Archive for Nature

Going Out in a Blaze of Glory

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on October 19, 2016 by reddragonpub

As much as I like 80’s Hair Bands, this post is not a reference to the Bon Jovi song “Blaze of Glory“.  After a mostly awesome summer here in Northeast Ohio, the season is slowly turning and all the trees are starting to show their fall colors.  To celebrate this beautiful time of year, I put together a video showcasing some beautiful fall scenes from around the world.

Check it out!

 

Asking for your Vote

Posted in Nature, Photography, Writing with tags , , on August 3, 2016 by reddragonpub

Here’s a chance to vote for something that doesn’t involve Trump or Hillary. Vote for me, please!  I’ve put together a collection of poetry that I’ve written (some of which has appeared on this blog) and paired it with some awesome nature photography to make a sort of coffee table book.  And I’ve submitted the result to Scribisi for their writing contest.  The site is free to join and submissions are free to read.  The winner of the contest is determined by reader votes.  So, please, please, please (hopefully not to much begging), head on over to https://www.scribisi.com/scr_view.php?work=40783 , check out my submission Random Thoughts of a Love Struck Geek and give me a vote.  Please and Thank you!

If you are kind enough to vote for me, I promise NOT to post semi-coherent tweets about it Trump-style or send copies to Hillary’s private email server which in turn will be leaked in Wiki-leaks’ next batch of documents.

Bridges of Ashtabula County

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on July 27, 2016 by reddragonpub

No, this isn’t a remake of that movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.  I talking about one of the things that I think are a unique part of Ashtabula county in Ohio.  We have 18 covered bridges in our county and we can boast that we have both the shortest and the longest in the country.  The family was out for a drive and we stopped to take some pictures at the State Road Covered Bridge that crosses the west branch of the Conneaut Creek.  Check out the slideshow that we put together below.

Find Your Inner Peace

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on July 22, 2016 by reddragonpub

Having a crap day?  Take a break and relax to some peaceful music and some beautiful nature photos.

Fractally Speaking

Posted in Complexity, Geek, Nature, Writing with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2016 by reddragonpub

Sorry for the bad pun, but I couldn’t think of a title for this post.  In working with complexity and complex systems, fractals have an uncanny way of showing up in the research in the oddest of places.  Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise since a lot of naturally occurring complex systems seem to generate fractal patterns as part of their evolution and operation.  You see them everywhere, every day without realizing it.

Not sure what a fractal is?  I’ve posted a video that gives a brief explanation of what they are and how they form.

A Day at the Shore

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on May 20, 2016 by reddragonpub

Last weekend, the family took advantage of one of the first warm, sunny days that we’ve had this spring. Hopped into the car and ran down to Conneaut Township Park and hung out on the beach for a while. Spent some time collecting rocks and hunting for beach glass. Jenna took some nice pictures of the outing. Check out the slideshow below.

Water + Gravity = Beauty

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on May 10, 2016 by reddragonpub

Water, the humble H2O molecule that makes up 60% of our bodies and covers 71% of the Earth’s surface.  It is a major player in the processes that drive the weather on our planet.  And when a bunch of them flow over a drop off thanks to the laws of gravity, they make one of the most beautiful sights in the natural world, a waterfall.

Here comes the Sun…

Posted in Nature, Photography, Writing with tags , , on April 27, 2016 by reddragonpub

Where would we be without the star that gives us the light, heat and energy that powers all the processes on our little blue planet?  As we go about our daily lives, we give little thought to the giant ball of gas that sends out the results of an endless cycle of hydrogen fusion to light our world and the other planets in our solar system. Without this miracle of physics, we wouldn’t be here.  Is it just physics, or is there something higher at work here?  Scientists can reduce everything to the mechanics of the universe and the laws of thermodynamics, but when we behold the beauty that is created when the light from the sun strikes our atmosphere and washes the world around us in glorious shifting colors,  sends sunbeams that pierce the clouds as if with a purpose and delivers warmth that kindles our spirits, how can we not see the hand of God at work?  Science explains the process, but beauty touches the soul.

Missing Mountains

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on April 15, 2016 by reddragonpub

I’ve lived in Ohio for over 30 years now, and don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful state.  We have some awesome State Parks, beautiful wilderness areas and, of course, Lake Erie.  But the one thing I do miss is mountains.  Yes, I know that the southern part of the state where it borders on West Virginia gets a “little hilly”, but I’m talking honest to god MOUNTAINS here.  When I was younger before we moved to Ohio, my family lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The front door of our house pointed west and when you stepped outside, right there in front of you, taking up half of the horizon were the Rocky Mountains.  Cheyenne Mountain, Pikes Peak and the rest of the eastern ramparts of the Central Rocky Mountains were there in all their majesty every day.  As a kid, I don’t think I really appreciated it as much as I should have.  I kind of took for granted getting to visit places like Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Garden of the Gods, and Eleven Mile Canyon.

Here is a video with some photos of many of the great mountains in our beautiful country.

A Lake Erie Spring

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , on April 7, 2016 by reddragonpub

Ah, the joys of a northeast Ohio spring. 60 degrees one day, 29 degrees the next and 2 inches of snow the first week of April.  As my grandfather used to say, “If you don’t like the weather in Ohio, wait 5 minutes – It’ll change.”  In spite of the crazy weather, my daughter, Jenna, and I went down to Conneaut Township Park and Public Dock to take some pictures with her new camera.  The wind off of the lake was enough to drop the temperature at least 15 degrees lower than it was at our house, but I think she was still able to get some excellent sunset photos.  I’ve posted the video below.

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