Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Peacock in a Box

This is another post where I just show pictures of weird-ass nature that I see at work.  Today, I have one of the coolest mostly flightless birds ever invented.  Apparently you can keep peafowl as pets, as evident by these pictures.  There are two of them, a male (peacock) and a female (peahen).  The male is rather obvious.

There are three kinds of peafowl, these particular peafowl are Indian Peafowl, pavo cristatus, and are probably the most recognizable of the three species.  It is also the national symbol of India.    These birds are most closely related to tragopans, pheasants, and junglefowl.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Feeling Lucky, Punk?

I think it has been well established now that I work outdoors and see cool nature things all the time.  The other day I found something lucky, which I immediately plucked and took pictures.  After all, the internet says "pictures or it didn't happen".  So, here are your pictures, you weirdo voyeurs.

That is a four leaf clover.  I've actually found a bunch.  Usually they are found in the same patch.  Science says the fourth leaf on a regular trifolium repens (white clover) is most likely a recessive gene found at very low probability.  There are estimated one four leaf clover for every 10000 normal clovers.

According to what we can remember about Druids, they considered clover to be magical, and therefore, rare 4 leaf clovers to be even more so.  They were also thought to be markers of fairy gardens.

Because Christianity borrowed a lot of traditions from other religions, the clover stuff found a new home in the Christian mythos.  St Patrick was said to use the 3 leafs of the clover to teach about the holy trinity.  A four leaf clover looks an awful lot like a cross, and therefore would be extra holy.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Its a Snap!

I almost ran over this guy the other day.  Another segment in my "cool things I almost run over at work", I bring everyone pictures of a snapping turtle.  This is a common snapping turtle, the chelydra serpentina, found in North America.  Not as cool as an alligator snapper, but still pretty awesome.  I tried to push it out of the road with a broom, but it just snapped at the broom, and stayed right where it was, stubborn bastard.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

So Much Better When You're Naked

Ida Maria
Fortress Round my Heart
2008: Nesna Records

Ida Maria Borli Sivertsen - vocals, rhythm guitar
Stefan Tornby - lead guitar
Johannes Lindberg - bass
Olle Lundin - drums

  • I Like you so Much Better when You're Naked/ Leave me, Let me Go
  • I like you so Much Better when You're Naked/ Lightning
  • Oh My God/ We're all Going to Hell
  • Oh My God/ Keep me Warm
  • Oh My God/ Drive Away my Heart
  • Drive Away My Heart/ Leave Me, Let Me Go
  • Stella/ In the End/ Small People's Smiles
  • Queen of the World/ Everybody's Always Alone/ Stella

Sooo many singles!!  This album is so cool!  I'm a sucker for a strong female lead, and Ida Maria is one of my favorites.  She's like the rock chick from high school who would probably kick your ass.  She is from Norway, and proves that not all Scandinavian musicians are weirdos like Bjork, or Gorgoroth.  The sound is very much like the garage rock of the late '90s.  The whole album is good, another example of the perfect album.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lunarcy! Complete Lunarcy!

Once again, I'm contributing to the popular segment Crazy Shit I See at Work.  Today's episode is brought to everyone by the phases of the Moon, and the letters L and M.  The Actias Luna, more commonly known as the Lunar Moth, is probably the largest moth species with a 4.5 inch wingspan.

Giant bugs are always terrifying, especially the flying ones, mostly because they remind me, and probably everyone else, of potential B Movie terrors.

However, the Lunar Moth, although enormous and seemingly life threatening, only lives for around one week, mostly because it doesn't have a mouth or digestive system.  From the subfamily Saturniidae of the family Saturniidae, of the order Lepidoptera, Lunar Moths are closely related to other moon moths, mostly from East Asia, and Tussah silk moths.  

The picture below was taken in the morning, around 9am.  Lunar Moths typically hatch from their pupa stage in the morning, and find a place to stretch and harden up their wings in order to fly away.  Usually this takes about 2 hours.  So... I witnessed an important process in its brief life.  Nature is pretty cool up close.