We are in Florida preparing to cross the Atlantic enroute to Europe and then on to a self driving safari in South Africa.
I thought you’d like to see some amazing flora & fauna we saw in Florida!
Pretty amazing critters!
We will be subject to intermittent and dicey internet for the next two weeks while at sea,
so it will be impossible to follow your blogs.
I will check in when I can and try to fire off a pic or two of events enroute.
Uploading and editing are impossible,
“All through the meadows the horses and cattle, bridges and houses, hedges and ditches, all of the sights of the hill and the plain,” (From a Railway Carriage, RL Stevenson)
The Old Town Model Railroad Depot is a 2500 square foot O gauge model railroad located in San Diego, California. It has both steam and diesel trains from the 1920’s to the modern era.
It is a miniature world brim full of towns, mountains, lakes, farms, and errr…..quite realistic businesses!
I think I may have met these attorneys…….
and these accountants!
Cheers to you from the fabulous miniature world at The Old Town Model Railroad Depot~
Four quarts of nectar were being consumed by The Holler Hummers in 48 hours. But now, each two quart bottle of nectar, has it’s own lethal enforcer, who will attack any hummer who tries to feed. So one hummingbird controls 2 quarts of nectar!
The most lethal enforcer is the guy above. You can see he has a malformed beak that he may have gotten in one of his many battles. He is like a capitalist robber barron, hoarding riches he will never be able to consume.
Here is enforcer number two. Both enforcers have visble differences from the other hummers, the beak malformation in number one, and number two is the only black chinned hummingbird at The Holler.
The other hummers snatch nectar when they can, but most have given up and go feed on the flowers. I think they are the smarter ones. Who wants to waste all this energy fighting?
All the hummers who do attempt the feeders are intensely leery of attack from above.
They are constantly ready to self defend!
I understand that hummingbirds need to feed constantly because of their hyper-drive metabolisms, but I don’t understand how all this relentless attacking is adaptive for them as a species.
They remind me of human governments that hoard resources and launch vicious attacks for control. I wonder why they, and we, can’t all just share and get along?
Cheers to you from The Holler’s sometimes too “human-like” hummers~
cuz we’re going to,
Ranunculus fields forever!
I’ve been visiting these fields forever.
Well, at least all my life.
Fifty acres of springtime joy!
The ultimate eye candy.
Cheers to you and Happy Easter from all the spring ranunculus! <3
Adapted lyrics: “Strawberry Fields,” Lennon & McCartney