Thursday, December 22, 2011

A gift from my daughter Kersti this morning

Every semester before teaching environmental science at Mendocino College I had to make a decision as to exactly what would be my method for instilling the importance of the subject to my students. There were two avenues that I had whittled it down to after 20 years of teaching. One was to use The Mother Earth Theme, the other, The Careless Disregard theme….one to awe, the other to frighten. I never knew which I would choose until I met my first class and the disposition (hopes) I had at the time. Worked well for me and my students too I believe. In this Solstice post I had to make the same type of decision. The incredible beauty and peace I am finding in my life here in my beloved Mexico or a more serious post, not to necessarily frighten but to nevertheless embrace my responsibility as an ELDER (I am now 70) and “speak my truth” as I was encouraged to do by one of my Native American Mentors some years ago. I will do both.

I will begin with the “good stuff” and those of you who have heard enough about the many difficulties we face can skip the second part.

Pre-Dawn Solstice Fire at my place

Today is The Winter Solstice. It is the MOST ancient communal celebration in the entire history of humankind throughout the world……..ALL peoples, everywhere! Reversed in time with The Southern Hemisphere but nevertheless shared. It pre-dates the communal celebrations of The Mythical Religions (Judaism, Christianity and Mohammadanism et al) by at least 20,000 years, and that is very conservative. Please reflect then on this day, it is to celebrate the “returning” of The Sun.

The Humpbacks are definitely beginning to show up here in my grid. Almost every day for the past week or two people have been seeing them in front of El Cardonal, Punta Pescadero or Las Tinas. Not many, one or two at a time but they are here, and I of course rejoice.

I was lucky enough with my friends the other day, to come across a lone Humpback about two miles out while kayaking in The WZ. That was EXTRAORDINARILY lucky and we were able to get within about 300’ of it. It fluked up 3 times during our encounter and at one point must have gone just underneath us (no telling the depth) before continuing out of our area. With me was Charlie and his son Danny and daughter Carolyn and Robert with his daughter Jinny. A fine group of people and strong kayakers as well as being adventuress, great day for me for sure. Three days later I took them out with me in the panga for a real search but we didn’t see anything.

My dream world has been very active the past few weeks with lots of Dolphin and Whale images. That is partially due certainly to the anticipation of The Whale Season and also because I have finally started writing my Whale Book. I am into the second chapter already and I think it is going to be a most delightful project. I believe my last post got my creative juices flowing and I am excited about what will come from this.

Here is the most well remembered Whale Dream

I’m on a big sail boat in The N. Pacific, heavy seas, icebergs, I’m at the bow with “tourists”. There is a big breach in front of us, big wave too, I think dangerous. Then 3 HBs breach in front of us, I call down below to get everyone on deck, one kid is on outside of bow and in a precarious spot. I tell him to get back in, he won’t, suddenly a whale breaches right next to him and he’s overboard. Seas are too rough and cold for me to just jump in…….moral question of diving in or not, water not clear enough to see him. My son Zack is there in the bow and I ask him to stir, I finally dive in but can’t see the kid, a grey whale swims next to me, I know this is the whale that dislodged the kid, the whale is sorry, wants to help, I have no mask, can’t see anything, Navy arrives, I’m pulled out, I have no suit on, get my black one, then find I’m walking into a church (?) to be interviewed, and then dream deteriorates.

Here’s the critters I would be studying if I wasn’t doing Whales. This was sent to me by my daughter Kersti indicating the totem spirit she sees as hers. So right on!

Here is another picture she sent recently, incredible what nature offers us genetically sometimes.

Albino Peacock

And how about a REAL dragon

And for those of you who read The Tintin Books to your kids, isn’t this a nice vision?

Ok, now for the other stuff.

These are some things to consider as we approach Christmas and the coming decade.

The 6 Walton children (Walmart) have more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans COMBINED

The Banks have melded into a small group of very powerful people,

and are perpetuating and encouraging the incredible gap between the First and Third Worlds.

