Posts Tagged ‘National Geographic’


What am I sappy ground squirrel blogging?

May 22, 2015



In a lab at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, hibernating arctic ground squirrels pose medical mysteries. The species can lower its body temperature below freezing and avoid serious head injuries while in hibernation, which lasts seven months.

Photograph by Joel Sartore

Credit: National Geographic


What am I looking at?

May 16, 2015


Seen from above, a seamless sheet of white paper—folded into the shape of an eye—holds and beholds 81 dancers from the New York City Ballet. This 6,500-square-foot composite image was a collaboration with the French artist JR.


Credit:  National Geographic


What am I sappy cat blogging?

February 21, 2014


A walk on the wild side with a post about lynx – large, secretive, ear-tufted members of the cat family.

“The lynx is a solitary cat that haunts the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. Lynx are covered with beautiful thick fur that keeps them warm during frigid winters. Their large paws are also furry and hit the ground with a spreading toe motion that makes them function as natural snowshoes.

These stealthy cats avoid humans and hunt at night, so they are rarely seen.

There are several species of lynx. Few survive in Europe but those that do, like their Asian relatives, are typically larger than their North American counterpart, the Canada lynx.”

Ref: National Geographic

lynx5Map shows where lynx are found.

Siberian lynxLynx lynx




What is tattoo Tuesday about?

December 17, 2013

squirrel Indian giant squirrel 2

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day.  Squirrels inhabit every continent on earth, except Australia.  National Geographic says that there are over 200 squirrel species and that:

“Like other rodents, squirrels have four front teeth that never stop growing so they don’t wear down from the constant gnawing. Tree squirrels are the types most commonly recognized, often seen gracefully scampering and leaping from branch to branch. Other species are ground squirrels that live in burrow or tunnel systems, where some hibernate during the winter season.”

Squirrels range in size from the 5″ long African Pygmy Squirrel below (aww!) –


To the 36″ long Indian Giant Squirrel at the top of the page (eek!)

Here’s a map of where squirrels live (also from National Geographic:

squirrel map

And here are the tattoos which are surprisingly nice:





What am I sappy cat blogging?

October 4, 2013


From the archives of National Geographic, click here for a slide show of vintage photographs featuring photogenic kitties.

And from my own collection – the most photogenic Cmdr. Samuel Vimes . . .

sam portrait

Finally, from the funny papers:

cat blowfish