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Meanwhile in Terramagne, downstream of those idiots trying to gengineer better exotic pets ... this shit happens.  Yes, super animals are rare. But when you have have hundreds of crocodiles and millions of bats, and somebody spills zetetic mystery goo in the water, that is a lot of dice to roll.


Jun. 22nd, 2015 10:47 pm
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Recently I got into a discussion with some friends that led to fun places.  Once upon a time, there was a species of giant shark called Megalodon.  They were legitimately terrifying.  They're probably extinct.  But the ocean is big and deep and we've barely dabbled in it, so there might still be some out there.  You don't really need to worry about them, though.  (Do not click with your mouth full ...)  This is why


May. 28th, 2015 04:56 am
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 Including one of my favorites, the Go-Away Bird, whose alarm call really does sound like "Go away! Go away!"
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Shed antlers provide nutrients to other forest animals.  Squirrels, raccoons, and mice are the most prone to gnaw on them for the mineral value. 
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This article includes a detailed description of what makes plants resistant to low water conditions, and why it's ideal to have plants that tolerate as wide a range of conditions as you can manage.  There's a list of 40 drought-resistant plants.

Here in central Illinois, I favor native prairie plants or other tough things for most of my areas.  Decorative non-natives mostly go in flowerpots or beds.  Long dry spells are less of an issue when I am growing things with a six-foot root mass.  The real challenge is that they also have to be tolerant of flooding, which also happens; high winds, baking heat, and arctic blasts.  0_o
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Mammoth Cave in Indiana has cave fish with an anus in their forehead.  I don't think it matters what name anyone tries to hang on these things.  They are going to be called buttheads. 

Now a cave scientist really needs to write a children's book about them.  That would sell like hotcakes in the gift shop.  A lot of kids love gross or weird things.
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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "enjoy nature" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, the "summertime (and the livin' is easy)" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "Wild Card: Asia" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored out of the general fund based on an audience poll. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.

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It's a warm, breezy, overcast spring day here at Fieldhaven.  I went for a walk outside and saw ...

* Full bloom: daffodils, jonquils, giant hyacinths, grape hyacinths, forsythia, domestic apricot, domestic plum, wild violets, trillium.

* Buds: redbuds, gold currants, columbines, Manchurian apricot.

* The first few stems of asparagus are sprouting, and should be ready to start picking in a day or two.

* A bumblebee servicing the daffodils under the maple southeast of our house, heavy with pollen.  This is a strong sign of spring, as bees rarely emerge when there is still cold weather to come.

* The mourning dove nest under the porch roof is still active.  The one in the crotch of the walnut tree has fallen to predation, with a broken eggshell still in the nest.
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So I just found out that my favorite little mossbears are vacuum-proof.  Since we also have algae in space, that's looking real good for the panspermia theory, or even just polyspermia that travels from a handful of sources to nearby locations.


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