As if we don’t have enough to worry about nowadays, what with widespread wildfires, rampant inflation, a possible new wave of COVID, war in eastern Europe, and people gluing their hands to Starbucks counters, now comes a report of carnivorous armadillos that prey on lambs, calves, and other small and helpless mammals such as Danny… Continue reading Carnivorous, Corpse-Eating Armadillos?!
Wherein a beautiful bird sits for an involuntary portrait, I retract part of my admiration for possums, we study the mysterious porcupine, and snakes are the reptiles of the day.
Number 86 has been spotted, taken captive, and safely relocated.
Hey, fellow earthlings and others…happy Thursday. Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, but it’s also National Reptile Awareness Day, and wouldn’t you know it — there are a couple of snake photos at the bottom of this post (following the grapefruit-looking mushroom pictures). So, here’s your mashed-up warning sign (aren’t I clever?): I do have… Continue reading Random Thursday: The Pictures Edition
…because Foto Friday was already spoken for. Plus, I’m a procrastinator. Here are some pictures I took. Where’s a pair of Wayfarers when you need them? The green tree frogs have been numerous lately (or perhaps there’s just one and he/she is someone ubiquitous). But it’s a bit rare to see one in the bright… Continue reading Snapshot Saturday…
Howdy, y’all! Today is National Intern Day and also National Chili Dog and National Chicken Wing Day, so we’ve sent the Gazette’s army of interns out for a junk food scavenger hunt. Fingers crossed that tomorrow is National Antacid Day. Boy, there’s a lot going on nowadays in the Wonderful World of Nature, so let’s… Continue reading Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 7)
This is the time of year when turtles start trekking across the countryside in search of the perfect spot in which to start a family. In other words, they dig a nest and lay eggs. I’ve covered this phenomenon before here on the Gazette, but it seems that Nature throws a curve ball just when… Continue reading Clash of the Armored Titans
Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day. But God loves us and wants us to be happy, so it’s also National Cherry Tart Day and National Apple Strudel Day, and that’s a clear sign of what’s really important in life. The only way things could be better would be if it was also National Eat… Continue reading Random Thursday: Nature Updates
We’ve had a lot of rain recently here in the Texas Hill Country, and the combination of rain and warmer weather has brought on a seasonal nuisance in the form of ticks. And, apparently, we Texans have plenty of company in that regard. Last week, NBC’s The Today Show ran a segment on dealing with… Continue reading Got Ticks?
It’s springtime and love is in the air. Also mosquitos, but that’s not what we’re talking about today. What we are talking about is the appearance of babies of various non-human species. We’ve been monitoring the progress of the red-shouldered hawk nestling that’s in a live oak tree down the street from our house. I… Continue reading Checking in on the [wildlife] youngsters