Posts Tagged ‘natural history’


Who discovered what today? Jan 18

January 18, 2014


Captain James Cook discovered Hawaii on this day in 1778.

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He looks pretty stern for a man who spent his life on ocean cruises.

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On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was the earl of Sandwich and one his patrons.

While the encounter started out brilliantly for the Europeans, it did not end well for them.  On a subsequent voyage, they were exposed as mortals and not the gods the Hawaiians first believed them to be and trouble reigned in this island paradise.  However, ultimately, things did not end well for the Hawaiians.

Here is a little geology information about the Hawaiian Islands that are traveling on the Pacific Plate over a hot spot on the ocean floor.


And here are some more idyllic Hawaiian shots.



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My bags are packed – I’m ready to go.


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

October 15, 2013

Tattoo Tuesday is about jellyfish –  because I think they pretty and interesting.  I remember gathering and studying little pink ctenophores – which are comb jellies – relatives of jellyfish, when I was in college on a biology field trip to Chesapeake Bay.  We tromped around the Bay in February, gathering specimens and studying them in the Marine Fisheries Lab nearby.  I was particularly taken with the comb jellies. Their rows of cilia undulated down their bodies, propelling them along.  Fascinating to watch.

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Here are the tattoos:

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jellyfish 2

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What am I collecting?

September 13, 2012

I was interested to read Why, Because Science’s recent post on awesome minerals.  I also had a geological experience just last weekend.  I attended a blingie bead trunk show with a friend, but was seduced by the beads that were fashioned from rocks and minerals.  Being struck helpless, I was forced to buy several specimens for my collection and they are:

From the left

Sardonyx – this really has a very nice chevron pattern that is difficult (impossible) to see in this photo

Gray Brecciated Jasper – with some quartz crystal inclusions


Petrified Wood Jasper

African Turqoise – I may turn this into a necklace – I really like it

Labradorite – this one shows a nice play of colors known as labradorescence

These are all beads and are drilled along the long axis, but I wanted them for my rock and mineral collection.  The largest pieces are 30 x 40 mm.