Wednesday Wanderings: Bird Camouflage, Chasing Cheese, Adorable Rat Photos, and Water on Venus a Possibility

Many animals rely on camouflage to escape predators. It seems some birds choose their hiding places based on their individual coloration and markings: Camouflage Birds Would you slip and slide down this hill after a wheel of cheese? These folks do it every year: Cheese Rolling These photos of rescue rats are irresistibly adorable: Rat … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Bird Camouflage, Chasing Cheese, Adorable Rat Photos, and Water on Venus a Possibility

Monday Musings: What Happened to Summer?

I think we blew through it a couple weeks ago, didn't we? Seems we have had very little sunny weather since that warm spell. I mean, I'm glad we are getting enough rain, but a little sunshine on my shoulders would be welcome! Oh, hey- we bought more plants! It seems we can't stop this … Continue reading Monday Musings: What Happened to Summer?

Wednesday Wanderings: Toy Car You Can Own, Water on Mars, Weasel Halts Physics Research, and Wine Needle

It didn't quite work out as planned, but that could be your good luck (if you have an extra $32,000 laying around, that is): Toy Car We now know a lot more about the flowing water on Mars, and it is pretty fascinating stuff: Water on Mars Oh, those wascally weasels (and do click on … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Toy Car You Can Own, Water on Mars, Weasel Halts Physics Research, and Wine Needle

Wednesday Wanderings: Water on Mars, Grimm(er) Fairy Tales, How to Tell if a TV Show Might be Good, and Star Wars: Special Editions

The big news from NASA this week was the discovery of flowing salt water on Mars: Waters of Mars We all know that the original Grimm Brothers' fairy tales were not the cleaned-up versions we read to our children. But here are some facts about the stories I didn't know before: Grimm's Fairy Tales With … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Water on Mars, Grimm(er) Fairy Tales, How to Tell if a TV Show Might be Good, and Star Wars: Special Editions

Winter Pond: Revisiting an Old Essay

I wrote this piece in 2003. It placed second in a contest on a pond blog I followed. Since we are having a rather cold, snowy Winter this year, I thought I'd repost it here today. Yes, I wrote the piece in November, but it seems somehow appropriate for February.     A Pond In … Continue reading Winter Pond: Revisiting an Old Essay