Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Grand Tour was such an important rite of passage for upper-class young people during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Travel, it changes you...
So, Florence (that's il Duomo up there, which takes one's breath away); Paris (la Tour Eiffel needs no introduction!); and London (beloved city, the only one we've visited before).
I think I'll dub Thursdays "Travel Thursdays" for the next little while so I can share my (many many MANY) photos with you, oh treasured blog readers, without overwhelming the blog. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
If you're squeamish, be warned: a deceased reptile is below (but it's not gross, just no longer alive).
The naturalist in me is really interested and wanted to examine him, while the animal lover in me is a wee bit sad. He does look like he died peacefully, though...like he just lay down, rolled over, put his little lizard hand on his abdomen, and breathed his last.
He's beautiful, with those blue spots...and he definitely has been around the block--note that he is missing his tail. For those who don't know, lizards can drop their tails as a defense mechanism. This is called caudal autonomy: when threatened, the lizard can detach its tail; the tail keeps wriggling (ewww) as a way to hopefully distract the predator and give the lizard a chance to get away. Cool, yes? (And admittedly a bit disturbing...).
Rest in peace, little lizard! There are lots of crickets and not cats in lizard heaven.