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Archive for March, 2007

Seeing the Wind

Posted: Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 @ 1:55 pm in Weather | Comments Off on Seeing the Wind

You can’t actually see the wind. It’s as invisible as sound waves or thermal energy. Yet wind manifests itself in tangible, sometimes startling ways. The other day as we walked out on the desert we heard the sound of water swirling down a manhole. Well, that’s what it sounded like. We noticed pebbles tumbling almost […]

The Name Game

Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm in Flowers | Comments Off on The Name Game

Botanists rely on Latin names for plants to avoid confusion, since the flora they work with contains thousands of species, some of them common to many different lands. But it also strips away most of the romance. Would you be as interested in the appearance of a Houstonia caerulea as you might be about seeing […]

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