Sunday, May 31, 2009

a microcosm of the world

My swiss chard, a thing of beauty. Picked from my garden and had to take a picture before eating.

Human beings are the only living things that can create ugliness.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Good life for goslings

Mom, we're paddling as fast as we can!
watchful father keeps a look out
still fluffy and cute...

Friday, May 29, 2009

population explosion...

We have about three generations of baby Canada geese on the Washington waterfront.
Quite a few people are enjoying the geese. When I was taking these pictures there was a couple feeding the geese.
Feeder: I love the babies, they are sooooo cute!"
Me: Yes, they are cute, we certainly are getting more geese each year.
Feeder: Oh no, these geese will leave in the fall. We buy a truckload of bread (day-old bread, I assume) each week just to feed the geese.

Of course, our Canadian geese follow the trend of becoming non-migratory with the population increase that comes from less natural threats and truckloads of bread. From a single flock of a few birds several years ago, and none on the waterfront, we now have several hundred at least. 
But who am I to spoil someone's pleasure in making contact with another living creature, even one that is close to becoming an invasive species. In these pre global collaspe times, it really makes no difference.

Monday, May 25, 2009

first tiger swallowtail caterpillar

This caterpillar showed up on my fennel plant. I love his strips, you can see he (she?) is just about to take a bite.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vicente, master of tabique (brick) and piedras (stone)

This is Vicente who works for a local landscaper. He begain work in Mexico as a mason when he was twelve, his father died, and he had to go to work to help support his mother, brother and sisters.Here is the path he did with some of the rocks I have collected, the red pebbles are jaspar that I picked up on a Newfoundland beach, the larger stones are from various other places. Each stone brings a memory of the place and time that I collected it. I love the job that Vicente did on this part of the project.
And here is the satisfied client.


This caught my attention full AP article jere
"Other scientists believe the new strain could have been circulating in humans long before it reached La Gloria. The new strain's ancestry has ties to a pig farm in North Carolina where in 1998, scientists discovered that pig, bird and human viruses had combined in pigs to form a new strain of swine flu that also infected a handful of humans."
This photo is one of my Aguascalientes pictures, where you can buy porkskins close to my size. 

Monday, May 18, 2009

skink territory disputes

I was lucky enough to get some nice photos of the back porch environs dominant skink making sure that he remains dominant. This type of lizard does not have sharp teeth, so basically a lot of wrestling with jaws clamped around the head. The red/orange coloration of the head is typical of the breeding coloration of this type of skink.(broad head skink)
We have seen lots of lizard activity in our yard this spring, five lined skinks, blue tailed skinks and the Carolina anole, mistakely called a chameleon locally because it does have a color change but they ususally move too fast to get a good photo. 

Sunday, May 17, 2009

kindness of strangers

This story brightened my day after reading the news