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The clouds above – Part Six

Everything you need to know about clouds – the end of the story!

Everything you need to know about clouds

NOEL KIRKPATRICK
August 13, 2018.
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Special clouds

Some clouds only form as a result of localized conditions or due to human activity.

The 2013 Powerhouse Fire in California produced flammagenitus clouds. (Photo: Chevy111/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Flammagenitus. These clouds develop as a result of forest fires, wildfires and volcanic eruptions.

Homogenitus clouds, like the ones emitted from this coal-fired power plant, are created by human activity. (Photo: thelefty/Shutterstock)

2. Homogenitus. If you’ve ever driven by a factory with a kid and they’ve shouted “Cloud factory!”, they have identified homogenitus clouds. This type of special cloud covers a range of man-made clouds, including rising thermals from power plants.

A contrail streaks out of some clouds. (Photo: G. Larson/Wikimedia Commons)

3. Aircraft condensation trails. Contrails are a special type of the homogenitus special cloud. They must have persisted for 10 minutes to be dubbed cirrus homogenitus.

A cirrus homomutatus, or a persistent contrail cloud, over Lille, France. (Photo: Lamiot/Wikimedia Commons)

4. Homomutatus. If contrails persist and begin to grow and spread over a period of time thanks to strong winds, they become homomutatus clouds.

Clouds form near a waterfall in Iceland. (Photo: Francesco Carucci/Shutterstock)

5. Cataractagenitus. These clouds form near waterfalls, the result of water broken up into a spray by the falls.

Silvagenitus clouds form over forests. (Photo: Glenn R. Specht-grs photo/Shutterstock)

6. Silvagenitus. Clouds may form over a forest as the result of increased humidity and evaporation.

Supplementary features

The final bit of cloud identification involves supplementary features that are attached to or merged with the cloud.

You could forge a horseshoe cloud on that thing. (Photo: Simon Eugster/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Incus. The spread-out, anvil-like portion at the top of a cumulonimbus cloud.

Mamma clouds appear over Leuven, Belgium. (Photo: Bart De Bruyn/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Mamma. Those hanging protuberances are called mamma, and they appear along the bottom of cirrus, cirrocumulus, altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus and cumulonimbus clouds.

These altocumulus clouds have virga trails along their bottoms. (Photo: Kr-val/Wikimedia Commons)

3. Virga. If a cirrocumulus, altocumulus, altostratus, nimbostratus, stratocumulus, cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud looks a bit like a jellyfish, chances are they have a virga feature. These are precipitation trails, or fallstreaks, and the precipitation never reaches the Earth’s surface.

Grab an umbrella, a cloud has a praecipitatio feature. (Photo: Silar/Wikimedia Commons)

4. Praecipitatio. If that precipitation makes it to Earth, however, then you have a praecipitatio feature on an altostratus, nimbostratus, stratocumulus, stratus, cumulus and cumulonimbus cloud.

Clouds with arcus features are pretty scary. (Photo: Sensenmann/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Arcus. These cumulonimbus clouds (and sometimes cumulus) feature dense horizontal rolls with tattered edges along the front. When the arcus feature is extensive, the roll can have a “dark, menacing arch.”

Tuba accessory clouds look like funnels reaching out from the clouds. (Photo: 7alaskan/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Tuba. This cone protrudes from the cloud base and is the marker of a intense vortex. Like arcus clouds, tubas appear most often with cumulonimbus and sometimes with cumulus.

Varying levels of illumination and thickness of asperitas clouds can lead to dramatic visual effects. (Photo: WikiRigaou/Wikimedia Commons)

7. Asperitas. While they look like undulatus clouds, asperitas supplementary clouds are more chaotic and less horizontal. Still, these supplementary clouds for stratocumulus and altocumulus clouds make it look like the sky has become a rough and choppy sea.

Fluctus clouds appear along the top of certain clouds. (Photo: Grahamuk/Wikimedia Commons)

8. Fluctus. These are short-lived, wave-looking supplementary clouds that appear with cirrus, altocumulus, stratocumulus, stratus and sometimes cumulus clouds.

Vigra or wispy cirrus clouds often fall from the central hole. (Photo: H. Raab/Wikimedia Commons)

9. Cavum. Also known as a fallstreak hole, cavum are supplementary clouds for altocumulus and cirrocumulus clouds. They’re formed when the water temperature in the cloud is below freezing but the water itself has not frozen yet. When the ice does eventually form, water droplets around the crystals evaporate, leaving the large ring. Interaction with aircraft can result in a straight line cavum instead of a circular one.

