A new great ape species! and traveling

Scientists have declared this genetic variant of orangutan a separate species, making it the first new great ape species in a century. I don’t get toooooo excited about primates, but this is an intriguing example of the ways in which phylogenetics can change the way we perceive animals and conservation. I heard a talk recently […]

European Goldfinches

Just singing their hearts out and hanging out like teenagers in a band called The Leafless Branches Totally. Sweet. Check out my tail feathers Album cover Album cover in the US Rockin yeah! I was actually meant to be taking photos of the trees, but somehow all my tree photos ended up with birds in […]

Leaving and The Summer Ends, by Wendell Berry

I title this photo “Leaving” 😀 I was trying to get a photo of this syrphid fly on a flower, but of course it took off and I just caught its little feetsies. The Summer Ends The summer ends, and it is time To face another way. Our theme Reversed, we harvest the last row […]

Feather grass

I just discovered this new species I’m calling feather grass…what an interesting seed dispersal strategy it has! 😀   WILL there really be a morning? Is there such a thing as day? Could I see it from the mountains If I were as tall as they? Has it feet like water-lilies? Has it feathers like […]

Airplane photos

Photos from airplanes are always fun, but I don’t usually take them because a) I always take an aisle seat if I have a choice and b) flying makes me really nauseated, so I don’t usually do much of anything on a plane. It’s true…in spite of the frequency with which I fly, I still […]

Links to share

Fascinating article on the weird ctenophore. Not sure if I am 100% on board with the conclusions drawn, but nonetheless a worthy read: Aliens in our midst: The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself As usual, superb photos in the Audobon photography competition. One day I […]