My friend and I took a little stroll up Bull Creek this morning, and while we didn’t see much wildlife, we did see some great light, shadows, roots, rocks, and trickles of water. It was a huge relief that the weather was finally mild after such a long summer, but that pleasant surprise in the forecast also meant that a lot of people had the same idea we did—and it’s hard to see herons with a bunch of kids and dogs splashing around. We did, however, find a frog (previous post) on the return trip—probably the calmest frog I’ve ever seen.
This trail is one you should try, especially as the weather gets cooler. The best thing about it is that it criss-crosses the creek several times, meaning there are not only usually multiple options in terms of paths to take, but also that at times the opposite happens: the trail is funneled into only one possible route—and that route usually forces one to take off shoes, roll up pants, and get one’s feet wet. We got slightly lost somewhere in the middle, but that’s the whole fun of hiking. Here’s a good map and summary of the route.
Tomorrow I’m planting the last round of seeds and starters for the “Fall”—which, weather-wise, only really begins in late October here in Austin—and then going camping so that I can get an unobstructed view of the full super/harvest/blood moon, complete with eclipse. I’ll try to get pictures, although photos of the moon from a normal camera never turn out right.
Here’s a link to learn more:
The lunar eclipse will also feature the “biggest” full moon (in apparent size) of 2015, since the moon will also be at perigee on the very same day ─ its closest point to the Earth ─ 221,753 miles (356,877 km) away. [Visibility Maps for the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse (Gallery)]
The Sept. 27 event is therefore being called a “supermoon eclipse.” The last such eclipse happened in 1982, and the next won’t occur until 2033.
Here’s another good link for moon info.
Here’s a pretty good but also somehow laughably bad discussion between Chris Hedges and Derrick Jensen:
Obviously I’m very sympathetic to both their views in general, but parts of this definitely make me cringe, in the very embarrassing sense that I hope I don’t sound like this when I’m talking to others about ecological collapse. You know, like, overthrow the system already. (They also both whine about not being invited to speak at universities—er, being “de-platformed”— which seems a bit Frasier-Craneish.)
But there are some great moments here, as one would expect from a conversation between two people who have demonstrated a consistent ability to cut through the bullshit of our culture. The part about the myths we tell ourselves in America is especially valuable, and of course I eat up any praise for Ralph Nader—so scant as it typically is.
Yet my biggest take-away is that I need to stop using terms like “system” and “State” and “civilization” so loosely. It’s puerile, at best, to rail against a supposedly monolithic, oversimplified network of institutions that is oh-so easily conjured as a stand-in for any kind of (typically vague and bureaucratic) problem. Yes, it’s all connected, but one of my biggest criticisms of fundamentalists is that they refuse to acknowledge nuances. May I never fall into the same trap.
When I use any of the aforementioned terms, I really mean the corporate oligarchy—so like 100 people who make all the decisions for the rest of us. I retain my right to use the word “machine,” however; it encapsulates perfectly the idea that we’ve constructed something that is now beyond our control: something without an ethics other than production for its own sake, something that cannot be stopped.
“Animals are always the observed. The fact that they can observe us has lost all significance.” – John Berger
“Technology doesn’t dehumanize us; it’s the knowledge behind it that does. Fighting the machine, then, is fighting a vision of the future in which the human is the machine.” – David Auerbach, from “It’s Okay to Be a Luddite”