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    Monday, May 8th, 2017
    2:45 pm
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    Current Mood: happy
    Monday, May 25th, 2015
    12:53 pm
    Spea intermontana

    Great Basin spadefoot, Mono Lake, California.
    1:44 am
    Saddlebag Lake

    My study area near Tioga Pass, California. Above - May 25, 2014; below - May 25, 2015. This year there was actually less snowfall in winter, but May was unusually cold, so there's more snow left on the slopes, but less water in mountain lakes. In another week the snow will melt and rivers will start drying up.

    Мой офис в горах Сьерра-Невады. Верхняя фотка - ровно год назад, нижняя - сегодня. Вообще-то в этом году снега выпало меньше, но май выдался холодный, так что на склонах снега осталось больше, а воды в озерах - меньше. Еще через неделю все стает и реки начнут пересыхать.

    Friday, May 22nd, 2015
    11:29 pm

    1. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

    2. "They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax."

    3. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

    4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price."

    5. "The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room."

    6. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow."

    7. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time -- this should be banned."

    8. "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared."

    9. "Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers."

    10. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

    11. "The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun."

    12. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair."

    13. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller."

    14. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the resort.' We're trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service."

    15. "When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners."

    16. "We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning."

    17. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel."

    18. "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes."

    19. "My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."
    10:14 pm
    Rosa sp.

    A month ago our climbing rose was attacked by aphids. We don't use pesticides in our little garden, so within a week the rose was crawling with ladybug, lacewing and hoverfly larvae. A few more days, and the aphids were gone, while the rose began to bloom.

    Месяц назад на нашу вьющуюся розу напала тля. Поскольку ядохимикатами мы в саду не пользуемся, спустя неделю по розе уже ползало множество личинок божьих коровок, златоглазок и мух-журчалок. Еще через несколько дней от тлей не осталось и следа, а роза зацвела.

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
    5:58 pm
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
    2:29 pm
    Sunday, May 17th, 2015
    2:20 am
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    Snake phylogeny. Ball pen. / Эволюция змей. Шариковая ручка.
    Saturday, May 16th, 2015
    2:59 am
    Tyto alba

    Our town is dotted with nest boxes provided for barn owls. Here are a busy mother and her four chicks, leaving the box one by one.

    У нас в городе полно гнездовых ящиков, установленных для сов-сипух. На фотках - уставшая мама и четверо птенцов, по очереди покидающих гнездо.

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    Davis, California. Photographed with almondd.
    Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
    11:44 pm
    The Soviet school where I had to waste 10 years was a very boring place. I often tried to kill time by drawing small sketches of animals on desks, textbook pages, and all other available surfaces. As a result I can only draw with ball pen, but it still comes handy sometimes. Here are two draft illustrations (phylogenies of extant turtles and lizards) for our upcoming book Reptile Social Behavior. Still have to do snakes.

    Десять лет, угробленных мною в советской школе, были невыносимо скучными. Я часто пытался убить время, делая маленькие наброски животных на партах, страницах учебников и всех прочих доступных поверхностях. В результате рисовать я умею только шариковой ручкой, но и этот навык порой приходится кстати. Под катом - пара черновых иллюстраций к книжке "Социальное поведение рептилий", над которой мы с соавторами сейчас работаем: филогения ныне живущих черепах и ящериц. Осталось змей нарисовать.

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    Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
    7:58 am
    Baby Eteni

    People often argue about the level of intelligence required to survive as a hunter-gatherer. Here's a short video from the life of a two year-old kid in a hunter-gatherer tribe (Mbendjele Bayaka Pygmies, video by Gül Deniz Salal).

    Часто приходится видеть дискуссии о том, много ли надо ума, чтобы выжить в племени охотников-собирателей. Вот короткое видео из жизни двухлетнего ребенка в таком племени.
    Monday, May 11th, 2015
    11:28 pm
    10:52 pm
    Atopodentatus unicus
    While working on a book, I have to read a lot of stuff on extinct marine reptiles. What a fascinating world! Every bit as interesting and diverse as dinosaurs. Here's one creature I've never heard of before, from the middle Triassic (unfortunately, I can't decipher the name of the image author from the copyright mark). Possibly a filter-feeder, flamingo style.

    Работаю сейчас над книгой, для которой приходится много читать про вымерших морских рептилий. Удивительный мир, не менее разнообразный и интересный, чем динозавры. Вот одна зверушка из триасового периода, о которой я никогда раньше не слышал. Возможно, кормилась фильтрованием на манер фламинго. Рисунок неизвестного автора с

    Saturday, May 9th, 2015
    9:50 pm
    12:20 am
    Соне уже почти пять месяцев и она обожает, когда ей читают книжки, особенно с картинками. Сегодня в старой книге масона Бориса Заходера "Школа для птенцов", которую когда-то ещё мне матушка читала, обнаружился вот такой стишок.

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    Thursday, May 7th, 2015
    11:49 am
    Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
    2:49 pm
    Dynastor darius

    A butterfly chrysalis mimicking a pit viper / Куколка бабочки, маскирующаяся под змею.
    Upper photo by Andreas Kay, lower photo by Ecominga Foundation.

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
    11:28 pm
    Apalone spinifera

    A spiny softshell with an introduced red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta). Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Мягкотелая черепаха (и интродуцированная красноухая).

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    Monday, April 27th, 2015
    11:27 am
    Podilymbus podiceps

    Pied-billed grebe, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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