Crestone, May 9th, 2015 – Heavy snow-rain mix, 8200 ft, occasional lightning – 4:44 pm
I’m sitting in my car, using MiFi, waiting for this rain/snow shower to pass.
Curious to see how near the nearest lightning strikes were, I looked at http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime and zoomed in. Here’s the past hour of cloud-to-ground strikes for Colorado:
Meanwhile the light rain has turned more heavy wet-snowy… (I’m at around 8,200 feet elevation again). So it goes in the mountains…
As my car gets slowly covered in snow and it gets darker in here, I take a radiation measurement (I mean, why not, right? ;-) ): Horizontal, by the window, for the entire hour and 15 minutes I sat here, with my feet getting cold…:
5539 counts in 1hr15min (75 min. avg.) => 73.8 CPM Pretty much normal at this altitude, albeit almost +10 CPM over my usual here. Yesterday, for instance, a 2 hour average came out at 66.3 CPM.
Also yesterday, in between the rain showers, it was lovely and sunny part of the day. After I finished a project, I went for a short hike in the forest.
- Some photos from yesterday, May 8, 2015 on the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Crestone, Colorado:
Higher up you can see the re-frozen melt of the awesome amounts of fresh snow that have been falling higher up this past week:
-> A zoom in, and with the colors heightened to the max, you can see the turquoise green-blue from the thick ice. Not sure why there’s so much purple in there too. The colors of this mountain in the snow: black, white, turquoise and purple. ;-) Pretty:
The rain/snow, as measured on a quick windshield swipe, by the way, has returned to the normal as far as radioactivity goes, back to what I had always known it at: ‘causing a slight uptick, but nothing even remotely like the 6.1 µSv/hr observed on May 3.
Unaware last week that many natural radioisotopes isotopes, like Radon, Bismuth and Lead radioisotopes (in the Thorium and Uranium decay chains, for instance) which wash out of the air, especially during a first MAJOR spring rain event, can cause thát much of a radiation uptick, I wondered out-loud if Fukushima could have been a factor. (See also this week’s blog posts:
- Rain Appears to be ‘Back to Normal’ – Or, wait, maybe not… – (May 4 & 5, 2015 Geiger Counter measurements) + Further investigation of Radioactive Rain Events, which followed May 3rd’s
- Wow, That is some Damn Radioactive Rain… (A Geiger Counter Measurement from Southern Colorado, May 3, 2015).
Always still so much to learn…
No, actually, joking aside (It’s actually not funny… and if it’s a bad as many think it is, the current cancer epidemic might get a lot worse in the decades to come…); what I find troubling is the ongoing practice of the US government’s “Environmental Protection Agency” (EPA) to continue blocking out part of its precise measurements, and completely hiding of Beta Radiation data for most locations. Thát leaves many wondering if the spikes we observe on our Geigers Counters may – at least IN PART – still have a man-made aspect to it.
Here’s this week’s data gaps for Colorado Springs, Colorado, which falls smack in the middle of erratic heightened gamma activity, very much hinting of a likely radioactive fallout event:
In other news, I’m no longer sleeping in my car. :-D
I do actually have a small piece of forest that I own the land title to (what crazy/modernity-afflicted people refer to as “owning the land”, but don’t get me started… It could turn into a rant like this…), but “having land”, so to speak, actually means very little when I can’t even drive onto it, and it’s snowing like crazy every now and then…
So, long story short, I bought a bigger tent, some wood and built myself a platform in-between rain showers:
Still lagging: modern sanitation, water, WARM water, electricity, a roof that can hold a snow load and storm gusts, heating… Mmm a wood stove…, a fridge, a more-than-one burner stove,… A bathtub with warm water! Mmm Yes… Oh… Yes… I can dream…
At least I can stand up already. Definitely a step-up from a crawl space! ;-)
Here’s my super-deluxe kitchen, with tree-supported back rest and “a spot to put my hat”:
-> The stakes are put (roughly) where I intend to make above-mentioned dreams come true. ;-)
It’s a slow-moving project, full of unknowns and uncertainties, but at least there’s been some movement: 4 small trees are down. They were small stunted Juniper Trees. When fresh-cut, they’re purple on the inside, which quickly oxidizes and turns brown.
Juniper Tree, 1906-2015 … This one, the oldest, was 108 years old, maybe 109. It’s a humbling decision to make, but at least I took my time for it. (I used to literally risk my life and liberty to keep 2000-year old redwoods standing in the late 1990s, which I once mentioned something about in, Oct. 2011, Respect Your Elders). I have put the trunks aside for special designated use later.
The spot where I first intended to build had one much taller Juniper tree, who kept giving me a weird feeling in regards to cutting it. So, to get clear, I hung out with it for some 3 weeks to feel it out. (Yeah, I know… If you wonder what I do: sometimes I hang out with a tree for weeks in an attempt to hear it…) ;-) It’s older, likely over 250 years old I think, and while I eventually ‘got permission’ to cut it, it required of me, so I sensed, a ‘stepping up’ to do what it’s doing (a heaven-and-earth balancing on some kind of energy line that runs through the ridge there). It gets to stay. I think I’d end up feeling I was rather arrogant if I cut that one, so I moved my stakes. Everything’s been flowing nicely since.
Later in the afternoon yesterday (May 8), when it was relatively warm, I went for a hike in the forest, which has many truly ancient junipers, some of ’em gnarly-awesome-looking.
The next few photos were taken with the intention
of broadcasting this place’ healing energies: