At the risk of everyone telling me that I should change the name of my blog to "Susan Gets Dead Stuff"...
I went on a walk today at Kelley's Nature Preserve. Today was Lorelei's last day of school, so I wanted to get out and make this last day count (Geoff said I made it out to be the "Last Supper")
I seem to have the knack (or is it misfortune?) to always find crime scenes. They are everywhere.
I can't help it...and thanks to Julie, aka The Science Chimp, I try to puzzle out what happened and to who.
*Graphic ickies ahead....tread at your own peril*
This was strewn across the path:
Remains. Guts. Innards. Pick your word, that's what it was. Intestines, maybe a stomach?
That ain't worms, y'all.
Small pieces of fresh meat, a slug, green flies...
Here's what I think is the stomach...full of veggie matter. And split open. Ew.
So this is a mammal of some kind. (It didn't look like a bird's digestive system)
There was a beautiful orange/black fly tasting the deli selection.
I didn't find any bones. That might have been helpful in this CSI case.
Macro of the hair stuck to some of the remains. Course, black with pale tips.
Is this from the eater or the eatee?
Tracks around the scene were canine, but that could be either coyote or regular old pet dog.
Things that make you go "hmmmmm...."
I don't know about you, but I need some cleansing photos.
How about young salamanders?
My Mom's pond is almost a vernal pool...but it usually stays wet most of the year.
(Unless there's a horrible drought) The water never gets more that 2 or 3 feet deep.
I thought this guy was a frog, until it showed us it's profile. I am a newbie at salamanders. What kind is this?
And here's a slightly younger one...still sporting crazy gills. Whenever I see these guys, they remind me of Oriental dragons. (You know the paintings you see of ancient dragons, with all that crazy stuff behind their heads?
And what is up with the dandruffy water there?
These last two are for Nina, our resident Salamander-phile.