December = Christmas tree = Happy kitty = some stress for humans
We have a plastic tree, less mess in the rental house and less reactive if she eats it. She was getting highly ‘into it’ before the box was even open.
This is relevant to my interests…
Then she started the important business of chasing around decorations.
And resting under the tree looking innocent, until next time she feels energetic…
I’ve been doing a lot of flying for me lately (and not nearly enough blogging). I still haven’t done enough to become inured to the views though, even when it’s just clouds and water.
On a flight over the Tasman sea
Clouds look so different from above, like a solid landscape even though they’re no more solid than when you view them from below
I’ve written this particular plant off so many times but it just keeps recovering
Of course in the couple of days since this was taken the blossoms were blown off by the wind
‘Ball’ and ‘Downward facing cat’ are not pictured; unusually for a cat she is very difficult to photograph asleep, normally waking up as soon as I walk in with a camera
They started out as standard party balloons filled with normal air. But they’ve been there for over six months…
A range of harmless looking creatures such as hares, mice and chipmunks will feed on baby animals on a semi-regular basis. When on islands where other food is scarce, ordinary house mice may form packs to drag large bird chicks off their nests and eat them.
It is possible to be published when the manuscript is entirely about the breathing rate of animals during mating.
A brood parasite (cuckoos are the best known of these, but many other bird groups do it as well) exactly matches its’ eggs to the host not to fool the host, but to fool other members of its’ species. The host will accept any egg, while the parasite will attack any egg that doesn’t look like that of the host. Any other eggs that survive to hatch will then be killed by the parasite chick (Spottiswoode, Claire N. A brood parasite selects for its own egg traits Biol. Lett. October 23, 2013 9 5 20130573; doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0573 1744-957X)
Sitting on a branch looking innocent (NaBo11_d60_5310a (Photo credit: jerryoldenettel))