I read a web article this morning, whose headline went something like this: Mystery space blobs are not infant galaxies as originally thought. Scientist say that these mystery blobs are actually pubescent galaxies, all hot and bothered. Rather racy headlines for an article that is basically about the scientific conclusions that have been gleamed, from data supplied by, the NASA Chandra X-Ray Satellite experiment. One of the more cost effective NASA programs, I might add.
When I was applying for the job that first brought me to Saint Louis I needed to create a resume. I had my graduation from Michigan State and the two years that I had worked at Chrysler, that I could list as accomplishments, but on first draft my resume seemed a bit thin. So, I added the subject of hobbies and interests and listed astronomy, as in, I have a prurient interest in astronomy. (this vid shows how valuable proofreading can be) Fortunately for me, otherwise I would not be writing this post from Saint Louis, the twin-headed Annes gleefully pointed out the ignorance of my ways. In revisionist remembrance of the incidence and in conjunction with what passes as science writing today, I prefer to think that I was just ahead of my time, as in:
Hey Baby, do you want to look at the stars with me tonight?
The colorful picture above is of some Butterfly Weed that I found in the Park. Butterfly Weed is related to Milkweed. Milkweed is what Monarch Butterflies eat. I wonder if they eat Butterfly Weed also, it would give them the color that they need for their wings. They eat Milkweed to give themselves an awful taste, which acts as a defense mechanism.
The header for today’s post shows a California Quail, from last April, I just had to get another bird picture up on the blog. The butterfly picture at the top of this post was taken a couple of weeks ago during our canoe trip on the MeramecRiver. We had pulled the canoe up onto a sandbar for lunch. After lunch this beautiful specimen posed for a photo shoot. Thursday was National Pollinators Day, so go out there and roll in the flowers.
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