Sunday, July 21, 2013

Obama Explains Black America to White America




I thought this week's speech/press-conference by the president (which clearly wasn't expected - you can see the press corps scrambling because they were expecting a typical White House spokesman briefing) addressing the Treyvon Martin verdict was really well done. Thoughtful and though provoking. Kind of groundbreaking, in an understated way. I wish more politicians - heck, more people - would talk about race relations this simply and fearlessly.

The Washington Post has the original video and transcript. Worth the time to watch it, I think.

NPR has a good commentary (so good, in fact, that I stole their article title).

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Giant swallowtail courtship

We were baffled when we saw these three butterflies in the front garden, seemingly flying in formation. Eventually figured out that it's a courtship thing - probably two males following / vying for a female.
 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Yellow Garden Spider


This yellow garden spider has been making itself at home in our gigantic, leggy, overgrown Juliet tomato plant for the last few weeks. Finally got a good picture of him/her, along with some fat, unlucky mummified flies. Below, a cropped-in detail. The spinneret is amazing up close!

Yellow Garden Spider - detail