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Others may be hiking or kayaking or simply observing, at their favorite places.

Please add your own observations in a comment. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds, and more are all worthy additions to the Bucket.  Include, as close as is comfortable, your location. Your viewpoints will enrich the lives of everyone who reads the Bucket, for greater or lesser.

I've just finished a short vacation, visiting  two lovely urban parks, and the adjoining museums.  I was admiring painting of critters in which the artists use a great deal of their imagination, to create "improbable" creatures.

Yet Nature itself has created some mighty improbable creatures.  Let's look at some ceramic frog jewelry first.


They are so beautiful, but these are not jewelry, they are real Central American frogs, and virulently poisonous, a living display at the New York Natural History Museum.  Other exhibits told tales of frogs who lay eggs on branches over water, and when the tadpole hatch, they fall into the pond.  But I digress.

In the art museums, I tried to see the portrayed critters the way the artists do.  

Having a fecund pear tree, and multitudes of wasps, I liked this Gerald Murphy picture because it seems to reveal the pure predator nature of the wasp, matched with the alluring nature of the perfectly ripe pear.
I remember the days I've watched, fascinated, as the swifts dart back and forth, up and down, blurs in the sky, and this Giacomo Balla painting seems to capture part of that feeling.

I wish I could say why this Picasso blackbird captivated me.  Picasso did paintings where he painted his subjects as planes and angles, and this is one of them. The bird seems friendly to me. I figure it was a common blackbird, because there's no colored ring around the eye.  But the red beak? I dunno.

I filled this Bucket with improbables, but that will happen sometimes, when there's an empty Bucket at midnight, Pacific Daylight Time. Now it's your turn to help fill up the comments Bucket with your own thoughts and observations.  I'm be replying about 11 am, PDT.

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Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:25 AM PDT.

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