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Today's contribution comes from Robert Lang, physicist and origami master. I had the pleasure of meeting him at Kent Presents in Connecticut (go here to see photos of his conversation with Harold Varmus and some of Robert's great origami). Today he's sent us both photos and videos.
Robert's notes and IDs are indented.
Sending some more pix (and videos) of the local Altadena wildlife. Most of these were shot through my office window, which looks out onto the Angeles National Forest. This is the type of terrain you may have been reading about in California fire news these past few weeks: beyond the mowed-to-the-ground meadow is chaparral, dense brush that is pure tinder. Fortunately, the closest fire to here (the Bobcat Fire) was held off by the incredible efforts of the unified fire command to about 4 miles away and it’s now on its way to full containment.
We’ll start with two images from early summer. First, a fawn, still with its spots:
And then what is likely a yearling male, just starting to show spikes, still in velvet:
Two older bucks are still in velvet:
Although the grasses have been cut down by this time (for fire suppression), the garden still has plenty of big juicy weeds in it, and the locals are only too happy to help with the weeding:
As the season moves on, the deer get bolder and more inventive in their search for tasty tidbits. This one has learned a new trick to reach tender olive shoots:
So they are developing new skills, but I’m not going to start worrying until they develop opposable thumbs.
Back to pictures. The most common visitors are young (~4-point) bucks and does, like these:
But now it’s the fall; the acorns bring multiple visits per day to the trees, and it’s also the time when a young male’s thoughts turn to does in heat. I see a lot of this pose (the does act annoyed and spend a lot of time running away)
Eventually, though, the Big Guy shows up to make clear who’s the Boss of the Meadow: