Monthly Archives: October 2011

Solar Powered Dog

This post isn’t educational at all, I just needed to share these photos with you.

I live in a little nest above a garage, and a gravel parking lot separates my place from the place north of me. When I’m working in my garage-turned-studio, this is what I see if I step outside on a warm day:

No, it’s not a dead dog, it’s my dog looking like a dead dog in the gravel. You’ll notice he doesn’t really bother lying on the towel I put out there for him, which I was sure was more comfortable than gravel and dust. I must have forgotten that he’s a dog.

He lays in the sun until he’s hot to the touch, panting, and needs to seek refuge inside for a few minutes. Then he does it again. I don’t get it, but apparently he’s not the only dog that enjoys baking in the summer heat.

He better get it in while he can – the temps in Central Oregon are dropping quickly! The leaves are changing (fortunately, we haven’t yet had a big ugly frost that drops all the leaves before they have the chance to turn), the birds are singing again now that they’ve kicked all the young out of the nest, and the clouds bring us rare rain. How is autumn looking where you are?

[Video] Ostrich Eggs and African Predators

Holy cow. Here are some of the things I love about this clip: the jackal’s frustration (I’ve seen my dog do this with a soccer ball), the ridiculous face of the first vulture, and the way the FOUR FOOT TALL VULTURE at the end dwarfs the EAGLE.

When I lived in South Africa, I was delighted to discover that you can purchase ostrich eggs in the grocery store. There are tons of ostrich farms around, and the eggs, which weigh 3 or 4 pounds, are quite good. While on holiday, we bought one to have for breakfast. You can’t just crack them (unless you have a rock and you don’t mind half a gallon of egg everywhere), so you actually have to drill a small hole in the top of the egg and then drain it into your pan.

Our one ostrich egg, scrambled, served more than eight people.

 

[Video] Dog Tease

Ok, you guys have probably already seen this one a million times but on the OFF chance that ONE of you hasn’t.. I posted it. Classic story of a man teasing his dog with a discussion of food.. only this dog talks back.

(Also, this guy has created some wearable merch and all proceeds go to the SPCA in Nova Scotia. Pretty frakking awesome.)

[Video] Slow-Mo of an Eagle-Owl

So apparently I have a thing for slow-motion predators, like last week’s shark video. This one is an eagle owl coming in for a landing, and at first it’s a little slow but don’t worry, the video is playing right. I prefer it with dramatic music in the background so if you have a favorite tune, play it while you watch. Pay particular attention to the incredible use of wings and tail for steering, and the beautiful ruffling of the wing tops as she comes in for a landing. After working for years with raptors, I could literally watch this all day…and then daydream about having one of my very own. So. Awesome.

(Check out vurtrunner’s youtube channel for more freaking awesome highspeed vids!)

Scrub Jay Nostalgia.

Came across some photos this evening that I don’t think I posted of the Brothers Jay back in spring before their release. These images depict some of my favorite things about birds: the tenacity they have in wanting to fly and shit wherever they please, how they must – if they are forced to be in the presence of a two-legged – sit on that two-legged’s head, and how, regardless of their lack of human-esque forms of affection, the site of two birds huddling together as they slept can warm the cockles of my little heart. Thanks for sharing this with me folks. :)

[Video] Great White Shark Jumping

I have been totally channeling my inner 8 year old lately and can’t get enough of the wonderful world of sea creatures. Sharks, jellyfish, octopus, you name it – I’m doodling it, imagining it, crafting it in the studio.

This isn’t like the world’s greatest shark video or anything, but just phase out your monkey brain for a minute and watch this incredible predator leaping out of the water like a gymnast. When I lived in South Africa I was fortunate to get to see these creatures in real life. They weren’t leaping out of the water and they weren’t nearly as large as this guy, but I distinctly remember being in awe of their subtle beauty and the incredible, fluid grace with which they cruise through the water.

Sharks rule.