Beauty

 

80-mile-wide swarm of ladybugs shows up on National Weather Service radar

Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge blob that appeared on the National Weather Service’s radar wasn’t a rain cloud, but a massive swarm of ladybugs over Southern California.

Meteorologist Joe Dandrea says the array of bugs appeared to be about 80 miles (129 kilometers) wide as it flew over San Diego Tuesday.

But Dandrea tells the Los Angeles Times that the ladybugs are actually spread throughout the sky, flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet (1,525 and 2,745 meters), with the most concentrated group about 10 miles (16 kilometers) wide.

NWS San Diego

@NWSSanDiego
The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a “bloom” #CAwx

It wasn’t immediately known what type of ladybug was causing the phenomenon.

The Times says one species, adult convergent lady beetles, mate and migrate from the Sierra Nevada to valley areas where they eat aphids and lay eggs.

(Copyright (c) 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

That is a lot of ladybugs!

 

 

The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower

Hippekuln
Published on Jul 30, 2007

From the Grand Ole Opry

Oh, my, a super fine family, those Carters!

 

 

SAMANTHA FISH – Bulletproof (Official Video)

Samantha Fish
Published on Jul 12, 2019

Buy or Stream Bulletproof here: found.ee/SFBulletproof SAMANTHA FISH- Bulletproof from her forthcoming album “Kill or Be Kind” out September 20, 2019

Credits: Produced by Devon Williams – www.devonwilliams.net/

Stream//Buy the new Samantha Fish now: iTunes: found.ee/SFWatchLettersiTunes Apple Music: found.ee/SFWatchLettersApple Amazon: found.ee/SFWatchLettersAmazon Spotify: found.ee/SFWatchLettersSpotify Pandora: found.ee/SFWatchLettersPandora Google Play: found.ee/SFWatchLettersGoogle Follow Samantha Fish online: facebook.com/samanthafish… twitter.com/samantha_fish instagram.com/samanthafis… Website: found.ee/SFishSite_Home

LYRICS

You got me trained to sit on a stage
Not show my rage for you
You got my love, its not enough
I need to prove it to you

What’s the difference, what’s the difference, what’s the difference in me now?
I can change, I can change, I can change oh tell me how

I’d turn this on you, I’d turn it on you, turn it on you, oh but you’re bulletproof
Turn it on you, I’d turn this on you, turn it on you, but you’re bulletproof

You got my gaze, I’m just a phase,
A shift in your point of view
Your rocks are off, you demagogue,
I’m just someone to talk to

Make me feel something real, I’d fall for your muse
Where’s the spark thru the dark for you light my fuse?
But it’s all about you

I’d turn it on you, turn it on you, I’d turn it on you, but you’re bulletproof
I’d turn it on you, turn it on you, I’d turn it on you, but you’re bulletproof
It’s all about you baby

Broken things, I kick and scream, I’d fall apart to move you
Shot down in vogue, I got the joke, you need me bulletproof

Twisted up and turned out you say I’m crazy now,
You’re bellicose, I loved you so, I’m on my way out

I’d turn it on you, turn it on you, I’d turn it on you, but you’re bulletproof
I’d turn it on you, turn it on you, I’d turn it on you, but you’re bulletproof

#SamanthaFish #Guitar #Blues

Wow, this is so different … and so weirdly wild! What a dramatic change of pace and style! Samantha Fish is a force to be reckoned with. A Tremendous Fireball of Pure Energy!

 

 

Possibly the Best Blues Performance Ever!

Larry Chapman
Published on Apr 18, 2016

Blues music began in the South by people who had every reason to have the blues.

Well… it could be… yep, could very well be… what do you think? Let me know, eh!

 

 

Crossroad Blues on Antique Parlor Guitar – Delta Blues – Edward Phillips

Edward Phillips
Published on Mar 1, 2017

Check me out on facebook for updates, things of interest and contact: facebook.com/edwardphillip…

I am so glad this popped up because its a fabulous piece and this guy is excellent!

Oh, hey! Here’s another fantastic tune rendered fantastically!

