Category Archives: Creature

Kuhol Eggs

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On returning to Lake Caliraya for a weekend escape from the urban noise (e.g. car engine noise), I noticed plenty of kuhol (snail) egg clusters in plants, tree trunks, boulders, boat dock, and boats this month. So apart from sitting crossed-leg on the dock waiting and watching for the occasional jump of fish in the water, birdwatching sans binoculars, reading Robert Parker’s Spenser novel, and other “doing nothing” activities, I thought about keeping stock photos of kuhol eggs.

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A pair of kuhol picked from the water

Seeing those pink eggs very close while taking pictures, I wondered if there is some kind of pattern in the count of eggs per elongated mass. Right now, I also wonder if the egg adhesive can be used as household adhesive. Seems like the substance can bond on a variety of surfaces and is even water resistant.

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In demand real estate for laying eggs

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I guess any surface will do

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Even on mother-in-laws tongue (plant)

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Perhaps any leaf will do

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Some on boulders

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I wonder if they all laid eggs at the same time in this trunk

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Snail still laying eggs

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Old World Monkeys at Mount Arashiyama

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Almost at the summit of Mt Arashiyama

Mount Arashiyama in Kyoto is one such location for seeing Japanese macaques. Referred to as the monkey park, this place is a great way for fellow primates to bond (humans and non-humans).

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Macaques roam freely while the humans are caged

These red-faced old world monkeys that reminded me of Borneo’s Proboscis monkeys are native to Japan, hence my interest in visiting them. The walk up the mountain at winter, though chilly, is generally a short and pleasant hike as long as you’re fit.

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Caged cabin for human primates to rest, warm themselves or feed the non-human primates

Interacting with the macaques can be brought to an intimate level wherein visitors are allowed to feed them by hand, provided that you are inside the cabin. The idea is that the macaques can roam freely while the humans are caged.

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The proper way to feed by hand is to put food in one's palm for the monkey to reach out for it

Other than meeting these relatively good looking fellows, the top view of Kyoto City from here which is as tall as the Kyoto Tower is my kind of high altitude sightseeing, that is, hiking up in a natural setting rather than riding up an elevator towards the roof of a skyscraper, or steel tower. Generally, no matter how grand those steel towers or glass skyscrapers are, and no matter where they are, I feel nothing for them. No fresh air, vegetation, earth, exercise and sometimes red-faced primates.

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Path on the way up to the monkey park

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View of Kyoto at Mt Arashiyama

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My daughter wrote those and insisted I do this

Cats of Melaka

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By the church ruins on the hill

 

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Cafeteria of the pasar at Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

 

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At the back of a traditional Malay house in Kampung Morten

 

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Kampung Morten cat is pregnant

 

Of Canine and Sunning

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How dogs use the solarization furniture of humans

Cat Chronicle: The Curious Cat

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She is a very curious cat, a female Rum Tum Tugger, a resident of Ayala Triangle Gardens.

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