natgeotravel Photos by @CarltonWard // Here’s a time lapse of yesterday’s sunset in Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, where the Everglades meets the Gulf of Mexico. South Florida boasts the largest contiguous protected mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere. On World Mangrove Day, let’s commit to protecting and restoring more of this endangered ecosystem. Throughout the world, mangroves are critical for fisheries, wildlife, and local communities. Mangroves also help combat climate change.

The hummers are migrating!
Rockport is an important refueling stop for migrating hummingbirds, whether they’re heading north or south the Gulf of Mexico is a big empty place for a tiny bird. It’s hard to keep the feeders full.


ICG - Van Buren Street Station by d.w.davidson on Flickr.

Illinois Central Gulf and South Shore Line trains at Van Buren Street station, looking north and south


December 1982

Photos by D.W. Davidson

Made with Flickr
The debates were childish and American politics has never been this fucked up!

The Caning of Sumner

In 1856 Senator Charles Sumner made a speech entitled “The Crime Against Kansas” where he criticized the pro-slavery movement and claimed that the South’s goal was to spread slavery throughout the North and into the Western frontier.  Throughout the speech he made several personal attacks against Southern politicians.  Among the insults, he mocked South Carolina Senator Andrew P. Butler, mocking his slurred speech and calling him a drunkard.  It was a pretty low blow, since Sen. Butler was not a drunkard but had suffered a stroke the previous year.

Butler’s nephew, Rep. Preston Brooks decided to take revenge on Sumner.  At first he wanted to challenge Sumner to a duel, but a duel is only reserved for gentleman of equal stature, and Rep. Laurence Keitt advised him that Sumner was no better than a drunkard and should be beat down.  He always carried a gold headed cane, and he knew what to do.

Two days later Brooks confronted Sumner in the Senate Chamber, exclaiming, ”Mr. Sumner, I have read your speech twice over carefully. It is a libel on South Carolina, and Mr. Butler, who is a relative of mine.”  Before Sumner could respond Brooks smashed the head of his cane across Sumners skull.  Sumner fell to the ground and was pinned underneath a desk as Brooks repeatedly beat him with his cane.  Several Senators tried to intervene, but Rep. Keitt pulled out a pistol and shouted, “let them be!”

The incident would become sensational across the country.  Senator Sumner was cast as a martyr by Northerners while Rep. Brooks was hailed as a hero throughout the South.  The incident further widened the gulf between North and South signaling the future bloodshed of the American Civil War.

Sumner survived the beating, but just barely.  It would take three years for him to recuperate from his injuries.  During and after the Civil War he would become a leader of the “Radical Republicans” and fought hard for civil rights and equality for newly freed slaves.  Preston Brooks resigned his seat in the House of Representatives.  Though he was convicted of assault, he only had to pay a $300 fine.  Representative Laurence Keitt also got in trouble when in 1858 he attacked and chocked Pennsylvania Rep. Gulasha A. Grow on the floor of Congress.  He would serve as a colonel in the Confederate Army, and was killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor.

The Election of 1800 — John Adams v. Thomas Jefferson

“(John Adams) has a hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”

Thomas Jefferson

“(Thomas Jefferson) is a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.”

—John Adams

“The other [party] consists of the ill-tempered & rude men in society who have taken up a passion for politics. From both of these classes of disputants, keep aloof, as you would from the infected subjects of yellow fever or pestilence. Consider yourself, when with them, as among the patients of Bedlam needing medical more than moral counsel.”

Thomas Jefferson

“We would see our wives and daughters the victims of legal prostitution.”

—President of Yale University Timothy Dwight IV, on if Thomas Jefferson became president.

“Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes. Look at your houses, your parents, your wives, and your children. Are you prepared to see your dwellings in flames, hoary hairs bathed in blood, female chastity violated, or children writhing on the pike and the halbert? … Look at every leading Jacobin as at a ravening wolf, preparing to enter your peaceful fold, and glut his deadly appetite on the vitals of your country… . GREAT GOD OF COMPASSION AND JUSTICE, SHIELD MY COUNTRY FROM DESTRUCTION.”

