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June 7, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Drop downs to definitely duck

Drop downs are usually associated with attic stair cases, but there are some organic ones to be wary of. (Note: There is no connection to “Stairway to Heaven” here, but you can hum along with that if you wish.) 

Large ominous waterspout over Galveston Bay. (Image Gary Renola/Twitter)

Large ominous waterspout dropping down over Galveston Bay. (Image Gary Renola/Twitter)

Higher level drop down thinking skills. Lightning jolts dropping down from the sky has been quite impressive here recently. Which got some to thinking. 1). What If lightning could be created artificially. 2). Are you really protected in a car if stuck by lightning? Real science. We love real science, right? OK, as it turns out, two places can actually create manmade lightening…and direct it. Watch the answers to the questions you always wondered about:


Do not to try this drop down at home. (Cheap imitations don’t always work) Were they trying to recreate that experiment above ? (If it’s a real science fact, it is repeatable, right?) Well, certain power-full equipment may look the same – especially after a little alcohol – but organic lightning doesn’t seem to be a substitute for lab created lightning. Took them about 6 hours to get the passengers out of the car with live power lines draped across it. Maybe the driver got confuse and thought they could power up like that DeLorean in Back to the Future?

Wrecked car under live power lines. (Screenshot ABC13)

Even if it had a flux capacitor, I don’t see any way to channel the electrical charge into it… (Screenshot ABC13)

A  drop down foul. He may be small for his size, but powerful. You know how it is: an object in motion gathers quite a peck of impact. Due to an overload of Mockingbird parental border setting, we will not be walking on one side of the street even if the oaks are shady. Molly got a tremendous sudden from out of the blue whomp on the rear this morning and had I not caught out of the corner of my eye the shadow of a rapidly incoming feathered kamikaze, the hat would have been no protection. No official post of warning. We are just supposed to know it’s that time of year. Law of nature…and we know, ignorance of the law is no excuse…

Car. DeLorean TIme Machine with doors open from Back to the Future. (Image by Oto Godfrey and Justin Morton)

The DeLorean. Squint and it looks oddly so much like a bald eagle in flight? Fiction imitates life as usual. (Image by Oto Godfrey and Justin Morton)

Bald eagle with wings spread about to land on nest (Image Drew Nash)

I read that eagle nests may be 10 feet across – which sounded pretty big, but these are very large birds and after looking at them in the nest, it could very well be true (Image Drew Nash)

A serious air traffic controller who is the biggest drop down of them all. The bald eagle pair has lived in harmony with this sheep farmer for 20 years, but apparently the lake waters are too chilly to fish this year and there are 2 baby mouths wide open and waiting for dinner, so lamb chops sounded pretty good. But 54 of them? Great story of a man who thinks the eagles are cool and is trying to coexist with them…but he’s gonna be outta sheep soon?

Drop down list now completed

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Oh dropping a bit of an update about the wolves. “Biden says, ‘I’m in!’ for protecting the wolves.” (Article and video)

“Appearing this week on Brave Wilderness, a popular children’s YouTube program that focuses on connecting its young audience to the great outdoors, President Biden talked about concerns he’s hearing from his grandchildren.

“One of the things I’m getting from my grandkids — some of them are really little — they’re calling me and saying ‘Pop, they’re going to kill all the wolves! Why’s that happening, Pop?’” President Biden said.”

Keep prodding, Biden grandkids. It’s not over. Keep asking. You’ve got the power.

(Previous wolf post here.)

Female bald eagle keeping eggs warm in a snow covered nest (USFWS.Outdoor Channel)

Female bald eagle keeping eggs warm in a snow covered nest. Do not tell me about Mama bears being tough. Here’s another eagle parent – she’s in a video if you drop down to the bottom of that eagle story link above. Now that’s parenting. (USFWS/Outdoor Channel)


  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 7 2021 6:26 am

    that’s nice of that farmer… and the mama in the snowy nest makes me sad… they boys said she can come to use our guest room…..

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2021 11:29 am

      Someone get her a tent for cover and a warming blanket! The things mamas do…
      (Why doesn’t the bureaucracy and paper work let that farmer get a big loud dog while they try to figure out the best course of action?)
      Hang in there farmer! Thanks for warming the heart with your offer.


  2. shoreacres / Jun 7 2021 6:31 am

    I remember that waterspout. It wasn’t just nice and plump, it was long-lived, and there were dozens of people who got photos of it as it moved down the bay. It was especially remarkable to see one pop up in the bay. I’d only seen very small ones there; most of the biggies I’ve seen were offshore. I laughed at your story of the mockingbird. I was watching one fend off a grackle from the nest a few weeks ago, and the grackle finally gave up.


  3. Littlesundog / Jun 7 2021 6:35 am

    I once went with Forrest on a field call to a substation outage, since we were on our way home from a trip to OKC and he thought the crew may need another hand. I remember well, from a safe distance in our truck, the sizzle and buzz of the line the crew was working on. I think of that, and the dedication of line crews who are out in every weather condition, providing power to our nation. I don’t take it well at all when I hear folks complaining about not having power.

    I’ll have to restrain myself and shut my mouth about Biden and the wolves. He’s running with the wolves. I’m hoping the whole pack of them turn on themselves.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2021 7:54 am

      Even after the storm has passed, it’s dangerous with the tangle of brush, trees, and lines down. If the pilgrims and pioneers and native Americans managed without electricity, we should be able to manage a bit of temporary discomfort.
      Running? More like being hauled in a red wagon behind until needed to be shoved out front and read a scripted message. (Look at his older film clips and speeches from Congress…lights dimming as how long before nobody is home there? And they actually admit it? At this critical point.) Self reliance and resourcefulness should top everyone’s Christmas list.
      Thanks for electrifying this comment pole

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Jun 7 2021 6:42 am

    When my old cat Jake was alive (he was the last of my indoor-outdoor cats), the mockingbirds would swoop him in the spring. There was a nest in a spruce tree. They even swooped my husband when he mowed nearby.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2021 7:48 am

      This bird is proof that determination is bigger than size. He was on the chimney of that house this morning giving us the stink eye…not going that way for a bit. Birds have a hard life. (Unless near your bird feeder with only Cat TV not in cat viewing) Thanks for flying by with a comment

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  5. Pied Type / Jun 7 2021 11:33 am

    Even our National Bird has onerous domestic duties. But I’ve never seen one this determined.

    Wind seems to be the biggest enemy here. One old cottonwood blew over, smashing a nest with two young eaglets in it. They did not survive. Another nest with an eaglet in it blew out of its tree and the eaglet was killed.

    And yes, the wolves, too, need all the protection they can get.


  6. sustainabilitea / Jun 7 2021 5:24 pm

    I like the DeLorean-eagle comparison. They do look somewhat similar. As for B and the wolves? No words can truly express my feelings. 🙂



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