God’s Stuff: Cardinals and Winter

Don’t look now, but winter’s coming and’ll get here soon. Don’t shut the door against its more charming aspects.

I can’t think of anything more beautiful than bright red cardinals in clean white snow. I could almost cry, seeing it: it’s that lovely.

Praise the Lord for His handiwork! Which tells us, again and again, that God is nigh. Always.

Eagle Snatches Toddler

This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen occasionally–an eagle attempts to snatch a human child. Happily for the baby and his parents, he’s just a little too heavy for the eagle to bring back to its nest. That’s how these rare incidents usually turn out.

There’s some feeling out there that this video is a fake. But it’s a fact that large eagles sometimes attempt to prey on small children… So don’t leave your baby just sitting there if eagles are around.

Oh, what a Roman augur would have made of this incident!

Gorillas… Singing?

Bear in mind that these are wild gorillas, not gorillas in a zoo; and the candid camera filming them is disguised as a baby gorilla so they won’t get shy and hide from it.

Here we have gorillas young and old vocalizing as they eat. Well, heck, most of us humans do that, too, don’t we? But are they really singing? They might be making table talk. Jungle gossip. Tarzan could tell you, “Don’t get them started!”

The Hungry Baby Cardinal

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.

God’s stuff…

Bonus: The ‘Roo Doesn’t Always Win

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???”

Mammals that Lay Eggs

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.

The Hippo Chase

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.

Nature Break: Armadillo

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!

Katydid Warning

We interrupt our coverage of Hillary Clinton’s fainting tour to bring you good advice concerning katydids.

They bite.

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.

Beautiful Tiger Swallowtail

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!