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Pictorial Highlight: Humboldt! #2

Roosevelt elk mama

Forest Reflection, Gold’s Beach, Praire Creek.

Young baby elk in April 2009.

“Na-na-nana-na, you don’t have antlers!!”

There is magic even in the tiniest of organisms; this is just the fruit, the reproductive organ, of a vast underground network of mycelium…and fungi are closer genetically to animals than they are to plants. Ponder THAT one for a minute!

Joie de Rikki, Gold’s Beach.

The sun drops below the horizon, painting the sky with its light-brush from millions of miles away, and the chill ocean breeze picks up and it lifts mist from the crest of each wave, and you feel like every moment is rife with possibility, with the awe of being alive in such a beautiful place, with the responsibility to do something that learning to love such things places on you.  You feel inspired.  The night flings itself upon you.

Sitting on a beached log, of which there are countless here…

There is something ultimately primordial about the temperate redwood rainforests of northern Humboldt and of Del Norte Counties.  Not just the size of the trees, but the density, the fecundity, the lushness; it can take you 10 minutes to travel 30 feet off-trail in these forests; you step on what looks to be solid ground, and then sink waist-deep in foliage and plant matter and rotting wood!  You expect to see Brontosauri here, munching on the leaves of old-growth redwoods, whose branches don’t even begin until about 90 feet up.  The amount of LIFE here is staggering, staggering, and 96 percent of the northwest’s old-growth forests have been logged, poisoned with herbicides and fungicides and diesel fuel (so the poisons stick–for awhile, until they eventually runoff into the local watershed), turned into lifeless deserts or genetically-modified monocrop tree plantations or moonscapes; that is “PROGRESS”–desert behind, forest in front.  That is growth for the sake of growth, the ideology of the cancer cell.  That is industrial civilization, and it must be stopped before it kills everything.

Banana slug!

Redwood textures and colors. Disproving Reagan’s adage that once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Each is an individual.

This is the Arco Giant, technically located in Redwood National Park; it is the 10th largest coast redwood by volume.  I see a face, complete with green hair, on the right side of the tree–see it? The bottom of this picture is about halfway up the main trunk, where it splits–redwoods are prolific in their growth of “reiterated trunks.” Basically when the top of the main trunk is damaged, it sprouts a new “trunk” that then rockets toward the sunlight. The most architecturally complex tree in the world is Illuvatar, located somewhat near this tree, with 220 (!!) reiterated trunks.

One of the most amazing books ever created (it is not just writing, but pictures and fantastically skilled drawings by the author) is Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast  by Robert Van Pelt.  Very highly recommended!

Another darling baby elk and his mother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cartoons About Saving Earth!

This is reposted from www.DeepGreenResistance.org ;  read about DGR– the most critical, crucial movement this world has ever seen–the movement to TRULY save the planet and its millions of species from sure destruction.  This is about REAL sustainability, not capitalist sustainability, or sustainability that allows us to continue being vastly overpopulated and overconsumptive and destructive.  Also, you can read my review of Deep Green Resitance, published in the Earth First! Journal, HERE.

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Cartoons may seem like a questionable choice of medium for conveying complex political theory, organizational strategy, and scathing critique of mainstream movements, But then, if you feel that way, you must not have read the work of Stephanie McMillan.

McMillan, a cartoonist based out of Florida in the United States, has two main cartoons. The first, Minimum Security, is a daily comic strip in the form of a long-form narrative, about a group of friends trying to stop ecocidal maniacs from destroying the Earth. The second, Code Green, began in August 2009 as a weekly editorial cartoon focused on the environmental emergency.

From the author, Stephanie McMillan:

“I’ve been thinking of quitting drawing “Code Green,” my weekly editorial cartoon about the environmental emergency. My income from paying clients has crashed; if I’m going to continue it, it needs to be supported by readers. So I’ve started a fundraising campaign.

I’m not going to be pushing this much at all. This is the only post I’m going to make about it. I’m okay with quitting this cartoon. But because some readers seemed dismayed when I talked about quitting, I didn’t feel right about ending it without giving you a chance to keep it going.”

