My old friend John McLoughlin, zoologist, evolutionist, novelist, and artist, came down to visit from his hideout in the northern mountains to visit Magdalena (always referred to as “Down Among the Wild Men”) for the first time in 23 years. He brought his three daughters and his grandson, and a fine time was had by all.

Some of his splendid books can be found here. Among my favorites are Archosauria, The Canine Clan, and the novels Toolmaker Koan and The Helix and the Sword.

We posed for nostalgia’s and history’s sake with copies of our first books, my Rage for Falcons and his The Animals Among Us.

We plan further zoological and geological expeditions later this year. As he says:

Utter Coincidence

Reid’s recommendation of the new bio of Denys Finch Hatton got me thinking about some very strange similarities between some photos.

Here is the photo of Betsy Huntington that the Russ Chatham painting on the cover of Querencia- the- book is based on:

Here is a photo of Karen Blixen that I didn’t see until after Betsy’s death:

Here is another, by Jim Bones, of Betsy with me and Riley the staghound (sorry for quality– it is from a 1985 newspaper article):

And another of Blixen, from Longing For Darkness:

Woo- woo enough for you? Here is another cosmic connection: Erroll Trzebinski, author of THIS bio of Finch Hatton, is the daughter of the author of the first review of my first book, Rage For Falcons.

Around The Web

This has to be the most… original… variation on the fish/ Darwin/ whatever sticker I have seen yet. HT Doc Hypercube for the site.

I’m sorry, but I can’t warm to control freaks, especially ones that are known to freak out about people owning animals (ferrets in one case I know). This is Rudy in his own words:

“What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.”

The thought of having to choose a president from three nannyish New Yorkers, Rudy, Hilary, and (worst of all) Bloomberg, does not fill me with joy….

Garden and Gun: BEST new name for a magazine. Sign me up!

This paper on sexual dimorphism in anole lizards confirms a lot of what we have been thinking about the differences between male and female raptors.

“The superciliati are sniffing away disgustedly at extracts from a list of 170 books that 11- to 14-year-old boys might actually enjoy”, says Ruth Edwards in her essay in the Telegraph. Lots of good comment on the pleasures of reading and writing “genre”, too.