Kreeg-ah, mangani, Mr. Nature here! We usually think of parental care as something mammals and birds do: but there are bugs and fish that provide it, too.
The mother wolf spider first carries her egg-case with her wherever she goes, and then the babies–dozens of them. The babies in this video look like they’re just about ready to head out on their own. But until they are, the mother will carry them: and if one happens to fall off, she will find it and retrieve it. You would have seen her do that in this video, if only the human would get out of the way.
God’s stuff–He has thought of everything.
Not that these animals are very often kept as pets, but I couldn’t resist this video.
God seems to enjoy improvising on a basic theme, like a jazz musician. These South America maras–members of the cavy family, which includes guinea pigs–have long legs and bunny-ears. But they’re not rabbits; they’re rodents. They live in semiarid grasslands in Paraguay, Argentina, and Bolivia and grow up to weigh from 20 to 35 pounds. We don’t have rodents that big in North America. But South America also has the capybara, the world’s biggest rodent–even bigger than the mara.
God’s handiwork reveals its maker. Fernando Ortega celebrates God’s handiwork in Creation Song, requested by Joshua.
I love being able to look out my window and see the golden leaves on all the trees, and the bright red head of the woodpecker as he hops up and down the trunk. It tells me, “God is nigh.”
I am sure there will be no leaf-blowers in Heaven.
Well, the jackhammers have stopped and the leaf-blowers have taken over. I feel like I woke up in Hell.
Click the video embedded in the post to see something much nicer than anything I’m going to see around here today.
Really, I’d rather have the bush baby. God’s stuff is so much better than ours.
Jambo, everybody, Mr. Nature here! And for this safari, all I’ve got to do is look out the window.
I could have sworn that on Friday the leaves of all these maple trees were green; but on Saturday morning, they were all gold. Which means they turned overnight? How did they do that? I mean, hey, that was really fast! (My wife says yes, they were still green on Friday: she noticed, too.)
I could look up and study the natural processes by which green maple leaves turn to gold; but I think I’d rather just marvel at it. Come on, now–the leaves turned color overnight! Is that cool?
This is Mr. Nature, loving God’s stuff.
These Australian bearded lizards have become very popular as pets. Here, a beardie shares a threat display with his reflection in a mirror. Like a cat, he goes off to the side to look behind the mirror. I never saw a lizard do that before.
Mr. Nature says the beardie is a member of the Agamid family of lizards, which live in the Old World. Here in the New World, our big lizard family is the Iguanids. Although Agamids and Iguanids aren’t closely related, you might swear they were. Familiar Iguanid lizards have close counterparts among Agamids: the horned lizard (aka “horned toad”) and the Australian thorny moloch look like chips off the same old block. Even funnier, Iguanids and Agamids share a lot of the same behaviors–like head-bobbing as a threat display. Most Iguanids, from the little dime-store “chameleons” (green anoles, actually: not really chameleons at all) to the biggest iguanas, the males all head-bob at each other, usually serving as an alternative to actual fighting, which saves a lot of wear and tear on the lizards. (When the females fight, it’s for keeps.) And so do a lot of the Agamids.
I wonder why God set it up that way.
Linda loved these “Mr. Nature” posts, so here’s one for her. As you can see, the baby cardinal’s not in the nest, which means he can fly, sort of. But he still wants to be fed, and he’s keeping his mother quite busy.
This summer, the cardinals in our yard had a problem child who flew out of the nest–without a lot of experience to do it well–and landed in the overgrown jungle of our garden, where he peeped and peeped rather piteously. I wished I could do something to help, but thought it wiser not to intervene. The mother and father kept going back and forth, feeding and comforting the baby. They finally got his self-confidence back up to where it should be, and all three safely flew away.
The lyrebird of Australia imitates all the other birds in the forest, and then some. You name it, the lyrebird does it. And if we didn’t have the video to go with it, you’d never be able to tell the lyrebird from the real thing. I wonder how many lyrebirds got parts as kookaburras in movie soundtracks.
Hi, I’m Mr. Nature… and this is God’s stuff. I’ll bet He had fun creating this one!
Sometimes the beauty of God’s handiwork moves me to tears of pure joy. There’s quite a bit of it in this video.
The whale shark is the biggest fish on earth: individuals up to 60 feet long have been reliably reported, according to Mr. Nature. It’s totally harmless, feeding entirely on plankton and floating fish eggs. No one has ever been attacked by a whale shark. Divers like to swim with them.
Going by reports from the 19th century, the whale shark was never common. It’s still rare today, and care must be taken not to drive this magnificent creature into extinction.
God won’t like it if we do.
Thank you, Lord, for creating awe and wonder.