Happy Belated albeit Birthday Jane Goodall


My favorite image is the one where Jane is with Gregoire and she’s out of focus. She doesn’t have to be in focus to be recognized because she’s so symbolic,” says photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols. In honor of Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday, Nichols shared his experiences capturing Goodall and the work she does.

National Geographic




Truth is funnier than fiction…



 Unfortunately no photo for this one.  But you can picture it in your mind’s eye.

A Parisian mother has taken helicopter parenting to a preposterous extreme. The 52-year-old woman was so desperate for her daughter to score high marks on the Bacchalauréat, France’s equivalent of the SAT, that she disguised herself as a high school student and attempted to take the English portion of the exam for her.

The woman, who is referred to as Caroline D in news reports, caked her face with makeup and donned Converse tennis shoes and low-waist jeans to trick exam supervisors into thinking she was her 19-year-old daughter, Laetitia, according to the British Telegraph.

With Laetitia’s student ID in hand, Caroline got through the door, received the exam booklet and sat down at a desk. She assumed that she’d get away with her cheating scam since the test was held off-campus and some adults students take the exam, but a savvy supervisor recalled a much younger looking woman taking a philosophy exam under the same name a few days earlier.

Exam officials decided to let the mother finish the exam to avoid disrupting students and four police officers reportedly intercepted the cheating mom as she walked out the door.

The mom admitted her flub, according to Le Parisien, and she faces a maximum nearly $12,000 (9,000 Euros) fine and three years in jail for fraud. Her daughter could be banned from taking all official exams for five years.


He went on a walkabout…



A red panda managed to elude zoo officials for hours after he mysteriously escaped from a zoo in Washington.

The male, named Rusty, was found in a tree in an area known for its restaurants and vibrant nightlife after he went missing from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on Monday morning.

The Couch


Long ago I had a blog called Fletcher’s Couch.

But this is better!

The Couch

(Photos taken at the Shamattawa

Dump in Manitoba, Canada)

Bear 1

Bear No 2


Bear no 3




Where the HELL is the remote?

Flickrcomments Story Challenge B


Birds and Brilliant animals



We always think that animals are not as smart as we are. Maybe we have it all wrong. Because animals understand us but we have a hard time understanding animals so we assume that they are not as clever and they do not have deep emotions.. I watch Hasie (our rabbit) he is so aware of his environment, if you move the garden broom he knows and he checks. If you stroke him (which he absolutely loves)  he goes to roll in the sand belly up because he does not want to smell like a human. There is method in his ‘madness’. Survival!

The following photo is not mine and the story comes from a newspaper.


Any food lover will tell you it’s good to be open to different taste sensations, so who can blame these inquisitive birds for having a peck at a new dish.

However, when the delicacy is ferocious alligator and you are a thin-legged spoonbill it might be wise to let another diner take the first bite.

These incredible rare pictures capture the moment a flock of the beautiful pink-hued birds discovered the large reptile gliding through their watering hole.

The images of the Roseate breed spoonbills were taken at the Murrells Inlet in Huntington Beach State Park just metres from the home of American photographer Phil Lanoue.

According to Mr Lanoue the birds showed no fear as they cornered the alligator and began to tug at its tail.

The birds appeared to be intrigued by the stranger in the waters and followed the alligator around the marsh pond in South Carolina.

Mr Lanoue, 58, was watching the sunset when the incredible scene unfolded.

He said: ‘The spoonbills became completely fascinated with the alligator and in particular its tail.

‘They were absolutely obsessed. They seemed to be reacting to the alligator in the same way a cat would to a dangled piece of string.

‘Once they found the tail they were curious and they just wouldn’t leave it alone.

‘The alligator attempted to go about it’s business which was getting itself fed but it was clearly annoyed at the unwanted attention.’

The Birds


No not the movie, real life!


He may not have captured his fish but Bruce Huntley certainly got an incredible photo to document his ‘terrifying’ run-in with nature.

Huntley was out fishing in his rubber dinghy on Washington’s picturesque Lake Padden when a bald eagle with a 6ft wingspan swooped down and snatched a fish straight off his line.

The bird of prey came just 10ft away from Huntley’s inflatable boat to pick up his lunc Huntley admitted to the Bellingham Herald that the experience of having such a powerful bird so close was ‘terrifying.’


Just to tell you I’m watching you!


Spider- Lizard



One has to wonder whether this lizard’s spider-senses are tingling. For the reptile bears more than a passing resemblance to the Marvel comic superhero Spiderman.

The lizard’s amazing red and blue markings are strikingly similar to the suit worn by the crime-fighting, web-weaving daredevil.

And – as the reptile was captured crawling around on his rock – he appeared to strike an identical pose to Spidey’s favoured crouching pose.

The lizard is a Mwanza Flat Headed Agama, which are native to Africa and usually live in groups with one dominant male – usually the most colourful.

Read more here





And for a fleeting moment he perched on her arm.

A – Z Archive Z Challenge



Do I have to introduce them?



a-z Archive – Y



Yellow Weavers.




Interesting little birds and when they build nest the ‘wife’ will unpick until she finds something to her liking.  But something very interesting which we experienced while we were having lunch at the West Coast restaurant (We went to see the Wildflowers). On the tables were those little envelopes with cane sugar (in white little bags) and artificial sweetener (in red little envelopes). Whilst these weavers were so furiously building nest they would swoop down and take an envelope to eat in the nest. And most of them took the RED envelopes with the artificial sweetener

Colour speaks!


Not such a good photo


The photo below comes from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Friends




if you want to know what true friendship is – for life-  this is it!

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