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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Last Jedi Director Talks With the Director of Hamilton, Making BB-8 ...


Wisdom from Ferris Bueller

From Midwest National Parks:

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." — Ferris Bueller 

#FindYourPark #MidwestNPS



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Disney Movie Sequels You Never Knew Existed

#entertainment #movies #Disney

Bailey the Trash Eating Dog | The Incredible Dr. Pol

#animals #dog #BassetHound

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

The short Alaska summer pulls back a blanket of snow and offers visitors epic views of mind-boggling landscapes. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is our country’s largest national park and home to wide river valleys, towering mountain ranges and a glacier larger than the state of Rhode Island. Add in amazing wildlife and volcanoes, and this park is an adventurer’s dream. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service. — at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

#scenic #landscape #river #valley #mountains 

#NationalPark #Alaska #AK 


TDRS-M Satellite Launch

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Tomorrow is launch day for our next communications satellite, TDRS-M! Hear the latest mission updates now at 9am ET:

#NASA #Communications #Satellite

Prayer for Return to School

From The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod:

For many, this week is the first back in school. Let's pray together for all teachers and students.#backtoschool #JoyfullyLutheran

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dramatic Lightning Shot at Colorado National Monument

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

Whoa! Mother Nature puts on a show, creating this dramatic lightning shot at Colorado National Monument. Photo courtesy of JT Dudrow ( — at Colorado National Monument



Wildfires in Africa

From NASA Earth:

Hundreds of fires are covering large portions of Central Africa is this image taken on Aug. 14 by theNPP - Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnershipsatellite. Actively burning areas, detected by the VIIRS instrument, are outlined in red.

Many of these fires may be intentional agricultural fires set to rid the area of leftover crops to ready the land for the next season. The agricultural burning season usually runs from May through August in this part of the world.

#Africa #Wildfires



Land Cover Map of France

From Landsat:

Land Cover Map of France

There are myriad ways to represent Earth’s surface: maps of roads, topography, or temperature all convey information about some aspect of the planet. Now, satellite-derived maps of land cover are becoming more detailed than ever and could help scientists gain insight into some key environmental questions.

“Earth’s surface changes very quickly, and having an accurate picture of it is essential,” said Jordi Inglada, a researcher at the Center for Space Studies of the Biosphere in Toulouse, France. “How many forests have been lost to urban settlements? Are lakes in a particular area drying out? Are coniferous forests disappearing in lower latitudes because of global warming?”

Visiting a remote research site is not always feasible. Even poring over dozens of satellite images on a computer screen can be tedious, Inglada noted. Maps of land cover have been updated infrequently because producing them traditionally required a person to manually find and select cloud-free satellite images. But Inglada and colleagues have found a way to fully automate the process, demonstrating that detailed maps can be generated quickly.

The map above is the result of the new, automated approach. This map combines data from all images of France acquired in 2014 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. A computer program first detects and removes artifacts such as clouds, and then a classification technique is applied to the remaining data to generate a map in less than 12 hours.

“The originality of our approach is that we use all available images during a year,” Inglada said. For Landsat, that means one image every 16 days, or 22 images per year for any place on Earth. Inglada’s method relies on this abundance of images to build up a time series for landscapes measuring 30 by 30 meters (the equivalent of one Landsat-8 pixel).

The evolution of the signal in each pixel—mainly information in the infrared, which is invisible to human eyes—allowed the researchers to distinguish types of surfaces that otherwise would be impossible to separate from one another. How the signal in each pixel changes over time carries an abundance of clues about which land surface type is contained in a pixel—much more information than can be learned by simply looking at the color of a pixel at a fixed point in time.

In this way, the scientists could differentiate between 17 different land cover types. Classifications include a range of artificial areas, including places where people have built up cities and transportation infrastructure. They could also distinguish between types of agricultural areas, and forested and semi-natural areas.

The second image shows a detailed view of the area around Nimes and Avignon. Artificial areas are shades of pink. Agricultural areas include annual summer crops (dark orange), which are mainly corn and sunflower; annual winter crops (yellow) are mainly wheat, barley, and rapeseed. The data can even differentiate between areas planted with fruit trees or shrubs (lavender) and vineyards (maroon).

“I can spend hours looking at the map,” Inglada said. “Seeing the Earth surface with this detail is impressive and shows the beauty of our planet.”

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data courtesy of Inglada, Jordi, et al. (2017). Story by Kathryn Hansen.

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#Landsat #NASA #USGS #Earth 

Just a Little Horse - Season 1, Episode 7 | Barnyard Babies with Dr. Pol

#animals #mammal #horse

The Clouds on Saturn

From NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Thanks to the way that fluids interact in Saturn's atmosphere, these clouds on Saturn have the appearance of strokes from a cosmic brush. Learn more:

#NASA #SolarSystem #Saturn



Manzanillo, Mexico

From NASA Earth:

Manzanillo, Mexico

An astronaut took this photograph of Mexico’s busiest port—Manzanillo—from the International Space Station. The port handles cargo for Mexico City, which is 600 kilometers (400 miles) to the east. With a population of 185,000 people, the city spreads along a complex coastline. Numerous tourist hotels situated along a curved sand spit dot the seafront and the main beach.

The harbor zone near the city center is protected by sea walls, and the larger harbor zone is protected by another sand spit. This is the main commercial harbor, and it also hosts ships from Mexico’s naval fleet. An artificial channel gives sea access, and the bay’s shoreline is heavily engineered for port functions.

A power station occupies one end of one of the sand spits. A railroad causeway has been built over the water of Laguna Cuyutlán around the inner shorelines of the lake to supply the power station with fuel. A detailed version of the image shows two lines of power transmission pylons that angle from the power station inland across the lake.

This image was taken looking near the Sun’s reflection point, or “glint point,” so it reveals several ocean features. Broad curves show ocean swells moving onshore. The bright filaments may be surfactants from biogenic oils, and perhaps also from bilge pumping from the numerous oil tankers that use the port. Ships often anchor in the bay near the harbor, waiting to discharge or take on cargo.

#Mexico #InternationalSpaceStation #ISS



Daniel 9:19

Summer at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

As this summer is reaching its climax, the lower elevations around Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve are gaining a velvet-green appearance. Wildflowers are in abundance and many berries are ripening. Snow is melting off the mountain tops and providing routes for adventure-seekers to reach the high country. It is a beautiful time of year to be here in Alaska. Photo by J. McFee, National Park Service. — at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

#Alaska #AK 



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee - Despacito (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber (Minions ...

The Sounds of Silence Trail

From Dinosaur National Monument:

Take a hike!

The Sounds of Silence Trail is a fabulous 3 mile hike (especially near sunset!) with stunning views of Split Mountain and its spectacular tilted geology. This trail now comes with a nice guide book for only a buck!

For more trail info:

#Trail #Hike #Hiking #Walking #Scenic #Utah #UT



Beauty All Around Old Faithful

From Yellowstone National Park:

Colorful hot springs reflect a colorful sky on a sunset stroll around the boardwalks near Old Faithful. 

#SunrisesAndSunsets #NationalPark #YellowstoneNationalPark 


South Fork Fire

From Yosemite National Park:

A new fire, the South Fork Fire, has started in Wawona, south of Wawona Dome. The Chilnualna Falls trail is closed at the bottom and smoke is visible from the Swinging Bridge area. The fire size is currently estimated to be 20 acres and the cause is unknown. Air resources are on scene and suppression operations are in progress.

Stay tuned on fire information inside Yosemite here:




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Petrified Forest National Park

From Petrified Forest National Park:

From Bill Parker‏ @chinleana: Chinle Fieldwork (hl)#PetrifiedForestNP #PetrifiedForestFieldInstitute




From Petrified Forest National Park:

Badlands are erosional sculptures. The different color bands represent paleo soil levels from the Late Triassic. (hl) #ScenicSunday #PetrifiedForest




Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region:

We love hiking along the natural coastline at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 😍#allnatural 

Did you get out and enjoy nature today?

Photo by USFWS. 

#Scenic #Hike #Hiking #USFWS 


Being in the Moment

From Isle Royale National Park:

The island subtly influences visitors. The slower pace of life, lack of television and cell phone service reminds us to be in the moment. Sometimes "the moment" includes making new friends while watching the sun drop through haze behind Isle Royale. 

#liveinthemoment #visitisleroyale#influencedbytheisland



North Cascades National Park

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

One of the most strenuous trails in North Cascades National Park reaps stunning rewards for those willing and able to make the grueling trek. The historic lookout on the summit of Washington’s Sourdough Mountain can be approached via Diablo or Pierce Mountain sides. Both trails are steep, and both pass through forest and meadow communities before arriving at the rocky lookout site with views of lakes, peaks and glaciers in every direction. Pictured here is the view never the top of Sourdough Mountain with Diablo Lake visible down below. Photo by Chris Holm, National Park Service.— at North Cascades National Park Service Complex

#NationalPark #hike #hiking #WashingtonState 


Ridiculous EXPENSIVE Things Floyd Mayweather Owns

Isaiah 30:29

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The COOLEST Concept Cruises We Hope Become Reality

CRAZY Flavors from Around the World

Movies That Teased Sequels That Never Happened

Villains Marvel Can't Use Anymore

Seinfeld Bloopers That Will Have You Rolling On The Floor

The Worst Movies Of 2017 So Far

#entertainment #movies #film

The Upcoming Remakes You Don't Want To Miss

#Entertainment #Remake

What The Cast Of Hercules Looks Like Today

#Entertainment #Actors #Acting

George Burns on Youth and Old Age

Maurice Chevalier on Youth and Old Age

Helen Rowland on Youth and Old Age

Baby Squirrel Chimney Sweep | Nat Geo Wild -

Baby squirrels trapped in the bottom of a furnace chimney are rescued.

#animals #mammal #squirrels


Friday, August 11, 2017

Prairie Coneflower

From Morris Wetland Management District:

Prairie coneflower

Alex Galt/USFWS 


Bull Elk on Tundra

From Rocky Mountain National Park:

Thinking of coming to Rocky, or just wanting to know the latest important news? The park website has an Alert page that you can access from anywhere on the website. 
The park homepage is the pretty picture at the top of every park webpage is a black bar with several choices like “Plan Your Visit,” “Learn About the Park,” “Get Involved,” and Maps. Included in the black bar is the Alerts button; the little red number to the side indicates the number of alerts you’ll find.
Alerts are meant to quickly and conveniently convey dangers, closures, cautions, and information that may affect your plans. Be sure to check here prior to your visit.
(Bull elk on tundra NPS/VIP K Daugherty) ks 

#RockyMountainNationalPark #NationalPark #Colorado #CO 


Sunset along California coast by USFWS.

From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region:

Good night sun 🌅🌙⭐️

Sunset along California coast by USFWS. 

#Sunset #sunrisesandsunsets #California #CA 


The Underwear-Eating Dog | My Dog Ate What? | Nat Geo WILD

#animals #dog

BIGGEST Discoveries that Challenged History

Attenborough: the amazing Lyre Bird sings like a chainsaw! Now in high q...

This bird is capable of some truly amazing imitations! It imitates other birds, as well as other sounds it hears in the forest, such as camera shutters, car alarms and chain saws. - JBK

#animals #Bird #LyreBird #nature #wildlife



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Possible Land Acquisition

From U.S. Department of the Interior:

This week, Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Interior's intention -- through the Bureau of Land Management -- to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres of land to improve access to the Sabinoso Wilderness Area in New Mexico. The donated lands offer exceptional opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, backcountry camping, and hunting, and include a large portion of Cañon Largo, a scenic canyon that would also become legally accessible to the public for the first time.

#NewMexico #NM



The Inimitable Samuel Goldwyn

#Hollywood #SamuelGoldwyn #MGM

Bert Lahr on Showbiz

#Hollywood #Actor #Acting #ShowBusiness #ShowBiz


Alfred Hitchcock Makes Cinderella

#AlfredHitchcock #Hitchcock #Horror #Film #Cinderella

Life According To Wilde

#OscarWilde #People

Wilson Mizner on Showbiz

#Hollywood #ShowBiz #ShowBusiness

Jane Fonda on Showbiz

#Hollywood #ShowBusiness #ShowBiz

Tom Clancey on Showbiz

#Hollywood #ShowBusiness #Showbiz

Life (and Death) in Hollywood

#Hollywood #SamuelGoldwyn #MGM

Burt Reynolds on Actors and Acting

#Hollywood #Actors #Acting

Actors Whose Careers Were Dead Before Netflix Saved Them

#Hollywood #Actors #Acting #Netflix

The Untold Truth Of Futurama

#Entertainment #Television #Futurama

Independence, MO is along the Path of the Big Eclipse on August 21

From Harry S Truman National Historic Site:

Harry Truman once described their home in Independence, MO, as the center of their world. Independence is also along the path of the big eclipse on August 21. Join us on the grounds of the Truman Home that day for the big event. Admission is free, and entrance to the program will be by ticket only. Tickets are available at the park's visitor center (223 N Main). In addition to viewing the eclipse, participants will also learn a bit more about the landscape of the Truman Home, and about some of the features of that landscape that aren't usually mentioned during the tours of the Truman Home. Because of limited space, tickets will be required...first come first served! 

#Eclipse #Eclipse2017 


Hurricane Preparation

From NOAA Digital Coast:

Adapting to the changing #environment is easy with tools + resources for #hurricaneprep



Late 19th to very early 20th century wagon tour from Adamana to the Chalcedony Forest

From Petrified Forest National Park:

Late 19th to very early 20th century wagon tour from Adamana to the Chalcedony Forest—old postcard. [PEFO 15845] (hl) #ThrowbackThursday#TBT #vintagepostcard



Flood Susceptibility

From NOAA Digital Coast:

Find your natural protection and #floodsusceptibility with #landcover data. #HurricanePrep