Friday, February 08, 2019

A Thinking About Holes Weekly Link Round-Up

I caught myself thinking about holes today. It wasn't planned; it just happened. I think it was because I was looking through my photos to see what I could include in this post.

Yes, I look at holes when I'm out and about. Especially holes in a saguaro cactus, like you see here, because they're usually nesting places for all sorts of critters. You never know what could be peeking out at you when you zoom in the camera lens. But sometimes those holes can spark the imagination. Am I the only one, or can you see the two small eyes staring up at the heavens and its huge mouth gaping open in horror? Is an alien spaceship landing?

I remember taking a city-girl friend out for a bit of a hike in the McDowell Mountain Preserve, a beautiful desert landscape. She stopped at each hole she saw, swearing up and down there was a snake in each one. I began to think we weren't going to get more than 100 feet from the parking lot. We did manage to get out quite a distance, and then she swore up and down that we were lost and would never make it back to the parking lot. Tip: Never bet against me when I say something like, "I'll bet you five dollars I can take you right back to the car." My ancestors didn't follow Dan'l Boone around for nothin'.

And then there's someone like Mary Kingsley, the intrepid Victorian explorer who traveled to West Africa a few times in the 1890s and got into trouble for telling Christian missionaries to leave the natives and their religion and customs alone. In her memoirs, she mentions falling into more than one hole on her explorations, and she did it with such a sense of humor that just the memory of reading her words makes me laugh to this day.

Yep, there's a lot to be said for holes... and I still wish you could have a sackful of holes like they did in the cartoons of my childhood so you could pull one out, slap it on a wall, and make a quick getaway. Speaking of cartoon holes, I hope those links out in the corral never get their hooves on any-- putting these posts together would be much more problematic!

Head 'em up! Mooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Grudge-holding crows pass on their anger to family and friends.
  • You can visit this Australian island, but only if you pledge to skip the wombat selfie.
  • Humans and dogs may have hunted together in prehistoric Jordan.
  • "Deep Blue," thought to be the world's biggest great white shark, has been seen off the coast of Hawaii.
  • How do you save an endangered species in a war zone?
  • Flowers sweeten up when they sense bees buzzing.
  • Do animals hate the bitter cold of winter?
  • The last wild caribou of the Lower 48 has been placed in captivity.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • The crime fiction of New Orleans.
  • A sweet-toothed bear searching for snacks has been a symbol of Madrid for centuries.
  • You'll fall in love with this quiet Arizona town that has more books than people.
  • Six centuries later and still ticking in Prague: the world's oldest astronomical clock in use.

►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. I love that explorer spirit in you, Cathy. Holes are everywhere, and, as you say, you never know what's in them... Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a book coffer to check out!

  2. Holes - I love the idea of you pointing your camera down a hole. Ha! And I see the eyes and the mouth on that cactus! When we had our oak trees trimmed last fall, the guys told me we had a hole in one of them that very likely had owls nesting. We have seen a few owls and I wanted to say that was a Hogwarts owl rest stop. ;-)

    1. You had/have a HORS? How cool!

      The last time I aimed my camera down a hole, I had a funnel web spider looking up at me! LOL


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