This blog is mostly about awesome outdoor activities and Nature pix.
Many of you know that Bulldog here is a major sports nut, too.
And when I get good shots of a sporting event, they just might end up here.
It’s all outdoor photography, right?
I’m a big fan or the University of Central Florida. The UCF Softball squad hosted the Shockers of Wichita State last week. And I got some good photos out of it!
The banner photo is of a Shockers hitter just before the bat makes contact. It’s a keeper!
The next shot shows UCF ace pitcher Alea White. Alea is a junior and is really making her mark on UCF’s program. If she finishes strong this year and has a good senior season, she’s on pace to eclipse Shelby Turnier’s record of 80 career wins.
Bunting is not a technique used that much anymore in baseball. It’s still a big deal in softball, however. In this next photo, a Shockers hitter is showing the fans how it’s done.
Ultimately, the Shockers bested my Knights, 2-1 in a very close contest. It was a hard-fought one, and I got some good pix!
What more could a fan ask for?
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
Photo credits Ben Lawrence Basile
I caught wind of this somewhat unusual story coming out South Africa last week.
I didn’t post about it at the time because is sounded like one of those stories that may or may not have happened but are put out there mostly to sell papers or garner lots of clicks.
Then I noticed today that the story’s been picked up by so many for-real news organizations that I know it’s been verified many times over. So here we go!
Some poacher in Africa was stomped by an elephant last week. The scene of this wonderful but somewhat rare event was Kruger National Park in South Africa.
But wait, there’s more! After getting squashed like a roach, the hapless dude was eaten by a pride of lions!
Oh, noble critters! Did you have to spike the ball like that! Bulldog is assessing 15 yards for excessive celebration in the end zone!
No, I’m not sure how much Mylanta™ it would take to quell that kind of heartburn.
But I’d surely help if I could.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
PS: In the very unlikely event that you’re not completely sure of which side I’m on when poachers go out to murder and butcher animals I love, just leave me a comment and I’ll be only too happy to explain.
Sometimes you just want to walk up and down the beach. Not necessarily on a prime beach day, either.
Sometime you’ve just got to take your luck, head that way and get out in it!
That’s what this pensive fellow has done in this photo. I’m thinking he spends a lot of time doing that.
Just my intuition, you know!
If I don’t get there soon, I’m gonna be one hurtin’ puppy!
Dyin’ here in landlocked Orlando, I am,
Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile
It created quite an outcry when the trump Administration overturned an Obama-era ban on most drilling in the Arctic.
The Executive Order lifting the ban was signed back in April of 2017.
The League of Conservation Voters believed that that executive order could not withstand a legal challenge and so they filed suit.
They won their case yesterday–and though the trump Administration is almost sure to appeal Judge Sharon Gleason’s order–the planning for drilling in some extremely environmentally-sensitive areas has come to a screeching halt.
To see a story with more detail about this rare piece of good environmental news, follow this link.
To learn more about the League of Conservation Voters, click here.
Some of you may know that California was the first of the 50 States to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. That happened back in August of 2014.
New York is about to become the second to do it.
Of course, some members of the public think it’s an awesome thing. Some, predictably, are complaining about it.
Sara Goddard sits on the City Council of Rye, New York and is one of the folks who advocated for this law.
Now that it’s about to take effect, she has put together a quick feature in a question-and-answer format to help people get up to speed on how this change might work out, how it might affect them.
I have no idea whether anyone who may read today’s feature lives in the Empire State or not, but because similar legislation is under consideration in other states, I’m thinking that running it here could be worthwhile.
I would love to see this spread to Florida, my home state. I consider that a long shot at best but public opinion on this seems to be changing very quickly.
And that’s a good thing.
If you’re familiar with this blog at all, you know that environmental issues are a very big deal to me.
If you care about our planet, no doubt you’ve made sure that the way you go about living your life reflects that attitude of caring. Caring about the Earth on which we all depend.
No doubt you also think that public policy should be made and be carried out in ways that favor the Earth. Ways that, if they don’t actually help our planet, would at least not harm it.
Well, if you feel that way, you’d definitely be at odds with the way our policies about the environment are being made and being carried out right now.
If you’d read this far, some thought relating to the EPA most likely has popped into your head.
And yes, how the EPA goes about its business is a very big deal.
If you’re not quite sure what the EPA does or whether its work actually matters, this article from Nat Geo would be a big help.
It’s a fairly quick read. I recommend it highly.
Public policy matters. It matters a lot.
It’s time to step up our game. The welfare of our Planet and the survival of our species depend on us and what we do. Our elected officials are not only not helping, they’re making it harder for concerned citizens and Earth defenders to do anything.
The sad truth is that this will not change unless we force those in power to make the changes.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile
Yes, it is! So I wanted to put up this quick post and invite my vast readership to be really, really courteous today.
What?! You’re already doing that, 365 days a year?
So, here’s my fall-back plan: if you see anyone acting discourteously today, kindly tell them what day it is, ask them to forego being all mean and stuff and let them know they’re all-good to begin acting the fool again effective tomorrow!
Just make sure you do so in a very, very courteous way!
Your paragon of total courtesy, I am,
“Bulldog Ben” Basile