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After three years of intense preparation, professional base jumper and wingsuit pilot Uli Emanuele successfully completed an extremely dangerous wingsuit flight through a tiny two-meter-wide opening between rock formations in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.

Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

torres del paine np-chile

My friend Tim makes his dog Moby’s food from scratch. During last year’s trip to San Francisco, I helped out with the process, and it was an experience. I’m not about to do all this myself, but we did start giving Cisco a raw egg maybe twice a week. Makes his coat even softer.

But Rich will take Cisco out around our property most afternoons, and he sniffs out the wildest food you could imagine. I’m usually not along on these excursions, and I really don’t want to see what he finds anyway.

No pictures (you’re welcome), but here’s a running list of the things Cisco has found to feast upon around our land:

  • Deer spines. Frequently. He chews on the cartilage.
  • A maggoty rat’s hind end. (I would have NEVER let him near that, but Rich is more liberal)

And here’s a running list of things where Cisco has dug out their holes and dragged out and eaten:

  • 3 mole pinkies. Hauled out their nest and ate them one by one. Hardly even chewed.
  • A fully-grown mouse. He held it down with his paw and ripped its head off. Then he ate the rest. At least he’s quick about it.
  • 2 baby rabbits. Each around 4-5 inches long. Ate them all. He needed some serious digestion time after that.

So, Tim, beat that!

“Art of the Storm” is a gorgeous time-lapse video by photographer Nicolaus Wegner of a stationary supercell near Rapid City, South Dakota. “An amazing stationary supercell was produced over the Black Hills of South Dakota near Rapid City on June 1, 2015. I was fortunate enough to have the entire event unfold right in front of me over the course of several hours. Truly one of the most beautiful natural weather phenomenon I have ever witnessed.”

<p><a href=”″>Art of the Storm – 4K</a> from <a href=””>Nicolaus Wegner</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A bonsai in a new pot.

bonsai in new pot

“The Art of the Opening Shot,” the latest video by Filmnørdens Hjørne, is a beautiful compilation of opening shots in films. Movies in order of appearance:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Apocalypse Now (1979), Zoetrope Studios
The Untouchables (1987), Paramount Pictures
TRON: Legacy (2010), Walt Disney Pictures
Léon: The Professional (1994), Gaumont
Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Horizon Pictures
Touch of Evil (1958), Universal International Pictures
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Lucasfilm
Rain Man (1988), United Artists
Taxi Driver (1976), Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sherlock Holmes (2009), Warner Bros.
Rear Window (1954), Paramount Pictures
Seven Samurai (1954), Toho Company
Heat (1995), Warner Bros.
Lost in Translation (2003), Focus Features
Casino Royale (2006), Columbia Pictures
Black Rain (1989), Paramount Pictures
Patriot Games (1992), Mace Neufeld Productions
The Dark Knight (2008), Warner Bros.
Deliverance (1972), Warner Bros.
The Hunt for Red October (1990), Paramount Pictures
There Will Be Blood (2007), Paramount Vantage
The Birth of a Nation (1915), David W. Griffith Corp.
Saving Private Ryan (1998), DreamWorks SKG
Blade Runner (1982), The Ladd Company
The Matrix (1999), Warner Bros.
Superman (1978), Dovemead Films
Stoker (2013), Fox Searchlight Pictures
No Country for Old Men (2007), Paramount Vantage
Thelma & Louise (1991), Pathé Entertainment
The Shining (1980), Warner Bros.
Take Shelter (2011), Hydraulx
The Searchers (1956), Warner Bros.
Gladiator (2000), DreamWorks SKG
Road to Perdition (2002), DreamWorks SKG

Trains at Night by photographer William Gill.

trains at night1-william gill

Rehabbing Bobcat Kittens

The good folks at Big Cat Rescue have two new rescues: a pair of bobcat kittens.

A bonsai grouping by Andres Alvarez Iglesias.

bonsai grouping_Andres Alvarez Iglesias

Finally went to the nursery and got my container garden going for the year. I don’t dare start earlier than mid-May, because we’ve gotten snow as late as Mother’s Day before. From left to right, we’ve got some green beans, Lemon cherry and Juliet cherry tomatoes, Millionaire eggplant, and Habanero pepper:

Cisco supervised. He loves looking for lizards behind the pots.

Cisco supervised. He loves looking for lizards behind the pots.

Last year’s Italian flat-leaf parsley and English thyme both survived through the winter, so they got replanted to new pots:

container garden-last years survivors

The galvanized tin tub with lemon thyme, basil, and more Italian parsley. I love that stuff:

container garden-herbs

And last but not least, a mint plant:

container garden-mint

San Diego gets regular marine inversion layers in May and June, aka “May Grey” and “June Gloom.” But up here at altitude, we’re usually (but not always) above it. Makes for spectacular sunsets:


We have regular braided tug toys for Cisco, but by far, he prefers this scrap of microfleece. When he feels the need for some play, he goes to where we keep it and he pulls it out by himself. On a related note, is it possible to play tug with a dog and *not* make growly sounds?

It’s been about a year since I got the bonsai tree. I removed last year’s wiring around November, and it’s gotten a lot of new growth. I cut out the only patch of moss that took hold. Let’s hope it takes here. First I used a chopstick to gently coax the old dirt away from the roots, and trimmed the root ball. Then it got re-potted in good bonsai soil. Then a good soak in some fertilizer water. Then, new wiring and shaping. Then, trimming. Finally, re-setting the decorations and the patch of moss, plus a bit of that invasive greenery I saved. Here’s before:

The only moss that took hold was (interestingly) the patch surrounding the Japanese kodama tree spirit.

The only moss that took hold was (interestingly) the patch surrounding the Japanese kodama tree spirit.

And after:


The kodama got a new rock to sit on, and I added this really old-looking metal “monolith” I found in the woods. It’s set with JB weld onto a cool red-and-blue striped rock.


Rear view.


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