Local Western Red Tail Hawks and Chickens on Patrol

Local Chickens Passing Each Other While on Patrol Western Red Tailed Hawk in Flight Western Red Tailed Hawks Circling Each Other

Fri. 02.24.17 – Yesterday my Mom and I took the dogs for a walk in the Meadow Creek Meadow and I took my Nikon D800 with a Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens along for the walk. I am enjoying the reach of the 200mm with the D800’s larger sensor, as I am getting some fun bird photos. Here are a few photos of birds seen out in the wild doing their thing, as you can see the local hens are diligently patrolling their yard and house…

Conuberation : The Neologism that Keeps Giving…

Thurs. 02.23.17 – For years I have used the word ‘conuberation’ to mean a rather exuberant mashup of people or things or emotions as if someone took a conurbation of said things and put it in a trash compactor on speed. For a long time I used it about my mother’s family, who are known to be rather exuberant and opinionated all at once. In 2003, it was pointed out to me by Wanda that it was not an actual word.

Now, I use conuberate or conuberation to mean any crazy pileup of things all at once. I even tried to write it in a comment on a story yesterday that I am beta’ing and then the quiet voice in the back of my head reminded me that it was not a real word but a word I made up. I went back and read my original 2003 blog post about it, wherein I decided at the time that it was a mashup of conniption + conurbation. Last night, I followed the rereading of my blog post up with an extensive search in the Online Etymology Dictionary and decided that the way I use conuberation now is more in the line of exuberant + conurbation as it applies to people, things, and ideas.

I wondered why if the prefix con- means with or together and there are a number of words that have the same base word but different prefixes, then should I not be able to take the base word of ‘uberate’ and add con- to it? According to our friends at OED, uberare means “be fruitful” in Latin.

Con + uberare would be fruitful together or an abundance together – which is basically how I have been using conuberate for the past two decades or more.

This folks is what happens when one takes Latin in high school and then it has years to percolate through a creative brain. How do I suggest it to become a real English word? Do we all have to use it before a dictionary will pick it up? Do I start a Twitter campaign?

Mt. Morrison in the Snow

Mt. Morrison in the Snow

Wed. 02.15.17 – Photo of Mt. Morrison and the mountains around Convict Lake by Ms. Jen with her Lumia 950.

The Last Remnants of the Japanese Apricot Blossoms

The Last Remnants of the Japanese Apricot Blossoms

From last Thursday’s trip to the Huntington Library and Gardens, a photo of the last remnants of the Prunus Mume blossoms.

Photo by Jenifer Hanen with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 70-200mm lens at The Huntington, San Marino, CA.

A Black Phoebe Looking at Me and My Camera

Black Phoebe looking at me and my camera

Thurs. 02.09.17 – I am absolutely delighted with the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 VR ED lens that I am testing, as the photos are sharp all the way through the zoom range and the color is fantastic. I put the lens on my Nikon D800 this afternoon at The Huntington Library and Gardens and mostly had a small career as a bee paparazzi. When I was walking out, I saw a beautiful, young black phoebe perched on a young magnolia tree less than 10 feet from me.

I stopped. I moved slowly. The black phoebe was wary. I waited. It stayed. I shot about seven photos of it watching me. I love this one, as its eye is in full view.

Photo by Jenifer Hanen with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 70-200mm lens at The Huntington, San Marino, CA.

Venus conjunct the New Moon

Venus conjunct the New Moon

Tues. 01.31.17 – Mars is also conjunct the Moon and Venus, but in this twilight is only visible at 1:1 magnification as a light dot.

Photo of Venus and the Moon at dusk taken by Ms. Jen with her Lumia 950.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Skewer the Recent Spate of Executive Orders

“The president sets men’s fashions and at the inauguration he wore an extra long tie and a dead animal on his head, thus…” and Jon Stewart waves at his own dead animal and extra long tie.

Best quote: “It has been 11 days, Stephen. Eleven *BLANK* Days! The presidency is supposed to age the President, not the public.”

Isn’t it rather ridiculous how the Republicans were all up in arms about Obama’s executive orders and wanted to limit the ability for future presidents to make said orders, but now that their own guy is ordering away it is silence from the formerly opposed? Funny that.

I would bet everything that I have that if Hilary were now president, the Congressional and Senate Republicans would have already passed through both chambers a law the limiting of executive orders by now.

Sunday Tidbits with a Photo of Melting Snow in the Sagebrush

Snow melt in the sagebrush

Sun. 01.29.17 – Today is the last Sunday of January and life is interesting. Here are some links for your reading pleasure:

Terri Windling’s link/quote round up with beautiful illustrations on Fairy tales and fantasy, when the need is greatest

Cipher War: After a century of failing to crack an ancient script, linguists turn to machines

A lovely story of a found photo album from the mid-20th century leads to Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street

A quote from an NYT Opinion column from yesterday, One Country, Two Tribes:

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University, calls it the clash between globalists and nationalists. The globalists, who tend to be urban and college educated, want a world like the one described in John Lennon’s song “Imagine” — no religion, walls or borders dividing people. The nationalists see that as a vision of hell. They want to defend their culture and emphasize the bonds of nationhood — flag, Constitution, patriotism. They also want to limit immigration, an instinct that globalists are often quick to condemn as racist.

It is one of the most profound fissures of the modern political era and has upended politics in Europe, too.

“Global elites feel they have more in common with their friends in Paris or New York than with their own countrymen,” said Lars Tragardh, a historian at Ersta Skondal University College in Stockholm. “In their view of the world, the centrality of citizenship gets lost, and that is very threatening to the nationalists.”

And last but not least,
This Granular Life: Is atomic theory the most important idea in human history?

Photo of the snow melting in the sagebrush above the Meadow Creek meadow overlooking the Owens Valley taken by Ms. Jen this afternoon while walking Canela with her Lumia 950.