the full article

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World


Photo by: tonystl

We seem overloaded with problems and headed in negative directions on many fronts. (Environment, society, politics, business, poverty, food, health care, animal & human rights, etc.) On top of that, our governments seem neither  inclined to pursue, nor capable of, corrective action.   Continue reading