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Howie Neufeld is a professor of biology at Appalachian State University; I met him when I gave a talk there a few years ago. And he sent this photo and caption:

 Last month I attended the Botanical Society of America meeting in Tucson. Took the family and made it a vacation also. This is me in front of an organ pipe cactus at the Sonoran Desert Museum, one of the best natural history museums in the country. By the way, my student won a best poster award at the meeting. She was very excited about that, as was I.

11 Comments

  1. Mark R.
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Very nice…that cactus must be centuries old. Maybe not?

    I see your shorts match perfectly. 🙂

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Properly dressed for Tucson in winter or summer. That’s a big organ cactus.

  3. Blue
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Lovely, Professor Neufeld ! Serious query:
    does one within such a “m u s e u m” encounter
    as well as cacti, say, rattlesnakes ? or no ?

    My living in an area quite free of almost all
    venomous serpents, I likely ‘ld be all garbed
    up within long, long pants and sleeves cuz
    … … well, worried in re same !

    Blue

  4. Posted September 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    The Desert Museum is amazing. If in Tucson, it is a must see.

  5. Janet
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Howie, and congratulations to your student!

  6. rickflick
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m a-gona get me a hat like that!

    • Blue
      Posted September 15, 2019 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      Idn’t that particular one the bomb, Mr rickflick / Dr Neufeld !

      I concur ! Is that, perhaps, a Tilley hat ?
      been through a few washes and guarandamnteed
      for your lifetime ?

      Blue

  7. GBJames
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Kind of a prickly fellow. The cactus, I mean! 😉

  8. Michael Fisher
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    You’re the FCG [to code it a little] Howie! I like your photo reports of The High Country which is how come I know you as FCG. “F” is my favourite too, but not so colourful in my post-industrial Midlands, UK.

  9. Joe Dickinson
    Posted September 15, 2019 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I love that “museum” (more like a botanical garden and zoo combination). It’s where I learned the significance of the forked tongue of snakes and lizards. Following a “scent” trail (or is it taste?) they get two samples separated by an inch or two, then bias motion toward the side with the stronger signal. Simple, elegant and effective. Ain’t evolution wonderful?

    • Filippo
      Posted September 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

      IIRC (from Western films?), Native Americans accused the white man of speaking with “forked tongue.” I guess saying one thing but meaning the other unspoken thing.


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