Tuba clouds will sometimes spout from murus clouds. (Photo: Giorgio Galeotti/Wikimedia Commons)

10. Murus. Typically associated with supercell storms, murus (or wall clouds) develop in the rain-free portions of cumulonimbus clouds. They mark a place of strong updraft from which tornadoes can sometimes form.

A wall cloud with a tail cloud. (Photo: NOAA/OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory/Wikimedia Commons)

11. Cauda. Cauda are an accessory cloud to an accessory cloud, appearing alongside murus clouds. These horizontal, tail-like clouds are attached to the murus, and they are roughly the same height. They should not be confused with a funnel.

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And that, dear friends, is it!

Truly, how many of you stayed with all the episodes?

I must close by thanking both Mother Nature Network and Noel Kirkpatrick for putting together such a brilliant reference article.

Now watch out! You are just about to walk into that lamp-post!!

The clouds above – Part Five

Everything you need to know about clouds – the continuing albeit penultimate story!

Everything you need to know about clouds

NOEL KIRKPATRICK
August 13, 2018.
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Varieties

If we drill down further, the large scale arrangement of clouds give the genera and species a wide variety of presentation. Some clouds can exhibit multiple varieties at once, so the varieties are not mutually exclusive to one another, and many genera have a number of varieties. The exceptions to this are translucidus and opacus varieties; they cannot occur at the same time.

Cirrus intortus clouds bend and twist in unusual ways. (Photo: Bblanc/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Intortus. This variety of cirrus clouds has irregularly curved and twisted filaments.

Cirrus vertebratus are bony-looking clouds. (Photo: Laurent Julien/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Vertebratus. Have you ever seen a cloud that looked like a fish skeleton? It was almost certainly a vertebratus cirrus cloud.

Wave on, undulatus clouds. Wave on. (Photo: Axel Kristinsson/Wikimedia Commons)

3. Undulatus. These sheets or layers of clouds display a wavy pattern. You can find undulatus varieties in cirrocumulus, cirrostratus, altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus and stratus clouds.

Radiatus clouds form a nice line in the sky. (Photo: Unasia9/Wikimedia Commons)

4. Radiatus. The bands of these separated clouds run parallel to one another and appear to merge on the horizon. Look for them when you spot cirrus, altocumulus (pictured), altostratus, stratocumulus and cumulus clouds.

Cirrocumulus lacunosus clouds can cast a wide net in the sky. (Photo: The High Fin Sperm Whale/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Lacunosus. This cloud variety appears mostly in relation to cirrocumulus and altocumulus clouds. It is marked with small holes in the cloud layer, like a net or honeycomb.

Altocumulus lenticularis duplicatus clouds float in the Arizona sky. (Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Duplicatus. These layers of cirrus, cirrostratus, altocumulus, altostratus or stratocumulus clouds appear in at least two slightly different layers.

Translucidus create a hazy shade of sunny. (Photo: The Great Cloudwatcher/Wikimedia Commons)

7. Translucidus. A large sheet of clouds — either altocumulus, altostratus (pictured), stratocumulus and stratus — that is translucent enough to allow the sun or the moon to shine through.

Perlucidus clouds make sure you don’t lose the view of the sky. (Photo: Sahil Kapoor/Wikimedia Commons)

8. Perlucidus. Yet another variety of clouds in a sheet, these altocumulus and stratocumulus clouds have small spaces between each cloudlet that result in a visible sky.

This image of an altostratus opacus cloud demonstrates how completely it can cover the sky. (Photo: The Great Cloudwatcher/Wikimedia Commons)

9. Opacus. The opposite of the previous two varieties, these cloud layers are opaque enough to hide the sun or moon. This variety is found among altocumulus, altostratus (pictured), stratocumulus and stratus clouds.

Accessory clouds

As their name implies, accessory clouds are smaller clouds associated with a larger cloud. They may be partially connected or separate from the main cloud.

A pileus cloud appears over a volcanic cloud produced by Sarychev Peak in the Kuril Islands in Russia. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Pileus. A small cap or hood that appears above the top of a cumulus and cumulonimbus cloud.

A velum accessory cloud forms around the middle of a large cloud over Maracaibo, Venezuela. (Photo: Giancarlo Rossi/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Velum. This veil is close above or attached to cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds.

Pannus clouds form along the edge of a storm cloud. (Photo: Anderson Mancini/Wikimedia Commons)

3. Pannus. Appearing mostly along the bottoms of altostratus, nimbostratus, cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds, these are ragged shreds of the cloud that make up a continuous layer.

