Is That Hummingbird Keeping You Awake?

I couldn’t resist this–a hummingbird, sound asleep… and snoring. Who knew birds could snore?

Our cats snore sometimes. And make other little noises in their sleep. But you expect that from cats and dogs. If you watch them sleeping, you can even guess what they’re dreaming about.

Betcha anything birds dream!

Special Treat: Heidi’s Cute Bug

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Heidi sent us this picture of a cute little fluffy aphid she found in her garden. Great close-up technique! It’s a benign little face–and I think that bug was waving to her.

Yeah, I know, aphids are plant pests–but we can all afford to be a little sweet and sappy now and then, can’t we?

God’s stuff is the best.

Mr. Nature: Earwig Wars!

A certain businessman once said, “I didn’t get where I am today by messing about with earwigs!” But he was missing something.

Jambo, Mr. Nature here–with earwigs. The ones in the video are bigger than the ones we find in our gardens, but otherwise the same.

I’ve always wondered about those “pincers” on the south end of a northbound earwig. All the other bugs have their pincers up front, like politicians. So having them where a tail ought to be seems an odd procedure. But it works for them.

These “cerci,” as scientists call them, function just like real pincers. They might as well be real pincers: male earwigs fight with them. I never knew that–did you? So, yes, an earwig could pinch you if you picked it up in your hand; but the damage would be so minimal as to be hardly worth mentioning.

Don’t panic if you find some in your garden. They mind their own business and will not harm your fruits or flowers. They won’t harm you, either.

God’s stuff is just so cool.

‘Mr. Nature: Do Starfish Think?’ (2017)

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It doesn’t look like much is happening; but the starfish has attacked a scallop and intends to eat it.

The fascinating aspect of this question is the fact that a starfish has no brain. And yet they do all the things they need to do, to stay alive. So how do they do them without a brain?

Mr. Nature: Do Starfish Think?

Can starfish learn? Can they remember? If so, where do they store the information?

I’ve been trying for years to find answers to those questions, but no dice. Apparently no one knows the answers.

God’s stuff always works. We just can’t figure out how.

Sanity Break: Dog Finds New Dad

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This is a true story my wife heard yesterday from her friend, Carol.

An elderly couple died, and were survived by two daughters and a dog. The daughters decided to put their parents’ house up for sale, and they sold it quickly, to an older couple. The husband reminded them of their father.

The buyers came by to see the house again, and meet the sellers, and this time the dog was there, too. Everybody sat down.

And the dog walked up and rested his head on the man’s leg. Spontaneously. As if the man reminded him, too, of the daddy who’d passed on. Really, why else?

“Has this dog got a home?” the man asked.

“Well, he was our parents’ dog and we don’t really know what we’re going to do with him.”

“I’ll take him! Yes, I’d be glad to take him!” said the man.

So the dog not only got to keep living in the home he knew, but got a new daddy and mommy in the bargain.

Dogs know things, you know: things about people. As this story goes to show.

Luna Moth vs. High Wind

I’ve always wanted to see one of these beautiful creatures, but I never have. The guidebook says they live in my area, but I’ve never seen one. I wonder if I ever will. Last summer I saw a hummingbird for the first time in my life.

This moth is having some trouble with a high wind. They look too fragile for that, don’t they? But don’t worry–she doesn’t get blown apart.

God’s Stuff: Red Efts

If you’re noozed out, welcome to the club. Have some of God’s stuff instead.

Today we have red efts, which will grow up into green newts someday. That bright vermilion color sends a message: “Don’t even think about eating me–you’ll be sorry if you do!” Even so, red efts are among the most beautiful little animals you will ever see. And I’ve seen them redder than the ones in this video. Like so:

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This is not a color you get to see a lot in nature, especially on land. The adult newts will spend most of their time in the water, but the red efts live on land.

The beauty of Creation tells us… God is nigh.

Cat Goes Fox-Hunting

We’re told this wild animal, a fox, and this pet, a cat, are playing a game together. I believe it: these are highly intelligent animals and good at adapting, even innovating, to unfamiliar situations. So the cat chases the fox, never quite catching him, and the fox is not running flat-out… and we’re enjoying it. A little taste of what God has in store for His creation, once it gets renovated.

Norbert’s Commercial

How about some Norbert? I just can’t take any more nooze today.

All right, I know it’s a commercial, but it’s the only new Norbert video I could find. Anyway, it’s nice to know his health is being seen to. This is a world that needs a Norbert. Norbert’s one of the ways God has of showing us it’s His world and He has not forgotten us.

Listen to God’s Sentinels

Boy, howdy, that last post left a foul taste in my mouth!

Well, here’s a tiny watchman on the wall–a little pika chirping out a warning. These small relatives of rabbits live among the rocky slopes of mountains, and they let each other know when danger’s coming.

How often have God’s watchmen sounded the trumpet from the walls! It would have been good for us to listen.