Partridge Plymouth Rock Hen
The Plymouth Rock is an American breed of chicken. Developed in New England in the middle of the 19th century and first exhibited as a breed in 1849. Several individuals claimed its invention, but John C. Bennett (1804–1867) has been credited with creating / popularizing the breed.
Plymouth Rocks were bred as a dual-purpose fowl, meaning that they were valued both for their meat and for the hens’ egg-laying ability.
The first Plymouth Rock was barred and other varieties were developed later. There are eight recognized colors - Barred (Light and Dark), White, Buff, Partridge, Silver Penciled, Blue, Columbian, Black.
The breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively in the United States as the Barred Plymouth Rock.
I have 8 or 9 Barred Plymouths, but I much prefer the look of the Partridge. This one is 24 weeks old, just old enough to lay, but not laying yet. Grr.
One of the pullets just coming into lay this month. Fingers crossed that a dozen or two of the new girls will take on laying through the shorter, darker days. I’ve been lucky in the past, but this year I have more birds moulting and birds that have stopped for the winter. I don’t believe in using artificial light to keep birds laying.
This girl is gorgeous, full of fall color - so I named her after a gregarious college roommate - Autumn, who in not only colorful, but in turn was named after the song “Autumn Leaves”.
EASTER EGGERS - 6 weeks
These are the last of this year’s crop of chicks. Mostly EE’s and RI Reds, they are just 6 weeks old. The two pictured are among my favorites. The top is buff and blue - really pretty coloring. No muff, no beard. Interested to see what color eggs she lays. The bottom is just a really sweet girl. More classic Ameracauna coloring.
RED BEACH, Paracas National Park - Southern Peru
Southern Peru gets very little rain, and the animals who live here have all adapted ways to survive in such a dry climate. I found this beach to be fascinating. The cliffs are golden in color but contain a lot of iron, the lighter sediment washes away in the surf and leaves behind the heavier red iron-rich sand on the shore. I thought it was beautiful.
Oh, and there’s also a huge candelabra carved on one of the cliffs near here. It’s a style akin to the Nazca Lines.
PUNO, uh and Coke…
Puno sits on the shore of Lake Titicaca - the lake at the highest elevation in the world. It borders Peru and Bolivia
In Peru, the coastal areas are westernized but the interior was still wearing traditional garb, as recently as 2001. Each community has a hat, the people of Puno wear these tiny porkpie hats that sit high on their heads. While many places had folks that were warm and friendly, in Puno folks were more reserved.
The Cordillera Blanca - The White Spine of the Andes, Peru
Another shot of Peru, easily one of my favorite places in the planet. Peru is a country turned upside down - orchids grow at elevation in Macchu Picchu where the air is thin. At sea level there are hundreds of miles of sand dunes, with nary a plant, yet where fresh water drains, mile and miles of rice fields.
CAPYBARAS for #Monkeyfrog
My favorite animals as a kid, and a lucky sighting while boating up the Amazon on our way to Tambopata Research Station in the Peruvian Rainforest. We only had a quick second, I was lucky to get a shot, but they are the coolest, rodents, ever!
Meet ALOYSIUS - Bearded Blue Silkie Rooster
My friend Douglas called me the other day, he was on the road back to Los Angeles from the Central Valley. He had adopted a Silkie hen and was bringing back one of her hatch mates hoping to find a home for him. And so it was that Douglas glibly, talked me into adopting Aloysius I don’t need another rooster, especially a 3 pound fluff-ball, but how could I resist - I just love the way he looks.
He’s a lovely bird and has been no trouble at all.
Silkies have barbless feathers, so they look furry. They have head crests, can have beards, have a black skin and blue ears. They have 5 toes on each foot, whereas most chickens have 4. Their heritage is uncertain but Marco Polo, wrote of a ‘furry’ chicken in the 13th century, during his travels in Asia. They are among the most docile breed of chicken.
This is one of two chicks that almost died the day they were born. The mom was unhealthy, she left the nest, the chicks got cold and all but two died.It was touch and go for awhile, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to lose them all.
I’m pleased to report that just a few short weeks later that both chicks and the Mama Hen (pictured with the chick) are doing great.
Baby Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
My dog barked and I happened to look outside; good thing as both of my cats were playing with this little guy. He’s a tiny rattlesnake, about 8” end to end with a head about the size of a dime. Yep, already venomous.*
So what do I do?
1. Get the Snakecatcher 2000 - an apparatus Kevin made for me out of a broom handle and some sailboat hardware. It works great. It has Snakecatcher 2000 written on the side in Sharpie marker. He made it as I had been using BBQ tongs to pick up snakes.
2. Catch the snake - loop rope around the snake’s neck, snug up the rope, lift. Place snake into an Igloo® Playmate® cooler, I keep around for this purpose.
3. Photograph the snake - proof, plus how cool are these guys? I find them fascinating.
4. Drive to a remote location and release the snake - easy, peasy Japanesy they just want to go and be on their way.
5. Resume your lazy afternoon
*Correction from poisonous to venomous, thanks to @youtaggedthatsnakewrong
India Blue Peacock Hackle Feathers
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous
The feral peacock is back visiting. Squeeeee.
MOUNT DIABLO from Dao House
Mount Diablo has long been the site of numerous reports pertaining to cryptozoology, hauntings, mysterious lights, and various other Fortean phenomena (it is rumored that the name “Mount Diablo" is derived from the propensity for such weird events to be alleged at, or in the immediate vicinity, of the mountain).
Phantom black “panthers” are seen with unusual frequency on the slopes of the mountain, as well as at the “Devil’s Hole" region of the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness.
As early as 1806, General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo reported an encounter with a flying, spectral apparition, while engaged in military operations against the Bolgones band of the Bay Miwok tribe.
In 1873, a live frog was said to be found within a slab of limestone at a mine on Mount Diablo. source
The popular video game series Diablo was named after the mountain. One of the co-founders of Blizzard North David Brevik grew up in the area.
Mount Chiliad, the mountain featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, is based on Mount Diablo.
Mount Diablo is referenced in the title and lyrics of the song “Mt. Diablo” by the pop-punk band The Story So Far.
Charming little cemetery in my charming little hometown. My folks moved here 1000 years ago and I’d never stopped by, today I visited with @Daryl Darko