A wall cloud with a cauda cloud tail forms over Elmer, Oklahoma. The lowest middle section of this cloud is the flumen. (Photo: Steve Willington/World Meteorological Organization)

4. Flumen. These are bands of low clouds associated with supercell storm clouds, typically cumulonimbus. Some flumen clouds can resemble beaver tails due to their broad, flat appearances.

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Please come back tomorrow for the last of this wonderful series about clouds.

The clouds above – Part Four

Everything you need to know about clouds – the continuing story!

Everything you need to know about clouds

NOEL KIRKPATRICK
August 13, 2018.
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Cloud species continued

Cumulus humilis lack the height of regular cumulus clouds. (Photo: Thomas Bresson/Wikimedia Commons)

11. Humilis. A species of cumulus clouds, humilis clouds are generally fairly flat as opposed to taller ordinary cumulus clouds.

Cumulus mediocris clouds have small bumps and sproutings at their tops. (Photo: MarianaMigl/Wikimedia Commons)

12. Mediocris. Another cumulus species, mediocris clouds are a bit taller than humilis clouds.

A cumulus congestus cloud over a town in Germany. (Photo: pilot_micha/Wikimedia COmmons)

13. Congestus. Congestus clouds are the tallest species of cumulus clouds. They have sharp outlines and cauliflower-like tops.

Cumulonimbus calvus clouds can lead to severe weather. (Photo: Johann Jaritz/Wikimedia Commons)

14. Calvus. Cumulonimbus clouds have two species, and the calvus is one of them. It’s a moderately tall cloud with rounded tops but still with grooves or channels in them that direct the flow of air.

This cumulonimbus capillatus cloud has a flat top but still has some dense cirrus clouds on top. (Photo: Koichi Oda/Wikmedia Commons)

15. Capillatus. The second species of cumulonimbus clouds, capillatus clouds have a flat, anvil-like structure near the top, with a mass of “hair” on top of it.

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What a very beautiful planet we have!

Do please come back tomorrow!

The clouds above: Part Three

Everything you need to know about clouds – the continuing story!

Everything you need to know about clouds

NOEL KIRKPATRICK
August 13, 2018.
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Cloud species

Cloud genera are divided into species to account for their particular shape and internal structure. Certain species only appear within specific genera, but many species are common to multiple genera. Clouds are identified by their genus and then their species, e.g., cirrius fibratus or altocumulus stratiformis.

Cirrus fibratus are easy to pick out in the sky. (Photo: Ximonic/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Fibratus. A thin veil of clouds, fibratus clouds are either cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Unlike most cirrus clouds, however, fibratus clouds do not have tufts or hooks at the end, and the strands are clearly separate from one another.

Cirrus uncinus clouds are the commas of the the sky. (Photo: HelloRF Zcool/Shutterstock)

2. Uncinus. This species of cirrus cloud is distinct for its hook-at-the-end feature.

Cirrus spissatus clouds are often found in cumulonimbus clouds. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

3. Spissatus. A species of cirrus clouds, spissatus clouds are the densest cirrus clouds you’ll see. They’re even able to hide the sun if they’re dense enough.

Stratocumulus castellanus can be identified by their defined layers of clouds. (Photo: Merikanto/Wikimedia Commons)

4. Castellanus. This species of cloud appears in cirrus, cirrocumulus, attocumulus and stratocumulus clouds. The tops of castellanus clouds form turrets, which give it that castle-like appearance.

Floccus clouds have a ragged base trailing after them. (Photo: Katarzyna Mazurowska/Shutterstock)

5. Floccus. These clouds have small tufts at their tops with a ragged base. They often have a virga, or streak of precipitation, trailing after the tuft. The species manifests as cirrus, cirrocumulus, altocumulus (pictured) and stratocumulus clouds.

Stratocumulus stratiformis clouds over a river. (Photo: Leonardo Poletto/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Stratiformis. A species found in altocumulus and stratocumulus clouds, stratiformis clouds are an extensive layer or sheet of their particular cloud.

A stratus nebulosus cloud in winter. (Photo: Simon Eugster/Wikimedia Commons)

7. Nebulosus. This cloud species, found among stratus and cirrostratus clouds, is a veil without any distinct details.

Cirrocumulus lenticularis clouds over Torres del Paine National Park. (Photo: Liam Quinn/Wikimedia Commons)

8. Lenticularis. Appearing primarily as cirrocumulus, altocumulus and stratocumulus clouds, lenticularis clouds appear in almond- or lens-shaped arrangements. This also makes lenticularis clouds great as UFOs. [Ed: And has glider pilots wetting their pants in excitement. For these ‘wave’ clouds are always a sign of strong, reliable lift!]

