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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 14 12:39 AM

June 14, 2009: Raw Nature (graphic)

Hoof Hearted asked me to post these pictures of nature in the raw.

Unlike the visions of Walt Disney and PETA, nature is not a Bambi movie with humans being the only threat to peace and tranquility.
It's a rough and tumble fight for survival, most every day, for real critters.

Glacier National Park, like most Rocky Mountain parks, don't have the resources or impetus to keep all the roads open in winter.
They are closed to vehicle traffic but people can traverse them on foot, weather permitting.

Two guys were walking one of these roads when they came upon what looked like road kill. But it couldn't be road kill with no traffic.



Closer inspection revealed a Lion and a Ram, dead in the road.
The Lion still had a mouthful of Ram fur, and the Ram had one of those powerful horns broken off.



It became obvious the two had been locked in a death struggle, when they toppled off the cliff, killing them both.
From the looks of the ram's horns, he hit the rocks a couple times on the way down, likely the Lion did too.



This type of struggle plays out, on various scales, millions of times every day.
I Thank God for supermarkets.

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ZenGum  Sunday Jun 14 02:37 AM

That's the kind of karma you get when you eat meat all the time. If only someone had taught the Mountain Lion to make tofu, none of this would have happened. Now they both have to go and be reborn as maggots or something for another 10,000 years.

Still, when spring comes, the maggots are going to have a great feed on that. And the pictures are amazing.



Sundae  Sunday Jun 14 04:36 AM

Poor baby.
Staggering home from he waterhole, a bit worse for wear, when he fancied a hot late-night snack.
Missed his footing while trying to get the wrapper off and next thing you know, there's babies missing their Daddy.



SPUCK  Sunday Jun 14 05:22 AM

Vultures must've gone south already.



Griff  Sunday Jun 14 06:17 AM

Wow. Imagine coming upon that. Thanks Hoof/Bruce.

think I'll go tend the garden zen...



capnhowdy  Sunday Jun 14 08:28 AM

Clean up on aisle seven....



richlevy  Sunday Jun 14 09:35 AM

Is that in one of the states that let's you take home roadkill?

Rama-lama-thud!



sweetwater  Sunday Jun 14 10:24 AM

This relationship can be a real rollercoaster, with thrills-a-minute, but needs anger management to work for the long haul.
It's true? I thought it was just a bunch of hooey. Live and learn, eh?



richlevy  Sunday Jun 14 10:35 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
This relationship can be a real rollercoaster, with thrills-a-minute, but needs anger management to work for the long haul.
It's true? I thought it was just a bunch of hooey. Live and learn, eh?
Actually I'm a Leo and my wife is an Aries.


monster  Sunday Jun 14 10:37 AM

TGINF



sweetwater  Sunday Jun 14 10:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy View Post
Actually I'm a Leo and my wife is an Aries.
Are you sure? :p


Trilby  Sunday Jun 14 10:52 AM

Mother Nature can be such a bitch.



dar512  Sunday Jun 14 06:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
This type of struggle plays out, on various scales, millions of times every day in local supermarkets.
Fixed it for you. Don't get between a blue-hair and a sale item.


capnhowdy  Sunday Jun 14 07:36 PM

Especially if they're armed
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or operating an armored vehicle
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Landon  Sunday Jun 14 07:58 PM

from these you can see mother nature has not a gentle hand, and a further reminder that we don't live in a fairy tale land of talking animals, while tragic this is the way of the world. i witnessed natures fury many times, once i saw a family Rabbits become dinner for the local predators..



Mayor of Shekou  Sunday Jun 14 08:53 PM

What?! All those posts and not a single recipe?
(I'd post one myself, but nobody want's something based on my Mac & Cheese skill level)



ZenGum  Sunday Jun 14 10:17 PM

Hi Landon, welcome to the cellar.

What predators ate the bunnies?



monster  Sunday Jun 14 10:54 PM




ZenGum  Sunday Jun 14 10:56 PM

took me a moment, though.



Aliantha  Monday Jun 15 12:39 AM

She just boiled the bunny.

I've eaten plenty of bunnies in my time though. nom nom nom...



Hoof Hearted  Monday Jun 15 01:11 AM

Thanks for posting the photos for me.
When I saw them, I was amazed at the graphic story they told...of survival and struggle, with themselves and their surroundings as the only players and clues to what happened. A sort of 'you win some, you lose some' that sometimes ends in 'everybody loses'.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jun 15 01:19 AM

But in nature it's rare that everybody loses. The scavengers and maggots are winners in this case.



Gravdigr  Monday Jun 15 03:12 PM

Mmmm...bunnies.



capnhowdy  Monday Jun 15 05:09 PM

This thread title totally contradicts all policies of the Cellar.

RAW NATURE?

WE COOK ALL OUR NATURE BEFORE INGESTION!!



DanaC  Monday Jun 15 06:04 PM

Quote:
Man...
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation's final law --
Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shrieked against his creed.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Hoof Hearted  Tuesday Jun 16 01:42 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
But in nature it's rare that everybody loses. The scavengers and maggots are winners in this case.

True, dat. I think nothing organic goes to waste in nature.


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