The environment is eroding faster than any of us in The Sciences anticipated and it is due to The First World’s consumerism and the fuel needed to provide the goods. We MUST stop using FOSSIL FUELS completely at some point. The Planet is a CLOSED SYSTEM, there is no faucet out there to let in clean air and water, nor a drain out to The Cosmos for our garbage. Think NEW PARADIGM.

When you have an arbitrary economic system that has at it’s core, not only an accommodation for greed but an encouragement towards greed, and masked as somehow equivalent to Democracy, Justice and Freedom, you cannot but have social injustice.

When you have a government beholding to corporate power and a corrupt banking system that denies basic human rights and dignity, you cannot but have social injustice.

When you have a common religious mythology (Judeo-Christian-Muslim) that implies sin, retribution and superiority as acceptable tenants of belief, you cannot but have social injustice.

When you have a professional military that is ready to invade any country, torture it’s enemies, turn on it’s own people and devise increasingly heinous means by which to kill, you cannot but have social injustice.

The only FREEDOM is freedom from the above!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the 22nd of December The Earth begins "tipping" back to the vertical

Please be good to yourselves. This year, the 22nd of December is The Winter Solstice. It will then be MIDWINTER and Grandfather Sun will begin his journey North to bring us light, warmth and rebirth. Do not despair because of the commercial and religious insanity of The Judeo-Christian-Corporate Mythology, it IS the return of The Sun that makes this period of the year truly sacred…..and that is as REAL, SOLID and DEPENDABLE as the heart that beats within you.

My birthday dinner with friends, Roxanne, Darrel, Dawn, Carla and JC was great fun. The food was excellent (I had Cajun Bacon Wrapped Giant Prawns), the conversation lively and I was allowed to tell some stories.

A few days later, on Dec. 1st , we had the clearest water all year. I did laps over the reef and once again thanked The Great Mystery for my good fortune. I went kayaking the next day hoping that the visibility would hold but no. The WZ was not stirring either and I actually got cold out there. Fortunately I had taken my windbreaker with me and I was comfortable, so I was able to enjoy the power of Grandmother.

Big news, NASA has released information that a nearby Planet, Kepler 22b, could be very much like Earth. It orbits a star similar to our own and is at a distance from it’s sun that is called The “Goldilocks Zone”; the zone where a LIFE sustaining Planet could be found. It is a fond hope of mine that we discover Extraterrestrial Life before I pass into a different part of my journey. I’m not talking about anything but simple microbial life, that’s all we have to find just once off Planet and we can be assured that life will be found everywhere in The Universe.

Kepler 22b Artist rendition

You are all aware that for the past 8 years I have been engaged in “Scientific” research into Humpback and Blue Whale population numbers, migration routes, health and surface behavior. I have done this in collaboration with Dr. Jorge Urban Ramirez of UABCS in La Paz. Recently I have been delighted and proud to post that our work has resulted in the recognition of our area as a unique and invaluable breeding/calving ground for a large population of North Pacific Humpbacks.

Since 2007 I began to realize that these magnificent creatures deserved far more than simple “Scientific” study, they deserved to be recognized as the “OTHER” sentient species on this planet and to be treated as such. I was led to this conclusion by first hand experience, various readings and deep contemplation and meditation. In order to further my own interaction I therefore began to dive with them in that same year (2007).

Before my very first Whale Dive Courtesy Susan Janssen

First Humpback "close encounter" 2007, I'm the smaller surface object on the left

"Eyeball-to-Eyeball" with this Blue Whale 2009

"Eyeball-to Eyeball" with This Orca in 2011

Since then I have dove with many Humpbacks, Blues, Bryde’s and Orcas. I have also dove with 3 different species of Dolphin. My “close encounters” now number in the dozens and I expect will increase as the years go by.

These experiences have reinforced my belief that they are indeed a sentient species on an order certainly equal to ours and perhaps even more sophisticated.

With this in mind I have begun to relate to The Cetaceans as the “OTHERS”. Let me explain. Some 50 or more million years ago, a number of members of The Taxonomic “Class” Mammalia, began returning to The Seas to hunt for food. Exactly what influenced that move is not known for sure and it need not have been anything necessarily dramatic. The results however were. These terrestrial, lung breathing, four legged mammals began to adjust to the Ocean environment and slowly evolve body shape and physiology to better accommodate their search for food. This evolution led to The Taxonomic Order Cetacea; the Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.

