Mythical Wednesday: Exploding rocks.

Planet Earth is a strange and wonderful place. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes something so unexpected, so weird, you just have to sit and shake your head. This is what I was thinking when I came across this article.

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/explosive-rock-exfoliation-caught-film

They call it ‘exfoliation’, and as you can see from the video, it happens suddenly, but not without warning. There are many places around the world where this type of geological phenomenon occurs. Typically in areas where there are exposures of uniform with coarse, crystalline igneous rocks.  The majority of the rock mass is at a depth where it is under extreme high pressure from rock layers underneath it. It tends to be very uniform and lack any fractures which could be the reason it explodes. As the progressive erosion occurs, the rocks are subjected to pressure from overlying rocks, which leads to tension in directions at right angles to the surface. This tension is relieved by the formation of cracks, which follow the surface. They are relatively flat on plateaus, but can be steep on the flanks of mountains which are called exfoliation domes. The Yosemite’s spectacular Half Dome is the result of rock exfoliation. Once the cracks develop, water enters and causes chemical weathering which leads to the formation of new low-density minerals. This enhances the cracks and encourages slabs of rock to detach from the surface.

I don’t know about you, but as beautiful and exciting as this is, I’m sure it’s just as dangerous.

The One Where Darke Pisses Off a Bird [Video].

Title kinda says it all.

It’s summer! Garden time! With pictures!

The only thing that gets me through the long cold winter is the knowledge that come spring, my gardens are going to come alive! We’re doing a veggie garden again, and so far, things look good!

 

Flower Garden

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Here is the front garden this year. It’s filled out quite a bit more than last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Husband’s Grandmother’s lupines’ came up and they look beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

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White and Blue Forget-me-not’s from my Mother’s garden.

 

 

 

 

 

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I can’t remember the name of this flower, but it’s flowers are a burnt orange.

 

 

 

 

 

pic5Impatient, but it’s stuck in the shadow of the neighbour plant, so I’m not sure how big it’s going to get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic6My Deep Purple petunias. I love these! The colour is so dark and rich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic7My peonies. The plant is so top heavy once the flowers come out. I put a tomato cage around them, but even that can’t keep them up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic8I forget the name of this flowering bush, but it’s so beautiful and full of blooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic9Our Mesquite tree in bloom. So beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic10We put red and white petunias in the two barrels and I’m hoping the over-run the barrel by July 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veggie Garden  

We’re only doing veggies we know we can grow. No more experiments for us. I took this picture the other day. The weeds are going to be bigger by the time I get back to weeding it.

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2Front-yellow peppers, middle and back-tomatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3Onions. Nothing but onions. Big, small, red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4Two rows of radishes at the back and a row of lettuce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5Two rows of carrots. Now I did get in and do some weeding last weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6Squash and cucumbers. We have early squash and butternut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7I also put in some beans and peas along the fence. The beans were self-sowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you growing this year?

Winter Solstice/Yule Ritual

I posted this last year and I love it so much that I’m not changing anything and doing the exact same rite for the Solstice. I put this together over a few days. It’s quick and easy, and the best part is that it is versatile.

~Disclaimer: The prayers and other parts I got from Scott Cunningham’s books, and the first part I got from a spell a day email I think from Llewellyn Books, but I can’t remember.~

Ritual

After a cleansing bath or shower, set up your altar so that it has a representation of the four elements (earth, air, fire, water), representation of the God and Goddess (candles or statues, or whatever you use), and a white candle in the center. There should be something for the Simple Feast. I like to combine food and objects, ie. using nuts and cookies for the Simple Feast as well as having them depict the element of Earth.

For this rite I used walnuts/cookies for the element of Earth.

Sandalwood incense for the element of Air

A small red candle for the element of Fire

A goblet of fruit juice to represent Water.

 

Light the God and Goddess candles (if any) and the red candle while saying out loud;

Longest night and shortest day,
Magic comes bright.
We gather now on this longest night,
Honoring darkness, praising light.
Dancers hail the
standing stones,
As growing solar light returns.
Ancient ones at Newgrange gathered,
Awaiting dawns first light.
Hidden tombs and
carvings old,
Illuminated by solstice
sunlight bright.
World round, grateful souls
Celebrate this night of returning light.
May we see this shaft of brilliance,
A sign of summer growing.
Cut the evergreen adornments,
And build the sacred fire to coax the Sun higher.
Yule log embers and torches bright,
Warm our dreams this magical night.
Memories and ancient secrets
Of the Druids come to me tonight.
May this increase my wisdom now,
The ancestors guide my spirit.
Magnifying brilliance and promises to come,
Spirals dance in solstice first light.
Visions planted, now on this night,
Grow strong and clear with the light.
Holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine,
Magic be, on this day.
So mote it be.

Stand before your altar and gaze at the candles. Say these or similar words.

I sorrow not, though the world is wrapped in sleep,

I sorrow not, though the icy winds blast,

I sorrow not, though the snow falls hard and deep,

I sorrow not, this too shall soon pass.

Light the white candle and say:

I light this fire in You honor,

Mother Goddess.

You have created life from death,

warmth from cold,

The sun lives once again; the time of light is waxing.

Welcome, ever-returing God of thr Sun

Hail Mothr of All!

Now comes the meditation. You can stand if you want, or sit. I sit on a chair just because getting up from the floor hurts my knees. Think about the warmth of the sun. Imagine it growing stronger, feel the warmth on your face and what the growing warmth will mean to you. After a time, stand again before your altar and say:

Great God of the sun.

I welcome your return,

May you shine brightly

upon the Goddess.

May you shine brightly

upon the Earth.

Scattering seeds and fertilizing

the ground.

All blessings upon you.

Reborn one of the Sun!

 

Traditionally, you do acts of magic here. Go ahead if you want. I say prayers for my family and what I hope for them for the coming year.

 

After my prayers, I thank the God and Goddess and sit down to eat the Simple Feast. I eat the nuts and cookies, acknowledging the nuts as the seeds of my intent for the new year, and the cookies as the product of my hard work. I drink the fruit juice and acknowledge the festive part of the season. When I’m done, I thank the God and Goddess for their presence.

 

Remember not to blow out the candles. Use a snuffer or pinch out the flames, and DON’T leave the candles unattended.

 

~Blessed Be~

Bird Pictures!

There has to be at least five bird’s nests on our property but I’ve only found two. Our neighbour has a friend who wants the pile of scrap metal we have, but he’s going to have to wait until babies are gone.

They’re getting big really fast. I think neighbours friend will be able to take the scrap in two weeks. Maybe less. These pictures were taken a week apart.

Lessons From Nature?

It never ceases to amaze me just how versatile Nature really is. We, as humans, have come to depend on our world being one way, and if something were to happen to it, we would be completely lost. Every year, weather or other disasters rip apart people’s lives, destroying their homes, businesses’ and communities. We struggle to rebuild our lives, to return it to that sense of normalcy we knew before the chaos. This is how we survive and prosper, but there are other creatures on this planet that don’t rely on the same stability, and can survive in the most unusual places.

Yes, this is a nest built in the junk pile in our back yard. We’re not throwing it out, it’s all metal and can be recycled (as soon as the bugger comes to pick it up). Sometimes I wonder if we should be more resilient.

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