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Category Archives: A-Z Challenge 2014

F for Fritillary (F number 2)

Well, I forgot that Sunday was a day off – and put up ‘F’ on Saturday night. So here is ‘F’ number 2 – Fritillary, an exquisite butterfly. . This beautiful photograph of a Gulf fritillary is by Ralph Daily on Flikr. . Fritillaries . Fritillaries, fritillaries, have butterfly fragilities, they flit and flutter by …

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F is for Flying Squirrel

. This lovely creature is a Southern Flying Squirrel – this photo is by Leah and if you click the picture you can see her other photos on Flikr. . . Here is a pet one in flight on Wiki: . . These little squirrels have a furry membrane that stretches from their wrists to their ankles, which allows …

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E is for Elephant

On the National Geographic site, ‘A Voice For Elephants’, Daphne Sheldrick, who has worked with elephants for many years,  says: “Elephants share the same emotions as ourselves, with a strong sense of family and the same sense of death. Like us they mourn the loss of loved ones. Each has an individual personality just like us. …

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D is for East Indian Wandering, Whistling Duck

A rather handsome wandering duck photo by FIR0002/Flagstaffotos. . . The beautiful deep red-brown and black-feathered, wandering whistling ducks are found in Northern and Eastern Australia as well as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands. . They prefer deep water where aquatic plants and insects are in plentiful supply. . They are gregarious …

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C is for Chimpanzee

Gorgeous isn’t he? A chimpanzee in the wild. This photo was taken by David Schenfeld and is on Flikr. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact we share so much DNA, although further research has shown it isn’t quite as much as previously stated, we have definitely both descended from a common ancestor, around 4-6 million …

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B is for Butterfly tongue

. This is a macro photograph of the tip of a butterfly’s proboscis, or tongue. Who could imagine it? It was taken by Stephen S Nagy, and won the 2011 Nikon Small World Micrography Competition.  Exquisite or what? . The Butterfly’s Tongue . A bright-embroidered path to drink, . flanked by gems, enticing, pink, . a colour …

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A is for Armadillo – hairy and screaming!

. . The screaming, hairy armadillo, Chaetophractus vellerosus, is a small (about 14.5 inches) burrowing armadillo from central and southern South America. If startled or picked up, this little creature emits piercing cries, thought to be a defence mechanism. It lives in many habitats where it is possible to burrow, and is omnivorous, eating insects, vertebrates …

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A-Z Challenge 2014!

  Tomorrow, the 1st April, is the first day of the 2014 A-Z Challenge! The challenge is to blog every day on a given subject, except for Sundays, when you have a day off. My subject this year is of course animals – poetry and fascinating facts. Unlike the previous two years I have had …

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