Things People Do

Before I get into the awesome eclipse pic share, I want to discuss thoughts I have about the things that people do for money. If you’ve been following this corner of the internet for a while, you know I do endangered posts every Thursday featuring animals and sometimes plants that are endanger of extinction in the hopes of spreading more awareness.

Every morning on the way to work, I listen to NPR. This is my main source of news and I prefer it that way because NPR is pretty unbiased and does not take sides in the always revolving debate of politics, religion, and everything else under the sun that occurs on this planet. This morning while I was listening to the latest about this and that, a reporter recounted a story I just find unbelievable. Late last year, China announced it was banning the trade of ivory in the entire country. We all rejoiced because that essentially kills the need for poachers to continue going after elephants for their tusks or conservationists in collaboration with vets going out and cutting off elephants tusks to prevent them from dying at the hands of poachers. Hooray right? That’s a huge step back in the race against extinction right?

Well, yes and no. You see, now that ivory is illegal to sell in most countries in this world, poachers have taken a different avenue in order to make money; besides poaching on other endangered animals that is. They are now taking themselves to the most backends of Siberia to mine permafrost in order to dig up MAMMOTH tusks to sell! MAMMOTHS!! I mean that’s taking it to a new level to poach a creature that’s literally extinct because you can’t kill an elephant?? Am I missing something here? Is the money really that worth it? Honestly, if it’s all about making thousands overnight, I just want to tell these poachers to get some pole dancing lessons and become a stripper because digging up a long dead creature, not to mention the methods in which they are doing it are ruining the environment, is taking money making to an all new, extreme low.

Now that I got that out of my system, here are the pictures I took of the eclipse yesterday! If you’ve never worn eclipse glasses, they are a really cool piece of cardboard and lens tech. They are completely dark on the inside. It’s not like looking through a pair of sunglasses where your landscape is tinted, it’s completely darkness until you look up at the sun. And when you do, that’s all you can see! It’s the coolest thing ever. One picture I took looking up at the sky with the glasses over my camera lens and you can see the clouds passing by the beginning of the eclipse. When we were at the peak of the eclipse, it was a bit harder to get a picture of the situation in the sky and my car hood came into play because I could look at that with sunglasses and take pictures at the same time. I think I got a pretty good picture but there are definite plans of upgrade camera technology with special filters for the 2024 solar eclipse.

Lastly, I want to share a picture a friend took that I thought was super cool! It’s the reflection of the eclipse on the ground!

Do you think I’m being dramatic in my rant above? (You can tell me without consequence I promise πŸ˜‰ ) Did you happen to catch the eclipse or maybe watch it online? Let me know in the comments below!


32 thoughts on “Things People Do

  1. Nel, you are totally right! Mammoths really? Wow! The fact that poachers are going after extinct creatures speaks volumes to the demand for what they do. The poachers are unfortunately a small part of the problem because their buyers are the ones really driving the business. Thanks for sharing. Cool pictures by the way. πŸ™‚


    1. You are absolutely right. If the buyers would stop buying, the poachers would go out of business but sadly the appeal of owning something rare is too much for a rich person to pass up sometimes I guess.
      Thank you, Cherylene! πŸ˜€


  2. We got to see the eclipse more ways that one! Of course the good ole fashion way using special glasses and Robin has a VR so we watched it happening live in other states on the VR it was absolutely amazing – much better than TV.

    Root of all evil from Wikipedia:

    Love of money – First Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament (1 Timothy 6:10, KJV): “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

    Root the process of making money. To buy items or possess a position with wealth.

    Greed, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, the excessive love of money and other possessions.

    Radix malorum est cupiditas, Latin for “Greed is the root of all evil”

    Two of the three Rune Poems (the Norwegian and Icelandic) describe Fehu (Wealth) as a source of fighting among kin.

    Being a preacher’s kid – I have heard and been taught this all my life. This is one way that greed and evil breaks my heart.

    Beautiful images and painful words….nice post.


    1. Thank you Robin. You are definitely right. It’s deplorable.
      I did’t think of using the VR! That’s so awesome! Such a great to watch the eclipse too! You were pretty close to the path of totality right?


  3. I completely agree with you on every level! Poaching is inhumane, but selling mammoth tusks is going way too far. Thanks for bringing the issue to our attention!

    The eclipse pics are lovely!! Sounds like the glasses worked super well!!


  4. Totally agree with your rant, I’m with you 100% esp on the pole dancing!

    I love your eclipse pictures they are amazing. I remember the one we had here in 1999, I was so excited, I had my glasses, then I got called into work (a call centre), but we were told it was OK they were letting us put the phones on hold to go and watch the eclipse. What happened I got stuck on a complaint call right through the whole eclipse missed the whole thing, unless you count the office going completely dark. Then I was in hospital for the one a few years ago, I’ve decided I’m destined never to see one!


    1. Thank you for agreeing with me! I can’t believe you haven’t been able to see an eclipse yet! I hope that’s not true and you get to see the next one! I definitely hope to have a better camera and maybe the same chill job by 2024 haha


  5. Great pics, Nel! I’m so glad that worked out for you. I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering how it was going. We only had a partial, but it was still neat.

    I agree on the poaching rant. It makes me so mad. We are learning about wolves this week and I’ve had them on my mind, wondering what the future holds for them. Poaching isn’t the issue with them, but these thoughts are always on my mind. What people are willing to do for money is scary. It makes me sick…You are not out of line. πŸ˜‰ Hugs…


    1. Aww thanks Mischenko! I think my excitement was rubbing off on everyone else. I just can’t help it when things are so cool!
      Please share what you’re learning about wolves if you want. I would love to know more and you are so right. It is quite scary. If only more people would be content with leaving within their means.


  6. Nice pics! How did you friend get the sun reflections on the pavement? As for the poachers. The penalties for such things are obviously too low. A fine is a mere slap on the wrist, even if it’s large. Digging up mammoths is a horrible thing, but what they do to elephants is beyond horrible. The mammoths are dead, though they are priceless from a scientific point of view. The elephants are living creatures who might go extinct if these practices continue. I say if someone is found shooting an elephant, they can be shot on sight. I’ll bet that would reduce the number of poachers! Sorry…killing animals only for profit makes me sick. Pole dancing is too good for them!


    1. That’s just want the ground looked liked under the tree! The reflection through the leaves reflected what the sun looked like during the eclipse. Super cool right?
      And I agree with you. They’re probably not shot on sight now but it’s definite instant jail time since the sale of ivory is completely illegal unless it’s like for a museum and has all the proper papers. It just brothers me that since they can’t bother the living they have to go screw up the environment even more to bother the dead for money. Homo sapiens I tell ya.


  7. The pics of the ground is sooo cool! I had no idea it would do that! Love your pics of the eclipse too πŸ™‚

    As far as digging up mammoths, there’s no way that should be allowed. Its just wrong on so many levels! I had no idea this was going on. Insane.



  8. ughhh poachers… grrrr…. ughhh (I think that about sums it up πŸ˜‰ ) I agree- I don’t know why they can’t just pole dance and leave the elephants (alive or dead) the hell alone!!
    And those pics of the eclipse- especially of the reflection on the ground- were so cool!!!


    1. Right!? Pole dancing is at least an honest living. Doesn’t hurt anything unless you pull a hamstring or something hahahaha.
      Yes the eclipse was amazing! First one in my life I’ve gotten to see so far.


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