riverwindphotography, September 2018
riverwindphotography, September 2018
Life on Mars, Curiosity Rover
Published on Sep 11, 2018
This is actually a pretty nice video. Only real anomalies, nicely presented with no sensationalist fanfare.
Just as it should be.
I do feel — strongly — that many of the things we have seen up there are indeed fossils.
I have no truck with NASA, though, unlike many. Science requires them to be sure, they cannot “youtube” us, for that would ruin everything. That said I have been rather upset with them in the past, when they had some sort of agenda, probably forced upon them by libular slimeworms.
They’ve been doing great since that all ended.
Exciting times lie ahead!
Acontias plumbeus, a giant legless skink.
The critter enjoys it’s leglessness, actually… as well it should, having been designed that way.
I wonder if they taste good.
A rough painting of the Triassic theropod Tawa in the afternoon light.
Nice! Ashley rocks!
Thrinaxodon, a burrowing cynodont. Triassic. South Africa. These two young Thrinaxodon probably died when the burrow in which they lived collapsed. Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.
Burrowing cynodonts are where it’s at, man.
Tough living in a hole, though.
The Great Global Warming Swindle – Full Documentary HD
Published on Aug 19, 2018
The Great Global Warming Swindle caused controversy in the UK when it premiered March 8, 2007 on British Channel 4. A documentary, by British television producer Martin Durkin, which argues against the virtually unchallenged consensus that global warming is man-made. A statement from the makers of this film asserts that the scientific theory of anthropogenic global warming could very well be “the biggest scam of modern times.” According to Martin Durkin the chief cause of climate change is not human activity but changes in radiation from the sun. Some have called The Great Global Warming Swindle the definitive retort to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Using a comprehensive range of evidence it’s claimed that warming over the past 300 years represents a natural recovery from a ‘little ice age’.
According to the program humans do have an effect on climate but it’s infinitesimally small compared with the vast natural forces which are constantly pushing global temperatures this way and that. From melting glaciers and rising sea levels, The Great Global Warming Swindle debunks the myths, and exposes what may well prove to be the darkest chapter in the history of mankind. According to a group of leading scientists brought together by documentary maker Martin Durkin everything you’ve ever been told about global warming is probably untrue. Just as we’ve begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon, Durkin’s documentary slays the whole premise of global warming.
“Global warming has become a story of huge political significance; environmental activists using scare tactics to further their cause; scientists adding credence to secure billions of dollars in research money; politicians after headlines and a media happy to play along. No-one dares speak against it for risk of being unpopular, losing funds and jeopardizing careers.”
Yes, the climate is changing. Obviously. It is not, however, a man-made problem. The climate has been changing ever since there has been climate. Continuously. Constantly. It is the way of things.
The unfortunate indoctrinated masses are both not able to see this and unwilling to accept facts — or any information that does not come from those that feed their religion. That’s what it is, really, a religion. One based on false prophets, sadly, perhaps the falsest in history, or, good contenders for that rank, anyway. These poor folk cannot even see the incredible bullcrap of the “carbon credits” scheme, thinking it will save the world, whereas in reality it just has the polluters pay money to Gore — and they are then allowed to keep on polluting. You can’t make this stuff up.
The climate will change into whatever state nature wills for it. Period.
Of course, if there are ways to get the job done without polluting, those ways should be implemented. A cleaner place is nice to be in. The Gulf of Mexico disaster had an effect by stopping the current — that current controlled the behavior of el Niño, but this is a mere pimple on a planetary scale. And pursuant to that note that nothing is done to clean up the plastic in the oceans. Or to clean up anything, really. There’s no profit in it, you see.
Did you know that every single grain of sea salt now contains plastic? Every single grain. Nice, huh? Enjoy.
And right in the middle
of an ordinary day
magic flies into your life
on gilded wings!
Ain’t life grand?
Dragonflies are awesome. Incredible aerodynamic skill that aeronatics folks look at in wonder.
When I was young, even into my teens, I was afraid of them. Not sure why, perhaps because they appear so … alien … in their flight.
Back in the day they were a couple of feet to a meter across. A lab created an environment like that and they grew them that size! Imma look for that.
Too cool … enjoy
Feels pretty calm.
Source: Laughing Squid
A seriously strange and stunningly beautiful wonder of nature!
Nights in the Gobi Desert stay with you forever. Miss it already.
