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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Algae Season

It's algae season! Woohoo! Bring the kids!

Alga gets bad reputation. Icky. But I think it's beautiful. And come to find out, it could be a natural resource. I just read this article that says algae are rich in oil, and a potential biofuel. (Of course it's going to take extensive research to work out the bugs.)

I took this picture in the Lower Arroyo a couple of weeks ago, so I don't know if the algae are still flowing there, but they're prolific at Hahamongna. Hey! This could be a real resource for Pasadena!

26 comments:

Ben Wideman said...

our beautiful concrete rivers really bring out the algae in full force. maybe that's why LA County went that route!

Petrea said...

Ben, you're on to something. The L.A. River as a source of oil.

David said...

Petrea - Another way to think green? The paradigm must change. Converting vegetation to oil is not the answer. Converting corn to ethanol only means that there is less corn that could be used to feed the hungry. I'll get off my soap box now.

But that doesn't mean that it's not a lovely photo.

ginab said...

I like the shadows of you, John, and Boz

Petrea said...

David, I know you're right about corn. Folks jumped on that a little too fast and it's been something of a disaster. But I'm being facetious about the algae. (Generally. Almost anything's worth looking into at this point.) I'm glad you like the photo!

Ginab, your guess is...not quite. It's me on the left. In the middle, I think it's a bush or a weed. On the right is a female friend who was standing back from the fence a little. The dogs were galavanting.

Petrea said...

But I forgot to thank you, ginab, for liking the shadows. I thought they were kinda neat, too.

Pont Girl said...

This photo reminds me of Peter Pan with the shadow people against all that greenery!

Petrea said...

Hello Bad Pont Girl. I must have grown up. I don't remember the shadow people.

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Rose said...

Petrea
I know how you feel about algae. I love the look of it when it is stuck to the bottom or sides of a stream or rivulet underneath clear water.
I must take some photos of English algae one of these days...

As for a way of generating fuel, I don't think we are on the position of ruling anything out. If we keep trying one of these days we just find out the perfect solution.

Freefalling said...

This reminds me of Africa.
A couple of Masai tribesmen overlooking the Great Rift Valley.

Petrea said...

Algae of Canterbury! What an idea, Rose! And yes, I think we must keep looking. I'm hoping the hydrogen-powered auto will work. But whatever. Something besides gasoline, as long as it's plentiful and pollution-free.

I see it, freefalling. Fenceposts for spears.

USelaine said...

I like the colors and horizontal lines of this. It reminds me of the decorative wall weavings found in Danish modern furniture shops.

I've heard that without algae, we'd suffocate.

Christie said...

Ewww. That's my thought on algae. I have to agree with David. If they found a way to make energy with water, it would suddenly be in short supply and be a scarce resource. How funny.

Petrea said...

I think I can picture those weavings, uselaine. Maybe. I mean, if I went to those stores I could.

So right, Christie. Although living in So Cal I can tell you, water's already in short supply in some places. Probably hard to imagine in Petoskey! We're already on voluntary cut-backs. I wonder how long before it'll be the law?

Musings said...

This makes such an interesting picture. I know where there's tons of algae in Hawaii.

Kelly said...

Yikes! But if it works, I will give it a try. Love the shadows. I see the Peter Pan reference too!

Kelly said...

P.S. The train was initially for you too, but it was an R week, and I thought "Really Loud!" wasn't quite as refined as "Remembering"
;-)

Petrea said...

Hi again, Musings! Yes, I think moist climates have more algae, mosses, etc. We only have it for a short time before it dries up.

Kelly, thank you. I even know which direction that train was heading.

Bibi said...

This is a great shot, with the two shadows and all! Spirolina gathereres, where are you?

Lydia said...

I think the shadows are striking. Was going to comment about blue-green algae, or Spirolina, then saw it mentioned in one post. The rage for it seems to have tamed down a bit, but about 12 years ago my husband and I started using it daily. I thought it gave me energy, who knows. Then I read an alarming medical article that said smokers and former smokers (that's me) must not use it, as it causes an increase in lung cancer. Whether or not that is true, I opted to not take the risk and quit using Spirolina.

babooshka said...

Your're right on both counts about it, being a beautiful sight and a possible resource. My partner was many moons ago, an environmnetal scientist and studies proved this indeed is a very viable resource. Funding into such measures though may never happen. Wonderful image of a Mother Nature, who always knows best.

Petrea said...

Bibi and Lydia, funny how you put up what you think is an innocent picture and you get controversial comments about it. Somewhere in my deep, dark brain I may once have known Spirolina came from algae, but maybe not. Interesting facts from both of you, thank you.

Petrea said...

Thanks, babooshka.

Dina said...

I love this photo. Unlike your articulate and imaginative other readers, I can't explain why.
Just because.

Yay, the feed thing works now.

Petrea said...

Dina, you don't need a reason.

You're way ahead of me. I haven't figured out how to use the feeds. (I shouldn't admit that.)