Volutus clouds are ominous-looking clouds to be sure. (Photo: Joshua Stone/Wikimedia Commons)

9. Volutus. It’s hard to miss volutus clouds. Also known as roll clouds due to their distinct shape and movement, volutus clouds are typically stratocumulus clouds and are completely separated from any other clouds.

Cumulus fractus clouds against a blue sky. (Photo: Juanedc/Wikimedia Commons)

10. Fractus. As their name implies, fractus clouds are stratus and cumulus clouds that have ragged, irregular shreds. These clouds have often broken away from another, larger cloud.

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OK! That’s it for today.

More tomorrow!

The clouds above: Part Two

Everything you need to know about clouds – the continuing story!

Everything you need to know about clouds


NOEL KIRKPATRICK
August 13, 2018.

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Cirrus clouds have a silky, hair-like appearance. (Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffoto/Wikimedia Commons)

1. Cirrus. Cirrus clouds are wispy and hair-like, and when viewed from below, they appear to have little to no structure. Inside, cirrus clouds are comprised almost entirely of ice crystals.

Cirrocumulus clouds can sometimes appear a little patchworked. (Photo: Indrajit Das/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Cirrocumulus. Cirrocumulus clouds are similar to a well-worn basic sheet: thin and white. These clouds also have super-cooled water droplets within them. Technically, each individual cloud is referred to as cirrocumulus, but the term can also be used to refer to the entire sheet. If the term is used that way, each individual cloud is a cloudlet.

Cirrostratus have a way of making themselves known. (Photo: The High Fin Sperm Whale/Wikimedia Commons)

3. Cirrostratus. Cirrostratus clouds are a white-ish veil that totally or partially covers the sky. They often produce the halo effect you see above.

Altocumulus clouds occur in a few different types, not just these balls of fluff. (Photo: Fir0002/Wikimedia Commons)

4. Altocumulus. Altocumulus clouds come in several forms, though they mostly look like rounded masses. They can appear as a sheet or a layer, like the above image.

Thicker layers of altostratus can be difficult to see through. (Photo: Simon Eugster/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Altostratus. This cloud sheet completely covers the sky, but will have sections thin enough that reveal the sun, “as through ground glass or frosted glass,” according to the WMO. Unlike cirrostratus clouds, there is no halo produced.

Nimbostratus clouds are thick enough to block out the sun. (Photo: Eric T Gunther/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Nimbostratus. While they don’t have many distinct features, nimbostratus clouds are a gray cloud layer. They’re thicker than altostratus clouds, and their bases often produce rain or snow.

Stratocumulus clouds almost always have dark parts. (Photo: Famartin/Wikimedia Commons)

7. Stratocumulus. Characterized by dark, rounded masses, stratoculumus clouds appear either as a uniform sheet or layer, or they have a corrugated base.

Stratus clouds look a lot like nimbostratus clouds. (Photo: LivingShadow/Wikimedia Commons)

8. Stratus. Stratus clouds are gray layers, sometimes with variances in their luminescence. If the sun is out, its brightness can help you to see the outline of the clouds. The bases of stratus clouds will produce light snow or drizzle.

Cumulus clouds have a distinct outline. (Photo: Korionov/Shutterstock)

9. Cumulus. Quintessential clouds, cumulus clouds are detached and dense. The parts lit by sunlight are bright white while their bases tend to be a uniform dark color.

Cumulonimbus clouds have a flat top that is somewhat anvil-shaped. (Photo: kazoka/Shutterstock)

10. Cumulonimbus. Cumulonimbus clouds are heavy and dense, with often tall, vertical towers. They’re referred to as thunderheads if they’re observed during a storm. They’re capable of producing lightning and tornadoes.

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Hope you can come back tomorrow for Part Three: Cloud Species!

The clouds above

The wonderful, glorious clouds above our heads!

I have a rather old logbook that has on the first line of the first page the following entry:

Serial No. of Flight: 1 & 2

Date: 7th June, 1981

Glider Type: K7

Place of Launch: RGC (short for Rattlesden Gliding Club, in Suffolk, England.)

Type of Launch: W (short for winch launch.)

Crew Capacity: P2

Time in Air: 0 hours, 12 minutes

Remarks: Instructor R. Davis – Circuit Experience and Turns

A K-7 two-seat glider.