Connecticut Courant, September 29, 1800, Anti-Jefferson Editorial

“One of the most detestable of mankind”

—Martha Washington on John Adams

The Lyon - Griswold Brawl of 1798

The rivalry between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Connecticut Representative Roger Griswold ran deep.  At first the rivalry was mere political, as Lyon was a Democrat-Republican and Griswold was a Federalist.  However the rivalry became personal when Griswold spread false rumors that Lyon had been convicted of cowardice during the Revolutionary War, and was forced to carry a wooden sword as punishment.  Later Griswold called Lyon a scoundrel, a very offensive term at the time, which provoked Lyon to spit in Griswold’s face.  

On February 15th, 1798 Griswold confronted Lyon in the Chambers of the US House of Representatives, and proceeded to beat Lyons across the head with a wooden cane. Lyon retreated to a nearby fireplace and armed himself with a pair of metal tongs, counterattacking with ferocity.  Griswold, however, sidestepped Lyon’s attack and tripped him, causing Lyon to topple to the ground.  Griswold then tried to beat Lyon while he was down, but in turn was pulled to the ground by Lyon.  The two grappledand wrestled with cane and tongs in hand until eventually other representatives separated the two men.

Griswold had to be pulled by his legs to be separated from Lyon.  Lyon acted coolly and calming, until unexpectedly he took up his tongs and attempted to bash Griswold over the head.  Griswold in turn countered with his cane, thus reigniting the brawl.  Once against the two had to be separated, this time placed in opposite sides of the room with guards posted to watch over both men.

The Jenifer - Bynam Duel of 1836

In June of 1836 congressman Daniel Jenifer made a public insult of Andrew Jackson’s party.  Congressman Jesse Bynum felt so offended by the insult that he demanded on the floor of Congress that Jenifer retract his statement.  When Jenifer refused Bynum demanded satisfaction by blood.

On that same day both men met at Bladensburg, Maryland, the traditional dueling grounds of American gentlemen.  The weapon of choice was pistols, and both men paced off ten feet from each other.  In succession both men fired at each other, missing with each shot.  After the two opponents had fired six times each without hitting each other the duel was declared a draw.

“That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I’m convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn’t find enough whores to absorb.” 

—John Adams on Alexander Hamilton

“He is a pot bellied mutton headed cucumber.”

— Zachary Taylor on his opponent Lewis Cass

“the blood thirsty Jackson began again to show his cannibal propensities, by ordering his Bowman to dress a dozen of these Indian bodies for his breakfast, which he devoured without leaving even a fragment.”

An account of Andrew Jackson’s supposed acts of cannibalism, from the “Coffin Handbills”, election of 1828

“He is laced up in corsets such as a woman in town would wear !”

—Rep. Davy Crockett accusing Martin Van Buren of being a cross-dresser

“A horrid-looking wretch, sooty and scoundrelly in aspect, a cross between the nutmeg dealer, the horse-swapper, and the nightman.”

—Stephen Douglas on Abraham Lincoln

“His ideas of popular sovereignty are as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death.”

—Abraham Lincoln on Stephen Douglas

“Garfield has shown that he is not possessed of the backbone of an angle-worm.”

Ulysses S. Grant on James A. Garfield

“a Byzantine logothete backed by flubdubs and mollycoddles.”

—Theodore Roosevelt on Woodrow Wilson

“He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. 

—H. L. Mencken on Warren G. Harding

“He’s thin, boys. He’s thin as piss on a hot rock.”

—Senator William E. Jenner on W. Averell Harriman, governor of New York

“Why this fellow doesn’t know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday.”

—Harry Truman on Dwight D. Eisenhower

“He’s a nice guy but he’s played to much football with his helmet off.”

“Ford’s economics are the worst thing that’s happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger-fucking.”

“Jerry Ford is so dumb he can’t fart and chew gum at the same time.”

—Lyndon Johnson on Gerald Ford

Äegina island, Saronic Gulf, Greece.

Aegina island is one of the Argo-Saronic gulf island and located south west of Piraeus the main port of Athens.

Αίγινα, Σαρωνικός Κόλπος, Ελλάδα.

Η Αίγινα είναι ένα από τα νησιά του Αργοσαρωνικού κόλπου και βρίσκεται νοτιοδυτικά του Πειραιά του κύριου λιμάνιού της Αθήνας.