We only have a couple of spots left on the 2019 photo trip with the amazing @cjonesphoto @DaveBrosha if anyone’s interested. Just email us at [email protected]
reblogged by ponderation
A fabulous place… seriously… playground of my childhood hero, Roy Chapman Andrews, home to the fearsome cryptozoological Mongolian Death Worm, a bunch of other wild, mysterious critters and a great place to test out that new Citroën 2CV Sahara of yours! Way better than the Sahara… Ha!
My take on the North American Nebula and region
See, we have our own nebula.
The blue spots are areas of water ice on the surface of the moon. Image credit NASA/JPL.
Pleased as punch to see that there are quite a few of them… and that bodes well for manned exploration and base stations in the future.
The image shows the distribution of surface ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right), detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument. Blue represents the ice locations, plotted over an image of the lunar surface, where the gray scale corresponds to surface temperature (darker representing colder areas and lighter shades indicating warmer zones). The ice is concentrated at the darkest and coldest locations, in the shadows of craters. This is the first time scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface.
This post is basically the article at JPL, which is linked below.
NEWS | AUGUST 20, 2018
In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.
A team of scientists, led by Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and Brown University and including Richard Elphic from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, used data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument to identify three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the Moon.
M3, aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organization, was uniquely equipped to confirm the presence of solid ice on the Moon. It collected data that not only picked up the reflective properties we’d expect from ice, but was able to directly measure the distinctive way its molecules absorb infrared light, so it can differentiate between liquid water or vapor and solid ice.
Most of the newfound water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the poles, where the warmest temperatures never reach above minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the very small tilt of the Moon’s rotation axis, sunlight never reaches these regions.
Previous observations indirectly found possible signs of surface ice at the lunar south pole, but these could have been explained by other phenomena, such as unusually reflective lunar soil.
With enough ice sitting at the surface — within the top few millimeters — water would possibly be accessible as a resource for future expeditions to explore and even stay on the Moon, and potentially easier to access than the water detected beneath the Moon’s surface.
Learning more about this ice, how it got there, and how it interacts with the larger lunar environment will be a key mission focus for NASA and commercial partners, as we endeavor to return to and explore our closest neighbor, the Moon.
The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 20, 2018.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, designed and built the moon mineralogy mapper instrument and was home to its project manager.
This is excellent news!
Sorry I am a couple of days late in posting.
Forgive me, you know I ain’t right in the head…
Possible critter remnant? Or critter byproduct remnant? Credit NASA/JPL
Tiny “terlet,” maybe? J/K. Sort of.
The latest. Good enough for them to take a second look! Only happened once before. Credit NASA/JPL All pics here.
Unfortunately… a false alarm… just a rock. Albeit the gol dang coolest rock we’ve seen in a long, long time!
Nice hole, eh? Credit NASA/JPL
We need boots on the ground.
This amazing photo of the Bubble Nebula was taken to celebrate Hubble’s 26th year in space.
I like blue.
The Flashlight Frog is a cryptid purported to live in Cameroon. Ranging from three to six inches long, these amphibians have a horn-like protrusion on the end of their nose that emits a red light. They use this to attract insects. They catch them with a yellow, spiked tongue that is coated in a deadly saliva.
The Flashlight Frog was first mentioned by legendary cryptozoologist Karl Shuker in his 1997 book From Flying Toads to Snakes with Wings.
Quick Cryptid Snippet: Flashlight Frog
In June of 1997, naturalist and cryptozoologist, Jonathan Downes was visiting an animal fair at Newton Abbot in Devon, England. While there, he came across a cage of exotic tree frogs from Cameroon, West Africa. The exotic frog seller noted that the frogs were able to make their nose glow in darkness in order to attract prey. The vendor was selling the frogs for $38 per frog. Unable to purchase a specimen, Downes took the information to local herpetological scientists (herpetology: branch of zoology that studies amphibians) where he was told that science recognizes no frog species that are able to (or known to) produce a bioluminescent light.
The Flashlight Frog is described as being around 2-inches long with green skin uniformly covering its body and large pale eyes set widely upon its head. It is noted as having a slightly raised bump or “horn” at the end of its nose that is slightly blue in color. This is the area that is able to light up or glow via bioluminescence (the production and emission of light by a living organism). At night, it lights up its nose to attract flying insects and once close enough, the frog strikes with a long pale yellow tongue.
