Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Patzcuaro Summer Rains

Grey clouds slide in
To blanket the sun.
With bluster they thicken,
They threaten.
They pour their torrents of rain onto
Cobbled streets that run full.
The earth drinks in
This daily performance.
The season is cool and green,
Adorned with lush, bright blossoms.
Welcome rain.

Patzcuareando: Peripatetic in Patzcuaro: Rain Concert
Patzcuareando: Peripatetic in Patzcuaro: Rain...
Patzcuareando: Peripatetic in Patzcuaro: The rains have passed…

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Batty over Bats

Using easy round numbers, there are approximately 4,000 mammal species in the world and bat species constitute close to 1,000 of them. Bats are especially important in arid and semi-arid climates that have night-blooming flowers. These plants depend on bats for pollination.

See Bat Conservation International.

Jennifer J. W. Vann and Rocío Diaz M. are working on bat conservation as well as agave and mezcal projects in Michoacán and plan to produce a documentary. Visit them at http://conceptocircularte.blogspot.mx/ 

It is exciting to see this project. Bats are varied and interesting, but often maligned in folklore and people's beliefs.

Mediterranean horseshoe bat

Look at this cute guy.

Get batty!