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I went up to Chicago a couple months ago and keep forgetting to post this. I spent a day at the zoo and conservatory in Lincoln Park near the lake shore. I nearly didn't bother with the children's zoo, but I ended up over there looking for something else. The trails through it are set up like a woodland trail--sort of narrow and winding through a lot of birch plantings, and covered in bird poo. Near one stand of trees, the zoo had posted a few signs saying basically "yes, we know the paths are messy and please also don't bother the herons above you; those aren't ours."

Apparently black-crowned night herons are on the Illinois state endangered list, but there's been a flock of them nesting in the zoo and somewhere else further south in the park for the last few summers.

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Aug. 19th, 2017 09:04 am

I wonder how it got there..

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tree in abandoned building

Probably via bird poop? Or wind.
Aug. 17th, 2017 04:15 pm

Meliora - Transmogrified

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Title: Meliora
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Base style: Transmogrified
Type: full layout in CSS
Best resolution: 1024x768 or above
Tested in: Firefox, Google Chrome, IE



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Aug. 16th, 2017 01:39 pm

Banded demoiselle

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Banded demoiselle
Banded demoiselle perched on the roof of the woodshed. The toddler was delighted.

We get these damselflies as well as dragonflies flitting through our canal-side garden every year, but they don’t often stop and say hello.
Aug. 15th, 2017 11:58 pm

Question thread #55

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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
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Aug. 15th, 2017 12:59 pm

Mystery No More - Killdeer

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I'm fairly sure I saw this bird swooping over our lake, possibly eating insects. It was hard to get a clear picture of it as it kept walking around and didn't stay standing long. Does anyone have any idea what it is? Read more... )
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Of course I couldn't ignore a book about women and magic and the lies we tell ourselves to survive, all wrapped up in a beautiful cover with a Newbury Medal on the front. That said, it was a bit of an odd stew that I didn't enjoy quite as much as I had hoped. The titular girl, Luna, spends most of the story frustratingly unaware of what has been done to her, and everyone else just muddles along, either in ignorance, or refusing to remember the past events that explain their current situation. One of the supporting characters is a potentially omnipotent being and all he does is sit around reciting poetry. I'm left with the impression that at least 95% of the conflict in this book could have been solved by a qualified therapist in five minutes.
Aug. 10th, 2017 08:39 am

Brimstone butterfly

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Brimstone butterfly
[Macro image of a female brimstone butterfly sitting on a green leaf, with lovely veined and spotted green wing underside on display.]

I am thrilled to have taken this photo. Brimstones visit our garden every summer, but I've never seen one actually have a lengthy rest in it, let alone allow me to get this close with my giant macro lens and pap it repeatedly.

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