For no other reason than it is a beautiful place.
Monday, September 26, 2011
I could use one of these very large beers available here at Wies'n at the Hofbräu Tent. What is interesting is that the Hofbräu is a state-owned brewery. I like that beer is important enough that the government considers it worthwhile to participate. The beer is quite tasty.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I have no idea why some one would want this above their door, a photo by alumroot on Flickr.
This reclining nude soldier is wearing what appears to be a German helmet and throwing a potato-masher grenade. On the street where our apartment was in Budapest, Hungary.
I think this wins the oddest thing by a door competition.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
For a number of reasons we have not travelled much in the last year, I now have an itch to see some things and to go out an photograph. Shots like this remind me of why I have the urge.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cute aren't they, but like many things there is often more than meets the eye. Look in the lower right. Those claws, perfect for climbing trees can also be useful for expressing displeasure or protecting the baby. It reminds me to keep an open mind for hidden beauty and open eyes about dangers to avoid.
It's time for a snooze on a beach. It's been a long time since we have gotten away and I think we need it. Someplace remote and quiet. It would be nice to get back here. Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I had written a post associated with this photo and when I tried to post, it told me the action had failed, and I lost the post. It is too late for me to recreate it. Perhaps another time.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
There was a definite snap in the air this morning. I know what that means, soon we will see this. I don't really mind the cold though, it is a nice break from the heat, and winters, despite some of there extremes of recent years are getting shorter.
Phyllobates terribilis, is more commonly called the golden poison frog. It generates some of the strongest frog toxins, and in the wild it is unwise to handle them with your bare hands, lest you absorb the poison through any small scratch. When I was an active herpetologist I was speaking with a friend who studies dendrobatids in the field. He told me that is was common practice in the field to test the strength of the toxin by touching the tip of your tongue to the frog to see if it went numb. This practice largely stopped upon the discovery of how toxic this frog is, as doing that with this animal in the wild might kill you. They quickly lose toxicity in captivity because they are not fed the insects from which they derive the toxins. Still, better safe than sorry, I always wore gloves when handling its congener, Phyllobates bicolor. Taken at the Audubon Aquarium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Such lovely birds. They are residents of the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are too rare in the wild, in part because their striking coloration makes them in high demand in the illegal pet trade.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
It's interesting how these mundane shots with the right keywords become popular. It is probably also helpful that it licensed as CC-By so that anyone can use it. Using cellphones to gather audience response is quite a popular topic.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
A young turtle from a nest recovered at Fish Lake, Livingston Co, Michigan in 1993. This one is about 1.5 inches (carapace length) at this point. It was about 3 inches when released back to the lake. Even at this size they are quite ill-tempered.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I had to get some yellow jackets to move along as they found a spot right in an area where we needed to be. I think these were native yellow jackets so I would not have bothered them, but they posed a bit of a danger to us. I have been stung a few time this summer and more did not appeal to me. I dug them out on a cool night and it offered me the opportunity to get a few shots of the combs that make up the nest.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A Tuatara at the Toledo Zoo. It's interesting because it is not a lizard (squamate), but a relative to snakes and lizards. Toledo Zoo was one of the first US zoos to have them, and this was taken before they were placed on display. They like it cool and moist and needed a special enclosure, that they were calling the tuataratarium. They also are great diggers, which is why the glass of the cage is so dirty. There are now two species of tuataras recognized, but I am not sure which this was a more recent discovery. This is likely Sphenodon punctatus as it is the more common of the two.