Probable Evolutionary Development of The Great Whales

The critical factor here is that within The Class Mammalia there are only four species known to possess what are called “Spindle Cells” in their brain tissue.

The cell on the left is the key to higher consciousness

These species are: Humans, Great Apes, Elephants and WHALES. It has been determined by Neurophysiologists that the Spindle Cell is necessary for “cognitive” thinking, “Free Association” and other generally recognized higher order intelligence functions including recognition of SELF and one’s relationship to others. In other words true sentience!

Of course the Great Apes and Elephants are terrestrial as is the Human, but in the case of the Cetaceans we are talking about species that have evolved this intelligence over a period at least 10 times longer than we Humans. Their brain size and hemispheric connections are also equal or greater to our own. If one were to visually compare the appearance of a Human Brain next to a similarly sized Cetacean Brain they would have a difficult time discerning which was which.

Human Brain

Sperm Whale Brain (6-8 times larger than Human Brain)

Evolution does not favor the retention of a genetic factor if it does not benefit the species. The sophistication of an organ (in this case the brain) does not evolve and get passed on UNLESS IT IS USED. The Sperm Whale actually has MORE Spindle Cells than a comparably sized human brain. Surface behavior and more recent underwater behavioral studies have also indicated sophisticated intelligence, and that doesn’t even include the “Songs” of The Humpbacks or the dozens (and growing in discovery) sounds and frequencies that The Cetaceans communicate in.

The point then is this; we live on ONE PLANET but a Planet with TWO WORLDS. Within the Terrestrial World the Human Species is THE DOMINANT intelligence, within The Marine World it is The Cetaceans that are THE DOMINANT intelligence. It is time to recognize that, honor it, and learn to live with them in a more intimate and loving way.

The other day I took my camera to the beach and took some shots, enjoy…..I did.

The "Perseverance" of Life

Beach Texture

A hunting Whimbril

And here is The Shangri-La “Fleet”, always ready, swift and loyal. The two yellow ones belong to my Quebecois (my extended family; Jean-Luc, Brigitte, Antoine, Tristan and Quentin)

The Shangri-La "Fleet"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

So, today is my 70th birthday. As The Grateful Dead said, “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been”! Born into a WWII War zone in Tallinn, Estonia, refuge camp in Sweden, New York, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Tucson, Sebastopol, Palo Alto, Ukiah and now El Cardonal (Mexico), and this is where I make my “stand”; working with The Cetacean Nation, swimming with The Critters and very literally living the simple life. My thanks to all of you that graced my years during this journey, none of you are forgotten. May The Great Mystery bless you all.

This is not my pic but I had to put it in. The “ART” of nature!

We received some blessed rain a while back and the desert responded in every imaginable color of green. Later on the 25th we got some real rain and the desert went ballistic. I love to watch this transformation, it’s breath taking……and the smell, hoohah!!

The desert behind "Shangri-La

One of the young girls in town, now a woman (?), had her Quincenera on the 12th. Big affair, music, costumes, dancers, food, tequila…..amazing! Each year I notice the families trying to outdo each other on the extravaganza. It’s tradition, and I honor that but the money spent is ludicrous. No different than HS graduation in The US but these folks are village people. The “lucky” girl gets one of these on her 15th birthday. Of course not ALL the girls get one…..ah, same old, same old.

The young "woman"

Last blog post I talked about my Scorpion friend in my bootie (no, not that kind of bootie), a couple of days ago I was putting some kayaking gear into my ditty bag and when I stuck my hand in I felt something soft and hairy…..BIG spider! Not a Tarantula but definitely one of our bigger spiders. No bite though, so I let him go.

By the 19th of the month I had been out in my kayak 5 times to The WZ without any critters of any kind to swim with. Totally cool though because I love the solitude and QUIET out there. On the 24th however I finally came across some of my Cetacean friends. As usual I went out to the 2 mile mark and greeted the Four Sacred Directions and their guides. Then I waited. After about an hour I started a slow paddle in, Sea was flat, took my time, stopping every now and again to listen for a blow. About a mile in I heard the faintest blow. For a while I couldn’t figure where it was coming from. Definitely Dolphin, not Whale…..but where? As it got louder I finally saw their dorsal fins coming toward me from the north and well within intercept distance. At first I thought there were only 2 or 3 but then I saw that it was a good sized herd of maybe 20. I kayaked into their midst and they playfully scooted under my kayak and seemed perfectly happy to have me kayaking along with them. After they picked up speed I decided to go in and on the way ran into 2 more. I dove in with these two but was only able to swim with them for a short while. EACH time it is delightful and new.

Common Pacific Dolphins as my kayaking buddies

The Humpbacks are coming. My friend Ian who runs Exotikite down here said he saw 3 HBs while kite surfing off Los Barriles a couple of days ago. I expect to see them any time here in El Cardonal.

Urmas vs Scorpions, 125 to 4.

I’m going to dinner tonight with a few friends at our local gourmet restaurant here in El Cardonal to celebrate my birthday. While I was there the other day to make reservations I struck up a conversation with a couple of guys who had just had a Cajun Gumbo for lunch. When they heard that my birthday was coming up they bought me a take out order of the gumbo so I wouldn't miss it. Turned out I had met these same guys at a party in Cabo Pulmo 8 years ago, how cool is that? BTW, the gumbo was OUTSTANDING.

Once again, thank you for your kindnesses, support, love and respect. Que les vaya bien!

Oh, BTW, I have moved my entire website onto this blog. It’s my record of the past 35 years of research and adventure. Lots of pictures, stories, whale facts etc. The pages are to the right of the beginning of the blog under “From My MioSah Website”.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The other morning I was preparing to go to the beach for my morning exercise and putting on my rubber dive booties. I gathered up my other gear and started across the flat to descend the bluff to the beach. About halfway across the flat I felt a sharp pain on the side of my left foot. I suspected I had stepped on a thorn (always a possibility in the desert). This was one mean ass thorn though and I couldn’t see it sticking outside the bootie so I pulled the bootie off and out comes a good sized scorpion. I was real lucky he didn’t sting me more than once. After squishing him with a handy rock, I continued to the beach and did my workout. The sting swoll up a little and then in the afternoon it really began to hurt. The pain traveled up my leg to my knee and then just throbbed there until cocktail time. About half way through my cocktail the pain just disappeared; hah, yet another gift from The Vodka God! Score is now 115 to 4.

On the 18th of October a good sized contingent of Mendocino County folks arrived. Though there were good times to be had, there was also work to be done and then a celebration of the grand opening of THE MEDICAL CLINIC in El Cardonal that Lynn Dress-Meadows et al have strived and succeeded in putting together during the last 10 years. Congratulations Lynn et al…..WELL DONE!

Work well done!

Play well deserved!

I was asked to give a small slide show of my whale work to some of the visitors and it was a treat for me as always to talk about The Whale People.

Always ready to talk about The Whale People

I was sent a wonderful gift from my daughter Kersti and her husband Bill; a visitation by a group of ArchAngels that were to stay with me for a few days. The picture below is the altar I was asked to prepare for them. I am always open to gentle, loving energy from wherever it comes. Thanks Kersti and Bill, I enjoyed their visit.

Altar for my "Angel" visitors

On the 26th I kayaked out to The WZ and came across a couple of Dolphins and two Sea Turtles. No encounters, The Dolphins were moving too fast and The Turtles dove too deep; always nice to see some of my critters though.

Had another terrific dinner and conversation with Alan and Marilyn the other night, I do enjoy their company so much.

Also on the 26th some Humpbacks were spotted just off El Cardonal but I missed them.

Saw my first Tarantula for the year a couple of days ago, a good sized female on my top step near the trailer door. I’m sure glad they are not aggressive or poisonous because they look like HELL.

First cool night on the 28th, actually used a thicker blanket.

I have found, and destroyed, 10 Wasps nests to date. Score: mas o menos 230 to 3, one got me on the arm while I was working in my bodega.

