Just a couple of items. I’m busy with a small consulting gig and with the latest excremental explosion from the Board of Forestry (google California Board of Forestry Vegetation Treatment Program. Or on second thought, don’t), so I’m not thinking deep thoughts about the future at the moment. Here are a couple of shallow thoughts as an amuse tête.One is that Onthepublicrecord has a new post about Year Five of the Drought: reality sinking in that’s worth reading, if you want to play spot the trend with California politics. In a way, I’m sorry I haven’t been following Wisconsin environmental politics as closely, because they got flooded in an interesting inverse of what’s happened to California this winter. Oh yeah, that’s right, Walker and the republicans are in charge there. That’s why I haven’t been paying attention.
The other trivial note is that I’ve noticed that how I perceive the weather is a matter of seeing what I believe, or more properly, letting what I hear and feel about temperature influence what I see around me. If you pay attention to the light right now, it’s spring. If you pay attention to the air temperature where I am, it feels like summer. I’ve been subconsciously thinking that it’s been summer since February, due to the warmth. According to some of the plants though, now is spring, and they’re responding to the warmth by growing faster. Some plants responded to the heat and came up months early (that would be, most notably, tocalote, a star thistle, and tumbleweed), but most plants stayed with the schedule imposed by their response to light. It’s made things a bit jumbled, really, with some plants early and some plants fast, but it shows what the future holds. So far, plants seem to be handling the heat okay. It’s when they set seed and the next generation germinates that we’ll really know how things are changing.
Still, it’s an interesting contemplation, to realize how much the calendar in your heads, the words you hear the weather people say, and the clothes you wear affect how you see the world around you. Until we learn to pay attention to the light and temperature separately, and less to memories that spring is supposed to be delightfully cool, I suspect we’ll misinterpret how the world is changing around this.
What have you been seeing?
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