Kenneth Setzer

Lost & Found—the Atala Butterfly

Let’s look at another Lazarus species (believed extinct but found alive). This time, let’s choose an animal: I present the beautiful little gem that is the atala butterfly.

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Moth Week without even trying

Every week is moth week! Or should be anyway. These underappreciated cousins of butterflies are just as important and beautiful as butterflies. Many of them are quite stunning. My friends … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spring Treats

Spring is different in South Florida than in most parts of the country. Though we do have seasons, their transitions are more recognizable due to changes in humidity and the … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Animals Adrift in my Suburban Pool

Getting dressed this morning for another routine day, I opened the curtains to let in some, but not too much, light. I don’t like seeing myself too clearly in the morning. … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ocean Rocks Part Two — Ball’s Pyramid

Nearly a year ago I wrote about Rockall, an odd lump sticking out of the North Atlantic. I’m finally getting around to another ocean rock. What’s the hurry?

April 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beachcombing for Things You Cannot Buy

Beachcombing ‘for’ isn’t even accurate. You can’t beachcomb for anything. You get what King Neptune thinks you need, and maybe you need nothing. And in the spirit of full disclosure, … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Old Bones and (Nearly) Forgotten Cemeteries

Do you ever explore cemeteries? I’m one of those people who likes to walk around old graveyards. A taphophile is one who digs (Ha ha, get it? Sorry) graves, cemeteries, … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

In the Heart of the Sea

Today is the anniversary of a remarkable event in nautical history. The whaleship Essex, stove and sunk by a whale: the victim/leviathan fought back. The ultimate text on this tale … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Mushrooms Have Arrived!

Back here, I mentioned sending away for a kit to grow my own luminescent mushrooms. I’d like to follow up as I promised myself I would, and let you know … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Vestiges — Ancient and Otherwise — in New York City

I recently returned from a long weekend in NYC. I hadn’t been back since 2008, and as always it has changed a lot. A bit cleaner and seemingly safer; consequently … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Mushrooms are Coming!

Or the mycelial fruit bodies are, via the USPS or UPS, not sure which. On my life’s list of goals has been to find and photograph bioluminescent mushrooms in the … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tropical Storm Brings Most Welcome Visitors

Is it because I drew them to me emotionally/spiritually/attitudinally, or did the change in barometric pressure due to T.S. Debbie Debby cause a change in behavior in these two beautiful … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Moonlore: Our Verdant Satellite that Never Was

One August morning in 1835, New Yorkers awoke to the increasing heat and humidity of a typical northeast summer. Any one of them wanting to read about the events going … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ocean Rocks, Remote and Romantic — A Series for Those Who Stare at Maps

I’ve always loved to think and daydream. And maps and globes have always been catalysts to my daydreaming and pondering — particularly the little dots in the middle of nowhere … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bioluminescence Comes in Many Forms

It seems as though it is that time of year again, when I become intrigued and enchanted by fungi. I always am, of course, but now in warmer weather I … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Photographers: Lyrid Meteor Shower to Peak This Weekend; May Be Best in Years

If you dig sky photos, look up this weekend: Lyrid Meteor Shower to Peak This Weekend; May Be Best in Years.

April 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sun Dogs, Moon Dogs, and Halos

I saw the coolest thing on April 1, and this is not a belated April Fool’s prank. The midday sun was encircled by an enormous bright & beautiful halo. It … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Things I’ve been bitten by

I got to thinking about all the animals we get stung or bitten by in our lifetimes. I’m sure there are so many we don’t ever even become aware of, … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

I Met a Scrimshander

I was lucky enough to meet a very talented man many years back, with interests similar to mine (nautical art & oddities being one of them). He, however, didn’t just … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Combing Through Castellow Hardwood Hammock

A couple weeks back I woke up with the usual sore back, only to bend down to feed our rabbit at the worst angle possible. I could not stand up … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Green Animals are Cool

Now that Nome’s fueled up, I can get back to nature. Thanks to my neighbor across the street, who knows I like “weird things,” I’ve recently become acquainted with this … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nome’s (not) Burning.

Because apparently it’s running out of gas and oil. I’m lucky to have been to the great state of Alaska twice, and both times have been to the city of … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reindeer and Caribou and Christmastime

This day has got me thinking about reindeer and caribou, and which is which. While toads and frogs have differentiating characteristics and behaviors, and are definitely quite different animals in … Continue reading

December 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Castellow Hammock Continued

Way back in October, I posted about a great walk I took through the Miami-Dade County Park of Castellow Hammock. It was great in no small part due to the … Continue reading

December 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Found: The Big, Bad Manchineel Tree

I found it! In my earlier Post on the poisonous Manchineel tree, I had yet to find the specimen supposedly growing at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. I returned on October … Continue reading

November 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ah the Fecundity! A Fungus Walk through Castellow Hammock

This post has been long in the making. Not the text, which isn’t very involved, but the photos. Saturday, October 15, 2011 was an overcast day after many days of … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Digger Bee Squatters’ Rights

You know the nozzle sprayers that go on the end of your garden hose? I have one unused in my yard, just sitting on a shelf between some plants. I … Continue reading

October 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Painted Buntings, Nature’s Paint Palette, Return for the Winter

The Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) is unarguably the most colorful bird I could hope to see in my neighborhood in South Florida. We’ve got all kinds of parrots and other … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Clathrus Crispus, the latticed stinkhorn

I like photo opportunities best when they seem to be presented to me, rather than preplanned or set up. It’s a serendipitous gift from nature in my eyes, providing a … Continue reading

October 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Greenhouse Frog

Frogs and amphibians in general are our environmental “canary in a coal mine.” Because they have porous skin, and need to return eventually to water to avoid dessication, they absorb … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

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