Won’t say more at this stage about gliding per se other than dear Roger Davis opened my eyes to the magic of the atmosphere and I was hooked!

It wasn’t long before I understood that old saying that you can always tell a glider pilot at first sight – because they have scar tissue on their chins from repeatedly walking into fixed objects. Why? Because a glider pilot is always looking up at the clouds.

It is certainly true that some thirty-seven years after that first flight I still adore reading the clouds in the sky.

All of which is my long introduction to a delightful and comprehensive article that appeared on Mother Nature Network recently about clouds.

So for the next six days while we have family staying with us I am going to republish, day by day, the full wonderful article. The next Picture Parade will be Sunday, 2nd September.

Enjoy!

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Everything you need to know about clouds

NOEL KIRKPATRICK
August 13, 2018.
Quick: Name these clouds! (Photo: detchana wangkheeree/Shutterstock)

We stare at clouds all the time, whether trying to figure out what they look like or if they’re bringing rain. Yet most of us know very little about clouds, let alone how to identify them.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) keeps a cloud atlas that divides clouds into genera, species and varieties. Some clouds have multiple “varieties” and some have “accessory” clouds that appear with or merge with bigger clouds. Specific conditions can even create special clouds of their own.

In short, clouds are a rich tapestry in the sky that changes every day.
Cloud genera

These are the 10 most typical forms clouds take. The WMO notes that the definitions don’t encompass all possible cloud permutations, but they do outline the essential traits to differentiate one cloud genus from another, especially those having similar appearances.

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Continued tomorrow!

Moving trees!

The tree that houses our internet connection has died!

Our local arborist from Liberty Tree Enterprises is on the property tomorrow, Wednesday, to fell a dead tree. It is the tree that has our Outreach Internet wireless antenna attached to it very close to its top.

Outreach are standing by to re-install the antenna in another tree close by but it’s reasonable to plan for being off-line for a couple of days.

Thus, the following article that recently appeared on Mother Nature Network seems a most appropriate item to share with you all.

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How to tell if a tree is dead or dying.

by NOEL KIRKPATRICK, May 19, 2018.

A sick tree can infect the other trees in your yard. (Photo: Jannarong/Shutterstock)

A dying tree in a forest is nature simply running its course and eventually giving back to its ecosystem. A dying tree in a well-landscaped yard, however, can pose problems for other trees and everything else around it.

If you have trees near your home, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their health and to take action if you think a tree is dying or dead.

But first it’s important to be sure your tree is actually sick. This may seem like common sense, but some trees will exhibit signs of illness as part of their usual seasonal cycles. Kevin Zobrist, a Washington State University extension forestry educator, explains that some trees, like the western red cedar, will temporarily appear sick “due to normal seasonal dieback.” So the first step to identifying if a tree is dying is to identify the tree to make sure it’s not just behaving like it’s supposed to.

It’s also important to remember that not all causes of tree sickness are insect-related. Ailments can be the result of improper planting, diseases and weather-related events, like severe storms, winds and drought.

5 signs your tree may be dying

Strong winds can cause trees to lean out of their original shape. (Photo: kenkistler/Shutterstock)

1. Too much leaning or an otherwise odd shape. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), trees leaning 15 degrees away from their original vertical position aren’t doing so well. Trees that were originally straight that are leaning like this are likely the victims of strong winds or root damage. The InterNACHI says that large trees that are leaning due to wind “seldom recover.”

2. Cracks in the tree. These are deep splits in the bark of the tree that can be difficult to identify. Some trees are supposed to have cracks. But deep cracks and gashes can lead to serious issues and “indicate the tree is presently failing,” per the InterNACHI.

Trees aren’t big fans of cankers, either. (Photo: Ngukiaw/Shutterstock)

3. Trees can get cankers, too. Cankers are deeply unpleasant things for both humans and trees. In the case of our arboreal friends, cankers are areas of dead bark, the result of a bacterial or fungal infection, according to the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a trade group for tree professionals. These infections get inside the tree through an open wound, and the stress of the infection causes the bark to become sunken or fall off the tree. A tree is more likely to break apart near a canker.

4. Wood shows signs of decay. Decay is often hard to spot because it often starts on the inside of the tree, according to TCIA. There are still signs of decay that you can see, however. Mushroom-like spores on the visible roots, stems or branches are clear signs of decay, and cavities where wood is missing also indicate that the tree isn’t healthy.

