Earth Day (…late and a Dollar short)

As an American, I can say that Earth Day is a holiday to remind Americans that we live on a planet. But, as I was not in America this Earth Day, I didn’t know it happened until it was over. Most people outside the US don’t seem to need reminding once a year that they live on a planet.

The view off the front of our fine vessel, navigated ably by skipper Math Ly (pronounced like the Mötley of Mötley Crüe, Karen sez).
The view off the front of our fine vessel, navigated ably by skipper Math Ly (pronounced like the Mötley of Mötley Crüe, Karen sez).

This didn’t keep Karen and myself from committing Earthly acts. To wit: we went on a short boat ride here in Kampot, Cambodia, to see some fireflies. We went with several tourists, who weren’t stone ignorant, which was nice for a change.

Above, stars. Below, fireflies.
Above, stars. Below, fireflies.

There were some fireflies, not many (to see many go here). But they were there. And a Cambodian woman on the trip said they were no longer in the province where she grew up – too many people and too much light pollution.

No light pollution here.
No light pollution here. It got very dark very quickly.

The other tourists on the boat were mildly interested, while Mötley spent the time hunting for frogs and shrimp in the shallows nearby. I guess wild caught frogs are appropriate for Earth Day dinner.


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