Light of the living landscape and biota

Berkeley, Monday, March 16, 2020 3:50 AM

I assume the internet is sleepy at this time, which makes sense, not because its speed but because of the time.

Anyways, yesterday I briefly mentioned that Berkeley offers plenty of treasures. Today, there was such a wonderful gift. The best rainbow I ever seen. While I agree with Hardin (1968), in his tragedy of commons paper, that 1000 words of a good argument is better than a picture. Particularly, in the age of social media. For sharing what I observed today, one picture would be better than a passionate description of the observations. Depending the time as well.

The trees on campus have happily welcomed the rains from yesterday and today. It is impressive, how in few days, the beautiful Coast Live Oak tree in front of Wurster Hall has flourished all his green leaves again. Poor Oak suffered a disease last summer and fall, when it received more caterpillar than usual that ate all his leaves. Caterpillars are fine, i believe (Please check that). But the large amount at that time was called, a disease. The caterpillars not only ate its leaves, but some Oaks around campus at that time had also the caterpillars’ webs. Anyways, now things are beautiful. If I am correct, the Coast Live Oak is an evergreen tree.

The London Planes are starting to grow leaves. For them the season is normal. They have huge leaves which fall at the end of the fall. Changing colors over the fall. They are naked of leaves during the winter, with their unique stem and and branch shapes. Now, they have this little tiny green leaves there. It will be interesting to check at what time the leaves grow at full length.

The Cal site of the Peregrine Falcons, showed with their cameras, that Annie have placed two eggs. Annie and Grinnell would have perhaps new two baby falcons soon. I think this was third time that I have ever checked that webpage. I forgot the reason, but it was a good coincidence. I did not even knew that Annie and, perhaps Grinnell as well, had a name. I know for sure that they have been very kind with me since around late Spring last year. Always showing up. I need to learn more about the matting. I thought over last Summer that the ones that showed up were the Falcon mom with a baby Falcon, teaching him or her to fly and feeding him as well. Perhaps my reading was well. Also, often Red Tail Hawks showed, even during the time of winter break started to come to the Redwood tree in front of Wurster, next to the Anthropology building.

Plenty of more things to say. I think one key message is that we are wishing a healthy birth to the new Peregrine Falcons on campus. They are hatching, if that is the right word, or nesting, in the campanile. They live there actually. I believe.

Regarding the photos will see what I can do. Perhaps reopening an instagram account to the purpose to share some light with the pictures. In those terms the application will be quite useful.

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