Donkeys are masters of balance, which is why you often see them performing on the tightrope act at the local circuses.
“Let him be damned, like the glutton! pray God his tongue be hotter!”
The best way to find red pandas is to wander the forest and lift any large pieces of bark you see. You have to be quick with the camera though, as they are afraid of the light and will scurry away quite quickly.
The river otter has dense insulating fur and a streamlined body so they can move quickly through the water to chase down and catch their native prey … carrots.
This flying fish has feathers, which is concerning. It is probably not safe to eat and should be thrown back.
Ibises have evolved a curved bill so they can more easily remove keys that have dropped down storm grates. Scarlet ibises are the leading cause of car thefts on the Northern coast of South America.
The sticky skin and wide toes of the Australian green tree frog make it very easy for it to climb branches and very difficult for it to play the mandolin.
Though not seen here, the bubbletree has roots that complete the sphere. During times of wildfire, the bubbletree will pop out of the ground, rolling downhill and into valleys where it is more likely that water will prevent the spread of the fire.
Here we see the mighty Misponyotin creating a cool summer breeze.
Greater flamingo isn’t feeling so great, actually.
1. occurring, found, or done often; prevalent. –
“salt and pepper are the two most common seasonings”
2. showing a lack of taste and refinement; vulgar.
“they are far too common”
Guess which one of these applies to monkeys.
Here’s a hint. Look out your window. See any monkeys?
Denmark’s a prison.
A goodly one, in which there are many confines, wards and dungeons, Denmark being one o’ the worst.
As the days get hot, lions melt from the inside out … much like M&M’s.
This crab is only two inches wide. It’s too small to eat and should be thrown back.
Lacking fur to keep warm, Steller’s sea eagles take the soft fur from their prey and use it to fill their beaks for insulation.
In the hot days of summer, occasionally, without warning, ducks explode.
A serious post this time.
Monarch butterflies have a multi-generational migratory cycle. It takes up to four generations for them to flutter between Canada and Mexico every season. As one generation dies, the next one is
born hatched. However, monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. If there’s none available at the stopping place, an entire line of butterflies will die out. As a single species, the monarch illustrates both the complexity and fragility of life. Sadly, we are on the cusp of losing them forever.
In the Winter, monarchs form clusters (or roosts) on branches. This photo is from California, which represents a different set of monarchs. The photographs from Mexico (the primary migrating population) are stunning. I hope to get there some day. The University of Minnesota has a good overview of what happens.
Today, though we’ve answered the question of “Where do the monarchs go?”, we still haven’t figured out how best to protect them. That’s where Monarch Watch comes in. Through a capture and release program, you (as a civilian scientist) can add data to the conservation efforts. By creating monarch waystations, you can help them along their long journey.
When I first went monarch tagging, and I caught (gently) that first butterfly, it nothing like what I had expected. When you take a monarch from the net, you suddenly know, at level deeper than knowledge, how fragile nature can be. When you hold its wings to tag it, you suddenly realize how strong nature can be too. If you have never had that experience, you’re missing out. You owe it to yourself, and future generations, to get involved with the monarch project, at least once.
Bring a friend.
High contrast doesn’t just strain your eyes. It’s totally exhausting to wear.
“What exactly would Russia have to gain by starting World War III?”