Flowers in a field, somewhere southwest of Austin, Texas.
Black silverware, some pizza place in downtown San Antonio.
In another stunning revelation of wolf behavior from Voyageurs National Park, researchers Thursday announced they have confirmed park wolves hunting for and eating fish out of streams as a regular part of their diet.
The researchers released the first-ever video of wolves eating freshwater fish, and said GPS data shows one pack spent about half their time during several weeks in April and May "hunting" in creeks for spawning suckers and northern pike.
The revelation comes just one week after the News Tribune first reported the same researchers confirming wolves spent weeks on end in blueberry patches, eating blueberries at peak summer ripeness. The same researchers also are the first to document wolves' consuming large numbers of beaver, when the animals are available in summer months, and that wolves will leave deer and moose alone if they can get beaver as meals.
There's some speculation that the wolves focus on beavers — and maybe now on fish — has helped keep the park's moose population stable at the same time moose numbers have crashed across most of their Minnesota range.
The Voyageurs Wolf Project, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park, has followed GPS-collared wolves from over seven different packs since 2015. The fish revelations were recently published in the journal Mammalian Biology.
Using GPS collars, the team collects location data from wolves every 20 minutes. That data reveals not just wolf behavior but also pack territory boundaries.
Researcher Tom Gable first noticed the wolf-fish interaction in April, 2017, when he hiked to a creek where GPS data showed one of the collared wolves was spending a lot of time. "As I approached the area, I briefly saw a wolf trying to catch a fish before it ran into the woods," Gable said. He then found fish remains and wolf tracks scattered along the creek.
The image above is a trail camera capturing a wolf in the process of stalking and removing a fish from a creek. This is the first time we have acquired scientific proof that wolves take fish out of the water. Up to this point, no other proof existed.
Given all of the work that has been done to study and conserve habitat for wolves, it is without question a major scientific discovery that, in the context of our current disinterest in preserving our planet, renders it tragic in a way. We are watching the slow-motion destruction of the planet and we are entertained by foolishness and the utterly crass. A handful of people remained dedicated to figuring out how the world works and we owe them a huge debt.
This is an amazing tree, found somewhere in California, but whoever lives around it probably has a ho-hum attitude about it. This is a spectacular climbing tree, but don’t fall on that fence in the background.
This hangs on the wall inside of Watsons in Orange, California.
Over the summer, I got to see quite a bit of Southern California and I took a lot of blurry pictures while sitting in the passenger seat. This is one of them, and, if this is your house, my hat is off to you.
This was the first time I have ever been served a grilled lemon with fish and chips.
This is a series of three photos taken of flowers, and there's not much to say, other than, I have no recollection as far as taking these.
And, oh by the way, Elvis played here. What the marker doesn't say is that Bob Dylan played here, too.
I love this place, and it's a great venue. These places are disappearing! Save them before it is too late!
Original photography. This was shot with my phone.
These are actual Christmas "decorations" in the White House, as selected by Melania Trump.
I get the sense that Melania is not happy. Not happy at all.
She has gone from jolly decorations and old-timey traditions and familiar themes to something straight out of the world of European cinema. It's a jarring hellscape. It reminds me of an Ingmar Bergman film:
And, remember--it's not Christmas in Slovenia without Krampus!
The War on Christmas may have lost General Bill O'Reilly, but Melania Trump is finding a way to horrify everyone with her interior Christmas decor ideas. I can just imagine how she instructed the White House staff to decorate:
"Lots of dead branches, pointing up to heaven, lit with cold, indifferent light, creating a maelstrom of claustrophobia, trapping the soul in every corner of every nook and cranny of this putrid construct of reality."
It's difficult to find psychedelic art in mainstream America. This is a highly stylized bull painted with pastoral colors and the odd bit of pastel thrown in to make everything decidedly overdone. And I have to identify it as a bull because this is found at Turkey Hill Farm. Now, shouldn't this be a cow? That's what I was thinking.
I'm not sure why I even took this shot, other than it was a great way to gross everyone out. This is the edited version. The actual version has a different orientation. The background is actually the ground and this cicada was attached to the wall.
This is looking down from the top of the wall where the cicada had attached its exoskeleton.
River-facing facade of the Long Center, Austin, Texas.
I've had this mini-magnum pocket pak by Plano for at least twenty-five years, if not more. I think it's time to go on a buying binge.
This is the evening sky at sunset, and it looks worse than it actually was. The moon is a bright blur near the center, and I almost think it looks like a dragon. Something like that.
This is a very simple shot, and the light was very good. I would guess that this is about an hour before sunset, and the buildings almost look like toys.