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A Great White Pelican.  Mr Willoughby's pet

News, commentary, random musings, and occasional Deep Thoughts about Diana Gabaldon's books (the OUTLANDER and Lord John series).

Helwater

Gosford House aka Helwater - Photo credit: courtesy of Sony Pictures Television

Swimming sea turtle

This essay is by Aster, an grader. Aster and her brother recently finished our Essay Rock Star Expository Essay short course.

Baby cuckoo in a nest, looking gigantic by comparison to its foster mother.

News, commentary, random musings, and occasional Deep Thoughts about Diana Gabaldon's books (the OUTLANDER and Lord John series).

She crouched beside him, looking closer, and saw that, in fact, the ants weren’t drowning. Single ants that had fallen in struggled madly toward the center, where a large mass of ants clung together, making a ball that floated, barely denting the surface. The ants in the ball were moving, slowly, so that they changed places constantly, and while one or two near the edge of the mass were motionless, possibly dead, the majority were clearly in no immediate danger of drowning, supported by...

Les fourmis prennent le bac sur une feuille ou une brindille -- “They’re not drowning, Mama.

An owl at the Scottish Owl Centre, by mmcclair, via Flickr

News, commentary, random musings, and occasional Deep Thoughts about Diana Gabaldon's books (the OUTLANDER and Lord John series).

Jackdaw by Marc Davison, via Flickr

News, commentary, random musings, and occasional Deep Thoughts about Diana Gabaldon's books (the OUTLANDER and Lord John series).

I returned from one of these expeditions on the afternoon of the third day, with several large lily-roots, some shelf fungus of a vivid orange, and an unusual moss, with a live tarantula--carefully trapped in one of the sailor’s stocking caps and held at arm’s length--large and hairy enough to send Lawrence into paroxysms of delight.  (From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 52, "A Wedding Takes Place".

News, commentary, random musings, and occasional Deep Thoughts about Diana Gabaldon's books (the OUTLANDER and Lord John series).

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