Archive for October, 2011

Gambodian birdfeeder

Gambodian birdfeeder

We gathered in BK’s backyard to eat waffles, swap stories with a visiting filmmaker, and toss fruit into the bird feeder. What immediately shows up is not anything I’d see in Minnesota. They were eating bananas, mango, and guava. They are tanagers of various sorts, motmot, honeycreepers, thrushes, parakeets, and woodpeckers… There are also plenty […]


Independence Day(s) in Panama

Independence Day(s) in Panama

Apparently we will be celebrating three separate independence days this month: Nov. 3, Nov. 10, and Nov. 28. Lots of holidays…and parades. I’ll keep you posted. These flags were set up in Cuidad de Sabor…no doubt awaiting pageantry this coming week.


Rivers of raptors

Rivers of raptors

I’m back on my feet in Panama. Ready to blog. This was the sight on Thursday: 900,000 (almost) raptors over Cerro Ancon. People were turning out of buildings and tipping faces to the sky to see the amazing sight of swirling black streams overhead. The raptors don’t eat much during their migration because they don’t […]


Mpls Ritz

Mpls Ritz

Paul Metsa, Minneapolis songwriter, had a book-signing concert event at the Ritz Theater in Northeast this week. His book, well-reviewed, was selling like hotcakes at the event. He says he was up at 9am and working until 5pm every day for months to write it. Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday was coffee, Thursday and Friday were Merlot from Surdyks […]


Last sips

Last sips

It’s becoming clear to me through this blog that I have a “thing” for bugs. I always put them in my paintings. Each species seems to represent something different to me. This Minnesota bee is gathering some last sweetness on a late-season morning glory before the frost. I painted this species of bee in a […]


Original farmers

Original farmers

The ancestors of these beings have been farming for over 50 million years. They use the leaves to feed the fungus that they eat, and that feeds their babies. There is an abundance of them here in Panama and they seem to be busier than usual lately. I spotted these Friday morning before driving in […]


Species cluster II

Species cluster II

Hard to know exactly how many species we’re looking at here. Two stand out to the unscientific, but undoubtedly there are many more…endophytes, definitely.


Sunday morning

Sunday morning

This is my neighborhood. Gamboa is where the Chagres River and Lake Gatun meet. The water is a murky brown color from all the silt. This is close to where you sit to wait for the light to cross the bridge. Only one direction of traffic at a time can cross due to the age […]


Gamboa

Gamboa

This is the neighborhood from the air. I live inside the yellow circle in 183, research station. Being so close to the Soberania National Park is why I can hear howler monkeys, etc. There is still an active dredging operation here in the little village. Lots of STRI gringos live here. It’s a fairly quiet […]


PCR

PCR

This railroad was founded in 1855. It played a major role in the revolution. Runs across the isthmus from one sea to the other. Panama City to Colon. Short trip, but beautiful in places.


Panama Aesthetic

Panama Aesthetic

Sometimes I wonder about the guys that decide where they’re going to plant the power lines. This is the old lighthouse where the Chagres River meets Lake Gatun.


Tagged Agouti

Tagged Agouti

This one’s been defaced, but agoutis here are like the grey squirrels in Minnesota except they stick to the ground. (Plentiful and benign) They are invaluable for keeping the diversity of the forest because they generally strip the hard shell off of seeds, then plant it and come back to eat it later. But the […]


Morning distraction

Morning distraction

This will be added to my lifetime list of reasons I am late for work. Sloth outside my window. Check. “Sorry. Sloth outside my window.” “Oh. Okay then.” AH came by and threw out it’s scientific name but I was too busy trying not to slip down the embankment to take note. I believe I […]


Fierce

Fierce

Found these creatures very busy on the long stairway up into the neighborhood here in Gamboa. I kept my distance from shiny pinchers. Do you see any endophytes in this image? Oh yes.


Tattered

Tattered

Today, I feel tattered like this end-of-cycle butterfly. Rough on the edges…


Negative space

Negative space

Bocas del Toro, Playa Tortuga


Fighting shrimp

Fighting shrimp

Meet James, a student at Bocas del Toro Research Station, visiting from Columbia University. He is studying the social behavior of a tiny species of shrimp that live in these sponges. He says they can squirt a stream of water from their largest claw so powerfully that they have been known to literally explode their […]


Skeletons

Skeletons

As we near Halloween here in the tropics, I’d like to show you some skeletons….of ….coral. Will be curious to see how my favorite holiday is celebrated (or not) here.


Meg’s Bees

Meg's Bees

Meet Meg Eckles, PhD Candidate at U C San Diego who has been studying stingless bees off and on for seven years on BCI. Meg is a veritable treasure trove of information about her bees. Here she is checking to see if any bees had taken up residence in one of the hive structures she […]


Little biter

Little biter

So…here is one of the bees that Meg studys….she and research assistant Kendra say the bees follow them around “like little puppies” when they think they might be fed (sugar water). The bees fly around their heads and shoulders expectantly… If provoked, like bumping the hive structure, they will be aggressive, but have no sting, […]


Entomorphic

Entomorphic

Caught in the act of biting bee-ness. Mono…. (cute)


Drink me

Drink me

This is truly an Alice’s Wonderland for this Alice.


Wild jungle bees

Wild jungle bees

Up the first trail, we stopped because Marc saw a black and green poison arrow frog in the depths of a rotting tree. As I was trying to get the camera into the knothole far enough to find the frog, he mentioned that I should be careful of the bees below. This entry was at […]


Faux owl

Faux owl

Photo taken on Barro Colorado Island last weekend. It’s an Owl Butterfly. The “reflection” part on the circular shapes and the “shadow” around them are varied coloration on the flat surface of the wings. Speaking of which, there was a Biomimicry Course here a few weeks ago through Arizona State University. They sent 3 profs […]