That’s One Big-ass Penguin—Cool!

Buff, 5-Foot Prehistoric Penguin Found
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News  June 25, 2007 — Human-sized, muscular penguins with enormous beaks thrived in sunny Peru 36 million years ago, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Standing at 5 feet tall, Icadyptes salasi was preceded in Peru by yet another newly identified penguin species, Perudyptes devriesi, which lived there 42 million years ago and was about the same size (3 feet tall) as modern king penguins.

Since both were among the world’s earliest known penguins, they represent an evolutionary stage somewhere between flying, winged birds and the waddling, flippered penguins of today.

Lead author Julia Clarke told Discovery News that the ancient Peruvian penguins had “less rigid, paddle-like flippers than living penguins.”

Read the rest of this very cool story here.

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Peek-a-boo

Peek-a-boo

This Whitetail doe seemed to be playing Peek-a-boo with me…like in cartoons her body is hidden behind a tree. Taken on a back road in the Blue Ridge Mountains…

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A Spring Morning

A Spring Morning

On the James River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia…Art is the quintessence of peace, civilization, and thought!

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Shock and Awe

The darling clouds of freedom shine
Hellfire from the shock troops,
And children’s dreams are left to chance,
A promise in the sand
I’ve heard man’s made in Gods image,
Underdeveloped form…
Too long we’ve lived untruthful souls,
And on the deep high oceans tides
Ride carriers of death,
Or breathe the air of toxic hell
Know life has lost its breath,
And on the wind blows shock and awe
Or foolish savage pride.
Use your puppets frightened man
From yourself you cannot hide…

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Sun at My Back

Sun at My Back

On the Appalachian Trail on an early morning in April…

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The Mottled Trail

The Mottled Trail

‘Trail of the Tees’ near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the James River in the mountains of Virginia… Art is the essence of peace!

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