“I Can’t See My Navel”!

This poor female Mallard duck seemed to be searching hard for her navel, not realizing she doesn’t have one. LOL

I Can't See My Navel

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Pond Scum

One of my apartment complex maintenance workers drew the short straw when he was tasked to clean pond scum out of one of our beautiful ponds. I think he scared away two Canadian geese with his disgusted expression.

Pond Scum

Thru Bob’s Eye(s): Wild Boar

Thru Bob's Eye(s)Today’s installment of Thru Bob’s Eye(s) captures the world wide traveller, the wild boar. Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa’s Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Japan and Indonesia. Populations have also been artificially introduced in some parts of the world, most notably the Americas and Australasia. Elsewhere, populations have also become established after escapes of wild boar from captivity.

I’ve seen episode of survival shows showing these creatures as particularly dangerous if you are now carrying a gun. The pigs have sharp tusks protruding from their snouts that are actually part of their skulls. By violently jerking their heads as they defend themselves they can inflict some nasty cuts on would be attackers.

Wild Boar

To The Stars (The Harry Irons Trilogy) – Thomas Stone

To The Stars - Thomas StoneIt’s no secret that I’ve always been a fan of science fiction. I’ve read hundreds of books in that genre and am always looking for good books & good writers. I tend to stumble around in my quest for new authors with no rhyme or reason to my selection process. I do have a habit of reading a given artist’s entire works if I like him/her. Being an avid Kindle lover I can actually afford to do this as I spread the cost over several months.

My present series of books is written by Thomas Stone. The first book I just finished by him is a trilogy. The title of this first book is To The Stars (The Harry Irons Trilogy). It proved to be an easy reading style that led me into the plot slowly. During the “Shootout at the OK coral scene”  I couldn’t put the book down. I finished the final chapters in one evening, actually guessing the ending about a chapter from the end. I don’t mind doing so because it was the logical conclusion to the situation the hero found himself. It was an open ended plot so you could tell this saga was in its infancy, similar to a TV series pilot. I’ve already ordered & received the next book in the trilogy and will begin it tomorrow.

The first book in the series, To The Stars (The Harry Irons Trilogy), cost me just $.99. The 2nd cost me $2.99, a bargain compared to the cost of your average paperback book. I hope the 2nd book, Stolen Worlds (The Harry Irons Trilogy), gives me as much enjoyment as the first. – Bob

Thru Bob’s Eyes: Red Bill Hornbill

Thru Bob's Eye(s)Toucan SamNow this is one strange looking bird. It vaguely reminds me of the Fruit Loop bird, Toucan Sam, but it’s not a toucan, it’s a Red Billed Hornbill.

 

 

 

Hornbill 01Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) is a relatively small species of hornbill found in savanna and woodland of sub-Saharan Africa. This conspicuous bird has whitish underparts and head, and grey upperparts. It has a long tail and a long curved red bill which lacks a casque. Sexes are similar, but the female has a smaller bill. It is a large bird, at 42 cm long, but is one of the smaller hornbills. It advertises its presence with its noisy accelerating tok-tok call.

 

 

 

Red Bill Hornbill 2

Tongues

I was curious tonight to see how many animal photos I had where tongues entered the character of the shot. After putting together a collage of most of the shots it appears I have a love affair with tongue photos, or so it would seem. 🙂

Tongues

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire

Cee's Fun Foto ChallengeMy interpretation of fire is simple, a fireplace. This huge fireplace at the Camp 18 Restaurant is a Godsend in Winter months. Visitor can enjoy a hot cocoa, tea, coffee or hot apple cider while they warm up in front of this decorative setting.

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Fireplace 01

Thru Bob’s Eye(s): Caracal

Thru Bob's Eye(s)By sheer luck I happened to be at the Portland, OR Zoo the day the Caracal were first seen by the general population. There was one adult and three kits in the exhibit. Talk about cute! Their ears are a deep blue/black with court jester-like tufts at the ends. The three kits were not related to the adult which later resulted in their being sent to another zoo. The adult did not get along with the kittens so the powers to be at the zoo decided to keep only the adult.

One of the funniest things about that first visit by the public was not just the 4 Caracal but the decision to build their habitat just across the aisle from the lion habitat. You see the lions could look across the indoor hallway viewing area and see the Caracal. The two lionesses and the male Zawadi were besides themselves as to what those strange cats were and what were they doing so close to their home. All three lions had their noses pinned against the PlexiGlas windows looking at the new guys on the block. They completely ignored the little human kids visiting the zoo and standing right in front of the lions. As a point of interest not these cata have round pupils. They are the only cats that do.

The caracal (Caracal caracal), also known as the desert lynx, is a wild cat that is widely distributed across Africa, central Asia and southwest Asia into India. In 2002 the IUCN listed the caracal as Least Concern as it is widespread and relatively common. The feline is considered threatened in north Africa, and rare in the central Asian republics and India.

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Caracal Portraits

Caracal Adult

Caracal Portraits 2

 

Good To The Last Drop

My Computer’s Wallpaper

I thought those that follow my site would like to see my computer’s desktop wallpaper. My 21.5″ Imac has a gorgeous, vivid monitor that I sometimes use as a TV or to watch movies. I enjoy a nice wallpaper as opposed to a blue blank screen. Here’s my wallpaper.

Animal Wallpaper