Tuesday, March 29, 2011

25 Things

Plants


 Red Tips, Photinia (Everywhere, unfortunately)


English Ivy, or Hedera Helix (behind the Computer Science Building)



Pink Azalea (beside Willingham)


White Azalea (Between Sherwood and Mercer Hall)


Holly Bush (beside Mercer Hall)

Trees



Crapemyrtle 


Pine Tree (on the Quad)


Dogwood Tree (Outside of Willingham Chapel)


Magnolia Tree (In front of the Administration Building)


Pecan Tree (Beside Willingham Hall)

Rocks

Granite (near Ryals)


Limestone (near Ware Hall)


White Granite (near CSC)


Quartz (near CSC)


Feldspar

Animals


Red-Breasted Robin (on Quad)


Brown Squirrel (behind Mail Center)




Crows (flying over Quad)


Red Squirrel (between Willingham and Tatnall)




Black & White Australian Shepherd (in President Underwood's Driveway)


Mockingbird (beside Music Building)

Soil Erosion

Walkway (between Roberts Walkway and Mercer Hall)

Between Jesse Mercer Statue and CSC


Walkway in front of CSC


Path beside CSC


Cement Path by CSC


Near CSC (terraced soil from recent rain)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Anomalocaris, Wiwaxia, Hallucigenia, Opabinia, Waptia, and Marella

  

Burgess Shale - found in Canadian Rocky Mountains - "The Burgess Shale contains the best record we have of Cambrian animal fossils. The locality reveals the presence of creatures originating from the Cambrian explosion, an evolutionary burst of animal origins dating 545 to 525 million years ago. During this period, life was restricted to the world's oceans. The land was barren, uninhabited, and subject to erosion; these geologic conditions led to mudslides, where sediment periodically rolled into the seas and buried marine organisms" (http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cambrian/burgess.html)

A Plushy Anomalocaris


Hallucigenia

Marella

Opabinia

Wiwaxia

Waptia

A Lake I Love


This is Deer Lake, the lake by which my family has lived since I was one year old.  I originally thought it was called Deer Lake because it formed roughly the shape of a deer head -- I thought this because of the old Deer Lake sign, which had such a shape on it -- but, upon discovering Google Earth in 2007, I learned that was not the case and that it is called Deer Lake due to the large number of deer that used to be sighted along its periphery.  It is a man-made lake that emptied once when I was five or six because the dam, found at its SE border, broke, allowing the water to flow into a small pond and into the tributaries that flow into the wood creeks.  My brother and I trekked around in the mud (which sucked our legs in up to our knees) and found old bottles, a pair of glasses, and countless numbers of fishing tackles.