Friday, February 15, 2019

A Love Is in the Air Weekly Link Round-Up

One thing that I noticed when Denis and I went to the Water Ranch at the end of January is that love was in the air. Or sometimes on the rocks beneath our feet.

Some afternoon delight for two Variegated Meadowhawk dragonflies.

Amidst all the dozing mallards, fishing egrets, paddling pelicans, and swooping ospreys, there were dragonflies darting everywhere. Usually in pairs. Like the two in the photo above who enjoyed quite a bit of afternoon delight regardless of how many were around to watch. I know. Shame on Denis and me for photographing them. Let's give them some privacy. I'll head out to the link corral and leave them alone.  Shhhh...

Head 'em up! Mooooooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • One of Oxford's greatest treasures likely belonged to the legendary King Alfred the Great
  • Canadian archives have acquired the book that would have guided the North American Holocaust.
  • Road workers in Florida sent out to repair a sinkhole got a surprise when they discovered it was caused by a tunnel leading to a nearby bank.
  • Fragments of an early Arthurian legend have been found in a 16th-century book. 
  • Egypt has unveiled an ancient burial site at Tuna el-Gebel that's home to fifty mummies.

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • A new study showcases the three-toed sloth's unsung adaptability.
  • Nearly 35,000 sandhill cranes migrate to the Sulphur Springs Valley each winter.
  • A gemologist has found an insect entombed in opal instead of amber.
  • The newly discovered leaf-tailed gecko from Madagascar is already threatened by the pet trade.
  • Joshua Tree National Park may feel the effects of the government shutdown for up to 300 years. (Why was this behavior necessary?)
  • The CDC cautions against kissing pet hedgehogs.
  • Chickens might lay your future prescriptions.
  • These are the best practices for underwater photographers hoping to protect marine life.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. Dragonfly romance? Who would have thought?

    Thanks for the links.

  2. I just read about mating rituals of dragonflies. The females need a Me Too Movement!

  3. That's a great 'photo, Cathy, as ever! Well, dragonflies deserve their private moments, too. Now, me, I'm off to that Egyptian burial site. Oh, wait, there's that tunnel, too!!! Which to pick?!

  4. Dragonflies and 'afternoon delight' - only you, Cathy! And may I say that I don't want to think about mice rocking...I'm not a rodent lover. Sorry. I did enjoy the article about the 12 books we should stop making high schoolers read. There were some good substitutes, though it's probably good for them to read some books that are timesome to get through. LOL

    1. Well... maybe hold off until they're confirmed readers. Don't want to scare them off too soon!

  5. Have had a great run on reading A+ books: The Exiled, by Kati Hiekkapelto; The Widows, by Jess Montgomery and Salt Lane, by William Shaw. Now I expect every book to measure up to these.

    1. I'm looking forward to reading The Widows and Salt Lane myself.


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