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.
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
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