Tag Archives: animals and nature

coelacanths on the menu

Had a bit of a surprise at lunchtime, when I got around to reading today’s Chicago Tribune.  On the front page was a fascinating article about the new Spinosaurus discoveries announced today. It’s a topic of local interest since lead … Continue reading

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the five secular saints of antelopia

Today was a day for photographing giraffe heads and eating tater tots, and for a first encounter with the Five Secular Saints of Antelopia. Stuffed antelopes are among my favorite photographic subjects, and these five seemed to be arranged purely … Continue reading

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the shadow of the toadfrog

This little guy was hanging around on the back wall of our house last night, being extremely hard to photograph.   The harsh light from the floods and the tiny sensor of the New Phone Camera are not well matched, … Continue reading

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an elephant by design

In keeping with the policy of this blog to celebrate good design wherever we find it, today’s exhibit comes from the local Ace Hardware. Perhaps making a small plastic watering can in the form of an elephant, with the water … Continue reading

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the hunting dragon– or is it a dinosaur?

In the dust of the parking lot, a big brown grasshopper buzzes low, seems to stop, folds its wings, and drops into the dust where the construction equipment stood all summer.  It is followed immediately by a sparrow, equally brown, … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday– a firecracker bestiary

In honor of the holiday, please have a few classic firecracker labels with animals on them.  Labels of all kinds can be masterpieces of printing and design, and these firecracker labels, mostly from China, Hong Kong and Macau, have a … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on monday- the amazing latvian bug wardrobe

Or, if you prefer, the amazing Latvian bug armoire. Yes, it’s a gorgeous handcarved piece of furniture with a giant beetle on the front of it.  This is unrelentingly awesome.  We all knew the Baltic nations were cool, but the … Continue reading

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happy national dairy week!

And here you thought I’d forgotten all about it.  But Culver’s was there to remind me this weekend.  If you don’t live in the US Midwest, you may not be familiar with Culver’s, which is a chain of order-at-the-counter-and-they-bring-it-to-the-table restaurants … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday– zird walking

In many parts the Knotted Rope universe, primitive birdlike creatures that look like small feathered dinosaurs with wings survive into the present day.  They can either glide or fly, are good hunters, and are loyal to whoever they first see … Continue reading

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on a grey seal

Had an actual list of about a dozen things I needed to do today, written in my official maroon Important Note Taking Pen on the back of an old envelope.  That’s a pure temptation to fate, so of course I … Continue reading

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