I don't know the species for this salamander. It has interesting markings that don't match up with what I am looking at to ID it. If you know what this its, please post a reply.
Just a short way down from the Camouflage Inn in Stump Creek, is Biggie's Quality Meats. This is a store well worth a stop. Really, stop in if you have the time.
But, just to the north of the store, on the east side right along Route 119, is this sign, which may or may not have anything to do with Biggies.
So I know what you are thinking. This is just an old (and pretty typical) sign to lead one to a business. And maybe it once said, "OPEN." But...
While a message noting nothing more than "OPEN" is kinda just okay as a sign, the other possibilities for what this sign actually said are open. Maybe it said:
Cope. Which would be rather like a sign saying "get over it." Positive in its way, but not a great way of going about it.
Dope. Well, let's just not hope that was the word, although speaking of such...
Hope. Now that is a really positive thing to put on a sign. Unless the rest of the missing bits were "you survive your trip on Rt. 119."
But I want to think positive, and it could have said, "Go Pens," rooting for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
And "mope" and "nope" and "rope" seem just silly, and unlikely they were selling, and misspelled "sope."
And certainly they did not have a "calliope."
So I am left to wonder, was it just open after all?
The Camouflage Inn is a must visit if you are anywhere near it. Which is to say somewhere north of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and just south of Dubois along route 119.. Yes, it is a bar, so 21 or older to go there.
The people you will meet there are awesome, and if you have time they have stories to tell. Plan a couple hours, as this is not a usual bar and well worth the time visiting.
This coming weekend is Biker Week, so if you have a Harley or similar you will find many friends there.
You can find out what is going on either on their Facebook page:
or their website (which is just getting fired up) at:
This Eastern Cottontail rabbit was nice enough to give a pic
A dog drinking from a fountain
Walk for Water
So, for the last couple of years there has been a 6-kilometer walk in Washington, DC to stress the point that this is the average distance people around the globe have to walk to get clean water. And, mostly it is women and children who make these regular treks to clean water.
It is a good point, and something I have seen to be true in places but...for more info here is the website:
But I don't think the webpage, which is about the walk, really coverts the topic..
However, I did take a few pics along the walk, which I hope are interesting.
I was really just out to get some exercise and not on a big-time photo mission. But I did walk the four miles or so around the lake and took a few snaps along the way.
And then, a bold fish crow decided to give the eagle some trouble
But nothing really came of that, and I walked on.
Certainly not my best set from Accotink, but some fun photos as spring arrives here.
Okay, how about another video! I have been meaning to get this one up for a while now. This is a clip from a trail camera set up by Greddy Arias at the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica. There are quite a number of peccaries on the property and a few deer, so yes, we have mountain lions as well.
And this video shows a cat in its prime, dragging off a kill. What a fabulous animal!
It is on youtube at:
or just click here to see it.
First up is not a pic, but a video link. This is Don McFarlane narrating a National Geographic video short from our last trip to Borneo.
Of note, the video footage was done by Guy van Rentergem, who is not credited in the video, which I think an error.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist