Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Safety

07
Oct
12

Outdoor Safety: Rattle Snake in Tree

Saw this on FB from the superb Texas Hill Country (great photography and more) and was reminded of one time on the Deschutes River when a friend pointed out a rattler in a tree near the water’s edge. I was oblivious that time, but some thirty years later I never fail to look upward too.

Brian A. Burgoyne sent this in a while back, “this rattlesnake was hanging out in the tree right by the squirrel feeder…South Austin right on the Manchaca border…suburbs!” (Texas Hill Country/FB)

Bears and rattle snakes seem to like bird and squirrel feeders. Different food sources no doubt. So, some consider it more rare for a rattle snake to be in a tree, they (the various species) have a history of doing so.

14
Feb
12

Carpet Shark Swallows Bamboo Shark Whole

Wobbegongs (Carpet) Shark Sucks Down a Bamboo Shark (Daniela Ceccarelli & Tom Mannering, Nat Geo)

 I know there are all manner of advocates for Sharks and protecting this species and that one and I get that, but really this guy does not need any protections. Here I would be kicking along, oblivious or so hyper vigilant if I knew this creature was within an ocean’s distance, and there I would go. Now, how does a Bamboo Shark not know to watch out for the Wobbegongs Shark? They, the Bamboo Shark, definitely need some protection in the gene pool. (more here and other stuff from Eric Pfeiffer)

“Wobbegongs, aka carpet sharks, are silent predators, waiting at the bottom of the ocean floor for their pray to pass by. And as stunning as this photo may be, it’s not uncommon for Wobbegongs to devour such large meals. Like several kinds of snakes, the Wobbegong has a dislocating jaw and rearward-pointing teeth that help it consume disproportionately large prey.

Although Wobbegongs bite humans with some regularity, these usually aren’t actual attacks where the shark is hunting for prey. Rather, these bites tend to be more of a defensive reflex after the shark itself has been assaulted, usually by someone unintentionally stepping on it.” (That’s Me)

08
Feb
12

Outdoor Survival: Last Year’s News, But Timely……

I bumped into this almost year old story and found it, on the anniversary of this man’s outdoor journey, worth a read. A year ago, he became stranded in the snows near Marion Forks, Oregon. Seemingly equipped for the elements, less food, he apparently survived 68 days near his rig before succumbing to the elements. The comments section is worth a read as well. Just a survival, plan ahead, consider your options before venturing forth piece….The story is fascinating to me, not only from an outdoor survival point, but from the human interest angle. What was his intent? Why didn’t he hike out the three miles to the main road? Did he try and couldn’t back track? What if you are a loner and cut off from anyone? It always makes me think of the solitary souls crossing the mountains in the 1800’s, alone and perishing with, perhaps, some distant family in the East or Europe, who were none the wiser to what ever happened to the man who ventured off alone.  Jerry McDonald’s Final Outdoor Journey   

Jerry McDonald's Calendar after 68 days in the mountains of Oregon

19
Jan
12

Eye on the Weather Now….

Current Conditions at a Glance U.S./Canada 

18
Jan
12

Heat Loss Through Head

I have joked with my family and friends for years through outdoor activities about wearing a warm hat in inclement weather…”Do you know you can lose 75% of your heat through your head?”

Well, of course, some wise ass, smarty pants (WASP) had to do the research to debunk my admonition and my credibility. Here is a small piece re heat loss via the head in different situations. In a worse case scenario of hypothermia, you may want to heed my advice….or theirs.

Here is my daughter, today in Seattle (UW), blatantly taunting me!

12
Dec
11

Disaster Mapping: Earth Quakes, etc.

DISASTER MAPPING IN THE U.S. 

Oklahoma Earthquakes

06
Dec
11

Avoid The Incoming Tsunami Wave

MISCALCULATING HIGH WATER & THERE GOES THE EXPENSIVE CAMERA AT PLANET 5D BLOG




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