On the 2nd of Nov. I decided to do a full on kayak out to the far edge of The WZ. I hadn’t done that since I hurt my back 3 months ago. Did fine, great confidence builder but didn’t see any action…..nada. I went out a couple of days later and took a nice swim in THE DEEP but again no action, even very little plankton to see. I did notice lots of Cormorants heading north, I did today too.

Part of my extended family from Quebec is here; Jean-Luc and Brigitte. They joined me in a kayak this morning and though yet again we didn’t see anything, it was a delight for me to just have them with me in the zone.

Brigitte & Jean-Luc

The following is not my picture nor do I know if it is REAL. People are photo shopping all kinds of things and I have been taken in more than once. Nevertheless, I am putting this in as a metaphor for how I FEEL when I swim with members of The Cetacean Nation. I am anticipating lots of water time with my Whale and Dolphin friends again this season.

Grateful & Honored

And last, but the proverbial, “not least”, how bout them Niners?

Monday, October 24, 2011

This is a reminder I use now and again when I feel a little fear.

I suppose the biggest news at this point is that after 2 ½ months of chronic back pain I seem to be well again. I actually had the confidence to go out kayaking this morning. A short one, maybe a ½ mile out but I did do two egresses and returns into the kayak (sit on top) and a bit of snorkeling. Right now my back feels fine so I am more hopeful than ever that this episode of physical discomfort is over.

On the 10th I had my first scorpion in the trailer. No big deal, I’ve had as many as 6-8 in a year and this is the first in 2 years. Found him in my sink in the morning….annihilation! I’m at 93 cosmically challenged Scorpions since the 17th.

Right now I am sitting on the roof of my dear Q’s home, looking out to Sea (binocs ready), Vodka at my side, music on my iPod…..and I know, as “Suzy Q” starts playing (the music playing when I hit my “Stride” on Mescaline for the first time), that my Whale People are coming!!! HooHah!!! Yeah, I’m definitely feeling better. AND I have a SWEETHEART!!!

Here’s a shot of my new Spiny Tailed Iguana friend Gomez in front of his house. He’s lost his adolescent green and is launching into REPTILE WORLD, so cool!


Now, every now and again I see something on FB or sent to me by someone that REALLY cracks me up. Don’t know exactly why but this one, well, for me I “laughed till I cried”. Don’t know what it will do for you but check it out.

On a bit more “awesome” level, check this out….the glory of nature, why I became a biologist (is that what I am?)

The other day I took my camera down to the beach in case I might see something “special”, hah! Check these shots! I am blessed!!


Looking North



Stick Insect

And how do some people in this world deal with their connection with this GRAND, BEAUTIFUL experience? Watch and know, THERE IS ANOTHER WAY!! BTW: this is an “UPPER”!

Well, I got my 15 minutes of fame, two paragraphs in a slick magazine in La Paz for my “Orca Swim”. Page 32-33

So, not only has my work for the last 7 years (eighth season coming up…HOT DOG!!) helped initiate an MMPA, it appears that our work indicates there are more Humpbacks than we thought. They are coming back after all those years of killing them (1500 in The Entire North Pacific in the 60's). I am on my knees with gratitude, I face the Eagle Nierca to The East and The Arch Angel Raphael, The Divine Healer who also resides there, and the tears stream, I have done something, I am content!!

Grateful and HAPPY, see why below

None of this would have been possible without every and ONE of you. May The Great Mystery embrace you as I would.

And on a completely different about those 49er's? As a kid in the 50'sI used to watch them practice at Keasar Stadium in SF and I am still a fan!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apparently my Spiny Tailed Iguana land partner found a mate some time ago because I have seen, only briefly, two very young STI’s near Bub’s place. I really enjoy having them about and I hope the young ones take up residence here. This one has been named Gomez by my Sweetie, it was perfect and cracked me up. He’s a little hard to see in the photo but it was the best I could get without harassing him.


Finally got to see The Mexican Curandero (healer) in Santiago. Here’s a part of the story.

