Martin has had terrible weather this September, with days of rain and cold. There’s already been snow reported in the Tatras region. It was only 3º C when I left for my first class this morning. (And 1º when Iťa left at dawn.) It seemed like summer was over.
Then, this afternoon, the sky went blue and the sun was bright. Everyone shed their jackets, and these two beautiful butterflies visited the school’s garden. The one with the blue spots is called the European Peacock (Aglais io [formerly Inachis io] for those who are more scientifically inclined) which is the same type of butterfly that flew into our apartment a few weeks back. The black and orange one (with white spots) is a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).
Two Magnificent Elephants in Kenya by Lance Monroe
Lance is a coworker of mine who went to Kenya and Tanzania last month. He was kind enough to give me permission to post his photos to my blog.
"At this rate, most of our wild elephants will be gone within 10 years."
-Wildlife Direct’s Paula Kahumbu on the elephant poaching situation in Africa.