Photos of readers

September 15, 2019 • 2:45 pm

Don’t forget to send in your personal photos (MAXIMUM TWO), preferably doing something characteristic or interesting, and with a short caption. You may include a cat in your photo, but don’t send it separately!

Howie Neufeld is a professor of biology at Appalachian State University; I met him when I gave a talk there a few years ago. And he sent this photo and caption:

 Last month I attended the Botanical Society of America meeting in Tucson. Took the family and made it a vacation also. This is me in front of an organ pipe cactus at the Sonoran Desert Museum, one of the best natural history museums in the country. By the way, my student won a best poster award at the meeting. She was very excited about that, as was I.

11 thoughts on “Photos of readers

  1. Lovely, Professor Neufeld ! Serious query:
    does one within such a “m u s e u m” encounter
    as well as cacti, say, rattlesnakes ? or no ?

    My living in an area quite free of almost all
    venomous serpents, I likely ‘ld be all garbed
    up within long, long pants and sleeves cuz
    … … well, worried in re same !


    1. Idn’t that particular one the bomb, Mr rickflick / Dr Neufeld !

      I concur ! Is that, perhaps, a Tilley hat ?
      been through a few washes and guarandamnteed
      for your lifetime ?


  2. You’re the FCG [to code it a little] Howie! I like your photo reports of The High Country which is how come I know you as FCG. “F” is my favourite too, but not so colourful in my post-industrial Midlands, UK.

  3. I love that “museum” (more like a botanical garden and zoo combination). It’s where I learned the significance of the forked tongue of snakes and lizards. Following a “scent” trail (or is it taste?) they get two samples separated by an inch or two, then bias motion toward the side with the stronger signal. Simple, elegant and effective. Ain’t evolution wonderful?

    1. IIRC (from Western films?), Native Americans accused the white man of speaking with “forked tongue.” I guess saying one thing but meaning the other unspoken thing.

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