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.
Video courtesy of my buddy, “Diceman,” on my chess page.
Here’s a man who’s afraid a kangaroo is going to kill his dog–so he rushes to the rescue. He is risking serious injury, but at least this kangaroo is somewhat his size. And the ‘roo is clearly surprised by this turn of events, and can’t quite decide what to do about it.
I just wonder if this guy, a few hours later, asked himself, “What in the world was I thinking???”
Hi, Mr. Nature here again!
This cute little animal trundling along is a spiny anteater, or echidna–and along with the more famous duck-billed platypus, it’s one of only a very few mammals that… well, lay eggs!
It’s warm-blooded, but not as warm-blooded as regular mammals. It feeds its babies (when they hatch) on breast milk; but it doesn’t have proper nipples. We begin to wonder if these really are mammals, after all.
Ignore the Darwinian fairy tale that comes packaged with this video. If it weren’t for the intense politics involved, Darwinism would’ve bitten the dust quite a while ago. We can’t help wanting to gain a better understanding of the world and how it works, so scientific theories come and go–except for the ones that get a political constituency.
But the echidnas and the platypuses know nothing of politics or scientific theories. They are as God created them, and so are we–complete with our God-given urge to always try to find out more.
Jambo, as they say on safari–Mr. Nature here.
Last night I dreamed there were several hippos on the loose in my neighborhood, running around chomping people. Trying to get away, I fell off my bike; but I woke before they got me.
Did you know hippos are the most dangerous animals in Africa? More than lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, or cape buffalo. They look so so…and run and swim so fast!
I have no idea what made me dream that, but it stirred me up to share this little-known wildlife fact with you.
Hi, Mr. Nature here–and I stumbled over this interesting armadillo video while looking for something else. So now I know why these critters appear to walk on tiptoe. It’s because they are walking on tiptoe. They have long claws for digging up termites, which they eat.
More of God’s cool stuff!
We interrupt our coverage of Hillary Clinton’s fainting tour to bring you good advice concerning katydids.
Hi, Mr. Nature here–and if you must handle these strikingly beautiful green bugs, be aware they’re quite capable of giving you a nasty nip if they don’t like the cut of your jib. Forsooth, the ones in the Amazon rain forest can really, really bite you.
The man in this video would have been munched on if the katydid hadn’t been in a good mood.
I think I’m gonna stick with bugs for a while, though, and not go back to the political arena: except to say I would vote for an insect over Clinton, any day.
Hi, Mr. Nature here–and I just can’t let the summer pass without saluting one of my favorite critters, the tiger swallowtail butterfly. Happily, they’re not uncommon around here. I saw a nice one this morning.
The one in this video is a male. The females have a border of metallic blue spots along the bottom of their wings; and some females have black wings. I always thought that was another species, but I was wrong.
As man’s stuff continues to deteriorate, God’s stuff is still going strong-and this is one of the most beautiful examples of it.
It would be a sorry world that had to do without butterflies!
Mr. Nature here–and good grief, where did the summer go?
I couldn’t let it pass without posting one of my favorite sounds of summer–the night-time chorus of the katydids.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy God’s stuff.
Hi, Mr. Nature here! Let’s wash out that nasty aftertaste of news and politics and enjoy some of the good stuff God has given us.
If your neighborhood’s like mine, with an awful lot of foliage, you’re more likely to hear the birds than see them. And if you’re like me, one cardinal can make you think you’ve got half a dozen different kinds of birds all hiding out in the same tree.
Cardinals sing a lot of different songs, and this video will clue you in to four of them. You’d think it’d be easy to see cardinals, but I think they’re seen only when they want to be seen. You can always hear them, though.
I have been asked to consider whether this odd little fish that walks on its fins as if they were legs is evidence of evolution. It’s called a chaunax, and is a kind of anglerfish. Nothing much happens for the first half of this video, but stick with it and you’ll see the fish go for a stroll.
If the chaunax has any plans for evolving into an amphibian, it’s left them for rather late in the day. That’s a problem with evolution: no one can observe it. By the time this fish could evolve into an amphibian, we’ll all be past caring about it. And how long might it take for the chaunax to venture beyond amphibianhood–maybe evolving all the way to becoming a Gender Studies major with $200,000 in student debt?
And what if the chaunax has been perambulating on its fins since the beginning of time without ever evolving into anything?
Be that as it may, it’s cool to watch. More of God’s stuff, endlessly fascinating.