Nature

Living on the Edge

Do you admire people who live on the edge or do you think they have issues? Living on the edge increases both the level of excitement and danger. Would you rather live a shorter life filled with excitement or a longer life that is predictable and routine?  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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Bird Brain

When we call someone a bird brain, we mean that they lack intelligence. The accuracy of that statement depends on the type of bird. An African Gray Parrot has reasoning capability equivalent to a 4-year-old human child.  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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Leap Day

I propose to change what we call Leap Day to Calendar Adjustment Day to take care of February 29 every 4 years. Then, I want to proclaim a new event called Leap Day which occurs as often as you can work it into your schedule. To participate in the event, all you have to do…

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First Jog

What a pleasure to see a foal enjoy its premier jog. Foals are awkward and curious about their surroundings. They play until they get tired, then take a nap. That sounds like a good plan to me. 

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Nature’s Alarm Clock

Before alarm clocks jolted us awake to an abrupt start of our day, roosters let us know the day had begun. It isn’t the light that triggers their crowing. It doesn’t matter if the day is overcast. They have internal clocks that let them know the day has begun. See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more…

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Horse Chow

It’s chow time. You may think you enjoy roughage, but as horses, we exist on it. If we have access to thick and lush grass, we don’t need hay or grain. Without a place to graze, we need at least a quarter of a bale of hay a day.  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more…

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Stuck in the Mud

What does it mean to be “stuck in the mud”? It is the inability to complete a task either because you don’t understand how to do it or lack the will to do it. Can being stuck in the mud be a good thing?  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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Poison Dart Frog

Some Amerindian tribes use this frog’s secretions to poison their darts. Interestingly, when held in captivity, the frogs are not poisonous. Scientists think this is because the frogs must eat specific insects to create the poison. Outside of their natural habitat, those insects are not generally available. I’m still not sure, I want this frog…

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Yum, Catnip?

Why am I eating greens instead of meat? Yum. This is tasty. Is it my imagination or is this some type of catnip?  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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Lion-Tailed Macaque

In German, the Lion-Tailed Macaque’s name is Bartaffe. That means beard ape. To me, the German word is more descriptive of what I see. Doesn’t that silver-white mane look like a big beard?  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

Sam Kass invented the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. Here’s how it goes. Scissors cuts paper,  paper covers rock,  rock crushes lizard,  lizard poisons Spock,  Spock smashes scissors,  scissors decapitates lizard,  lizard eats paper,  paper disproves Spock,  Spock vaporizes rock,  and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.  I think Sam should have asked…

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Crunchy Snack

My rhino friend and I both enjoy crunchy snacks. Personally, I think my potato chips taste better than his twigs. To be fair, I must admit that I haven’t tried his twigs and he hasn’t tried my potato chips. We may never know if one of us could convince the other to switch snacks. For…

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Brought to Your Knees

Have you ever craved something so much that it brought you to your knees? For this warthog, it seems craving a fresh drink of water brought him to his knees. See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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Luna Moth

Visually, what I like most about the Luna Moth is the overall shape. It reminds me of a stealth glider. That, combined with the two eyespots, makes me think it would fit well in a SciFi story. We could call it, “Invasion of the Luna Moths.”  See imagesbyvandyne on etsy.com for more photos.

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