5. The tree has deadwood. This is exactly what it sounds like: It’s wood that’s dead. When a tree starts dropping branches or limbs, it’s a sign it’s trying to conserve resources by making itself smaller. In addition to being dry and easy to break, deadwood can also be identified by the color of the wood. If it’s bright green, the tree is still healthy. If it’s dull green, it’s dying, and if it’s brown, it’s deadwood. Be sure to test other branches from around the tree as it is possible that only that section of the tree is dying.

Arborists can help

Arborists can help you with many of your tree-related needs, including tree removal. (Photo: Evgeniy Zhukov/Shutterstock)

If you don’t feel comfortable making the call regarding your tree’s health, consult the professionals. Agricultural extensions organized through universities can help you determine the state of your tree, and let you know if trees in your county or state are experiencing problems. If you’re not sure how to contact your extension, the National Pesticide Information Center maintains a list of extensions in each state and U.S. territory.

You can also reach out to an arborist, also referred to as a tree surgeon. These individuals can help you determine the health of your tree and if a removal is necessary. If it is, many arborists can help you with that as well. The International Society of Arboriculture has an easy-to-use tool to help you locate ISA-certified arborists in your area.

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I hope that the above article has been informative and that you will understand why there may be a pause from this end.

So I will close the post by including another photograph taken on Monday afternoon of our tree that confirms that it has come to the end of its natural life and that if not felled could be a danger to the house.

See you soon (fingers crossed!)

Winter games

As seen through the eyes of an Australian shepherd dog.

Slowly perking up each day, so thought it would be good to share this short, delightful video with you all. As presented on the Mother Nature Network site.

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Australian shepherd loves to go sledding

NOEL KIRKPATRICK    January 3, 2018

When you think about dog sleds, you may think about a team of huskies pulling a sled across a snowy and icy landscape.

Perhaps you should change that image to an Australian shepherd confidently riding a sled down a hill.

Secret, a 3-year-old Aussie shepherd and the canine companion to 17-year-old human Mary, took advantage of there finally being enough snow to get some sledding in. And by “some” we mean around 50 shots down the hill, according to Mary’s Instagram caption. Secret drags her sled all the way to the top of the hill, hops on and gets her own snowy version of zoomies on as she slides down the hill. Once at the bottom, it’s right back up again, sled in mouth.

If only every day were a snow day for Secret.

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Well done, Secret. Gorgeous!

Saturday Smile

Yet another wonderful video to make your day!

(Seen on Mother Nature Network.)

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This border collie is so excited to be working at the farm


Noel Kirkpatrick August 19, 2017

The day on a farm starts so early that it’s easy to imagine that you’d get worn out pretty quickly. Unless you happen to be a border collie.

This border collie either paced itself all day, consumed an energy drink (kidding … please do not let your dog consume an energy drink) or just started its day, but the dog is so very pumped to spread some hay. The dog’s farmer companion can’t even keep up with the pup! The hay is barely on the pitchfork before the border collie has yanked it off the truck and shaken it around the ground.

This seems like an efficient way to spread hay, too. The border collie gets to expend some energy, the human just has to stand on the bed of a truck and the hay goes exactly where it needs to. After this, maybe they go and sit on the porch and admire their hard work. Or they go and herd sheep. Seeing the energy level of this dog, it’s probably sheep herding.

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Have a brilliant weekend!

Bath time!

Not just for dogs!!

At 11am this morning I am checking in to the local hospital in nearby Grants Pass for a colonoscopy. I am very hopeful that this routine examination will not find anything to worry about.

However, yesterday evening I had to take the first of two doses of Bowel Preparation ‘Kit’. That was after a full day staying off solids!! The second dose is being taken at 7am PDT this morning. One could take a tongue-in-cheek view that the results will not be a pretty site.  Once back home a decent shower and a lovely meal will be the order of the day.

So with bathing in my mind, let me share this recent delightful item that was published by Mother Nature News.

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Rub a dub dub, 2 dogs have very different experiences in the tub

Noel Kirkpatrick   April 4, 2017.

Getting pets into the bath can be a tricky endeavor, but these two dogs seem content to be in the tub. Now if they only had the same idea of how to behave there …

The husky on the right is just there for a relaxing soak and maybe a good shampooing. Its pal, on the other hand, wants to dig through the water the entire time as if there’s a bone somewhere buried just below the water.

To the husky’s credit, it allows its puppy companion to live in its own bath tub truth, but we all know that deep down it’s thinking, “I just wanted some quiet time and some cucumbers on my eyes. Is that too much to ask?”

Apparently, yes, it is.

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See you tomorrow!