Mara the cat looks in on the strange goings-on in the Krell laboratory discovered on the planet Altair IV by Dr. Morbius and others from Earth. Though she may look it, Mara is not related to Morbius’ Id nor the similarity to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Reimagined from the classic 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet.
“Hey, what’s going on in there? Why am I locked out? I can see your lips moving but can’t hear you! HAL and I are worried about you two!” My Black & White Kitty reimagined as a crew member of the Discovery in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Great Blue Herons along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. A Great Blue Heron stands atop a downed utility pole. This was taken shortly after Hurricane Matthew but the storm may not have been the cause of the toppled pole, which was a bit of a mystery. That’s a Snowy Egret looking inconspicuous in size and attitude higher up on the pole at right. Ardea herodias in stately display.
While the story sounds apocryphal, it could be that the Limpkin was so named because of the bird’s unusual gait, which appeared like it was limping. Sadly, this Limpkin seen in wetlands in Lake County, Florida, has a real limp. The victim of some unknown accident in the past, one of this Limpkin’s feet, though long healed, appeared mangled and twisted around, which did not seem to impede the bird from walking. Frequent visitors to this wetland said that the […]
The Anhinga is an odd bird mixing several evolutionary traits. The bird spends a lot of time underwater where it catches fish by spearing them with its long, sharp bill. And when it is done with its underwater foraging it will take to the skies where it can soar on wide wings with the best of them. And what of that impressively long neck – buff brown for females, black for males? It is what gives the bird the local […]
One of my favorite birds, the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), which, as I have stated before, I prefer by its old name, the Common Moorhen. This Moorhen was hiking around some wetlands in Lake County, Florida, and is quite delightful to look at but not as showy as its cousin, the Purple Gallinule. Regardless of what you want to call either bird, they both have a lot of chicken characteristics, especially when once seen en masse looking for a handout […]
A Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) hops around on the ground going after insects near the shore of Lake Apopka. If I see a Warbler during winter in Florida it is most likely this one, who seems to have adapted to a wide range of habitats during its seasonal stay.
An American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) basks in the Sun along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. The gator’s toothy visage was reason enough to not get out of the car at this spot.