July 2011

Sighted in CR: down by the river, a tayra (not quite an otter, bigger than a marten); in a tree near a spring, a brown speckled juvenile heron; in several wet spots, green & white poison dart frogs. And crawling slowly along the lawn one mid-day, a GIGANTIC insect: a Mydas fly, which with its indigo blue eyes, orange wings and orange antenna truly must be seen to be believed. Fortunately, someone has posted a photo online:http://travel.mongabay.com

The photo, though, doesn’t convey the size of the fly: at least 1.5 cm wide, and no less than 5 cm long. Impressive!

July 4 news, also from CR, not so pleasing:http://thecostaricanews.com/

In honor of Bastille Day (July 14):http://www.bewilderingstories.com

If you enjoyed that poem by Ronsard, try this one:http://www.recmusic.org/

On July 17 I flew to Houston; while there I visited the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to take in an exhibition of its prints of Helmut Newton photos: http://www.mfah.org/

I also saw three movies: the final Harry Potter; The Tree of Life; and Buck, about the real-life horse whisperer. All are good, all worth seeing. Do not miss Buck! http://trailers.apple.com

From Texas to California, where Miss Tara Blossom provided me with yet another worthwhile read: Dragon Keeper, by Carole Wilkinson.

And, from the “interesting website” department:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://ecivision.wordpress.com

http://www.designboom.com

http://www.diggerslist.com

So much to peruse, and only twenty-four hours even in the lengthened summer’s day!