One anti-hate organization to follow -- Note its map for locating hate group centers:
Southern Poverty Law Center
The cover story by Kurt Andersen in the September issue of the Atlantic examines the history of extreme views and alternate (un)realities in America and shows how fringe groups and phony news sources gained infrastructure and a following on the internet:
How America Lost Its Mind
Charlie Rose Interviews Kurt Andersen
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
|Osage trees along what was once the approach to Oakland Manor; near Lake Kittamaqundi|
|Young great crested flycatchers nearby|
|One of the parent great crested flycatchers (ruffled while preening)|
|Related to great crested flycatchers: eastern phoebe with fresh catch|
Sunday, August 6, 2017
The red-roofed building at the Lakefront is another Columbia Town Center structure which was designed by Frank Gehry. Are we going to lose it in new plans for Town Center development? It's missing in an artist's concept of the Town Center plans, replaced by a less picturesque four-story building. Below, the other Gehry-designed building at the lake was refurbished and now houses the Whole Foods supermarket and the Haven health club.
Above, Clyde's has dropped its Tomato Palace affiliate and plans to replace it with a music venue....Other views of the "red-roofed building"....
A new rain garden remedies a regularly flooded lawn on the east side. The two photos here show work in progress and almost completed.
An osprey fishes at the lake.
Above, this belted kingfisher shows the markings of a young individual probably born this year -- rufous patches sticking out from under the wings; collar of blue mixed with rufous coloring.
Nice to know that we can find butterflies of the gossamer-wing group around the lake -- this one is a gray hairstreak, spotted just yesterday during a walk in this weekend's friendly weather.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
|Adult Red-shouldered Hawk|
Earlier this week, I made another visit to one of Columbia's Open Space areas in the Thunder Hill neighborhood. Some maps indicate it as Guilford Downs, and it is labeled with that name as a hotspot on eBird. (A 2008 edition of the ADC map book for Howard County indicates a Guilford Downs neighborhood adjacent to Thunder Hill but on the other side of Route 29.) It's a beautiful park with a variety of wildlife habitats. On a previous walk, I heard wood thrush and eastern wood pewee and saw a pair of great crested flycatchers, all species that thrive in a generous patch of woods like what this park offers. The pond here is very small but picturesque, attracting lots of dragonflies and butterflies and supporting marsh and water-loving birds like green herons and red-winged blackbirds, and there is at least one good-sized snapping turtle in residence.
For visitors from outside the Thunder Hill area like myself, I've found it best to park at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center on the corner of Thunder Hill Road and Log Chain Road, then walk southward on the path system starting from near the community pool. A pizza place at the center might be a good stop for lunch in a future visit.
On this walk, as everywhere else at this time of year, recently fledged birds were a feature in the bird-watching. I have indicated young and adult birds in my photo captions.
|Young Red-bellied Woodpecker|
|Green Heron -- immature to adult? -- at the small pond in the park|
|Another Green Heron at the Pond -- heavy streaking indicates a younger bird born this year|
|American Robin, Adult Male, Bathes in a Stream|
|In a Stream at the South End of the Park (with litter, sadly)|
Monday, July 24, 2017
|Northern Rough-winged Swallows|
|Northern Rough-winged Swallows -- probable family group|
|Great Blue Heron at the Lakefront|
|Barn Swallows and Water Weed Mower|
|An Uncommon Cloudless Sulphur Tries its Luck on Begonias at the Lakefront|
|Tiger Swallowtail on Bottlebrush Buckeye, Oakland Manor|
|American Lady on Mountain Mint, Oakland Manor|
|Across Little Patuxent River next to the Lake|
|The Woods at East End of Route 29 Pedestrian Bridge|
|Sachem (another skipper species) on Black-eyed Susan|
|Mallards -- The males are in summer eclipse plumage, almost indistinguishable from females.|
|Female Tiger Swallowtail, Dark Form|