July 2012

The Sonoran Desert Toad

(Bufo alvarius)

NM have been seeing their small dogs and cats go missing. A mountain lion was thought to be the culprit but after the discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure that this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets and they are hopping mad. This toad weighed in at 57 pounds. The Sonoran Desert toad is the largest native toad to North American but does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds and a length of 7.5 inches so this is most definitely a new world record, probably?


(Pteropus voeltzkowi)

With characteristic dog-like facial features, the Pemba flying fox (Pteropus voeltzkowi) is a large fruit bat with chestnut-red fur, orange underparts, and a black face and wings. The ears are short and pointed. The male Pemba flying fox is larger and darker in colour than the female.


Blaise Hamlet

This thatched rubble stone cottage was built in 1811 in a little place called Blaise Hamlet near Bristol, England. The cottage, along with the rest of the hamlet, is owned by the UK’s National Trust [www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blaise-hamlet/].

If the home pushes all your buttons there’s a good reason for it. It’s a wonderful illustration of many of the patterns from ‘A Pattern Language’ [www.naturalhomes.org/show/pattern/getslide.htm].

The hamlet was designed by John Nash, a master of the picturesque architectural style and designer of a very famous house in London, namely Buckingham Palace


Image credit: Richard Shilling

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