-The Pine Barrens Institute
*Image Credit: Google
I am proud to call both Karl and Jonathan my friends. They are both so kind and truly wonderful people. In my hiding from the world angst, however, I will admit that condition caused an unawareness of Jonathan’s discovery… and Karl’s reportage… forgive me, gentlemen, I know not what I do. I am so… nevermind. 🙁
This thing is cool. Bioluminessence in itself is cool… and one wonders in awe at how Mother Nature endows some with it and the requisite skills to use it for survival.
Mother knows best. And she cares not for our rules. Don’t forget it. It is something we can only hope to someday come to grips with.
Cryptid of the Day: Maricoxi
Description: Before Percy Fawcett disappeared in the South American jungles in the 1920′s, he claimed to have stumbled upon a tribe of ape-like people which he called the Maricoxi. Since there are no ape species in the Americas, many have dismissed this sighting as Fawcett’s racist interpretation of the natives.
This description has pissed me off.
Disparaging my hero Percy Fawcett. Who are these putrid ‘dismissers’… bring me their heads, damn it. Mooks, all of them. Bastards, too. An “interpretation of the natives,” indeed… that is the biggest load of horseshit I’ve heard in ages.
There certainly are apes in the Americas … Bigfoot? Huh? What?
If Fawcett said these creatures are there — then they are there. Period. Or were in the 20s. And they probably still are there.
I’m fuming. Need to chill.
The Lukwata is a mosasaur-like creature said to be living in rivers and swamps in Uganda. the Lukwata is said to be a living mosasaur with a long snout filled with sharp teeth and a large body with large paddle-like flippers. The Lukwata is said to have magical powers and was worshiped and revered by the people in Uganda. The Lukwata mostly eats fish but is known to attack anything that gets too close to the water’s edge.
What a nice critter!
#OTD in 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, then a graduate student, discovered pulsars. The discovery garnered a Nobel Prize just six years after it was announced in 1968 — but Burnell’s supervisor got the prize instead of her. #PulsarWeek
Another stolen prize. The supervisor needs at the very least a right solid bitchslap that would knock some common decency into the feeble excuse for a brainpan.
This genius girl did the work. She obviously has thirty or forty times the twerps brain power. And I would have loved to have known her back then. Ahem. Yes, well. But damn it I hate when there is this sort of injustice and it is rife.
But the truth is known, Ms Burnell! We know that YOU did it… not that mook.
Carry on, eh.
The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp is a cryptid spotted in South Carolina. It is commonly described as approximately 7 feet tall with scaly green skin, red eyes, and webbed hands with three fingers.
The most famous sighting of the Lizard Man was in 1988; a seventeen-year-old boy named Christopher Davis was driving home from work when he stopped to change a tire. He heard a noise and saw the creature running toward him, and as he started to drive away, it jumped on his car. The side-view mirror was damaged and there were scratch marks on the roof. A couple experienced a similar event in 2008.
Later in the summer of 1988, a man claimed to have shot the Lizard Man; however, he quickly retracted his story.
Additionally, casts of alleged Lizard Man footprints were made, but they were dismissed after being pronounced unclassifiable.
This is the fella that Lyle Blackburn is always on about. He was/is, after all, the lead (or only?) researcher on the case.
If you listen to Lyle tell the story, as a bonus, you’ll learn, the true meaning and history of the name of that swamp.
Is it real? Who knows? But… as always… why not?
All is possible in the eyes of Tîmiñiukūlüskárpe.
The Grassman (also known as the Ohio Grassman or the Minerva Monster) is a large bipedal creature, similar in description to Bigfoot, that has been spotted in Ohio. The creatures get their name from their tendency to build shelters out of grass.
Sightings date back to the 1700s, but the most reliable reports occurred in Minerva, Ohio in 1978: the Clayton family encountered multiple creatures on their property, and attributed the death of their German Shepherd to a Grassman attack.
Possible handprints have been found, and a 16″ hair was analyzed by Ohio State University; however, the results were inconclusive.
No…. Srsly, this thing is no joke.
My dad and uncle were out fishing on a boat and they were warned by an old war vet my uncle was friends with not to go out there without a gun. They took one but just disregarded it as him being a crazy old man.
They fished for a few hours before they heard trees breaking. TREES, not twigs. One was so thick and tall it was humanly impossible for anyone to break it. Then they had rocks being thrown at their boat. My dad said one was so big they thought it would damage the boat.
They shined their lights, yelled at the person they thought was doing it, even threatened they were armed and they continued having rocks thrown at them. They ultimately decided to get out of there.
