Do NOT Eat Me!

Eastern red-spotted newt – Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia

Like many other critters in the animal kingdom, the juvenile stage of the Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is brightly colored to warn off potential predators, due to the saturation of the juvenile’s tissues with tetrodotoxin. We spotted (heh) this little beauty as we were day hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.

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Photo info:
Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Davis, West Virginia
September 2015
Zeiss Vari-Sonnar 24-70/1.8 ASPH lens
Sony RX100 IV digicam

Mooskas

Curious cows – Frederick, Maryland

Ever since I first watched the fantastic De Düva – the 1968 Oscar-nominated parody of Ingmar Bergman’s black and white film classic, The Seventh Seal – I have referred to cows as “mooskas”, just like Madeline Kahn‘s character (in her film debut!) at the 7:00 minute mark in the video below. We were required to watch both The Seventh Seal and De Düva in design school, but De Düva has stuck with me for far longer, simply because I laughed so hard at it.


Photo info:
Curious cows (mooskas)
Monocacy National Battlefield
Frederick, Maryland
April 2016
Apple iPhone 6S

Big Red

Red rooster – Farm in Pennsylvania

We spotted this handsome devil while driving somewhere through southern Pennsylvania many years ago. A classic scene for the area – a big proud red rooster atop a stone wall, daring all challengers to step up and go toe-to-toe with him.


Photo info:
Red rooster
A farm in southern Pennsylvania
March 2006
Canon PowerShot G3