Category Archives: d*gs

Readers’ wildlife photos

I saw a photo of a coyote (Canis latrans) on Stephen Barnard’s Facebook page, and asked him if I could use it. He said yes, but told me that I may have published one or more of these several years ago. So be it; I don’t remember, and I bet most readers either don’t or […]

Slate article takes us to task for being moved by a photo

The article below, which just appeared in Slate, seems better suited for the Pecksniffian Salon, famous for its authoritarianism and hatred of New Atheism. But let’s start with a viral tweet from Jim McGrath, who was a spokesman for G. H. W. Bush after he left the White House but before he died: Mission complete. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/rXdyXAS4lk […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’m BAAACK! Thanks to Grania for filling it with some great Hilis (and other posts) in my absence. We’re returning to our regular readers’ wildlife feature, and I have a reasonable backlog to tide us over. We’ll begin with some doings on Stephen Barnard’s property in Idaho; winter is coming on and it’s migration season, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard is back with some lovely photos from Idaho—including mallards! His notes are indented: First, a couple of photos of some elk (Cervus canadensis) I found in my backyard after I came home from a weekend trip. This group is part of a larger herd of at least 100. It appears to be dominated […]

Readers’ wildlife photograph

Posting may be light today as I have some science to do (working on my last research paper!), and we’ll have but one wildlife photo, an astronomy photo by reader Tim Anderson. But I love the astronomy shots, and this is a good one. Tim’s notes: This is a picture of the Sculptor Galaxy, NGC […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Rick Longworth sent a lovely video of hummingbird interactions at his feeder. Dextrous little buggers! Black Chinned hummingbirds(Archilochus alexandri) feud around the feeder. I was unable to see what was going on between the rivals, so I used several levels of slow motion and freeze frame. The feud takes place in 4 parts: 1. Staying […]

Paper of the month: Postmodernists on “doggy bio-politics” as exemplified by Obama’s Water Dog Bo

You know what? I don’t care if the paper below was published is a predatory journal, or an obscure journal or whatever: it still gives scholars the opportunity go cite a publication on their curriculum vitae, thereby advancing their careers. I have no idea how Organization rates among scholars, but Wikipedia does suggest that it doesn’t […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Stephen Barnard is back with some nice pictures from Idaho—and a video.  His captions and descriptions are indented: Cinnamon Teal, Spatula cyanoptera: Hairy Woodpecker, Leuconotopicus villosus: Sandhill Crane, Antigone canadensis: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus), king of the roost, and about as yellow as nature gets: Finally, a HUGE bumblebee that landed on the stripping skirt of my boat while […]

A Calvinist d*g

From the Babylon Bee (click on screenshot), which appears to be an underappreciated Onion-like site: The text: SEATTLE, WA—Responding to his owner Matt affectionately calling him a “good boy” for fetching a stick, local Calvinist canine Rupert reportedly reminded him that “according to the Scriptures, nobody is a good boy.” “We’ve been over this, Matt. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

As I’m home during the early morning, and thus limited to photos that just arrived. Today we have a short but sweet set of two from Stephen Barnard, who’s been AWOL for a while. First, a House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus): And then Deets, one of Stephen’s two Border Collies (the other is Hitch). As he says, […]