It’s All About the Moon

It was exactly 52 years ago that Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Lunar soil.

It is, indeed, a monumental occasion. For so many reasons.

One of the many things that has happened as a result of this historic mission is that today, July 20th, has become National Moon Day.

So today we look back over that amazing achievement. It is, in my estimation, the Crown Jewel for NASA and quite possibly for the US.

I will never, never forget what I was doing at the moment Mr Armstrong thrilled our Nation and the world with this stellar feat of human achievement.

And it’s a very good time to just reflect on how awesome it is to have our luminous, singular moon.

And to think about space exploration and new vistas in general.

It’s ever onward and upward!

“Moondog Ben” Basile

© 2019 Ben Lawrence Basile

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It’s Only Three Weeks

It’s only three weeks until we set out on another camping adventure. This time it will be Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The park that’s well-known for — among other things — being very, very close to where the Cruise Ships launch in our part of the Sunshine State.

And speaking of sunshine, we haven’t seen a whole lot of that in the last few weeks. So I’ve got my fingers crossed that Mother Nature will smile on us when it’s time to head out.

We love the whole area around the park. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from Cocoa Beach and a thousand places we love and try to get to regularly. Camping very, very close to the shore is lots of fun. We do that when we can, at Jetty Park — in the Cape Canaveral City Parks system — or at Sebastian Inlet State Park near Vero Beach.

Get outdoors, friends! You’ll have lots of fun, I’m sure and move the needle on your stress meter out of the red zone!

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

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Burning in Seattle

It’s hot in the summertime. It’s always hot in the summertime.

But it’s getting hotter each time Summer comes around.

The Pacific Northwest here in the United States is baking right now and it’s a very serious situation. High Temperature records are being set on an almost-daily basis in that region of our Nation.

This timely and informative article treats this alarming matter in detail but isn’t wonky at all. I recommend it for all who’d like to have a closer look at what’s going on as we get deeper into the Summer of ’21.

If we’re serious about safeguarding the life and well-being of the Planet on which we all depend, we cannot merely sit on the sidelines while Gaia continues to warm.

The consequences of doing so are too bleak to contemplate.

Ben Lawrence Basile

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NTD is a Perfect Day to…

One of my favorite National Days is this one; today is National Trails Day and it truly is a perfect time to get out and walk a trail near you, find a new one or plan your next outing.

If you visit this site, you can find ways to help spread the word about hiking and trail-walking and advocate for this splendid way to build fitness and promote serenity.

Enjoy the day, whether or not you’re exploring a new or familiar outdoor trail or simply walking down life’s path.

Joyfully navigating Earth’s lovely terrain, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

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Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

National Wine Day

Yes, it’s National Wine Day. Yes, you should celebrate tonight.

No, it doesn’t have to be any particular wine.

But you must celebrate this magnificent occasion. The vintners of the world are counting on you.

Don’t mess this up.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2021 Ben Lawrence Basile 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Friday Fine Fotos

Our Friday Fine Foto for this week was taken at Downey Park in east Orange County a little while ago. This picture never fails to transport my Nature-deprived being back to a place where the beauty of our Natural World can be seen, felt and taken deeply into one’s soul.

There are so many places in my neck of the woods where this can be easily done. Downey Park is one of certainly one of them.

Your Nature-loving puppy, I am

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2021 Ben Lawrence Basile 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

What To do for Nat’l Tree Day?

Well, the first thing I’m going to do is proclaim it to be National Tree Week! Because a single day just isn’t enough.

This post about one of the coolest days all year was going to come out this morning, but I’m up to my eyeballs in preparations for this week’s celebration. We leave in the morning for two days at Wekiva Springs State Park near Longwood, Florida. And we’ll be surrounded by some majestic and lovely trees like the ones you can see just above the header for this post.

I hope you put together a plan to enjoy this wonderful day, week, I mean! I’ve got mine, and I’m going to really enjoy carrying it out.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2021 Ben Lawrence Basile 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Ghost Forests Haunting our Coast

I’m willing to bet the farm that you’ve never heard the term “Ghost Forest”. Until last week, I hadn’t either.

Rising sea levels all along the Atlantic Sea Basin are wreaking havoc with many forests all up and down the East Coast. The dying forests succumbing to this process are being called Ghost Forests by scientists and environmentalists.

I found an article about this very-troubling phenomenon in my inbox last week. If you’d like to have a look, I’m happy to pass it along here. Although few Americans have heard the term, I have a clear — and very uneasy — sense that we’re all going to be hearing more about it, and soon.

There are thousands of terrible consequences stemming from our many failures to care for the Earth. This issue is only one. The price we will — and are — paying for these failures is high indeed.

Sea levels are rising. And so is the cost for our ongoing failures and continued inaction.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2021 Ben Lawrence Basile 

Two Butterflies and Four Years

It was four years ago that I happened upon a sizeable flutter of butterflies at Moss Park in SE Orlando. I had about a 30 minute opportunity to capture a few of them and I was very pleased with the results.

We went back to Moss Park to camp in March of this year and had a fine time. Alas, the butterflies were there, but I never did figure out where the party was on that pleasant springtime Monday.

But I loved the photos I got on that earlier trip and am pleased to feature one of them here today.

There are two lovely butterflies in the picture. And I’m throwing in that solitary, hard-working bee today at absolutely no additional charge!

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2021 Ben Lawrence Basile 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Earth Day 2021

Today is the day, and there are so many ways to celebrate! And so many ways to get involved. If you’d like to go to the site from the people who are behind the day and the event follow this link.

If you’d like to find a site where you might see what’s happening to commemorate the day for this year, this site is a good place to start.

The days are long gone when we could afford to merely show up at an annual event, see some exhibitions, talk to some folks with some thing to sell and then make sure we’re recycling our household waste. Our situation is beyond urgent and we must let this urgency guide our actions.

It is true that Earth Day, the event, can be a time to raise awareness of the urgency of the Earth’s plight, make common cause with others who’re engaged in the work and rally the community. When these things happen or are enhanced because there is a day set aside and called “Earth Day” it’s a very good thing.

But we must redouble our efforts to defend our Planet with the terrible urgency our plight demands 365 days a year.

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

© 2021 Ben Lawrence Basile 

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