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[7 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Check out JournOwl, an excellent site with wildlife and conservation news.

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[5 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I’ve been working on images of fireflies this summer, and I’ll post some soon. Right now the only ones I see are unlucky males, on a fruitless search for a mate.

Fireflies make a brief appearance in Hedgehog in the Fog, an excellent 1975 animation by the Russian artist Yuri Norstein.

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[17 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Dog buried in Sand” (1820-23).

One of Francisco Goya’s 14 ‘black paintings‘, among his last works, painted on the wall of his home, called Quinta del Sordo (“Deaf Man’s House”). The title is not Goya’s, and was assigned by others after his death.
Goya
Goya

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[10 Jun 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Two Cats (1912) by Franz Marc.
Franz Marc

Marc was killed in WWI, cutting short his search for “empathy with the throbbing and flowing of nature’s bloodstream“.

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[3 Jun 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Just saw this today at the Heritage Auctions site, a great looking scorpion in amber, a little over half an inch long. With an estimate of $24,000 – $32,000, I’m not sure who will buy it, but I wish fossils like this could be seen by anyone interested, and not hidden away in a rich collector’s vault.
Scorpion

In the same Natural History Auction is the nice Pterosaurs fossil below, more than a foot long, with a wingspan close to 40 inches.
Pterosaur

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[13 May 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Half human, half animal, a detail from “Personaje“, a 1958 painting by Remedios Varo.

Remedios Varo

Here’s a large image of the painting.

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[4 May 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

Saturday was the Royal Oak Nature Society’s 2008 Open House at Tenhave Woods and despite the cool and sometimes rainy conditions I managed to crawl on my belly like a reptile to find this ant traversing a serrated leaf edge.

Buy a print of this image.

See an ant in a sea of gold.
Ant

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[1 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

I’ll be showcasing some of my favorite wildlife illustrators every once in a while.

Below is a color plate by W. Heath Robinson from a favorite of the illustrated books I own, The Song of the English (1909) by Rudyard Kipling.
W. Heath Robinson

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[12 Mar 2008 | One Comment | ]

Zooillogix mentions this great AFP story of a bottleneck dolphin leading two apparently confused pygmy sperm whales to safety after becoming stranded on a sandbar.

Said Conservation Department officer Malcolm Smith: “I was not aware dolphins could communicate with pygmy sperm whales, but something happened that allowed Moko to guide those two whales to safety.”

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[13 Nov 2007 | No Comment | ]

If you’re in New Mexico, the 20th annual Festival of the Cranes looks like a fun event this week.

Karen Wetherill, an entomologist at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, is giving a presentation Wednesday on “Native Bees of New Mexico“, and is including one of my honey bee photographs in the talk.

Looks like a good way to see lots of wildlife with many events and speakers. Get more information here.

Would anyone like to report back on the festival?   I’ll post pictures if I get any.