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[Photo of a handwritten note resting against a log. The note has raindrops on it. The writing is as follows.]

Cloudy skies, overcast days,
Rain, and tears -
They serve a purpose
And are valuable
Just like the sky
And the person
Who sheds them


The Ghost Ship of Kentucky

Tucked away in a small creek just a bit downstream from Cincinnati, Ohio rests a 114 year old ghost ship known as the Celt. It simply fascinates me the history that this one ship has and upon first glance of this rusted hulk you would never imagine so. Originally setting sail back in 1902 as a luxury yacht of a wealthy railroad executive, Celt was 180 feet long and powered by steam. The ship changed hands in 1917 when the US Navy started renting small, quick vessels to outmaneuver German U-boats during World War I. It was during this time that it was renamed the USS Sachem (SP-192) and was used as a coastal patrol boat after being outfitted with depth charges and machine guns. One of the most notable things about it’s life during WWI is that it was loaned to Thomas Edison while he conducted US Government funded experiments onboard in New York as head of the Naval Consulting Board.

After the end of WWI the Sachem changed owners a couple of times before landing back in the hands of the Navy for $65,000 in 1942. The Navy then changed the name to USS Phenakite (PYc-25) and used the vessel to patrol the waters off of the Florida Keys. Phenakite was used for a brief time after WWII to train soldiers to test sonar equipment before being decommissioned and returned to the previous owner in 1945. Subsequently it was sold to Circle Line of NYC and renamed Sightseer but was soon renamed Circle Line V and served as a tour boat until 1983. In 1986 a Cincinnati local named Robert Miller bought the ship for a mere $7,500 and before leaving the New York Harbor it had a cameo in Madonna’s video for ‘Papa Don’t Preach’. After traveling up the Hudson, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi and into the Ohio River, the ship settled in a small creek next to Miller’s property in Northern Kentucky where it has rested since.

[Image of a spiraling snail shell cracked dirt and rocks]

Pour into me
Is this not but some warped dream
Spiraling out of jurisdiction?
‘Cross this crevice
We break
And bake
And thirst
Not for salty water
Like the tears
Like the surface leaks
But for new springs
To well up from the depths
To surge

And, oh my
I’ve seen your ripples
When you’re flowing
When you’re rising
Like the mountainside
Your vine-grip in my core
My shadows
My veins
Let me not hide
In my shell
On your cracked, dry skin
Pour into me

And we both shall thrive


9/7/16                                    Spilomyia longicornis

Another First!

Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (“Aschiza”)
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Milesiini
Subtribe Milesiina
Genus Spilomyia
Species longicornis (Spilomyia longicornis)

Explanation of Names
Spilomyia longicornis Loew 1872
11-15 mm
mimics Polistes or perhaps Yellowjacket. Yellow-striped abdomen. Eyes have pigment which enhances the wasp-like appearance.
e. NA (QC-ON-MN to FL-TX)(1)
in NA, Sep-Nov at low elevations, Jun-Oct in mountains(2)

[Image of a golden, bubbling stream. The outline forms the shape of a mountain range]

I’ve seen your ripples
When you’re flowing
When you’re rising
Like the mountainside
-Pour into me II


Migrants, Times Square, Always Dreaming & more — it happened today: May 18 in pictures

Migrants wait to be rescued from a small wooden boat off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy; a car rests on a security barrier in New York’s Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people; Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is washed after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore; a mobile phone rigged with explosive is seen during the battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq; an injured woman is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City; a masked demonstrator throws a petrol bomb to riot police outside the parliament building as Greek lawmakers vote on the latest round of austerity Greece has agreed with its lenders, in Athens, Greece. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

Photo credits: Chris McGrath/Getty Images, Seth Wenig/AP, Patrick Semansky/AP, Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters, Mike Segar/Reuters, Costas Baltas/Reuters

See more photos of the day and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

[A large sheet of rock with an X-shaped crack, water spots, and a glint of light behind the cross.]

You’ve laid
Your body
At my feet,
To the scars

Your naked stone
An offering to me.

I’ll sharpen my metal.
For, the spade’s tongue
Craves the X.

And you’ve burried

Inspired by a conversation with @the-stranger-on-a-train


7/22/16                          Longjawed Orbweaver     Adult Female

Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Tetragnathidae (Long-jawed Orb Weavers)
Genus Tetragnatha (Longjawed Orbweavers)

Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1804 by Pierre André Latreille
Explanation of Names
From Greek tetra (τετρα)- “four” + gnathos (γναθος)- “jaw”
15 species and 3 sub-species in Bugguide’s range.
Best views to post are side view, dorsal view, eyes from the front & close-up of chelicerae.

Levi, 1981:
1) The distance between the two lateral and the two median eyes is useful.
2) Some characteristics of the chelicerae vary greatly. The following are the only useful features Levi mentions:
 - Male T. dearmata and T. pallescens always lack the first distal, long tooth.
 - T. elongata generally has longer chelicerae than T. versicolor.
3) Size is not useful as specimens in the same species can be twice as long. Also smaller individuals tend to have fewer teeth than larger ones in the same species.


branda - USA
caudata - USA, Canada
dearmata - Holarctic
elongata - USA, Canada
- elongata debilis - USA
- elongata principalis - USA
- elongata undulata - USA
extensa - Holarctic
gracilis (=earmra) - USA
guatemalensis - USA, Canada
laboriosa - USA, Canada
nitens - cosmotropical
pallescens - USA, Canada
shoshone - USA, Canada
straminea - USA, Canada
vermiformis - USA, Canada
versicolor - USA, Canada
viridis - USA, Canada
Larger species near water, especially along the shores of rivers and streams. Smaller species in fields and meadows.
These spiders spin circular (orb) webs, mostly in the horizontal plane, often just inches above the surface of water where they can intercept emerging insects like midges, mayflies, and stoneflies.


[Close up photo of a section of a tree trunk. It is covered in thorns. The image is mirrored so that the middle portion looks like a stained-glass window.]

I seek
What’s buried behind the stone
These thorns stretched out
Scraping across the stained-glass window
A peephole through which I view the world

I was told to lie in darkness
To wait
Three whole days
For new skin
But maybe I am like the sickly serpent
Shedding it molted piece by molted piece 

I’ve already slept in the beast’s arms
I’m ashamed to say
It was the best sleep I’ve ever had

Blame it on love
Everyone does
Though we may make it up that hill
Redemption’s crown is covered in blood