Support Stephanie McMillan’s Code Green here: http://www.indiegogo.com/codegreen

If you like these cartoons, I highly recommend the hilarious graphic novel As the World Burns  by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan.  You can read my short blog-post review of it HERE.

Extinction Explosion

It’s long past time to use our lives as a monkeywrench in the gears of civilization.  This is calamitous.  WAKE UP!!  www.DeepGreenResistance.org/dew

From the Earth First! Newswire blog:

Extinction Explosion.

Greenwashing Your Brain

 

Billboard on the south side of the highway leading up to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco (aka Jan Francisco); idea by Jan Smith, design by Evelyn Weiss

 

Plug in an electric car to the grid and you’re most likely powering that groovy, hip, “green” car with coal, one of the very dirtiest forms of energy.  Or nuclear, which in many ways is even worse.  Even if you’re plugging it into solar power, that’s still not going to save the planet.  It still requires the manufacturing of the cars, building and maintenance of roads (which encourages urban sprawl and habitat destruction), toxic manufacturing and transportation of the solar panels and batteries, and on and on.  Electric cars aren’t the answer.  Hydrogen (*snicker*) is not the answer.  No cars are the answer–and I mean that in both ways.

 

Contraception, Vasectomies, Abortion!

Get a VasectomyOne Little Prick Now is Better Than Having a Bunch of Little Pricks Later!

Come on, fellas.  You support women’s rights?  Then stop putting the burden of birth control and possible pregnancy on them!  Get a vasectomy.  Overpopulation is one of the main things that is driving the Earth’s sixth mass extinction and killing the global biosphere.  If you want a kid, adopt.

 

 

Let Loose–A Pictorial

Sometimes you just gotta go out in nature and have some fun!!  This is gonna be a pictorial blog of some recent fun times and beautiful things in the San Francisco Bay Area   🙂

These are about the size of a roma tomato 🙂

There’s nothing like Rikki on the beach to demonstrate freedom and joie de vivre.

On the path to Kehoe Beach at Point Reyes in Marin County.

Yellow Lupine (in background) on the way to Kehoe.

VEGAN POWER!!

Rikki just LOVES them stikkis!

She wants me to throw the stick, but she doesn’t want to let go!  So you see my trick (notice the 15-foot marks behind her):  I drag her toward the water, until she finally lets go because she doesn’t want to go in the water on my terms  😀

Somtimes you just HAVE to get wet…even if the water is FREEEEEZING!!

Baby tule elk with momma(s)–they made the most ADORABLE squeaking sounds!!

Gorgeous swimming spot on the lower Eel River.

You just gotta get nekkid in the water whenever possible! I call this, “Accidentally-Strategically Placed Arm.”

You can build the fence, but you can’t stop the flowers from growing. Life finds a way.

This is the “Woodpecker Tree.”

Wild turkeys near where I live.

ReWilding the West

Terrific article by Russ McSpadden from the Earth First! Newswire. Tomorrow (July 3) is Rod Coronado’s birthday, so I’ll probably be posting my own thoughts (and an anecdote of a highlight of my life–meeting and shaking the hand of Rod just outside the courtroom at his 2007 San Diego trial.

Earth First! Newswire

Remembering a Tucson Radical

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! News

[The text of this work is free to share and distribute under the following Creative Commons License CC-BY-ND 3.0]

Most of the heroes of the Wild West, the rootin’ tootin’ movie cowboys, sheriffs, miners, ranchers, saloon owners and cavalry generals, had a real knack for replacing all the wild land they got a hold of with profiteering schemes. These are the folks that actually killed the Wild West, bought it up, fenced it in, murdered and incarcerated many of its indigenous people, destroyed its communities with alcoholism, stripped its land, averted and drained its waters, blasted its mountains, decimated its wildlife, made extinct its wolves and jaguars and generally can be thanked for the Bone-Dry SuburbanTame West of today. I’m saying, as far as wild goes, these boys paved the way for the wild-ass time you are having…

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