The Climate Change Wild Card

Kay Stewart photo following storm

Kay Stewart photo following storm

Water vapor is the wild card in the timing of the tipping point of climate change, said artist and scientist J. R. (John) Lince-Hopkins yesterday. Recognition of “the wild card” lies behind John’s delicious paintings of clouds, rivers, and snow-covered mountains.

Click “The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability” to read the article John brought to our attention.

John and Bob McLain’s exhibits “Morning Has Broken: a Celebration of Light” and “Seven Faces of Christ” will be displayed at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN from 9-12 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, November 4 through December 8. An Artist Reception will be held November 8, 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.


1% of water

on the earth we can drink

(all the rest is salty.)

Since our bodies, we think,

are more than half water,

then thinking is faulty

that will waste and pollute.

U.S. Senator Paul Simon, b.1928, d.2003

Senator Simon said

the crops need to be fed

that life-giving liquid.

Can we be resolute,

look into the future,

change wasteful behavior?

Will the glaciers all melt

and the deserts expand?

Will there always be drought?

Will our rivers run dry?

Cumulus clouds

Will there never be snow?

And will anything grow

with no clouds in the sky?

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL Sept. 26, 2012


green storm clouds – Kay Stewart photography

Tonight the storm blew in

Darkness covering the deep.

Green-sky funnel clouds

threatening everything that is

passed over, passed over

blew on past

while beauty rarely seen swept in

as morning follows night.

yellow puffs of mercy,

puffs of wonder,

yellow cotton-candy light

puffed across the sky

pushed by first-light breeze

that cooled the skin

refreshed the air and

took my breath away!

– Gordon C. Stewart, Mother’s Day, 2004

Yellow cotton-candy clouds – Kay Stewart Photography