Hard Right

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Talk about abrupt turns, this pine tree was hit with 100 mph winds ten days ago. The cutoff branch used to be pointed upward at an 80 degree vertical angle, but was snapped at the trunk, and then fell 90 degrees before the ground stopped it. Unfortunately, the tree cannot be preserved and will be removed soon. I planted a stand of Ponderosas on a section of our property shortly after we bought this house approx. thirty years ago.

Ponderosa pines are a beautiful evergreen tree, grow quickly and provide soft needles and great shape. Unfortunately, they are out of their temperate zone which is cooler and higher in elevation, so they are dying due to attrition. This particular tree must have been the weakest of the seven in this group. If you chose to, you can look at another post about this aging dynamic called SAP in last month’s posts.

However, this writing is more about people’s lives than trees-as vital as they are. Sometimes when I look upon a situation such as this storm damage, I resort to reflection and thinking about the days when I was younger and virile. I was invincible! Remember? Perhaps, that is how you may be feeling now…or just the opposite!

I have been encouraged by the profile statements and posts of so many younger writers. I see hope. Sure, there are the thrill seekers and those who boast about travel, but that equals adventure which is a good thing to possess. The self-emphasis will eventually erode away to quite confidence. In the meantime, don’t be surprised when a storm suddenly appears and takes you from the straight-away to a hard right. Go with the flow and see where the next path takes you. Reflect, accept and adapt.

Suspended Beauty

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This is a closeup of a Galilean Thermometer first developed in Florence, Italy by a group of scientists around the year 1600. Galileo discovered the principle on which this thermometer is based.

The sealed flask is clear, but I placed the device in front of green grass for visual effect.

The bulbs are hand blown glass with various liquids inside, and a weighted plate suspended from each bulb with a temperature embossed on its face. There are five bulbs in the flask and can measure room temperature from 64 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

This device is based upon the density of liquid which changes in proportion to the surrounding temperature.Buoyancy determines whether an object floats or sinks. The density of the liquid inside the bulbs becomes heavier or lighter as the surrounding air temperature changes. Gravity also plays a role in the rising and falling of bulbs. Basically, as the temperature of the liquid increases so does the object’s density. Typically, the lowest floating bulb provides the approximate temperature of the area it is placed in.

I enjoy starring at the bulbs as they reflect light and colors in a myriad of shapes. I find this dynamic to be rather pleasant. I hope the Light within me is revealed similarly.