the link. Be sure to settle down with some champagne and caviar before you start the movie! And then, if you read the rest of this post, remember that picture of Carter (granddaughter of Nicholas Brady, who was Secretary of Treasury for Reagan and Papa Bush) at the very top, from an unidentified year in the past, and compare the tree cover in the background to what follows, in photos from this past weekend, from the same locale and time of year.
In a related and fantastic skewering of one of the wealthiest clans in the country from another unlikely source, the brother of Gretchen Johnson, Dirk Wittenborn wrote Fierce People, a book which was eventually made into a movie, a tell-all story revealing the most scandalous activities including incest, with the most transparently identifiable characters. Most of these photos are from the very Johnson estate where the novel was set, because simultaneously on Sunday, starting from opposite ends of the gargantuan compound - over 2000 acres - transpired both the Essex Fox Hounds Hunter Pace, and the Tewksbury Foot Bassets hunt. Tally ho!
A closeup of the pines that line the drive to the main house indicates they are dying from exposure to toxic greenhouse gas emissions.
Here is oldest daughter setting off with her companion, Danial Storr, minutes before she was thrown off Flea at the fourth fence.
When she finally regained consciousness, she stubbornly remounted, rode the rest of the course jumping 20-odd more fences, tethered Flea, collapsed in the pickup...and only then, after much argument, agreed to go to the hospital, where she was treated for a sprained ankle. Oh, and even with all that, she placed 4th in the competition!This one is from the Center for Ecology and Hydrology, titled "Evidence of Widespread Ozone Damage to Vegetation in Europe 1990 - 2006."
"This report has established that ambient effects of ozone on crops and (semi) natural vegetation are actually occurring in the field, with leaf injury and reductions in biomass or crop yield developing in ozone ambient conditions."A rather dry way of saying, emissions from burning fuel at current levels in the atmosphere are killing plants. That's what a "reduction" in biomass means.
|This is the back drive of the estate, into the farmed area.|
|This leafless tree has bark that is gruesome.|
Here is yet another report of trees dying, once again being blamed on drought, from Texas. If I had time, I would compile a list of all the species of trees that have been determined to be dying - each blamed on insects, or disease, or fungus, or drought...it would be almost universally inclusive.
|It is blistered and oozing from an unknown process.|
|The bark is breaking off the tree - it's so painful to witness.|
"'I have not seen it to this extent in my lifetime,' said Jim Houser of the Texas Forest Service. 'We're even seeing cedars (Ashe junipers) dying. They can exist on sunbaked, rocky plantscapes. And we're seeing them die all over the place."...."Hundreds of the city's estimated 300,000 trees have died this summer, said Walter Passmore, urban forester for Austin."
another example, trees have top-down death in a tiger sanctuary, in India:
"Top-dying was already endemic among Sundari trees, but the disease has spread and intensified since the cyclone hit, threatening the existence of the forest, a senior forest official said."I really don't understand why it is that educated people can't discern a rather disturbing trend! I mean, just do a google search of "trees dying" and you get over 6 MILLION results! (ooh, Wit's End is the 3rd!) Does anyone but me remember that trees used to seem to live forever - longer than any person?
If you want to experience pure fear, I recommend this article about the shrinking availabilty of water. But to get back to the trees, here is a maple, growing quite close to a much larger oak.
It has magnificent color right now.
Their inner needles are turning a bright yellow.
From yellow they go to brown, and then fall off, leaving just the newer, younger needles at the tips.
Incredibly, the lichen has colonized here as well.
Here is the pathetic crown of the tupelo, which should be a blazing glorious crimson ruby this time of year.
Instead, this was the brightest red leaf I could find.
Up high on the branches, it's clear the leaves are falling off without ever turning color.
The cedars are turning yellow inside as well.
This is the trunk of a beech tree. It too is corroded - it has rough white streaks that are appearing on other species as well, and scattered pustules that could be the beginnings of fatal cankers.
This sorry array of leaves is typical of the faded glory that once was autumn.
I came across this study that claims plants are doing us such a favor - by gobbling up our air pollution! Not one whiff of any concern about what that might mean for plants. This is so reminiscent of the scientific concensus, until recently, that it was a good thing that the ocean was soaking up CO2, thus sparing us even more violent weather from climate change...until somebody noticed that the CO2 was making the ocean more acidic, thus killing all sorts of life forms in the sea.
new post up, about bark beetles. No reference to ozone, and he deleted my comment - and then substantially allowed it - which was: