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Winter Landscapes from the air….

 Last week I posted on Appreciating the beauty of winter landscapes – now and in the future, with regards to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Yesterday as we flew back across the country to our home in Utah, I once again was in awe of the landscape below me from 35,000 feet in the air.  Blanketed with snow were the fields of the midwest and peaks of the Rockies.   As we approached the Salt Lake City Airport, Tom took several photos, posted below.  We even saw our house (photo with arrow in it)!

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Appreciating the beauty of winter landscapes….now and in the future

Today Tom and I flew across the country from Utah to Maryland to spend a few days with my parents and see my siblings and their families. I was happy that it was a clear day in Baltimore and that we were arriving in the late afternoon while it was still light. One of my favorite views from the plan is the Chesapeake Bay. Today I saw tributaries of the bay that were partially iced over in and around land formations. Glimmers of sunlight danced on the ice and the water, creating a playful and beautiful scene.  I wanted to take photos but the window was too scratched to take a photo that would do the scene justice.

Most of my memories of the Bay and the Ocean are from summertime vacations with my family in my childhood and youth.  Seeing it in the winter time brings a new experience for me, even for just brief moments.  During my descent into the Baltimore area, as I gazed at the Bay, I wondered what the Chesapeake Blue Crabs’ behaviors are like in the winter time and if they hibernate in cold weather.  I love the Blue Crab and have so many memories of  watching and observing blue crabs, catching a few with the best crabber of all time (my grandmother), and even being pinched by them!

So I did some research when I was at my computer and found information on how blue crabs behave in the winter:

When air temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C), adult crabs leave shallow, inshore waters and seek deeper areas where they bury themselves and remain in a state of torpor throughout the winter. Blue crab growth is regulated by water temperature. Growth occurs when water temperatures are above 59°F (15°C). Water temperature above 91°F (33°C) is lethal. Blue crabs are susceptible to sudden drops in temperature.

 
When the water temperature starts to fall and the days start getting shorter, the blue crab retreats to deep water and burrows into the muddy or sandy bottom to spend the winter. A crab buries itself by forcing its abdomen backwards into the bottom with quick snapping motions. While doing this, the crab will also pick and claw at the bottom with its hind walking legs and flip it away with the paddles of its swimming legs. Within a few minutes the crab is resting at a 45° angle in the bottom, with only antennae, the tips of its eye stalks, and small breathing channels visible in the mud. Crabs do not hibernate, rather they lie dormant for the long winter (usually from November through May.)

I learned a little more about the wildlife in my home state today by researching what sparked my curiosity. Sadly, I know the Bay has been in peril due to pollution which has dramatically decreased the blue crab population.  Still, for today, I reveled in the beauty of the water from above, the reflection of habitat within the water, and the desire to hope for continued views of scenes like this in the future.

Almost home – view of America

Today is my birthday – my 48th birthday.  I am spending it on the road (for the last three weeks) traveling about the country and seeing lots of people and lots of the United States.

Tom and I are almost home, having stopped in Nebraska last night for the night.  In the three weeks we have been on vacation we have seen thousands of miles of the U.S., having our eyes opened – again – to what is out there,  The beauty of nature, the people, the politics. 

We spent 5 days traveling in the northern U.S., seeing the Great Lakes along the way and all the beauty of that part of the country.  Our destination – Reading, PA.

We then spent 5 days with Greens from all over the U.S. in an exciting Annual National Meeting which included discussion of vision, collaborating on issue strategiziing, and hearing Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney speak. 

We spent 10 days with my family in Maryland – my parents, all my children, my siblings, my grandson – a wonderful time we all had together.  I learned I am going to be a grandmother – again! 

We walked with Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern, Col. Ann Wright, The Rev. Lennox Yearwood – and 300 other friends from all over the U.S. in Washington D.C.to the capitol where 60 people were arrested in John Conyers’ office in a sit-in to demand that Impeachment of Bush and Cheney begin.

We have been spending the last few days on the road again – this time going a little faster to get home since we are tired, but oh so grateful to have had all the experiences we have had this time around.  We come home eager to rest a bit, tend to the garden, reunite with our activist community and get back to work with our renewed vision and energy to continue to educate others on the importance of saving our planet through our peace and justice work.

Over the next week I will be posting photos and movies of our experiences.

We’re Back

We are back from our three week vacation. I’ll be posting photos soon and linking to them here. What a beautiful country we have.

Delta Airlines

Rocky Anderson has publicly recognized Delta Airlines as an asset to Utah. Delta announced today an expansion in its service. The airline provides extraordinary air service and is a major factor in the health of Utah’s economy. It is gratifying to see Delta continually deepen its commitment to this area and offer our residents and visitors even more access to destinations around the globe.
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