“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir said

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

I spend hours a day in the forests here in Maryland. Just spent an hour listening to the amazing chorus of Cicadas. This weekend has been absolutely perfect here in Maryland, except that CO2 has turned everything upside down

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Fortunately, we have something exciting happening next week, to make up for the 0.0001 mole fraction increase in CO2 over the past century.

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10 Responses to “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

  1. darrylb says:

    I keep thinking CO2 has made everything greenerd

  2. darrylb says:

    –er ah greener.

  3. Traitor In Chief says:

    Uh… puppy is upside down.

    But you are correct about WF. Here in the NW they make giant crab cakes that are killer. You go in that place, and its like a fantasy land of gourmet goodies. The only place I’ve ever seen that outdoes Whole Foods is a place called Carmine’s near the Intracoastal waterway in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It’s a restaurant/deli. It’s not as big as Whole Foods, but everything is high end gourmet.

    http://www.carmines.com/

  4. Joseph says:

    I was just in Frederick County, MD visiting family. Absolutely gorgeous forests and wildlife.

  5. WJohn says:

    Almost totally unrelated
    Why are cicada chirps always in synchronism, no matter where the listener stands?
    Is it an aural illusion? Do delays due to speed of sound not upset this synchronism?
    Obviously we do not have them, or anything similar, here in Scotland but I have heard them on visits to USA and also they are a film / TV cliché.

    By the way, John Muir came from near here. Another great Scottish export.
    Thank you for your descriptions of your life and neighbourhood. Always very enjoyable.
    Good luck.

    • James the Elder says:

      They sound synchronous because no matter where you stand there’s thousands surrounding you. When the periodical broods emerge in the same year, the count can go up exponentially. They’re all noise and windshield fodder.

      http://www.cicadamania.com/

  6. tom0mason says:

    Steven,
    Would those be the 13 year or the 17 year cicadas you were hearing?

    Ken Holscher, an entomologist at Iowa State University.
    “Other people get tired of it — stop now.”
    Only male cicadas make that romantic bug music, which is to female cicadas what the violin is to human ears. “So when you’re out there and hear this loud buzzing, you’re saying, ‘That’s only half of them,'” Holscher said.
    Cicadas, subsist off the sap in plant roots during their 17-year feeding (some cicadas are on a 13-year cycle). It’s not entirely clear why they emerge when they do, other than a strength-in-numbers approach that helps protect their generation from predatory animals, Holscher said.
    When they emerge, there could be up to 40,000 cicadas per tree.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2014/05/17/periodical-cicadas-year-mating-loud-shrill-emerge-invade/9207641/

  7. omanuel says:

    Thanks for the quote.

    Those who avoid the distractions and experience the harmony of nature for themselves are not easily fooled by 97%-consensus models of reality.

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