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Dead or alive? [Jun. 29th, 2015|12:54 pm]
Jurek
Is anyone still reading LiveJournal? Please respond if you read this. Thanks!
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Hippeastrum [Mar. 25th, 2012|08:46 am]
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[mood |artistic]

A Hippeastrum (popularly known as Amaryllis) bud opening up:

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Facebook [Jul. 19th, 2010|01:11 pm]
Jurek
I am on Facebook now and this journal will not be updated for forseable future.
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Earthquake [Jan. 7th, 2010|06:58 pm]
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Today we experienced a magnitude 4.1 earthquake, with the epicenter just miles away, so the shaking was relatively strong. My wife was home and was actually scared since things were falling off the shelves.

I was at the Mission San Jose, conducting a usual tour for the 4th-graders. There were about 50 kids watching the introductory movie about the Mission and by coincidence the movie was just talking about the 1868 earthquake that destroyed the old Mission church. I was surprised that the shaking, swaying and creaking building did not make much impression on the kids and they just kept watching the movie. After the movie I asked if there were any questions and one of the kids raised her hand and asked "How did you EVER made the building shake?!?!" and the rest of the kids broke in with wild enthusiasm: "That was the coolest ever!" They were disappointed to hear that it was a real earthquake and the subject was not broached again.

It's hard to impress kids today, in the age of special effects and Disneyland Star Wars simulators...
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Blessed rain... [Sep. 14th, 2009|10:37 am]
Jurek
We got some unexpected, unseasonal rain in my corner of the parched California. And it was 15mm of it to boot, so not just some symbolic sprinkling. I took this shot in my back yard this morning. It's an unknown to me weed that I saved from a certain death, so I could see what it turns out to be like. It turned out cute, as most weeds do. :-)


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Faux wieloryb [Aug. 31st, 2009|12:43 pm]
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Doesn't it look like a snout of a whale?


It snot! I mean: It's NOT! It is an unopened bud of a Naked Lady flower (Amaryllis Belladonna). Here it is what the whole thing looks like in color:



Pics taken in my back yard.

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Sunol again! [Jun. 3rd, 2009|08:58 am]
Jurek
As in the years past, I've volunteered to man an aid station along the annual Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run. The park rangers dropped me off in the middle of the most gorgeous wilderness, near the Rose Peak (California) and after camping there overnight, I and a few other volunteers helped the 200 participating runners. There wasn't much time to take pictures, but the few I did take you can see here.
The picture below was especially nice, since the underlying phenomena are rather rare:

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Mystery flower [Apr. 20th, 2009|11:33 am]
Jurek
OK, let's see who can identify this mystery flower (hint: not tropical):

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Another hike [Apr. 4th, 2009|10:06 pm]
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This time I hiked with my wife and irrevocabilis. This is one of my pictures from that enchanted place that is Sunol Regional Park

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Hike [Mar. 20th, 2009|03:24 pm]
Jurek

For more pictures from this hike click here.
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