Archive | February 25, 2019

At Sequoia National Park

Thankfully, no loggers took it down, nor
forest fires or earthquakes!  Just a quiet life
in a California forest
for all these years ….  3,200!
Not every tree has a nickname,
but ‘The President’ has earned it.
This giant sequoia stands at 247 feet
tall & is estimated to be over 3,200 years old.
Imagine, this tree was already 700 years old
during the height of ancient Greece ‘s civilization
and 1200 years old when Jesus lived and Rome
was well into its rule of most of the
western world and points beyond.
The trunk of The President measures
at 27 feet across,
with 2 BILLION needles from base to top.
               Because of its unbelievable size, this
tree has never been photographed in its entirety,
until now. National Geographic photographers
have worked along with scientists to try and
create the first photo that shows the President
in all its glory.
   They had to Climb the tree with pulleys and
levers, and took thousands of photos. Of those,
they selected 126 and stitched them together,
to get this incredible  portrait of the President.
And here it is:
The man standing near the trunk of the tree
is a good indicator of the tree’s size.




The Editor:  What is going on with Mary Jane,  LL ?

Dope Cat:  The refiners of Marijuana can’t make it without blowing themselves up.

They need someone with drug experience.

Bring the drug merchants in, they can plant the poppies in city parks.

Here is another example of dopes.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Red Sprite Lightning over Kununurra
Image Credit & Copyright: Ben Broady

Explanation: What are those red filaments in the sky? It is a rarely seen form of lightning confirmed only about 30 years ago: red sprites. Recent research has shown that following a powerful positive cloud-to-ground lightning strike, red sprites may start as 100-meter balls of ionized air that shoot down from about 80-km high at 10 percent the speed of light and are quickly followed by a group of upward streaking ionized balls. The featured image, taken just over a week ago in Kununurra, Western Australia, captured some red sprites while shooting a time-lapse sequence of a distant lightning storm. Pictured, green trees cover the foreground, dark mountains are seen on the horizon, ominous storm clouds hover over the distant land, while red sprites appear in front of stars far in the distance. Red sprites take only a fraction of a second to occur and are best seen when powerful thunderstorms are visible from the side.

Tomorrow’s picture: evolving universe