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OMG– had no idea that praying mantises eat hummingbirds (and other small birds) and go for the brain!  This NYT feature is fascinating.  I’m going to be using anecdotes and factoids from here all the time now.  Like science?  Read it!  If not, enjoy this really disturbing photo:

An unlucky hummingbird caught by a mantis at a feeder in Colorado. Credit Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos


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Okay, this is a pretty amazing hurricane photo in Atlantic photos of the week:

The eye of Hurricane Jose, imaged by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A satellite, on September 9, 2017. 

CC BY ESA / Processed by Antti Lipponen

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Seems like I would be remiss not to include a photo from Cassini.  Nice gallery in Vox

Here’s Titan in orbit around Saturn.  NASA/ JPL


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While the east is all focused on hurricanes, there’s some pretty big wildfires out west.  Lots of amazing images in this Atlantic photo gallery:

A wildfire seen near Stevenson, Washington, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Oregon, on September 4, 2017. 

Tristan Fortsch / KATU-TV via AP

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Atlantic gallery of photos from the island of Saint Martin in the wake of Irma.  Wow.

A photo taken on September 6, 2017, shows the Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during the passage of Hurricane Irma. The governments of France, the Netherlands, and Britain, sent water, emergency rations, and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. 

Lionel Chamoiseau / AFP / Getty

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Swans were back during my Labor Day weekend trip to Colonial Beach, VA:

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Loved this Washington Post gallery of pets and other animals in the flooding.

Cows make their way through fallen power lines along the road near City-By-The Sea, Tex. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

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