Natural History Books-“The Shark and the Jellyfish” and “Dawn Light”

Lonely Beach

I have loved and read natural history books since I was a small boy. In my teens, I discovered the natural history writing of the great anthropologist Loren Eiseley.  His writings and outlook made a huge impression on me. You can read some excerpts from his books at my Metta Refuge blog: The Star Thrower Finding … Continue reading

The Creature that Runs So Fast it Goes Blind!

Japanese Tiger Beetle - by Kwon Hye Won

Beetles rule! At least, beetles rule when it comes to the number of species.  Species of beetles constitute about 25% of all known life-forms on Earth. In the insect realm, 40% of all insect species are beetles, numbering about 350,000.  Every year, dozens of new species are discovered, and some believe the number of unclassified … Continue reading

Encounter with Hundreds of Thousands of Ladybugs

LADYBUGS! LOTS of ladybugs! If you love nature and enjoy amazing images from nature, stop by my Berkeley, Naturally! nature blog and take a look at my new post about my discovery of several hundred thousand ladybugs amassed in the Berkeley Hills near my home. The post is called: They are the Lady(bugs) of the … Continue reading

Tiny but colourful jumping “peacock spider”

Jumping Peacock Spider

A four millimetre long “peacock spider” that can wave a pair of legs and two patterned flaps as part of a mating ritual has been captured on camera. “The tiny arachnid, found in Australia, shows off a rainbow of colours to impress nearby females. It can raise a pair of legs and fan out two … Continue reading