Years back, my parents travelled the US and Canada in an UltraVan. Periodically, they met with other UltraVan owners at rallying points. (The rallies are still ongoing.) One of the traditions was that on the final evening, each Van owner contributed his/her/their canned goods to the UltraVan Stew. Soup, meat, veg, chili, beans, spices: it all went in one pot. Stone Soup, in other words. Mom said it was always good. (I might not be so positive, but at least it was nutritious.)
So, for today, I'll contribute my stone and a veg,
... and then stir in these goodies from the web:
First: the carnivals, posted, and to come.
The Other 95%: Circus of the Spineless #35: Regeneration, Renewal, Reinvigoration It's back! At long last, we have a host, Kevin Zelnio! And the first installment of the reborn CotS is a winner. Thanks, Kevin.
Festival of the Trees is up at Treeblog. A poetic post, with a bark rubbing, to boot. As well as all the great links.
I and the Bird will be up in a couple of days at Vickie Henderson Art. (You still have a few hours to get a post in to her; today's the final day for submissions.)
I have posts in those three, but not in the next ones. Maybe another time.
Ecstathy: Carnival Of the Elitist Bastards IX: Keepin' yer wits about ye Pirate edition. This one's just plain fun. As well as being dead serious.
Carnival of the Blue #21 « The Oyster’s Garter In verse. Or doggerel. (Sorry, Miriam.) Good ocean-related links. I liked the cuttlefish story and poem.
Great Backyard Bird Count — Great Backyard Bird Count And this is coming up in less than two weeks; February 13 -16. Are you in? I am.
Then there's Blogroll Amnesty Day; the idea is to link to 5 smaller blogs. I don't know about size, so here are 5 that I've found recently, and added to my GoogleReader:
Jehuite This one is in Spanish. The wild vegetation of Mexico. Beautiful photography, some "exotic" plants, some old familiar ones.
The ScienceBlogs Book Club : Bonk, by Mary Roach: Friday Weird Science has found its Patron Saint A two-fer. The Book Club blog, and the link to this book. I have read Stiff, by Mary Roach, and loved it, so this is on my list of must-buys. A warning, though; it is not to the taste of many people. If dead bodies make you squeamish, give it a pass.
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. Science, with great photos, and interesting posts. Like "Earthworms save planet".
MMmmm…That’s Good Grub* « Drawing The Motmot An artists climbs to the top of the Amazon rainforest to paint, in this post.
Tyto Tony. "Life in a tropical Queensland wetlands". Beautiful bird photography.
And 6: (I can't count.) Wild Light. Photography using only natural light. Astoundingly gorgeous!
And even more goodies for the soup:
A natural history of Runswick Bay: Lugworms. For Wren.
Sunrise, sunset, daylight in a graph. I posted this a year ago, and it keeps turning up in my Sitemeter. I am surprised every time.
And because it was Groundhog's Day yesterday, and I missed it, here's Hugh's story: Momma Vole.
And a last bit of greenery (and reddery):
The weevil again, delicately tiptoeing through a thornfield.