 

 

Jethro Tull – Bourée (French TV, 1969 ‘La Joconde’)

Hector Oscar
Published on Oct 3, 2012

Song – Bourée (2001 Remaster)
Artist – Jethro Tull
Album – All the Best
Writers – Ian Anderson, Johann Sebastian Bach

Licensed to YouTube by – WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Catalog); BMG Rights Management, UMPG Publishing, LatinAutor – PeerMusic, CMRRA, ARESA, LatinAutor, and 10 Music Rights Societies

An incredibly beautiful classical song and so masterfully rendered by one of the best bands ever and Ian Anderson, the Minstrel Magnificent!

 

 

“Cripple Creek” on the banjo, by Tracy Newman

Tracy Newman
Published on Aug 11, 2015

In 1965, I did 6 episodes of a public TV series for children called “What’s New.” I presented folk songs from all over the world, and many instruments, to the best of my ability at the time. We shot these episodes at Brooklyn College and Joan Sheppard was the director.

I have posted this before and will again because I love it, the lady is just delightful and it is one of the few renditions out there that get the dang song right!

Another is by Stringbean – that is also posted here – and it was played properly every week on Hee Haw but I can’t find that particular bit on yootoob, despite the many posts from the show on that site. Other than that the searches have been mighty bleak.

Remember — No Music, No Life – Know Music, Know Life.

 

 

Rattlesnake Shake – Peter Green with The Splinter Group

PlayMoreBlues
Published on Nov 19, 2011

This is a clip from a concert shown on German TV in 1998. Rattlesnake Shake was written by Peter Green and originally recorded in 1969 while he was with Fleetwood Mac.

Pure Joy!

The Lord singeth!

 

 

tictacmars

The full frame from NASA.

And now, from:

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Just thought I’d throw this in here, rather than my “interesting rocks” thread, since it doesn’t really have to do with rocks. Anyway, here’s a .gif made with some Curiosity Right Navcam images taken 13 seconds apart. Unfortunately, it appears that the Left Navcam apparently wasn’t taking pictures at the time. I guess they don’t do that all the time anymore. Anyway, it’s like that bright spot that showed up on one of the images a few weeks back, except that it’s black and kind of looks like one of those “tic-tac” deals that are so popular these days.

mars.jpl.nasa.gov…

tictacmars

Crop!

tictacmars

Aerial anomalies on Mars are a treat for me.

This one, of course, since it’s only on one frame from one camera, could be the old cosmic ray strike and that’s been trotted out for it. Of course.

But, then again, it doesn’t really look like a cosmic ray strike, so… who knows what it is?

Naturally, my preference is a device of some sort. Or, even better, a critter! Now, that’s unlikely!

Which leads all the way back to my yoot, when a glowing orange aerial anomaly first triggered my deep interest in all things Forteana.

I love this stuff…

And, again, as noted, it really doesn’t look like a cosmic ray strike. Just look at that shape. Ya dig? Seriously, now.

Dig it.

 

 

250 GT TDF Berlinetta

Stunning 1958 250 GT TDF Berlinetta at Gooding Monterey

July 14, 2019

The Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta has long been seen as one of the most sought-after GT racing cars of the 1950s, with just 78 examples produced. Chassis 0903 GT is the fourth of only 36 single-louver Tour de France Berlinettas built.

Delivered new to Sweden, this Tour de France was initially owned by two Swedish race car drivers; first by noted driving ace Sture Nottorp and later Kjell Lundberg. After remaining in Sweden for decades, the TdF eventually made its way to the United States. Its current owner undertook a complete, concours-quality restoration in 2012 by award-winning Ferrari specialist Motion Products Inc. This TdF is finished in a period grey and red livery, complemented by a beautiful light grey leather interior highlighted by special Heuer stopwatches mounted in a unique rally binnacle in the wrinkle-finish dashboard.

Read the rest, plus there are more photos

Delicious.

 

 

Bergrennen WOLSFELD 2019 – BEST OF [Pure Sound]

RUDY COURSEDECOTE
Published on Jun 23, 2019

Best of Bergrennen WOLSFELD 2019 (Germany) Berg-Cup. Best action & pure sound of this “berg-rennen.”

More BergMonster ► www.rudycoursedecote.com #RUDYCOURSEDECOTE ©

Exciting rallye cars climbing a hill… ah, yes, mountain racing… a thrill a minute! Fantastic cars all going much quicker than there tame counterparts could even dream

There’s even a wicked quick 2kilo2 with a big wing.

Dig it!

 

 

Science Newsfrom research organizations


Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave

First evidence that giant ostrich-like birds once roamed Europe

Date: June 26, 2019
Source: Taylor & Francis Group
Summary: A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

FULL STORY

A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

It was previously thought that such gigantism in birds only ever existed on the islands of Madagascar and New Zealand as well as Australia. The newly-discovered specimen, discovered in the Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea, suggests a bird as giant as the Madagascan elephant bird or New Zealand moa. It may have been a source of meat, bones, feathers and eggshell for early humans.

“When I first felt the weight of the bird whose thigh bone I was holding in my hand, I thought it must be a Malagasy elephant bird fossil because no birds of this size have ever been reported from Europe. However, the structure of the bone unexpectedly told a different story,” says lead author Dr Nikita Zelenkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“We don’t have enough data yet to say whether it was most closely related to ostriches or to other birds, but we estimate it weighed about 450kg. This formidable weight is nearly double the largest moa, three times the largest living bird, the common ostrich, and nearly as much as an adult polar bear.”

It is the first time a bird of such size has been reported from anywhere in the northern hemisphere. Although the species was previously known, no one ever tried to calculate the size of this animal. The flightless bird, attributed to the species Pachystruthio dmanisensis, was probably at least 3.5 metres tall and would have towered above early humans. It may have been flightless but it was also fast.

While elephant birds were hampered by their great size when it came to speed, the femur of the current bird was relatively long and slim, suggesting it was a better runner. The femur is comparable to modern ostriches as well as smaller species of moa and terror birds. Speed may have been essential to the bird’s survival. Alongside its bones, palaeontologists found fossils of highly-specialised, massive carnivores from the Ice Age. They included giant cheetah, giant hyenas and sabre-toothed cats, which were able to prey on mammoths.

Other fossils discovered alongside the specimen, such as bison, help date it to 1.5 to 2 million years ago. A similar range of fossils was discovered at an archaeological site in the town of Dmanisi in Georgia, the oldest hominin site outside Africa. Although previously neglected by science, this suggests the giant bird may have been typical of the animals found at the time when the first hominins arrived in Europe. The authors suggest it reached the Black Sea region via the Southern Caucasus and Turkey.

The body mass of the bird was reconstructed using calculations from several formulae, based on measurements from the femur bone. Applying these formulae, the body mass of the bird was estimated to be around 450kg. Such gigantism may have originally evolved in response to the environment, which was increasingly arid as the Pleistocene epoch approached. Animals with a larger body mass have lower metabolic demands and can therefore make use of less nutritious food growing in open steppes.

“The Taurida cave network was only discovered last summer when a new motorway was being built. Last year, mammoth remains were unearthed and there may be much more to that the site will teach us about Europe’s distant past,” says Zelenkov.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Nikita V. Zelenkov, Alexander V. Lavrov, Dmitry B. Startsev, Innessa A. Vislobokova, Alexey V. Lopatin. A giant early Pleistocene bird from eastern Europe: unexpected component of terrestrial faunas at the time of early Homo arrivalJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2019; e1605521 DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1605521

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Taylor & Francis Group. “Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave: First evidence that giant ostrich-like birds once roamed Europe.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 June 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190626200313.htm>.

This is FABULOUS news! Huge birds are so awesome! And so dangerous!

Whee!

I got turned onto this by a post by Corinna somewhere at the Centre for Fortean Zoology, facebook, maybe, which I cannot find the link for. So Frustrating.

 

 

the Bunny

Hey, hey, it’s the Bunny!

