Sunday, May 12, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
|The Golden Northern Bumble Bee, Bombus fervidus. Ta Da!|
|Big and fuzzy with a lot of yellow -- the teddy bear of bees.|
|It is also called the Yellow Bumble Bee. I look for them all summer long, but rarely see them, even though I live within their range across the northern states of the U.S. The USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership publication Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States (click on the title to see it) says Bombus fervidus is uncommon, so maybe it's not just me. That's one fine looking bumble bee. Click to enlarge.|
Sunday, April 28, 2019
|Black vultures, Coragyps atratus, are dramatic looking birds. They're big, with just over a five foot wingspan, and have creepy looking featherless skin heads, the better to eat carrion with. Click to enlarge for a closer look.|
"Fear the vulture, and the vulture will come. Fear nothing, and you are the vulture." Suzy Kassem
"Don't play dead with the vulture. That's exactly what they want." Kevin Nealon
And a couple of vulture jokes:
Two vultures eating a dead clown. First vulture says to the other, "does this taste funny to you?"
A vulture boards a plane with three dead mice. The flight attendant says,"I'm sorry, only two carrions per passenger."
Sunday, April 14, 2019
|I have the most remarkable palette of colors among the photos in my camera right now, of things I've photographed this week. First there was a peach orchard along a road near Hammonton, NJ. Click to enlarge.|
|Then a "blue hole" at Winslow, New Jersey, a tropical-looking lake in a abandoned quarry fringed with pines.|
|Then I picked a bowl of fresh spring violets.|
|And made jelly with them!|
Lovely colors, aren't they? Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote this about spring:
Everything is blooming most recklessly; If it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
|Guess what made the identification easy -- the grassy leaves of spring starflowers smell like onions when crushed.|