Scientists interested in cognitive ethology have begun to study learning in vertebrate and invertebrate animals, bolstered by the work of neurobiologists, who have discovered that any animal with loops between thalamus and forebrain is a conscious thinker. Birds, mammals, and reptiles all have such loops.
I've somehow managed to get the African Violet to bloom again! And I took cuttings a couple months ago and magically made a healthy new African Violet! And while I was away for Thanksgiving, this happened! I'm not sure when I grew a green thumb with houseplants, but I'm feeling quite accomplished. Or maybe just lucky.
I'm home now from Thanksgiving in NJ... tired but happy. I'm glad to report that vast quantities of mashed potatoes were consumed (as was a piece of Brian's homemade cheesecake). I found my winter coat and was thankful for it. Surprise of all surprises, I found time amid the holiday craziness to see some good friends, as well as some good birds. Show More Summary
Self-Portrait - A Boy and His DogEdgemere Park, Oklahoma CityDecember 3, 2013 Indian SilverbellEuodice malabaricaMuscat, OmanOctober 2013 December Photo a Day Challenge - Silver
The weather was almost warm (50s) and beautiful on Sunday, December 1. So, I figured it was a good day to get my Christmas tree. Spruce Ridge Tree Farm is only a few miles from my house. Lots of other folks had the same idea. From this photo, you can see how far you can walk to select a tree. Show More Summary
Joshua Tree National Park SunriseDecember Photo a Day Challenge - Day 2- Where I Stood I stood in awe of this sunset!
Pomegranates in Thanksgiving CenterpieceDecember 1, 2013December Photo a Day Challenge
This weekend sees the third annual storytelling festival where once again great yarns, puppets and tales of yore take centre stage in Aberystwyth.
Sometimes we have unexpected visitors to our mountain dooryard. Last December 6, shortly after lunch, my husband, Bruce, stepped outside on our veranda. That was when a mink bounded past almost at his feet and down into the lilac shrubs next to the house. “I think I just saw a mink,” Bruce shouted to me […]
I've been directing Coming Home for three series now and it’s still a real honour to be a part of bringing someone’s ancestral past to life.
Female Wild Turkey with her brood By: Pat Coate Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, enjoying family, friends and football! Male Wild Turkey Though not known as a particularly pretty bird, the male wild turkey is actually a very colorful bird with some red, black, brown, blue, and iridescent green (more visible in next photo). […]
A fascinating exhibition of recent work by the Montgomeryshire-based artist Stephen West is set to open at Oriel Mwldan in Cardigan. Draw Breath features a fresh selection of Stephen's particular unique blend of drawings created in his studio in Llangadfan.
A new exhibition at Oriel y Parc in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park aims to celebrate Wales’ status as the 'land of castles' during what was the golden age of landscape painting in Britain. The wide sweep of images included depicts castles from all over Wales, including Carew, Cilgerran, Pembroke...
The next few days will be much drier and more settled with high pressure nearby over Ireland bringing variable cloud, sunny spells and overnight frost.
Eternal Flame Falls (photo taken in autumn, flame lower right) By: Pat Coate I had heard good things about the Eternal Flame Falls hike at Chestnut Hill Park in Orchard Park, NY. So while in the area with a little extra time I decided to check it out. Here is a description of the eternal […]
Today is a much-awaited day on the bunny calendar, more popular even, than Easter. It's Hay Day; the day when a fresh shipment of hay arrives via Sweet Meadow Farms all the way in Massachusetts. Peeper's a happy bunny!
So, the other day at St. Marks NWR, I took the not-awful photo of a rail you see above.Do you think I know what kind of rail it is?Do you? Considering that I'm sitting here surrounded by every single field guide I own, don't you think...Show More Summary
Gwyn Alf Williams was – and probably still is – one of the most renowned, admired, even loved, historians of the last 100 years. It is unusual for academics to gain popular public appeal but that was something Gwyn Alf certainly did. He attracted a following of academics and lay people alike...
I don't have a very strong stomach. Even the mere thought of curdled milk can leave me feeling queasy. So during the interview with Alastair Low of Cardiff Scientific Services, I could immediately feel my tummy starting to churn. Insects.
Ask anyone to name a famous Welsh artist and the chances are they would respond with Augustus John. The wild, bohemian painter cut a swathe hrough British art and social circles in the 1920s and 30s and was widely regarded as the country's premier living artist.