GIF courtesy of the inimitable ArMaP.

One of the first up-close anomalies ever received from Mars — and to this day one of the most intriguing. NASA says it’s nowt more than a bit if cloth from the landing balloons just passing through in the breeze. Yeah. Right.

I have always maintained that that attempt was just beyond ludicrous, a modern day ‘swamp gas’ salute. Only one of the appendages moves with said ’breeze.’ It simply doesn’t add up. Let’s just say that I would be even more surprised to learn that it was a piece of the airbag than if it was a living creature.

 

 

A classic and a true favorite. Worth every second!

 

Doug Sahm, Leon Russell, Jerry Garcia and Friends – Thanksgiving Jam – 11/23/72

arghdos
Published on May 23, 2014

Doug Sahm, Leon Russell, Jerry Garcia and Friends Thanksgiving Jam
Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX November 23, 1972

BAND:

Doug Sahm – vocals, guitar
Leon Russell – vocals, piano
Jerry Garcia – vocals, guitar, pedal steel
Phil Lesh – bass
* Jerry Barnett – drums (Shiva’s Headband)
Mary Egan – fiddle (Greazy Wheels)
Benny Thurman – fiddle (13th Floor Elevator bassist)

* The drummer is often listed as Bill Kreutzman from the Dead, but apparently he didn’t play: “Though he was in attendance that evening, there is no verifiable evidence that Bill Kreutzmann sat in with the band. When asked a few years ago, the owner of the Armadillo seemed to recall Bill feeling sick that night.”

01 High Heel Sneakers [Tommy Tucker] 00:00
02 Wild Side Of Life [Hank Thompson] 06:21
03 Swingin’ Doors [Merle Haggard] 10:59
04 Me & Bobby McGee [Kris Kristofferson/Janis Joplin] 15:32
05 Stormy Monday [T-Bone Walker] 20:48
06 That’s All Right (Mama) [Arthur Crudup/Elvis Presley] 25:42
07 Come On In My Kitchen [Robert Johnson] 31:57
08 T For Texas [Jimmie Rodgers] 36:29
09 Mr. Tambourine Man [Bob Dylan/Byrds] 43:09
10 (Is Anybody Goin’ To) San Antone [Charley Pride] 46:43
11 Sugarfoot Rag [Hank Garland] 50:09
12 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry [Hank Williams] 52:51
13 Jambalaya [Hank Williams] 57:54
14 Today I Started Loving You Again [Merle Haggard] 01:01:56
15 Columbus Stockade Blues [Traditional] 01:08:04
16 Honky Tonkin’ ~ Dear John [Hank Williams] 01:11:50

Set 2:

01 Orange Blossom Special [Bill Monroe] 01:15:20
02 Kentucky Waltz [Bill Monroe] 01:18:11
03 Big Boss Man [Jimmy Reed] 01:22:54
04 Searchin’ [Coasters] 01:28:56
05 Those Lonely Lonely Nights [Earl King] ~ Shake A Hand [Faye Adams] 01:35:45
06 Hey Bo Diddley [Bo Diddley] 01:40:25
07 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry [Bob Dylan] 01:50:36
08 A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall [Bob Dylan] 01:56:52
09 Wild Horses [Rolling Stones] 02:04:46
10 Slippin’ Into Christmas [Leon Russell] 02:09:28
11 Money Honey [Drifters/Elvis Presley] 02:14:05
12 Chug-A-Lug [Roger Miller] 02:19:50
13 Roll Over Beethoven [Chuck Berry] ~ Good Golly Miss Molly [Little Richard] ~ Roll Over Beethoven [Chuck Berry] 02:22:04

Simply superb.

 

 

Green & Clapton

ot to
Published on Mar 30, 2014

FLEETWOOD MAC WITH PETER GREEN AND ERIC CLAPTON

Boston 1970

Lineup

Peter Green – electric guitar
Eric Clapton – electric guitar
Danny Kirwan – electric guitar
John McVie – electric bass
Mick Fleetwood – drums
Jeremy Spencer – electric guitar

WOW!