By Jeff Mitton I saw something unexpected while hiking in Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon — a shaft of light illuminated the severed right forewing of a monarch butterfly. First of all, I was unaware that monarchs migrated over the San Rafael Swell. But once that sunk in, I wondered which predator caught and dismembered […]
A brilliant insect searched through the gravel of Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park, turning over smaller pebbles, thrusting its head into crevices and soft dirt. Its head and legs and ventral side were black, but the dorsal side of the thorax and abdomen were fiery orange.
By Jeff Mitton On a wintry day, I visited a stand of ponderosa pines, but had to walk briskly to keep warm. Chickadees and nuthatches flitted busily about, harvesting anything they could find. In my managed state of marginal misery, I thought that low temperatures and high winds surely threaten such small birds. I came […]
A three-foot-long iguana sat sedately beside a path on Little Cayman in the Caribbean Sea. I had seen iguanas on other islands, but this one looked unique. It was a Sister Isles rock iguana, Cyclura nubila caymanensis, which occurs only on the Sister Islands, or Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, two small islands separated by six miles of open ocean.
It must be said that I have had a very difficult time writing this blog-post. The reason, after a few too many cups of coffee, came clear to me: Science is Hard (and I worried if that’s what I should tell my readers). Certainly there are intellectual struggles in Science, the esoteric aspects of an algorithm, and the even more enigmatic explanations of it on StackOverflow, can be mind-numbingly painful. But the real reason that Science is Hard.
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