Squee Sunday: Desman

June 25, 2017

A desman is a semi aquatic mammal in the mole family. There are two kinds: the Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) is 11 to 16 cm (4.3 to 6.3 in) long with a rounded tail about the same length, and it lives in Northern Spain, northern Portugal and southern France. Since they spend much of their time hunting for invertebrates in rivers at, they have webbed rear feet, ears and nostrils…


Squee Sunday: Artic Foxes

June 18, 2017

Artic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) are cute little balls of fluff. Adults are only a foot tall and up to two feet long. Of course the thick fur is to keep out the cold. They even have fur on their paws, which helps it to grip on ice as well as keeping their toes warm. The arctic fox doesn’t hibernate. It just builds up its fat reserves in autumn and keeps…



10 cm telescope on a tripod with two people
June 10, 2017

I haven’t posted for a while. I didn’t feel like posting a Squee Sunday right after the Manchester attack, although there are good arguments for carrying on as normal. I’m impressed by the way most of Manchester is refusing to blame innocent people, which probably annoys ISIS no end. They’ve said repeatedly that they want to make life impossible for any Muslim who doesn’t join them, and the alt right seem…


The TV program with me at the observatory

June 3, 2017

I can’t believe I never posted this. Back in April I was surprised to find a TV crew joining one of my groups at the observatory. This is the program – only n Spanish, but there’s some good footage of the big telescope and of the observatory. I’m not so sure about the redhead with the terrible accent, though. The gastronomy at the end is from Hacienda de Abajo. If…