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Film studio Tender Fox has created a time-lapse video of a Rose of Jericho that illustrates the desert plant’s remarkable ability, after being exposed to water, to change from a dried tumbleweed to a green plant in several hours.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/25485145″>Rose of Jericho</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/seansteininger”>Sean Steininger</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> <p>A time lapse of a Rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla). After being exposed to water, the plant turns from a dried tumbleweed to a green fern over the course of several hours. <br /> <br /> Check out my behind the scenes interview with The Smithsonian: <br /> http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/video-contest/in-motion-workshop-rose-of-jericho/<br /> <br /> Music: Alexandre Desplat – Morning tears</p>

Performers at the Maiko Geisha Festival in Japan by photographer Benoit Hardy-Chartrand.

maiko geisha festival performers-japan_benoit hardy-chartrand

A hognose snake playing dead, as well as a possum!

A clutch of baby ladybugs hatching.

ladybugs hatching

Ring Avulsion

Recently the host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, suffered a freak finger injury in his home. It’s called “ring avulsion.”

He specifically said to NOT search Google Images for it, but of course, my morbid curiosity won’t allow me to not look. And I’m telling you now, DON’T DO IT. DON’T.

JUST DON’T.

TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. I already did it for you. You’re welcome. If you ever want to enjoy wearing rings again, DON’T.

Basically what happens is, a sharp tug or pull on a ring can sever the skin. And the skin is the strongest part of the finger tissue. Once it’s broken, the ring continues to strip away the underlying muscle and soft tissue remarkably easily, leaving bare bone behind. The horrifying medical term used is “degloving.” Again, DON’T IMAGE SEARCH IT. You cannot un-see these pictures.

Apparently, it’s not uncommon: about 150,000 cases in the U.S. annually. It often happens to people who work around machinery, but other ways it can happen include jumping over chain-link fencing, or doing basketball slam dunks. But Jimmy’s accident happened in his own kitchen, when he tripped over a rag rug and caught his wedding band on the counter as he fell.

Now I never want to wear rings again. I’m sure I’ll get over it eventually, but not yet. There are a couple of things one can do to prevent ring avulsion:

  • Don’t wear rings. There’s a reason most hand surgeons don’t wear them; they’ve seen this injury too many times.
  • If you do wear rings, remove them before doing any kind of sports, construction work, moving heavy objects, or working with machinery.
  • Have a jeweler pre-cut your ring’s underside so it can break away more easily.
  • Wear a silicone ring. SafeRingz.com sells silicone wedding bands that look as shiny and metallic as gold or silver.

Jimmy Fallon’s injury was Class II, meaning the blood vessel was crushed, but the entire finger didn’t deglove. But he was still very lucky; most ring avulsions simply result in amputation of the finger. Jimmy’s finger was saved through six hours of microsurgery to replace the crushed blood vessel with one taken from his foot. He then spent then next ten days in the ICU. Recovery time is around eight weeks, and he will probably have issues with that finger for the rest of his life.

Lion cub love.

man kissing lion cub

Cool Summer Snacks

I’ve been seeing this variation on a cucumber sandwich, using the cucumber for the bread:

Cut off the ends and halve the cukes.

Cut off the ends and halve the cukes.

Use a spoon to core out the seeds.

Use a spoon to core out the seeds.

Fill with cream cheese.

Fill with cream cheese.

Add deli meat.

Add deli meat.

YUM.

YUM.

Also got a tub of ricotta cheese, on the off-chance I can find decent squash blossoms at the farmer’s market. So far, no luck. But it went beautifully in halved apricots with mint and a drizzle of agave nectar:

apricots w-ricotta & mint

Love this guy’s beautiful eyes.

lab w-fall leaf

Catsitting for my neighbors. Another person is also coming over in the mornings to deal with food, water, and litter, so all I have to do is go over in the afternoons and play with them. My dream job!!! This is Jinx, a lovely outdoor hunter female, and a big love muffin.

*UPDATE* I was shocked and saddened to hear that just one day after my neighbors returned, Jinx fell suddenly ill and passed away early yesterday morning. BAROO!!!

We also have YinYang, a black & white rescue cat. They adoped him after he kept coming around to eat the fatty suet in the birdfeeder, poor thing. He’s healthy now and living the sweet life. He’s quite shy with me so far, but a bit of wet food can lure him out from under the bed:

yinyang lured by food

Jinx being adorable:

She LURVES this green ribbon.

She LURVES this green ribbon.

jinx by bed

 

Manatees in Florida by photographer Paul Nicklen.

manatee-florida-paul nicklen

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