Weird and Wild Oregon: Fort Rock #Photography #NaturePhotography

Fort Rock is the remains of an ancient volcano in the middle of Oregon. Dozens of sandals were discovered below a layer of volcanic ash that was determined to come from an eruption 7500 years ago.

50,000-100,000 years ago, the high walls of the old volcano marked the shore of a vast lake. The ground in the Great Basin is often silty/sandy, so that makes sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Adam Project: #SciFi #MovieReview

Time-traveling science fiction with a little bit of space action, The Adam Project is an entertaining watch. Ryan Reynolds plays his usual snarky character and goes toe-to-toe with a younger version of himself.

The story is engaging and the acting is very good. The story wasn’t anything new, but it was put together well. There was lots of humor and a few twists. Nothing too surprising, but good enough to keep me watching.

I wasn’t bored and didn’t resort to doing something else while watching, which means I give it a beer is optional rating.  It’s streaming on Netflix if you want to check it out. It’s good to get some decent sci-fi to watch.

Of course, as with any movie or show, it could have been better with people-eating reptiles or a cheesy dance number.

 

 

 

 

 

#Scif Worth Reading: Space Murder #BookReview

Looking for some space fun and some laughs? Space Murder: Captain Liz Laika Mysteries 1 by Nikki Haverstock will fulfill that wish.

The action is nonstop in this story, and the characters were really fun. Captain Liz is head honcho on a very slow freighter that delivers goods from place to place. Convinced her life isn’t great, she keeps to herself and doesn’t realize how much she has to lose. Not until she’s framed for a murder committed aboard her ship.

This novel is very well written and has fun twists and turns. It’s basically a cozy mystery in space. A lot goes wrong very quickly in the plot, and then keeps getting worse. Nothing was boring about this read. It was very enjoyable. Yup, I recommend this one, and, yes, I was attracted to the dinosaur on the cover.  Couldn’t say no to that.

For everything there is a season…
Once the star student of her training class, Captain Liz Laika is now an outcast, a casualty of family scandal. Now stuck in the worst post in the Fleet, she should keep her head down. But when a Cerulean passenger is found decapitated, and Liz is framed for the murder, she has no choice but to fight for her life. No easy feat when she’s facing kidnapping, ship-eating whales, horse-sized spiders and corrupt fleet officers with personal vendettas. And in the middle of the intergalactic murder drama, her ex-fiancé reappears. Captain Liz needs to clear her name–and fast.

 

 

Weird and Wild Oregon: Umpqua Hot Springs #NaturePhotography #NatureBeauty #nature

The Umpqua Hot Springs is an unexpected, almost alien landscape in the Umpqua National Forest. The hot springs overlook the North Umpqua River, cascading down the cliff in a natural terrace. Umpqua means dancing water, and the river below roars and races. It’s also very cold, running down from the mountaintops.

Each pool is a different temperature, and it’s unreal relaxing in a hot pool while gazing at the majestic river and forest. Fair warning: lots of naturalists like to visit the hot springs.