Watch a Porcupine Go Head-to-Head with a Pride of Lions (VIDEO)

Ξ November 6th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ nature, Photography, video |

When you’re outnumbered, surrounded by an angry horde that is licking its chops at the thought of feasting on your defeated carcass, this is how you respond. On display in the video above—is a porcupine, and it shows its exemplary resilience by single-handedly fighting off a pride of 17(!) lions.

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 Captured on camera at the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa by guide Lucien Beaumont, the encounter looked, until the very end, to be lights out for the prickly rodent. But the little guy just would not go gentle into that good night. While the circling pride had every advantage—size, numbers, top-of-the-food-chain status—the would-be victim had a combination of some serious tail-shaking (called a “rattle”) and impressive fearlessness, and the porcupine was helped by a general reluctance on the part of the lions to take a face full of barbs. That all kept it alive and off of the dinner menu.As you’ll see, contrary to common belief, porcupines don’t actually shoot their quills, but that clearly doesn’t matter much in confrontations like these. Per Beaumont, “if the porcupine manages to get close enough to a predator, it does not shoot its quills, as many people may think. Rather the quills have micro-barbs, which hook into the face or paws of a predator that may get too close.”

In addition to quills likely being exactly as painful as that sounds, quills can break off, leaving parts embedded in the skin of the predator and often resulting in major infection. Apparently, that was ample motivation for the lions to ultimately retreat, stomachs empty.

That, and a valiant display of heart. Lots and lots of heart.

 

 

Maple Lake: One-Minute View From Under and Atop The Swim Raft (VIDEOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands

Ξ September 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, video |

Pretty Beach Day on Maple Lake – August 2014

The sunlight is playing with the sand, the shadows and the many bits of flotsam floating by in this 20-second clip, on the lake shot from atop the raft, through the gaps in the wood. There’s no skill involved to get your shot other than to hold the phone steady. The winds were picking up and the water was getting pretty rough–and I was very close to shore! You can hear the bumping of the raft. (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

Stormy Weather - Late summer 2014 - Maple Lake

Stormy Weather – Late summer 2014 – Maple Lake

The waters are getting very active in this shot, with the winds picking up and an eventual storm coming in, crossing over and moving on– all in the space of maybe 2-hours. The weather this summer was mixed. If you had long enough to be able to deal with a “bad weather” week followed by a nice one then you were OK. About half of the 5 weeks I was at the cottage were good or better days weather-wise. We have so many projects going I’m almost thankful when the weather isn’t great. Otherwise, we get less done! (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

 

Maple Lake – Too Many Super Moon Shots – Good Thai in Minden – Riding the Gull River PHOTOS #haliburtonhighlands #haliburtonlife

Ξ August 12th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, boating, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, sunsets, Travel/Vacation, video |

Photos, notes and videos of our Haliburton Highlands, Ontario holiday on Maple Lake through August 12 2014



From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

 

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

Above: Minden, across street (and river) from Suwan’s Thai Cuisine.

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

Supermoon is everywhere, all the time

From Summer in Ontario Canada – 2014

Gull River between Green and Maple Lakes.

 

 

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral: Political elite gather in remembrance

Ξ April 16th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, events, Ontario, Photography, video |

Former Canada finance minister died last week at age 64

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

 

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

 

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

 

Honour Guard with Jim Flaherty's casket

Honour Guard with Jim Flaherty’s casket

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

Jim Flaherty remembered at state funeral (4.16.14)

Family, friends, and colleagues paid their final respects to former finance minister Jim Flaherty today at his state funeral.

 

Haliburton Head Lake Park Bandshell Raising Time Lapse VIDEO #haliburton #ontario #highlands

Ξ December 6th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, cottage country, government/politics, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, nature, Ontario, Photography, Trails, video, winter |

Ontario’s Highlands Snowmobile Trails Open!

Bandshell Raising Time Lapse from Sticks and Stones Productions on Vimeo.

Sticks and Stones Productions made this very neat time lapse video of the Bandshell raising in Head Lake Park, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada. Have a look! Can’t wait to see the completed project next spring!

 

CREDIT: Ontario’s Highlands via Ottawa Valley Travel

CREDIT: Ontario’s Highlands via Ottawa Valley Travel

Ottawa Valley Travel in Ontario’s Highlands is the first place in Ontario to open snowmobile trails! Rev your engines!

Distance sled finally got to get back on snow yesterday. Dogs & Hank were thrilled to be done with the ATV.  Wasn't a dull run either, 8 moose hanging out together on one remote section of trail.  That section might not get run much this winter!
Distance sled finally got to get back on snow yesterday. Dogs & Hank were thrilled to be done with the ATV. Wasn’t a dull run either, 8 moose hanging out together on one remote section of trail. That section might not get run much this winter!
Toronto NEWS/Opinion
David Cooper/Getty Images

David Cooper/Getty Images

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/rob-ford-is-no-longer-funny
The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny
esquire.com
Of the four men in the most famous image of Ford hanging out in the drug house, one is dead, two are in jail and the other remains the Mayor of Toronto.
“The reason I can’t laugh about Rob Ford anymore is that he has become a threat to the basic assumptions that allow politics to function. If this guy isn’t in jail, why bother having police at all? Why not just round up poor people whenever powerful people get the urge? The least we can do, it seem to me, is let everyone currently serving a sentence for drug use out of prison. Otherwise, the whole system is pure hypocrisy. Rob Ford is a threat to the still scared idea of equality under the law. Not even Will Ferrell could make that funny.”

 

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