All posts filed under: Nature

Wildlife

Canine In LA we get coyotes in our garbage cans. Coyotes are just like my relatives. They go out in pairs, they whine at night, and they go anywhere there’s food. – Billy Crystal – Suburban foxes are not simply tame towards men. They are also damn supercilious. One pads amongst the azaleas in our garden at night, staring through the lounge windows to watch the News at Ten. – Richard Gordon – The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. – Oscar Wilde – There are, of course, several things in Ontario that are more dangerous than wolves. For instance, the step-ladder. – J.W. Curran – Cervidae According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, Male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa’s …

Marine Life

Fish It is much better to eat little fish like sardines directly from the ocean, rather than after they have been filtered through a larger predator. – Deep Sea News – If you can think of a better fish pun, let minnow – Author Unknown – The codfish lays ten thousand eggs, The homely hen lays one; The codfish never cackles, To tell you when she’s done; And so we scorn the codfish, While the humble hen we prize; Which only goes to show you, That it pays to advertise. – Author Unknown – What do you call a fish without an eye? A fsh. – Author Unknown – What side of a fish has the most scales? The outside – Author Unknown – What’s the King of Russia’s favourite fish? Tsardines – Author Unknown – Fishing A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. – Author Unknown – A country church – people wonder when Jesus fed the 5,000 whether the two fish were trout or northern pike. – Author …

Farming

Cows If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow. – William Lyon Phelps – Never kick a cow chip on a hot day. – Will Rogers – The cow is of the bovine ilk; One end is moo, the other milk.” – Ogden Nash, Free Wheeling – The cow is nothing but a machine which makes grass fit for us people to eat. – John McNulty – There was a herd of cattle all standing on a hill when an earthquake struck. All of the cows fell down, but the bull remained standing. The farmer noticed this and asked the bull, “Why didn’t you fall down like the rest of the herd.” The bull replied, “We bulls wobble, but we don’t fall down.” – Author Unknown – To err is human; To moo is bovine. – Author Unknown – Tongue — a variety of meat, rarely served because it clearly crosses …

Flower, Plant and Gardening

A garden is never so good as it will be next year. – Thomas Cooper – A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. – Michael Pollan – A riot of variety within the rather formal plan; by August, the perennial beds look like blondes at the bar, spilling over their dresses. – Nicole Eaton; Charles Oberdorf – And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. – Anais Nin – As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree’ — probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on. – Woody Allen – A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except learning how to grow in rows. – Doug Larson – Bulb: potential flower buried in Autumn, never to be seen again. – Henry Beard – Confucius say, A man should not create a garden larger than his wife can maintain. – Author Unknown – Confucius say: If you want to …

Insects and Other Invertebrates

Ant Ants are healthy because they have little antibodies. – WallingfordSign.com – Ants can carry twenty times their own body weight. Which is useful information if you’re moving out and you need help getting a potato chip across town. – Ron Darian – Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time ants show up in the potato salad. The 8,800 known species of the family Formicidae make up from 10% to 15% of the world’s animal biomass, the total weight of all fauna. They are the most dominant social insect in the world, found almost everywhere except in the polar regions. Ants turn more soil than earthworms; they prune, weed and police most of the earth’s carrion. Among the most gregarious of creatures, they are equipped with a sophisticated chemical communications system. To appreciate the strength and speed of this pesky invertebrate, consider that a leaf cutter the size of a man could run repeated four-minute miles while carrying 750 lbs. of potato salad. – R.Z. Sheppard – I bought an …

Birds

A wonderful bird is the pelican His bill will hold more than his belican. He can take in his beak Food enough for a week, But I’m damned if I see how the helican. – Dixon Lanier Merritt – Bluebirds have taught me a few things. First, the more you think you know, the more you have to learn. Second, never say never because they will fool you every time! Third, they have taught me to stop sweating details in my life and learn to enjoy the simple things. There are things far greater than ourselves out there, going on unnoticed right before our eyes. – Malinda Matsuko, Bluebirder, 2005 – Despite their having one wing trimmed, some ravens do in fact go absent without leave and others have had to be sacked. Raven George was dismissed for eating television aerials, and Raven Grog was last seen outside an East End pub. – The Ravens, Tower of London – Eagles may soar in the clouds, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines. – Jason …

Dogs

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. – Robert Benchley – A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it. – Helen Thomson – By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog. – Barbara Holland – Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? – Author Unknown – Dog – a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship. – Ambrose Bierce – Dogs remember faces, cats places. – Author Unknown – Dogs teach us a very important lesson in life: The mail man is not to be trusted. – Sian Ford – Every boy who has a dog should also have a mother, so the dog can be fed regularly. – Anonymous – From the dog’s point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog. – Mabel Louise Robinson …

Cats

A cat, our new Maine friends claimed, is always on the wrong side of the door. – Allen & Ivy Dodd – After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference. – Charlotte Gray – A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it. – Henry David Thoreau – A tortoise-shell cat having a fit in a platter of tomatoes…(description of Turner’s painting ‘The Slave Ship’) – Mark Twain – Am writing an essay on the life-history of insects and have abandoned the idea of writing on ‘How Cats Spend their time’. – W.N.P Barbellion – Anybody can herd cattle, but holding together ten thousand half-wild shorthairs – well, that’s another thing altogether. – EDS Commercial – As a kitten, this cat never slept on the outside of …