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The mystique of certain San Diego plants and animals

Bees, pit bulls, seagulls, cactus, orchids, and a survey of all birds in the county

Xoconostles, a type of prickly pear
Xoconostles, a type of prickly pear
  • Hive Mentality

  • “The book said to call the fire department and tell them you’ll take swarms. That’s what I did. I got the swarms.”
  • By Shari McCullough, Sept. 16, 2004
Tom Glenn. To be sure that he has no Africanized drones, Tom Glenn prevents his drones from free-flying.
  • Grrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Pit bulls can attack and kill. But does such notoriety tell us anything reliable about the dog, or does it tell us -- more accurately, I think -- the degree to which we misrepresent bad dogs themselves?
  • By Thomas Larson, July 29, 2004
The paraphernalia in the Baumgartner-Murty brothers case included "breaking sticks," which are used to pry open a dog's mouth and break its grip on the other dog.
  • To Fuse Wind and Motion

  • "I approach. Am met with indifference, then wariness. Mothball heads. Bright yellow beaks. Slate-gray mantles. Field vision whole, each sees my coming and a space to move toward. I approach closer. Stick legs and rubbery feet pick-up, put-down, pick-up, put-down. Walk-away, hurry-away, walk-back. Uncertain, curious, gregarious. Lowing at me — me, the problem."
  • By Thomas Larson, Dec. 4, 2003
First-Winter Western Gull, our only resident gull. “Why would anyone ever want to leave San Diego?”
  • The World Is a Cactus

  • “A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.”
  • By Geoff Bouvier, June 15, 2006
Jon Rebman: "Watch out for glochids! They're far worse than regular spines."
  • Birds Squared

  • "Tom's wife, Ann, said that things had changed completely since the last time she and Tom were here in V17. "In the spring, this was neck-high grasses! We got lost, separated from each other a couple of times. We were tripped by the logs that were hidden and fell on our faces.”
  • By Jeanne Schinto, July 11, 2002
Philip Unitt: “A group of us talked about doing an atlas in 1978. But as time went on, the other people fell by the wayside until I was the only one left."
  • Savage Beauty

  • “There’s just something about the orchid. The mystique of the flower. It’s hard to say why. Until you get that feeling when you bloom it. I have people calling me and screaming on the telephone, ‘I just bloomed this plant!’’
  • By Don McCullough, April 17, 2003
Paraphalaneopsis. “There isn’t a pill and there isn’t a shot you can take once it gets started.”
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Xoconostles, a type of prickly pear
Xoconostles, a type of prickly pear
  • Hive Mentality

  • “The book said to call the fire department and tell them you’ll take swarms. That’s what I did. I got the swarms.”
  • By Shari McCullough, Sept. 16, 2004
Tom Glenn. To be sure that he has no Africanized drones, Tom Glenn prevents his drones from free-flying.
  • Grrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Pit bulls can attack and kill. But does such notoriety tell us anything reliable about the dog, or does it tell us -- more accurately, I think -- the degree to which we misrepresent bad dogs themselves?
  • By Thomas Larson, July 29, 2004
The paraphernalia in the Baumgartner-Murty brothers case included "breaking sticks," which are used to pry open a dog's mouth and break its grip on the other dog.
  • To Fuse Wind and Motion

  • "I approach. Am met with indifference, then wariness. Mothball heads. Bright yellow beaks. Slate-gray mantles. Field vision whole, each sees my coming and a space to move toward. I approach closer. Stick legs and rubbery feet pick-up, put-down, pick-up, put-down. Walk-away, hurry-away, walk-back. Uncertain, curious, gregarious. Lowing at me — me, the problem."
  • By Thomas Larson, Dec. 4, 2003
First-Winter Western Gull, our only resident gull. “Why would anyone ever want to leave San Diego?”
  • The World Is a Cactus

  • “A cactus will take a bullet just like a person, because of the thickness of their skins and all the water in them.”
  • By Geoff Bouvier, June 15, 2006
Jon Rebman: "Watch out for glochids! They're far worse than regular spines."
  • Birds Squared

  • "Tom's wife, Ann, said that things had changed completely since the last time she and Tom were here in V17. "In the spring, this was neck-high grasses! We got lost, separated from each other a couple of times. We were tripped by the logs that were hidden and fell on our faces.”
  • By Jeanne Schinto, July 11, 2002
Philip Unitt: “A group of us talked about doing an atlas in 1978. But as time went on, the other people fell by the wayside until I was the only one left."
  • Savage Beauty

  • “There’s just something about the orchid. The mystique of the flower. It’s hard to say why. Until you get that feeling when you bloom it. I have people calling me and screaming on the telephone, ‘I just bloomed this plant!’’
  • By Don McCullough, April 17, 2003
Paraphalaneopsis. “There isn’t a pill and there isn’t a shot you can take once it gets started.”
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