Terrapene carolina carolina

Filed under: fauna,road,slabtown — WmX @ 09:54
eastern box turtle

Box turtles are slow crawlers, extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars and agricultural machinery, make all box turtle species particularly susceptible to anthropogenic, or human-induced, mortality.
In the wild, box turtles are known to live over 100 years, but in captivity, often live much shorter lives.–Wikipedia



Filed under: fauna,parts — WmX @ 07:17
hand of God

A rare chance to be the divine agent. This fledgling faltered into an inescapable dark place. No possibility for self effected escape. Then, lo! A hand, a huge featherless being, transport, the outdoors. Another day!


Datana contracta

Filed under: fauna,trees — WmX @ 14:14
datana contracta

while I was picking these critters out of my q. phellos I saw two wheel bugs hunting Japanese beetles.



Filed under: fauna — WmX @ 09:34
foot of Monticello

Like all New World vultures, the black vulture often defecates on its own legs, using the evaporation of the water in the feces and/or urine to cool itself, a process known as urohidrosis. It cools the blood vessels in the unfeathered tarsi and feet, and causes white uric acid to streak the legs.Wikipedia


snake in a bucket

Filed under: fauna — WmX @ 15:11
unidentified reptile

found while gardening


four days late- Chelydra serpentina

Filed under: fauna,slabtown — WmX @ 07:28

Chelydra serpentina

Chelydra serpentina, four days late to the party, world turtle day, May 23. Organizers were not surprised.
“Timeliness is not a concern, we are an association of Turtles.”


Coragyps atratus

Filed under: Charlottesville,fauna,Urban Planning — WmX @ 08:40

vulture profile

The black vulture (Coragyps atratus) also known as the American black vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America.–Wikipedia

vultures on the roof

Humans like to anthropomorphize animals. In that vein, the vultures are very mannerly. They wait their turn at the table.

vulture eying morsels

Density (check) City services (check) Food options (check) Walkability (not really a concern) Sustainability (check)

at the table

Connectivity (check) Mixed use and diversity (check) Traditional neighborhood structure (check) Smart transportation (check) Quality architecture and urban design (?)


Quiscalus quiscula

Filed under: fauna — WmX @ 08:23

The grackle can also mimic the sounds of other birds or even humans, though not as precisely as the mockingbird, which is known to share its habitat in the Southeastern United States.–Wikipedia
Opportunistic omnivors. Like us.


Equus ferus caballus

Filed under: dolls,fauna,signs,strange land — WmX @ 09:39
horse advertising

Business Style Slot machine for 20 Yen Pachinko for 0.5 Yen
Pachinko for 1 yen
In answers to request from many customers
Recurrence of Origin
Slot machine for 2 Yen
Pachinko for 0.5 Yen


in praise of the dead

Filed under: dead,fauna,trees — WmX @ 08:33
snag in Cook forest

Standing dead trees are an important resource for the living.

But a dead tree, contrary to popular perception, has a plus side. Called a snag, it plays host to a variety of insects, fungi, spiders, and other small native creatures of the woodland; a variety of mammals, including flying and gray squirrels, raccoons, and others; and, surprisingly, about eight-five species of birds in North America. In a forest, at least, maturity and deadwood are relative terms.–Robert Halma, “The Lehigh Valley: A Natural and Environmental History”

Excellent article on dead trees, see: “Praise the Dead: The Ecological Values of Dead Trees” by George Wuerthner

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