Sometimes Nature is just too cool for words

Here’s a wonderful video clip, filmed from a drone, of a blue whale mother and her calf swimming with dolphins off San Diego on June 4th.  I recommend muting the music soundtrack and watching in full-screen mode.  Clearly, the dolphins are treating the blue whale just as they would a ship, and swimming in front of her and her calf in playful mode. All together, now:  Aaaawww! Peter

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Canny crustaceans?

I had to smile at this headline and article.  For the benefit of US readers, what we refer to as “shrimp” are usually called “prawns” in the UK. Prawns with shy personalities do better in the battle for survival Prawns have personalities and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research suggests. Scientists studied rockpool prawns and found some were consistently shy, while others were bolder. But this bravery may come at a cost – as the risk-takers tended to do worse than other prawns when competing for food. There’s more at the link. Must be because

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Cabin pron

I’ve seen posts on several blogs from time to time offering pictures of picturesque cabins in the woods, in the mountains, at the seashore, etc.  I was reminded of them when I found this image on Gab this morning.  Clickit to biggit. Imagine waking up to that view in summer!  It’d be great.  Winter . . . not so much, I guess.  I imagine it’d be really cold up there! Peter

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Brrrr!

Miss D. and I just got back from a chilly (but not unbearably so) Utah, where we attended the LTUE convention over the weekend.  We looked forward to warming up in the more temperate climes we’re used to in Texas . . . but the weather gods had other ideas. Yesterday morning it reached a high of 74 degrees (Fahrenheit, for the benefit of overseas readers) in our area;  then it plummeted by about 40 degrees, over the course of no more than an hour or two.  By last night it was in the low 30’s, and this morning it

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Environmentalist hysteria about First World economies is misplaced

I’m sure most of my readers are aware that environmentalists blame First World nations and industrialized economies for most of the pollution and environmental problems in the world, and expect them to pay for solutions to those issues.  That’s what the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement were all about, in so many words.  President Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from the latter accord produced widespread condemnation. Skeptics have long considered environmentalists’ claims overblown.  Now comes a report that the pollution of the world’s oceans with plastic is, in reality, not caused by the First World at all. Up to

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In memoriam: Harry Selby

Harry Selby, one of the most famous professional hunters in Africa (so-called “white hunters” in a previous age), has died in Botswana at the age of 92. Selby was made famous by American novelist Robert Ruark, who was also an enthusiastic big game hunter.  He made a months-long safari visit to Africa in 1951, guided by Harry Selby, and immortalized the latter in his book about the experience, “Horn of the Hunter“. During a later safari with Selby, Ruark made an hour-long movie about the experience titled “Africa Adventure“.  Selby is to the left of Ruark in the cover image.

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That thing could take your leg off!

If this isn’t the biggest snapping turtle ever, it’ll do until a bigger one comes along. It’s swimming beneath the ice in an Arkansas lake.  It was spotted last week.  The article has a picture of another big one after the text. That image should make anyone think twice about swimming in some Arkansas lakes . . . you could lose some vital assets, up to and including a leg! Peter

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