Fascinating Fungi: Fun Fungal Facts

Some scientists classify fungi as a division of kingdom Plantae, and some consider them an entirely separate kingdom simply referred to as kingdom Fungi. I will be using the kingdom Fungi classification. Members of the kingdom include mushrooms, molds, mildews, yeasts, slime molds, smuts, and rusts. Fungi are eukaryotic-celled decomposers which feed off the organic matter that they grow in. They reproduce sexually and/or nonsexually … Continue reading Fascinating Fungi: Fun Fungal Facts

“Twisted Flamingo” by John Tuttle

Originally posted on formercactus:
(full size) I have done quite a bit of selective color photography, imagery in which three or fewer colors are isolated and the rest of the hues in the photo are converted to monochrome. I call this work the “Twisted Flamingo,” and it is one of a series of over 100 snapshots I took of a group of flamingos. It is the… Continue reading “Twisted Flamingo” by John Tuttle

Early June Nature Photos: Clovers, Butterflies, and More

Here are some more photos. As you know, I love nature shots. So I was outside snapping these a few hours ago. Today I’ve gone to Mass, gone biking, gone shopping for jeans, and more. But I do have to say I like spending time in the great outdoors, even when it’s beastly hot and humid like it was today. This white variety of clover … Continue reading Early June Nature Photos: Clovers, Butterflies, and More

Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land Has Greatly Inspired Sci-Fi

Stranger in a Strange Land is truly quite strange. The storyline of the original 1961 novel by Robert A. Heinlein (author of Starship Troopers) is based around a human character raised by Martians. This main character, Valentine Michael Smith, returns to the planet of his own people: Earth. The title is taken from the Biblical quote from Exodus 2:22 which in some renditions reads, “And she bore … Continue reading Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land Has Greatly Inspired Sci-Fi

A GMP Call for Submissions (No Fee)

The Good Men Project, the web publication which touts itself with the descriptive subheadline “The Conversation No One Else Is Having,” does in fact discuss things that are covered fairly well elsewhere. A huge positive I will promote of theirs is free thinking and/or diversity. I found it to be one of those amazing and increasingly rare publications which publishes writing, writing like my own … Continue reading A GMP Call for Submissions (No Fee)

Local Street Art in Quincy, Illinois

I’ve been here and there across the U.S. And one of the things I love about people, cities, and all places for that matter is the unique types of art and culture they host. Rome showed off the splendor of its centuries-old architecture as well as its interior dining decor and even some of the graffiti. (The graffiti here in the states looks the same, … Continue reading Local Street Art in Quincy, Illinois