Since I had been to the Curandero's home twice before (without luck finding him home) I made it there in record time and caught him before he was.....showered and shaved!! When I walked up to the house, he looked out the upstairs window (with shaving cream on his face) and called down, hola. I replied and asked, are you the Curandero? This is all in Spanish form this point on. He said yes and when I asked if I could see him today, he said yes and would be down pronto. Waiting in his front yard was an elderly Mexican man and we struck up a conversation while we waited. This man lived in Cardonal years ago and now lives in LB. An old Caballero (cowboy). He was there for some foot work.

When The Curandero, Rubin Burro, came out he was a surprise. Not the old, grizzled wise man I expected but a nattily dressed younger (50's?) man in a baseball hat. A little chunky, about 5'8", lots of dark black hair, nice smile. I explained the problem and he took me right away into a small room downstairs with a single bed and a hard backed wooden chair. No dark abode with shells, bird wings, incense etc. As plain a small room as you can imagine. There went my imaginary classic "Curandero". He had me take off my shirt and lie on my stomach on the bed. He put his hand on my neck and immediately said, "ah, malo (bad), malo". As he worked his fingers down my spine he found EVERY hurting place I had and a couple I didn't even know about. At each one he pushed deep with his fingers and kind of "shoved" stuff around. Then he had me sit in the chair and messed with my right arm a bit, found two more REALLY, REALLY sore places and brought me almost out of the chair when he moved some of that stuff around. Then he took my head and cracked my neck loud enough I'm sure for the neighbors to hear.

On my stomach again and same routine with him saying, "bien" (good) and "mejor" (better). Back in the chair again, same routine. Back once again on the bed. Then he said to come in again tomorrow because today was to "open" me up and tomorrow we "heal". All in all I would say it was about like going to a Chiropractor but I did feel something else going on too. Maybe just wishful thinking. I know way better than to think that the pain can just be relieved, Curandero Power" or not. $18.00 American dollars.

So there you have it. I was all ready for a quasi-mystical experience (perhaps with some sacred mushrooms) so am somewhat deflated. Nevertheless, I am hoping that tomorrow will be a breakthrough. Right now there is a fair amount of pain due to his ministrations. Not a surprise.

That's it, he said NO exercise today so back to reading NGM again (ALL the books have been read, big delivery on the 18th Oct).

BTW, it is now the 10th of Oct. and I am definitely on the mend from the refrigerator episode…..NEVER AGAIN.

Having not been out in my kayak for a couple of months I had another visit from my “Pangero” Vicente. If he doesn’t see me around for a week or so he always comes over to see if I am all right. Makes me feel real, real good to have someone in The Village checking to see how I’m doing. Vicente has of course become more than just a friend. He is my partner in the study of The Humpbacks here and has become a true Whale Aficionado.

Mi especial amigo, Vicente Lucero

Due to our severe lack of rain this year (only ONE tropical storm so far) the insects didn’t get their full season of reproduction. My least favorite animal, the fly, has been almost non-existent, same with mosquitos. The BoBo’s (gnats) were pretty much gone a week ago and were nothing like last year. Truth to tell, all in all we get VERY little in the way of insect problems here on the East Cape anytime…..just too dry, it’s desert after all!

I have continued to hunt Scorpions and am up to 76 killed since June. There are over 1700 species of scorpion in the world and only 25 that are lethal….ours aren’t. Nevertheless, as I have said before, they are not welcome around the property. They eat other Arthropods and are in turn eaten by birds, lizards, mice, rats and centipedes.

Did some laps on the 4th to see how my back would react….not good but I did see a beautiful Zebra Moray Eel and a Green Panamic Moray as I was swimming. The Sea was very flat, perfect temperature and very clear; I could not resist the swim. I also saw lots of baby fish in the shallows.

Zebra Moray Eel, not my pic

Green Panamic Moray Eel, not my pic

Isn’t this a wonderful sculpture? I love it, so very evocative of human life at this time.

"Freedom", not my pic

Did another kayak on the 6th but my back STILL not up to it. I so need an “ADVENTURE” out in the WZ but I can’t risk re-injuring the back…..DAMN!!!

Me and "Haldjas", The Estonian Goddess that protects us from harm

Nights started cooling off on the 5th and news of a hurricane (Jova) moving our way. Last prediction however carries it well to the SE of us so maybe not even any rain.

Jova as of an hour ago

Went to the itinerate chiropractor again in Los Barriles and I think I am now truly on the mend. Ironically I could have paid for some men to come and do the heavy lifting work that started the problem with all that I have spent on pain killers, chiropractors, Curanderos, Doctors and gas. Something to think about!

I know that my Humpback friends are starting to return already and I would sure like to be out there in The WZ to greet them and take a swim with them. You have no idea how that “powers” me up!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well, here it is the end of September and as before, there are still some whales about. My friend Roberto (whose boat Vicente and I use during The Season) saw a Humpback 2 weeks ago. Clearly some of our Whale population here in The Sea of Cortez remain throughout the year. Probably young 2 year old males on their own. I enjoy knowing that some of my Whale Friends are around somewhere nearby during the whole year. If I come across “Odin” again it will be the 4th time and if so, he is a candidate as a “local”.

"Odin" this year

Even though we have had only one good rain this year so far, we are due for more (Hurricane Hilary is passing by next week, the 27th-28th Sept.). Nevertheless the desert continues to “Green Up”. It is very lush right now and literally bursting with life of all kinds. The other day I passed a bush that had 4 species of butterfly on it, all within inches of each other. One bush must have had 30 bright yellow ones on it, looking more like flowers blossoming than butterflies.

Possible rain?

View to the SW form the top of my bodega

Mimosa Yellow Butterflies.....or Blossoms?

Queen Monarchs

Time again to start raising funds for my Whale work here in Baja Sur for the 2012 season. As most of you know, this work has born fruit in that it has compelled The Mexican Government to extend their proposed Marine Mammal Protected Area about 30 miles north of their original plan in order to include a good 2/3 of my grid. In order to insure compliance and to continue monitoring the overall numbers and health, my photo ID work continues to be valuable. Please donate whatever you can to my work. As before, every cent goes to just ONE thing….paying for my boat and pilot.

The donation is tax deductible and can be made out to MioSah and sent to: MioSah, C/O Susan Janssen, 106 Canyon Dr., Ukiah, CA, 95482

The Humpbacks appreciate your support and love, as do I

Urmas Kaldveer, PhD
Exec. Dir. MioSah (The Mendocino Inst. Of Science & History)

I came across a most interesting graph about the prevalence of certain words in human languages. Take the TIME to look at this closely and just think, “why this word”?

Word graph

Lots of Black Witch Moths around right now. They are only here for a short period of time and a delight to see. They are larger than the common butterflies with beautiful but subtle markings on their wings…..a joy to behold. Considered lucky by The Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, they were renamed as “Witches” by The Church in order to discourage “pagan” beliefs.

Black Witch Moth

I have been approached by our local entrepreneur to be the guide in his plan to develop a “Whale Watching” program here on The East Cape. I have distanced myself from that aspect of tourism down here but I also recognize that it is inevitable that my Whales will be affected. This being the case, who better than I to be the “on board expert”? My agreement with Octavio will be that he donates his pilot and boat for that day towards my research and the people will act as paying “volunteer spotters” while I do my regular photo run. This is a win-win situation for everyone including The Whales. And I get to lecture to people about The Whale People, how cool is that? It will not therefore be a “Whale Watching” excursion but an actual research day.

We have had pretty intense heat for the past week starting around the 9th and still with us. It has been over 100 degrees every day. Fortunately the desert cools way down at night and mornings are lovely.

I had my first Scorpion in the trailer in a long time, maybe 2 years? Found it in my sink the other morning, Damned if I can figure how it got there. I immediately put out new “Bounce” sheets everywhere. I have eliminated over 60 scorpions so far this year that were on my land. Having been stung three times, I have no interest in being magnanimous in sharing this part of the desert.

I saw this poster on Face Book the other day, I have to share it. Now that’s what I call a good “attitude”.

Hope you are all well! Let’s see what kind of a show comet Elenin is going to put on.