February 12, 2019, Flood Warnings, Save The Bugs – Save Humankind

Atmosphere:

Rain total here in NE Oldham since Sunday is 2.27 inches. The Ohio River is out of its banks. Streams all over the region are roaring, including the one that rushes through the draw behind our house. Mixed in with the white noise of the water is a marked increase in birdsong. Spring approaches.

The front that will bring an end to the rain will also bring high winds this afternoon.

Art:

“The Love Letter” (1849), Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller (1793-1865), Vienna.
About the artist, from Wikipedia:

“Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller was one of the most important Austrian painters of the Biedermeier period.[3] Whether it was the conquest of the landscape and thus the convincing rendering of closeness or distance, the accurate characterisation of the human face, the detailed and refined description of textures, or the depiction of rural everyday life: his works – brilliant, explanatory, moralising, and socially critical – influenced a whole generation of artists. Being an advocate of natural observation and plein air painting, as well as a critic of academic painting, Waldmüller was far ahead of his time.”

Thought:

Save our bugs! How to avert an insect Armageddon

Insects are the backbone of a healthy global ecosystem – but their numbers are facing catastrophic decline due to climate change. So, what can you do to help? More in The Guardian.


“There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.”

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Thought of the day provided by Thomas Brown – Madwillow Creekhouse.