Sunday, September 27, 2009
You have seen this picture before. It is my surrogate mother, Mrs Marjorie Braund, whom I have loved dearly for nearly forty years. As regular readers of the bloggo will know she has been seriously ill with multiple cancers.
She has taken a turn for the worse, and Dave B-P (her grandson, and my nephew and heir apparent to the CFZ circus) and I went to see her last night. She was barely conscious and although she recognised us and acknowledged our presence, said very little that was coherent.
Dave and I ask your prayers at this difficult time.
"Reflect on this: The realisation of impermanence is paradoxically the only thing we can hold onto, perhaps our only lasting possession." Sogyal Rinpoche
This one was sent to me by Sally from the Puerto Rico Humane Society:
A fire in Santa Barbara, CA last week caused these two beautiful animals to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks old.
The fawn came from "somewhere in the fire zone" and the bobcat from Carpentaria, CA. area. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.
Being a Sunday morning I suppose that I should really be saying something profound about how we should all love each other or something.
Well, of course we should, but that's not really relevant to these pictures, which I am posting purely for the "aaaaaaaaaaaaw" factor.
Cute, aren't they?
I have just watched the Killarney lake video on the blog; a very interesting looking film. I can certainly see what you mean about the giant eels; highly plausible but the mystery animal at 6.44 onwards I have my doubts about.
I have watched it a number of times and every time I see it, it looks less and less like a lake monster. Actually, it looks less and less like an underwater creature.
Being honest, I would say it is a large water bird, which appears to be taking off; as you watch the object move across to the right you can see what appears to be a flapping motion and the animal make contact with the water on a few occasions.
I would suggest from this image that it is either a large bird taking off or an osprey successfully hunting;
the reason being that the only reason for a fish to break the surface hunting would have to be for insects and it would then require a bloody big fly to attract a creature that size out of the water. It would not, however, be to hard to imagine a bird catching a large fish on the surface that in turn was hunting smaller fish, that in turn are eating the flies.
Interesting lake, mind you
all the best
I have to admit that the more I look at the video I think that you are partly right. The black dot does appear to be a bird, but the more I examine both the video (at as high resolution as possible) and the photographs that my darling Corinna took, the `torpedo` wake seems to be following the bird rather than being made by it. The bird is actually a `red herring` (if I may mix my metaphors into a gloriously surrealchemical game of verbal exquisite corpse), because the `torpedo wake` bears off to the right as the bird (probably a cormorant or a grotesque shag) flaps on its merry way. Maybe whatever it was in the water was chasing the bird?
What a long, strange trip it will be...
Now, young Max read what `Auntie` has to say.
By Jason O'Brien
Saturday September 26 2009
IS THAT a monster's tail, or might it be more accurately described as a tall tale?
An English zoologist is in little doubt. Jonathan Downes (50) believes that he has pictorial evidence of something very much out of the ordinary lurking in one of Ireland's most picturesque lakes last week.
Mr Downes, a cryptozoologist who investigates unknown species, was holidaying in Killarney when he captured the ambiguous shapes as he looked down on one of the area's famous lakes from a nearby hill.
Sorry if you’re expecting a 3D photo. Due to BT not being very good I’m afraid there’ll be a delay on that. In the meantime here is the news:
That could ‘bee’ dangerous.