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Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photos

The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photography competition winners have been announced. (The spelling, Environnement, is correct; it’s a French company.)  The competition is operated by the Natural History Museum (London) and BBC Wildlife Magazine, sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services. The overall winner is this one (click to enlarge) My favorite is one of the Highly Commended…

Gorilla in a CAT Scanner

Sometimes I think I have difficult patients.  Then I saw this: Yes, it is a gorilla in a CT scanner.  The poor animal had mastoiditis; the scan was used prior to surgery.  The surgery was successful.  See The Big Picture at the Boston Globe for the original, from a series on World Animal Day 2009.…

The people of Obama are selling jellyfish candy.  Really. The photo shows a diver next to a specimen of Nomura’s jellyfish, Nemopilema nomurai.  These creatures occasionally swarm off the coast of Japan, where they are a nuisance.  Some creative souls have responded by finding ways to eat them.  Now, schoolkids in the Japanese town of…

Poets On Prozac

Poets on Prozac is the short title of a book by psychiatrist-poet Richard M. Berlin, MD.  The full title is: Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process.  Berlin was an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; now he’s in private practice, and a Senior Affiliate at U…

The Jayco Tree

Botanical names drive me nuts, sometimes.  Every plant that is worth anything has many names.  The supposed gold standard, the (Latin) Linnaean taxonomical name, gets changed every so often.  So there is no constancy.  You’d think it would be easier to research something if it has an unusual name that you can use as a…

Baboons Are Smart Critters

The Knowsley Safari Park wants their visitors to know that the babbons are smart.  They have figured out how to open car-top cargo carriers. This is not actually a candid photo.  It was staged, in order to educate the visitors about his potential problem with their Papio anubis population. Source: Cellar Image of the Day…

Neighbor’s Cat Finds Catnip

We grow catnip in the garden outside the home-office window.  Our cat likes to lay in front of the window, and stare wistfully at the catnip. But today, he saw something unexpected.  The neighbor’s cat was laying in the catnip.

Views of a Strange Planet

Went for a Sunday drive.  Saw this: White Sands National Monument Drove a little farther, saw this: Odocoileus hemionus You might have guessed, I did not take the first picture.  It is a view from Earth orbit.  The second picture, I did take; it is a view through my windshiled.  The two locations are about…

One of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.  The photographer’s identification is tentative:  Vespula pensylvanica.  Personally, I’d never try to identify an unfamiliar insect.   One summer, I took classes at the UM Biological Station near Pellston, MI.  My cabinmate was an entomologist.  Watching him it the field, I got the impression that the identification…

The NASA Earth Observatory site is holding a photo contest to celebrate and popularize their 10th anniversary.  It is a contest in which users vote for their favorite images-of-the-day.  Here’s my favorite: This is an image from the Cassini mission; it’s a view of the earth, with the rings of Saturn in the foreground.  This…