Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Amur leopard didn't fall for the purring ploy.
There are less than 50 Amur leopards remaining in the world in far Western Russia, in the same fragile region as the Amur tiger. They are classified critically endangered. There are also very few in captivity. The genetic pool is tiny and growing weaker.
Go see this magnificent cat in Binghamton; find a group working for survival of the Amur leopard and consider joining it. Reflect on how small the planet has become.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
There were very few other people at the zoo when I visited, and I had the two large cats to myself.
The cougar was pacing furiously as I approached and was further agitated by a zoo truck that drove by.
I purred. Loudly.
It took notice, looked at me and eased its pacing. Fairly soon, in two elegant leaps, it got upon its highest shelf, lay down and, acting like other kitties, rubbed its head on the shelf, softened its eyes, relaxed and took cat naps. It is not asleep here, just enjoying being purred at! It was several minutes of magic.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
There are two at Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. Playful and curious, they are the smallest of all canids. They live in the Sahara Desert and the Arabian Peninsula, and are perfectly adapted to life in a hot and dry place. Those ears are air conditioners.
We find a fennec fox in Antoine de Saint Exupery's The Little Prince.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Blue Mist Shrub is a late bloomer. As soon as the flowers open, the bumblebees come.
The shrub in flower is usually in motion though there might be no wind and one might not notice the bumblebees right away. The impossible lightness of these creatures alighting causes the branches to bob up and down.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The DEC Aquarium Building is permanent and always fascinating.
I apologize that these photos are not up to par. It was plain difficult to get this guy because he (I think it is a he because of the size) was always in almost frantic motion. I can also blame it on the light, the crowds, and any number of other factors.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Woodmansee Farms in Tully offers half-day hikes with llamas. We were curious about these camel-relatives, and this was a wonderful way to spend some time up close with them. We each led a llama on a walk and had enough time with it to get to know its unique personality as well as something of the natural history and social organization of llamas.
Visiting John and Dawn Bishop's farm and their llama project is great fun and extremely interesting.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
An extended family of garter snakes live in the retaining wall in front of AMC's Zealand Falls hut, offering endless opportunity for close looks and speculation about how deep into the wall they are able to go to withstand the cold of White Mountain winters.