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I was out walking when I saw a wide variety of colourful but broken snail shells, which were probably evidence of a serial-killing thrush. A bird either dropped snails onto the hard surfaces from a height or, more likely in this case, held a snail in their beak and bashed it, before extracting the snail from the broken shell and eating it or feeding it to a nearby baby bird.

05 Snail massacre, probably by a thrush, Cheltenham 06-15

Link to a larger image on flickr.
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
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Blackberry bramble, Rubus fruticosa, Herefordshire 09-14

Blackberry bramble, Rubus fruticosa, Herefordshire 09-14

False ladybird, Endomychus coccineus, on pink granite, Herefordshire 09-14

False ladybird, Endomychus coccineus, Herefordshire 09-14

rydra_wong: Lisa Rands' chalky hands on the sloper on the route Gaia (climbing -- hands)
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On Saturday, I got up at 6 and jumped on a train to Sheffield, and by 11 I was in the Burbage valley bouldering in the snow (finding the bits of rock that had stayed dry or already been dried by the sun).

View of boulders in snow, looking up towards the gritstone edge of Burbage South

Cut for lots of photos of boulders in snow )
rydra_wong: Lisa Rands' chalky hands on the sloper on the route Gaia (climbing -- hands)
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Last week, I spent five days bouldering on the gritstone in the Peak District. Here are some photos taken on my crappy little phone camera.

They have a lot of sky up there.

Boulder against bright blue sky with fluffy clouds

[Boulder against bright blue sky with fluffy clouds.]

Cut for photos )
lark_ascends: Blue and purple dragonfly, green background (Sydney Harbour Bridge)
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17th March 2007.

Back in 2007, I visited Alice Springs in the Northern Territory for an astronomy conference. It was hot, even though it wasn't summer any more. On the day when we visited the wildlife park in Alice it was around 42-45 C (107-113 F) and I ended up with what was probably a mild case of heat stroke (although that was more than enough!). After the conference ended, I went on a day trip (leave before 6 am, got back after midnight) to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It was a somewhat cloudy day, with some rain at Uluru and Kata Tjuta, which was nice, actually, as it meant it was around 25 C (77 F) compared to the 45-50 C (113-122 F) it had been earlier in the week. While we were down there, Alice Springs got a lot of rain and by the time we came back that night the completely empty river that ran through the town had burst its banks in places.

I cannot describe the majesty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. They were phenomenally huge and...it was awe inspiring. It was also amazing seeing how much life there was, even though it was desert. There were birds, there were water holes, there were tadpoles in puddles when we did a walk at Kata Tjuta. Seeing the local Aboriginal peoples' perspective on it all was also fascinating (even though I'd had not intention of walking on Uluru, that confirmed it) and it was also horrifying to see the beautiful rock art that had lost so much of its colour because people used to throw water on it in the past to make the colours stand out more to take photos.

Below the cut is a panorama of Kata Tjuta made from 9 photos that I took.

800 pixel wide and 5500 pixel wide, 800 kB, panorama below the cut )
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
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I have been using a very narrow definition of "common", but after chatting with our awesome moderator, I'm going to start broadening that so I can post more! Currently I am in Hawai'i, and on Friday I went on a hike at 'Anaeho'omalu. Now, I do not live in Hawai'i, so this is not "common" for me, but it is a readily available hike for most Big Island residents--free, unrestricted access, and not too long (although it does go along a sandy beach and over a lot of rough cobbles, so is not very accessible for people with mobility issues).

The very best thing, in my opinion, is the abundance of Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas), who not only feed along the shoreline, but lie on the beach in the sun for hours, generally uncaring of people staring at them a lot and taking photos (you can tell the locals because they are not so fascinated by the turtles; I cannot imagine not being fascinated by the turtles):

'Anaeho'omalu - Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

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