They went back the next day, found a huge bigfoot print that my uncle had casted. They sent it to Ohio state university and they said it had lines and prints on the soles and they honestly couldn’t debunk it as a hoax.
My dad and uncle have never went back since then. These are two conservative woodsmen that have spent their entire lives outdoors fishing or racoon hunting etc late at night and they have never experienced anything like that in their entire lives.
The folks I know from Ohio, )not including members of the Eastern Ohio Bigfoot Research group and related gatherings), have not heard of this critter. And one of those folks is interested in paranormal stuff right from childhood. It all depends on what you run into in your day to day life, I suppose.
I’ve not paid attention to this furry fella so I don’t know if encounters are falling off or rising or what, so, again, it will all depend on the local environment.
I hope someone gets a better picture than this one… I mean, really. Having said that, I have personally experienced fantastic things and I can attest to the near certainty that snapping a pic will not be high on your list of priorities at that moment. Assuming that it was unexpected… and dang if they’re not nearly all unexpected.
Still, it can happen the other way, too.
Let’s hope for a goodun,’ eh.
As a child addicted to sci fi movies (along with the unexplained) I always wondered if critters and other things really could come back from being in a deep freeze or other seemingly impossible situations.
Well, we saw a while back that success was enjoyed in unfreezing some plants, flowers, I think, but I’m not sure of the specifics. Sigh.
And of course there are the perfectly preserved remains of everything, everywhere in the permafrost, even to the undigested stomach contents. Ooh God, I wish my memory didn’t have such trouble… I heard recently that the inventor of our frozen food process , the head of Birdseye, had calculated some fantastically short time for mammoth freezing of hours so you know something absolutely unimaginable happened…
But getting back on track, now we have this! Scientists from several Russian schools and our own Princeton University have warmed and woken nematode worms from back in the days of the mammoths. Don’t worry, nematodes are super tiny and are still around today.
Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.
Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life
By The Siberian Times reporter
26 July 2018
Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.
Awake after 42,000 years… Picture: The Siberian Times
The roundworms from two areas of Siberia came back to life in Petri dishes, says a new scientific study.
‘We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic,’ states a report from Russian…
The research was conducted by teams from multiple Russian institutions as well as Princeton University in New Jersey.
Interesting discussion over here, as well.
We live in such fascinating times…
This is a clip from a video that was released by the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia. It was filmed in 2008. It is thought to feature a Thylacine – an animal thought extinct. Neil Walters, the founder of the TAGA, believes that the animal in the film could either be a Thylacine or a sub-species. Walters explained, “It’s got an incredibly thick neck and it’s very stocky in its build. And it also has that very long, stiff tail that looks like an extension of the back bone essentially, it doesn’t really move, it certainly doesn’t sway side to side like a dog”. Foxes with mange are often misidentified by witnesses as Thylacine. The woman that filmed the video, however, claimed that this creature ambled in a way that was in no way like the way a fox would run.
I have long held the opinion that the Tassie Tiger is still with us. There is too much evidence for me to dismiss it.
This is one of the very few photographs that were taken of the Pink-Headed Duck. The above photo was taken by David Seth-Smith in 1926. This bird is not officially declared extinct but instead it is listed as critically endangered. The last time anyone saw a Pink-Headed Duck in the wild was in 1949 in its native habitat of India but they used to live in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. There are stories of a flock of 50 of these ducks hiding in Myanmar but they have still not been scientifically documented. There are constant sightings of this species nevertheless and an expedition as recent as 2017 in search of it.
Ahh, to be pink-headed. It must be marvelous.
I hope they’re still around.
The Lake Murray Monster of Papua New Guinea
Lake Murray is the largest lake in Papua New Guinea (PNG), covering an area of about 700 sq. miles (though it shrinks and expands dramatically with the dry and rainy seasons). The lake’s serpentine shoreline creates many mysterious inlets and remote swampy coves. About 5,000 indigenous peoples inhabit this lake region in western PNG. Tribal villages dot the many small islands and lake shoreline, sporting houses on stilts and featuring dugout canoes as the main means of transportation.
