Thursday, June 30, 2016


Last week the world witnessed Brexit, in which citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

It is not the purpose of this blog to comment on controversial political issues in any meaningful way.  

The blog may, though, comment in a non-meaningful way.  Thus, I will offer two opinions.  

1. Supporters of Brexit should have been known as the Brexit Club, in reference to the John Hughes movie

2. The motto of the Brexit movement should have been "Brekekekexit Koax Koax", from the frogs of Aristophanes.  One might object that a motto based on ancient Greek drama is too arcane for modern politics; however, the motto does fit well with the image that we like to have of the English sitting in drawing rooms saying witty and learned things.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lizards in Love

We are in the midst of the mating season for the Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus).  Over the past few weeks I been seeing them engaged in their courtship behavior.  Now I'm using the resulting photos to make a blog post on lizards in love. (When I think the phrase "lizards in love", I think it to the tune of "Lawyers in Love", a once-popular but now forgotten song from my Eighties childhood.)

The first two are from Memorial Day, and the third is from Saturday.

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(It's also interesting to note that in the second picture the male retains vestiges of the juvenile stripe pattern, which is usually lost in mature males.)

There are places here in Alexandria where skinks are abundant, but I'm the only one who ever seems to notice them.  Probably hundreds of people walk by the skinks every day without ever knowing that they're there.  But I guess that many things in life are never seen or appreciated by most people.