Hakea petiolaris, or Sea-urchin Hakea, is a shrub or small tree which is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia

Hakea petiolaris, or Sea-urchin Hakea, is a shrub or small tree which is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia

Golden Pheasant
Chrysolophus pictus Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, DC, USA Alexander Vasiljev, Washington, DC, USA

Golden Pheasant

Chrysolophus pictus 
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, DC, USA 
Alexander Vasiljev, Washington, DC, USA

Primary Election Day - Arizona
Today is the primary election day in Arizona.  I usually vote by mail, but I forgot to mail my ballot.  Yea gads.  I had to drop it off at the polling place after work.  It is located behind this church and there was absolutely no line.  So many people do not vote in mid-term elections and the primary doesn’t seem to motivate voters.  
Shame more people aren’t interested in exercising their precious right to vote.  I stuck my “I VOTED TODAY” sticker on my handbag.  

Primary Election Day - Arizona

Today is the primary election day in Arizona.  I usually vote by mail, but I forgot to mail my ballot.  Yea gads.  I had to drop it off at the polling place after work.  It is located behind this church and there was absolutely no line.  So many people do not vote in mid-term elections and the primary doesn’t seem to motivate voters.  

Shame more people aren’t interested in exercising their precious right to vote.  I stuck my “I VOTED TODAY” sticker on my handbag.  

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature– the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter. -Rachel Carlson

Scientists: Mysterious Kennewick Man looked Polynesian and came from far away - The Washington Post

The mysterious Kennewick Man, who died 9,000 years ago in the Columbia River Valley, was a seal hunter who rambled far and wide with a projectile point lodged in his hip, five broken ribs that never healed properly, two small dents in his skull and a bum shoulder from the repetitive stress of throwing spears.

He came from somewhere far away, far up the Pacific Northwest coast, possibly Alaska or the Aleutian Islands. He might even have come to North America all the way from Asia.