Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


Northern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis,
at Mill Pond Conservation Area, near Portland, Ontario.

Image: Bev Wigney.

Happy Holidays to everyone.

I am receiving so many gorgeous nature pictures from you, amigos bonitos, and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of these images and the creatures and places depicted. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you’d like it to be credited.



  1. #1 Bob O'H
    December 27, 2006

    I’m curious – why the title?

    Actually, for some reason this reminds me of a friend I had who did a zoology degree, but ended up working as a tax inspector. After 3 years of study of the animal kingdom, he managed to classify all animals into two categories: patty-heads (i.e. animals that could be patted on the head) and geggies (i.e. all other animals). It’s clear from the photo that this snake definitely falls into the former class.

    This guy also had a cat (a patty-head) who he named Hernu, after the guy who was French defence minister when the Rainbow Warrior was sunk. I’ve known some strange people.


  2. #2 mimi
    December 27, 2006

    What a beautiful photo. I like snakes when they are outside where they belong but I have a three daughters who love snakes up close and personal as well. Looking forward to read your blog.


  3. #3 llewelly
    December 29, 2006

    I keep coming back to look at that snake again and again .. there’s something cute and perky about it.

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