rock wall

Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)

…despite being called a thrush, Monticola solitarius is a species of Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae) which breeds in southern Europe and northwest Africa, and from central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. Some populations are migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa, India and southeast Asia. Like the closely related common rock thrush (M. saxatillis), blue rock thrushes breed in open mountainous areas, in rock cavities and walls. Blue rock thrushes are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of arthropods, small reptiles, and sometimes berries and seeds. 


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Is there anybody in there
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home
Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down
I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again
I’ll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb

Just a little pin prick
There’ll be no more aaaaaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do belive it’s working, good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go.

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
And I have become
Comfortably numb.

—  Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, The Wall

I worked to send Dr. McKinney and a team of scientists to Nepal to check out the stability of glacial lakes at the foot of Mout Everest. They left last week, will trek for two months, and are cooridating with the Napali Army, USGS, USAID-Nepal, and some local NGOs. 

The government, communities, and scientist worry that several glacial lakes lost stability and could burst and flood villages below. The recent string of earthquakes may have damaged the walls of the natural lakes. The lakes were once giant glaciers. Hundreds of glaciers have melted in recent years, mostly evaporating and melting into rivers and ecosystems. Several melting glaciers, however, left behind lakes. Glacial lakes are dangerous as they’re held together literally by wall of rocks glued together by ice. These walls are called terminal moraines. If these moraines crack or break, the lake washes out and floods the valley below, often killing many people and wiping out small villages. 

Dr. McKinney’s work to assess the status of several new lakes is critical to the safety of the Nepali people.   

Ready to begin; Open

I may not care if I live but I don’t want to die…

Mena awoke with a start, asleep one moment awake the next, the words from her dream echoing through her head. Time to begin. She immediately pulled herself out of bed and into the bathroom. She emerged a few minutes later showered and dressed with her flame of hair braided down her back. She moved quickly from her room to breakfast, grabbed a piece of toast, and ate it while running out the door to training.

She stood among the other tributes and listened to the head trainer talk and go over the rules for what felt like hours. Finally, they were released to go and train. Mena headed straight for the rock wall, figuring she’d start with something she was familiar with. Looking at the wall made her think of her dad laughing and calling her and Greer his fearless little monkeys. The thought made her smile as she advanced on the wall, beginning to climb.

About half-way up Mena turned and look out at the rest of the training room, observing the other tributes for a minute or two. She was about to turn back to the wall when someone caught her eye.

Wishlist for Commissions

I’ve been asked like a bajillion times about this now ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ So I’ma do this right now and then message all the people back that I have to ٩(●˙▿˙●)۶

Blue Argyle Tank
White Police Cap
Bulb Bopper
Flower Bopper
Heart Bopper
Ladder Shades
Newsprint Helmet
Star Bopper
Fireworks Table
Rice-Plant Bed
Tree-Stump Chair
Sprout Table
Cherry-Blossom Clock
Leaf Bed
Leo Sculpture
Virgo Harp
Libra Scale
Sagittarius Arrow Image
Capricorn Ornament
Aquarius Urn
Aries Rocking Chair
Raccoon Wall Clock
Cat Tower
Afternoon Tea Set
Pumpkin Pie
Slushie Machine
Sushi Platter
Ceramic Hot Pot
Topknot Wig
Hero’s Boots
Silver Fishing Rod
Silver Net
Silver Slingshot
Bubble wand
Bunny balloon
Creepy Series
Chocolate Cake
Birthday Cake
Roman candle
Party Popper
Fountain Firework
Glow Wand
Heart Balloons
Choco soft-serve
Lemon double scoop
Strawberry ice cream
Swirl soft-serve
Mocha soft-serve
Vanilla ice cream
Vanilla soft-serve
Mint double scoop
Hydrangea Bed
Lily Record Player
Lily Lamp
Rose Sofa
Violet Screen
Tulip Dresser
Paper Tiger
Tea Tansu
Tall Lantern
Sparkling Cider
Chocolate Coin
Chocolate Heart
Good-Luck Roll
Pretty much any food items <3