Those Beautiful Bastards


[caption id="attachment_658" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="©2011 Warren Hedges"][/caption] Having an animal’s eye in sharp focus is traditionally a make or break element in wildlife photography. Perhaps for evolutionary reasons, we like to look at things that can look back at us. Here is the background, but clearly distinguished from it is…

The Socialist Birds on My Porch


I've been bemused lately by the antics of the Acorn Woodpeckers who frequent my porch to drink from my dog's water dish. But after doing a little research, I've found that their social behavior is distinctive and unusual. Here are a few excerpts from "Cooperative Breeding in the Acorn Woodpecker,"…

Snake Repellent Ingredients


Ingredients of Liquid Fence Brand® ("It Really Works"®) Snake Repellent:Mint Oil 25%Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 12.5%Thyme Oil White 9.38%Garlic Oil 6.25%Putrescent Egg Solids 6.25%Other (mostly water) 40.62%Yes, I bought and spread something that is 6.25% putrescent egg solids! I don't know if it will repel the rattlesnake, but I think it…

Uexküll's Animal Worlds


"Too often we imagine the relations a certain animal has to things in its environment take place in the same space and in the same time as those which bind us to the objects in our human world.  This illusion rests on the belief in a single world in which…

Not Indifference, But Different Differences


"[When asked if his work on animals is] meant to erase oppositions and form an undifferentiated, homogenous group comprising human-animals, Derrida insists that he is not at all interested in blurring differences but is instead trying to re-mark differences that have been reduced, denied, or overlooked. He explains that'if you…

The Anti-Petipus


It’s a commonplace that a pet, perhaps especially a dog, is “part of the family.” The family pet. Less often, but still frequently, I am told that I’m part of my dog’s “pack.” But what if neither of these is true, or rather, not true enough? When I’m at my…