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Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Photo Shoot Out: Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna this week at the Shootout. That is, respectively, the plant and animal life of a particular region or period, considered collectively. Wild or domesticated doesn’t come into the definition, so if you’re in an urban area, or indeed farmland, domestic species may be what there is. You've probably tired of my cats (no, that's not possible. My cats are a-dor-able!), so here are a couple of different animals making up the suburban fauna.
Both animals and plants are eukaryotes (meaning their cells have nuclei to hold their DNA instead of letting it just float around anywhere), and multicellular ones at that. Big enough to just look and see. Microorganisms may not be plants, and may not be eukaryotes, but they get lumped into flora anyway. This fallen apple is home to whole cities. Maybe I should gather up all the windfalls and sell them for millions to a pharmaceutical company. Thar's gold in them thar goldens!

Or maybe not.

13 comments:

Niamh B said...

lol, I often grew new universes in coffee cups during college, tough little worlds they were, had to survive alot

Scriptor Senex said...

That's a new word for me - eukaryotes - and thanks for the explanation! Definitely one for my word blog.

Bagman and Butler said...

The world needs more nuclei. Too much free floating DNA.

Rebecca said...

You have an eye for the small things I see!

Kerry said...

I bet you're right about valuable little microbes on those old apples. But you're wrong about cat pics: I never get tired of them!

NanU said...

there's a cat in the header. This blog is rarely cat-free!

~JarieLyn~ said...

I think the photo of the mouse/rat is kind of cool. I know we have field mice here, but thankfully, I've never seen one in our neighborhood.

kate said...

Aww...the little mouse. We had tiny field mice in our old, old, old apartment building. I thought they were adorable...my cat thought they were snacks. Needless to say, they didn't last long :) Great post this week!

Pauline said...

Love your old apples, little colonies of life!

psychelyn said...

wow! these are indeed wild. i appreciate the narration, i learned something :)

Sarah said...

I always love your shootouts..am a science geek myself..love the info!!
Wonderful shots..I loved the mouse. And your header is wonderful:)

nuts4fruits said...

love the toy rats and the beautiful mouse in the pic. oh, I need to relocate to your beautiful surroundings.

Doreen said...

thanks for the new word, good to learn everyday. like the mouse shot, looks timid as a mouse!