A cryptid known as “Murray” reportedly lives in the swamps on the edges of the lake. This creature has been described as resembling a theropod dinosaur. A national PNG newspaper presented the following report: “On December 11, 1999, villagers travelling in a canoe reported seeing the creature wading in shallow water near Boboa. The following day, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor [Joseph Yup] and a church elder say they saw the animal not far from the first sighting. The creature was described as having a body ‘as long as a dump truck’ and nearly two metres wide, with a long neck and a long slender tail. It was walking on two hind legs ‘as thick as coconut palm tree trunks’, and had two smaller forelegs. The head was similar in shape to a cow’s head, with large eyes and ‘sharp teeth as long as fingers.’ The skin was likened to that of a crocodile, and the creature had ‘largish triangular scoops on the back.’”
I, for one, welcome our new theropod Overlords.
David Paulides Missing 411 July 05 2018
Published on Jul 5, 2018
David Paulides Missing 411 July 05 2018
Yet more on the never ending mystery of mysteries. This topic never fails to boggle the mind and creep one right out while doing it. Always. I wonder what it will take to ascertain what is going on. It is, at this point, beyond comprehension.
I do however think some in positions of power do have at least some sort of clue and are steadfastly hiding what they know. I am personally glad that we have a this man on the case on our behalf. We could not hope for more talent and integrity.
Someday we shall know.
Oh, yes… the volume on this one is quite low throughout, so you will need to turn that knob up more than usual.
Martian Sand worms, Dragons, Towns and Vegetation
Published on Jul 27, 2018
Found these things recently in Mars satellite pictures. A giant slug like creature or should I say giant sandworm. A dragon like creature with huge wings and tail or neck, wing size 5 meters across, A huge harbor / atoll ruins now, but it looks artificial, with straight lines and strange tower like structures in the corners. A Martian town, that is just sitting out in nowhere. There are no similar objects in the area, looks like small houses. A Crash, a big size of a mountain have crumbled down due to the impact of some unidentified object, one half of the object is still sticking out. Strange black spots spreading like bacteria across the surf
GreyFace is ATS member Spacespider and he or she sometimes makes these videos to compile the long hours of scouring the surface for the good stuff. Most enjoyable. The “dragon” is completely lost on me.
Much of this brings back memories of the late J. P. Skipper, who got himself quite truly lost in the depths of interpretation and interpolation of low-res imagery — but, gol dang if he didn’t get a heckuva lot of us going in the search for anomalies in space and that is most assuredly a noble thing to have done.
I remember that my Fortean science Hero, the late, great Sir Arthur C. Clarke got his paredolia on with the infamous trees… like many of us did, me included, so, hey, good company, what? And God damn if they didn’t look just like it.
Sigh… Days of wonder, they were.
Note that I AM STILL intrigued by that “vegetation.” It may be exactly that. Note also that it is seasonal and that we can’t see it so well from orbit. Especially on the awful Google Earth. (Which does, however, have links to the real pictures.)
The thread for this vid is here.
High resolution is so important. Boots on the ground even more so.
This is a crop from this shot:
spotted by BlueShift of ATS, I’m pretty sure, anyway, (my memory is going away), but it was a good while ago.
I will leave it up to you to have a guess as to what this, umm, “rock,” really might be.
I have some nifty thoughts tucked away. It just looks too much like a …
I love Mars. There are fossils layin’ out on the ground, man. I want to go there. Boots on the ground, eh. Maybe my eyes can even be fixed by then…
Prayin’ for it.
Dogs are most certainly people. This one especially.
This pup’s a heck of a lot smarter than the telephone teens I posted a few minutes ago… just sayin.’
So… never, ever, say to me that a critter is “Just an animal.” It shows off an unattractive ignorance festering in your brainpan.
Felix Baumgartner becoming the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, reaching a speed of 833.9mph. Wow!
Can you imagine?
I wonder if you can move your head and limbs without messing up the aerodynamics and hurting yourself?
The Minhocão is a South American cryptid, believed now to be extinct. The last sighting was over 130 years ago.
The creature was believed to be a burrowing animal, and its body was reported to measure as long as 100 feet with a 10 foot diameter. According to reports, the creature has scaly black skin, a pig snout, an obvious mouth, and tentacles on its head.
Some theories about the Minhocão include that it is a giant caceilian, or a surviving glyptodont.
How cool is this thing?
I am actually sad to learn that they appear to be extinct, but, nothing lasts forever. 130 years is a mighty long time to have not seen one and obviously a bird or a monkey might go unnoticed for that long but this fellas mighty big, even if it does, or did, spend most of it’s time underground.
Perhaps there is a hidden enclave somewhere where they might still linger… Could happen. There is a lot of room on this earth.