Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bus to Bigfoot

The word Dazu means “Big foot.” For those familiar with the search for this mythical creature it brings to mind the large hairy ape like creature who has been spotted all over the world but never conclusively proven to exist … Continue reading

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Butterfly in Flight

Blue Clipper Butterfly (Parthenos sylvia lilacinus) Some butterflies are difficult to photograph. They either land briefly or they fly high in the tree tops. Such was the latter case with this butterfly I captured in flight. The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) … Continue reading

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Indian Fritillary—–Argyreus hyperbius

Just outside my apartment I captured another butterfly. Turns out to be an Indian Fritillary which is quite common is Asia. There is a small hatch going on and the birds are going crazy. There is a type of morning … Continue reading

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Haircut

Now admittedly I do not have much hair to cut. In fact I should get my haircut for half price but at $1 for a haircut I cannot complain. In almost every country I have lived in I have had … Continue reading

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The New China

I am just astounded by the new china. Twenty one years ago when I was in Qing Dao people spit on the sidewalk everywhere, since then there has been a national campaign to eliminate this habit…and it worked. There was … Continue reading

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China Butterfly

photograph by Dale A. Johnson For several days walking back from teaching class I have observed an extraordinary butterfly. Back in the Dominican Republic I wrote a small book on butterflies. It is called and Incomplete guide to Lepidoptera of … Continue reading

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Chinese Spider

The jumping spider family (Salticidae) contains more than 500 described genera and about 5,000 described species,[2] making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.[3] Jumping spiders have good vision and use it for hunting and navigating. They are capable of jumping from place to place, secured by a silk tether. Both their book lungs and the tracheal system are well-developed, as they depend on both systems (bimodal breathing).

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