Penny Lizard

Out of a hot day
out of a woodpile
out of my boyhood
comes the penny lizard
like a moving bending
brown twig
from childhood when
anything is possible.

 

Julian O’Dea

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Intellectual Cuties: No. 10 in a series: Marguerite Duras, French Novelist

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_Duras

In response to a reader request, here she is looking at the camera:

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Something on the smoothness of Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes

If you are interested, go here:

A discussion session on a suggestion of mine on how “azotosomes” might increase the viscosity and therefore flatness of the hydrocarbon lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan.

 

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From “Organic Compounds in Titan’s Seas and Lakes.”

 

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(“Titan’s Lakes are Nice and Calm. The Perfect Spot for a Landing.”)

Smooth and white

Smooth and white, snow
at night, you came to me
from nowhere in a dawn
dream to my warm room,
with snow in your hands
and mouth and flakes on
your breasts like eaves
on a winter cabin.

 

Julian O’Dea

Rainbow birds other than parrots including motmots and subspecies differentiation by belly colours close on spectrum

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Rufous motmot.

 

 

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Broad-billed motmot.

Senegal parrot subspecies:

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The New Zealand kea: another “rainbow bird”

 

The kea is an odd, rather obscure New Zealand parrot. I only just discovered that its plumage has the colours in the same order as those in the rainbow. I have written about how common this is in parrots before.

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Also common is the orange/yellow juxtaposition seen on the underside of the bird.

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Cf. Another parrot with the orange and yellow juxtaposition, Neophema splendida:

Neophema splendida adult male

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the puppy

and the puppy circled around,
snuffling, until he found
the softest spot
in my heart

 

Julian O’Dea