Spanning the globe with frequent and once in a while readers. I am interested in collecting, propagating plants, landscape management practices, ecology, environment, flora/fauna, in essence Nature. This blog is written in a blunt, abrasive fashion with consistent critical views on these subjects and others that may be related...or not.

domingo, 28 de febrero de 2010


I MET Pedro Werber Carlton aka Huevos de Carton, of the Hebrew persuasion, from Argentina, in Northampton, MA, in the eighties. Perhaps the best conversationalist
ever. Tall, ugly, swam like a fish, often in a great mood with stories about Peron, Evita,
Maradona, Piazzola but not Gardel, the humor of his compatriots Hebrews and gentiles. Also certain scorn for
other Hebrews, particularly those from USA, they are different, a little more stiff and certainly clannish...I know because I was popular among Hebrew ladies and got to
know the culture, eating habits, growing attached to them during the season.

At any rate. The tittle? It is a book written by George Gaylord Simpson, about paleontology, yep, believe it or not... As the tittle goes, a marvel of writing in my opinion. And Pedro? It was a present, since we often talked about Patagonia. I
have mentioned my strange attraction for any south, USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. When you look at Patagonia it has some weird, out of this world, beauty, landscapes and scenery hard to explain....but often reminds me of the moon...

If I could write well, this style would be one of my influences. I have chosen this passage arbitrarily, that some may find refreshing after reading my rough on the edges sentences and paragraphs... The subject it not really pertinent. Even if you do not care about dinosaurs and such, it is a fun book that I have read
more than five times in twenty years..

The first day out of Comodoro, we saw that the land rises from the sea
in a series of steep and very irregular terraces to the high, barren, windswept Pampa de Castillo. We went down the far side of this into
the broad Valle Hermoso, a more sheltered tableland little over half as
high. Across the Valle Hermoso the land raises again, much more gently,
then drops abruptly to the basin of Lake Colhue-Huapi, part of the great
depression known as the Sarmiento Basin, Cuenca de Sarmiento. This scarp south of Colhue-Huapi forms a belt of badlands, about six or seven
miles long in its principal part and continued eastward and westward by
somewhat similar carps. This is the great "barranca south of the Colhue-
Huapi," nameless but famous.

The shore of the lake itself is forward in part by broad white dusty flats flooded at high water, in part by low, steep banks of clay and soil, and in part by higher vertical cliffs of rock brilliantly streaked red and white. Beyond these shores lies a strip of gently rolling land covered by sand and gravel dotted with barren knolls of somber shale. Above this rises the irregular line of the forecliff, vividly banded and spotted in crimson, orange, yellow, and white. It is clearly stratified, in some places horizontally, and in others at steep angles. Beyond this bright and rugged
forecliff is the main barranca, rising to over four hundred feet from its immediate base and nearly eight hundred feet above the take at its culminating point. It is formed by a great series of beds of volcanic ash, white or delicately tinted yellowish or pink except for a few outstanding strata that have weathered or an orange color.

This reminds me of the cliche, a picture is better that a thousand words. I have my doubts. It depends on the subject. This is one of those books, like a good movie
can be reviewed a lifetime, in my intercontinental humble opinion...Time to go.



War of the Seeds
Monsanto Vs Farmers

An excellent article with references, on the subject for the
serious, curious on horticulture/agriculture/gardening
theme. Do not miss it!

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