What Do You Call a Group of…?

Things you always wanted know and didn’t know where to look? Here’s the answer!

Science-Based Life

There is just no way you are not going to find this interesting. Below is a (semi) complete list of what you would call various groups of animals.

I absolutely love the Victorian flair. An exaltation of larks? A shiver of sharks? Fantastic.

Feel free to break these out in conversation. “Science is the poetry of reality”, after all.

Mammals

ApesA shrewdness
AssesA pace
BadgersA cete
BatsA colony
BearsA sloth, sleuth
BuffaloA gang, an obstinacy (I suspect these refer to old world buffalo; use “herd” for American bison)
CatsA clowder, a pounce; for kittens…A kindle, litter, an intrigue
CattleA drove, herd
DeerA herd, bevy (refers only to roe deer)
DogsA litter (young), pack (wild), cowardice (of curs); specific to hounds…A cry, mute, pack, kennel
ElephantsA herd
ElkA gang
FerretsA business
FoxA leash, skulk, earth
GiraffesA…

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SHARING MY WORLD — THE 50TH WEEK OF 2015!

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #50

Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

Photography. I love taking pictures at night. It’s not the kind of photography at which I’m best, but I enjoy the challenge. Second favorite? Anything Autumn!

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On December 2, 2015 and for the next 31 nights, Boston’s Prudential Tower will beam purple to raise awareness for ALS and the research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Writing. I just like to write and have as long as I have known how to form words on paper. I write about history, personal stuff, humor, technology, books and book reviews, movies, television and of course, dogs. Anything, everything.

I’ll write about pretty much anything that tickles my imagination. I think I could give you a solid 500 words about nothing.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?

I still love swings. I used to go very high and recite Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem while I did it.

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THE SWING

by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside —

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown —
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

What has surprised you about blogging?

The friends I have made. The sense of family. I didn’t expect that. I was just looking for someplace to show off some pictures, maybe post some of the funny little things I write. I didn’t expect to make so many friends is so many fascinating places.

List at least five favorite desserts.

  1. Crème Brûlée — From New Orleans, my all-time favorite!
  2. Apple pie
  3. Bread pudding (another New Orleans recipe that I make myself, when I’m feeling ambitious)
  4. Tapioca pudding
  5. Rice pudding.

BLACK AND WHITE – PERSPECTIVE OR FROM AFAR

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: FARAWAY

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From Cee: 

This week’s Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Faraway. When I typically think faraway photography, I naturally think landscape. However, faraway is also a matter of perspective.

If you have a person or object up close in front and a building or farm in the background, the object in your background appears far away. This technique can work well in macro photograph. The actual distance can be a matter of interpretation.

Faraway to you may be moon and stars — or a large object in the background with a small item in the foreground.

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Some perspective, some landscape. All black and white. Or nearly so.

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And just one of the moon peeking through the oak trees.

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