Category Archives: Evolution

Friday Fauna- garden-variety pairings*

Our front yard has lost its lawn, piece by piece, in favor of more and more flowers. We have become an arthropod haven and refueling station for every bee, butterfly and hummingbird in the neighborhood. Pollinators need a little sanctuary … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure!, Drawing, entomology, Environment, Evolution, field sketching, garden, natural history, Nature, nature journaling, Oklahoma, Pop culture references, random speculation, Science, self-indulgence, Sketching, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Random Oddities from the Rainforest Planet

The word of the day: mucilage. Rolls right off the tongue. It’s a zoo out here. And a botanical garden. And a science camp, a steam bath and a cabinet of wonders all grabbled up in one writhing clump of … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure!, Art, bird art, birding, birds, Diversions, Drawing, entomology, Environment, Evolution, field sketching, Nature, nature journaling, Panama, rainforest, Science, Sketching, travel, tropics, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Friday Feathers- The Lady Oropendola Weaving Collective

A flock of chestnut headed oropendolas, oriole relatives common to the Canal Zone of Panama, are establishing a colony in a bare-branched tree near our cabina on the hill. There are seven of them and they’ve just gotten started as … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure!, bird art, birding, birds, Diversions, Drawing, Environment, Evolution, field sketching, Nature, Panama, plein air, rainforest, random speculation, Science, Sketching, Stupid Critter Tricks, tropics, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Drawing on My Notes

Over 100 degrees for a couple of weeks, things start to cook, including my mind. My potted plumeria has grown fresh leaves in the lurid heat; box turtles and tree frogs, disoriented, are wandering the deck and climbing the glass … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure!, Drawing, Environment, Evolution, field sketching, museums, Nature, nature journaling, Panama, rainforest, random speculation, Science, self-indulgence, Sketching, travel, tropics, Wildlife | 9 Comments

Dynamic Complexity In Your Basic Jungle

There’s no one simple answer as to why the rainforest is so diverse; keen minds have worked hard at the problem. For example, why are so many different species of trees found in the tropics? One answer: pests at work. … Continue reading

Posted in Art, bird art, birds, Drawing, Environment, Evolution, field sketching, Nature, painting, Panama, plein air, rainforest, random speculation, Science, tropics | 7 Comments

The Ant Man Bloggeth

New blog alert! Mike the Ant Man has just revived the “Ant Lab in Panama” blog, with all new students, and all new experiments to ooh and aah over. Take a look into the arcane and wondrous world of the … Continue reading

Posted in Adventure!, Environment, Evolution, Nature, Panama, rainforest, Science, Stupid Critter Tricks, teaching, tropics | 2 Comments

Oklahoma’s Anti-Evolution House Resolution

Richard Dawkins, author of The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, and The God Delusion , is speaking tonight on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. It’s free and will start at 7pm … Continue reading

Posted in Darwin, Evolution, Oklahoma, Politics | 11 Comments