Hey, just in case anyone wondered or worried or even remembered that I live in Florida (gulf coast, south of Tampa), we weathered through Irma just fine on Sunday evening. I think it was a cat2 by the time it reached me. All my windows had hurricane shutters, and downstairs is cinder block construction. I live about 3 miles from the coast. No injuries, cats are all fine, no water got inside, no damage done besides some thrashed leaves on the bushes outside. Only remaining issue is that we don’t have power (been out for 27 hours so far). We were very fortunate. We drove through town today and saw some big trees down as well as some fencing knocked out. Some traffic lights don’t have power as well, which makes driving a bit harrowing. But fingers crossed for the power to come back on soon, especially for my saltwater tank and two freshwater tanks 🤞


Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) breeding season is getting started, currently there are courtship displays, mating, and nest building going on in the colony.

Please give nesting shorebirds space when visiting the beach, they are stressed enough with raising their young. I have a zoom lens and I cropped these photos. 

Lido Key Beach, FL

Giant grenadier (Albatrossia pectoralis)

The giant grenadier is a very large rattail, the only member of the genus Albatrossia, found in the north Pacific from northern Japan to the Okhotsk and Bering seas, east to the Gulf of Alaska, and south to northern Baja California in Mexico, at depths between 140 and 3,500 m. Its length is up to 2.1 m. The giant grenadier has the usual greatly elongated, pointed tail of the rattails.

photo credits: wiki

anonymous asked:

It's weird how people build up the fact that in gm hurricane riley knew about Lucas going to help, but pass off maya knowing the exact name that lucas calls his grandfather as a joke. even Riley is like wait... You knew that?

Not to mention the bits in S1 where Maya suspects and then basically calls out Lucas’s secret before it ever comes out while Riley’s just like la-la-la…

(And I’m still wondering just exactly what five year-old ish Lucas would’ve have done in the damn near apocalyptic disaster area that was the Gulf South in the wake of Katrina…I’m honestly not sure if I’m supposed to raise a skeptical eyebrow or suspend my disbelief with that one. 😂 Oh, and it totally reminds me of when Wendy says Cory told her all about Eric and Jason and Cory’s like, “I did?”)

Mount Washington located in Coos County, N.H., is the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. at 6,288 ft. Although beautiful, it is known for its erratic and dangerous weather, partly due to the convergence of several storm tracks, mainly from the Atlantic to the south, the Gulf region and Pacific Northwest. (Flickr/Robbie Shade)

Atlantic Deep-sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus)

Sometimes known as the “giant scallop”, P. magellanicus is a species of scallop (Pectinidae) which is native to the western Atlantic, where it occurs from the Gulf of St. Lawrence south to Cape Hatteras. Like most bivalves, Placopecten magellanicus is a suspension feeder, filtering the water around it for nutrients. However, like other scallops P. magellanicus possesses the ability to freely swim for short distances by moving water through its valves quickly. 


Animalia-Mollusca-Bivalvia-Pteriomorphia-Ostreoida-Pectinina-Pectinoidea-Pectinidae-Placopecten-P. magellanicus

Image: Dann Blackwood
Trump On Kaepernick: "Maybe He Should Find A Country That Works Better For Him"
The Republican nominee criticized San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem on Saturday
By Nathan McDermott

On the one hand, I find it really insulting when right wing dickweeds tell us to just leave America if we have a single problem with it (rather than trying to make it a better country, to ensure it lives up to its ideals). On the other hand, I wouldn’t have a problem for a nanosecond if places like Texas, the Gulf states, Florida, and South Carolina actually seceded. So … it’s complicated.

The point is, Trump is a dickweed.

An 1898 reconstruction of Pomponius Melas view of the World (circa 43 AD).

Pomponius is unique among ancient geographers in that, after dividing the earth into five zones, of which two only were habitable, he asserts the existence of antichthones, people inhabiting the southern temperate zone inaccessible to the folk of the northern temperate regions due to the unbearable heat of the intervening torrid belt. On the divisions and boundaries of Europe, Asia and Africa, he repeats Eratosthenes; like all classical geographers from Alexander the Great (except Ptolemy) he regards the Caspian Sea as an inlet of the Northern Ocean, corresponding to the Persian (Persian Gulf) and Arabian (Red Sea) gulfs on the south