Sunday, April 13, 2008

Vultures...


These creatures are fearless. It seems to me nothing scares them especially when there's road kill. I came across vultures eating road kill on the way to church this morning. I didn't think anything of it. On the way home a vulture was in the middle of the road so I slowed down and he moved out of my way. I wonder what would happen if I didn't slow down?

I got this picture off the net. I did not have my camera with me.

108 comments:

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Had you not slowed down and actually hit and killed the vulture, other vultures would by now eating that vulture.

Little Lamb said...

Vultures are cannibals then.

/t. said...

sometimes
saintly nick
is correct, i think

still, i'd suggest that finding 'vultures eating road kill on the way to church' is not as newsworthy as finding 'vultures eating road kill on or in the church', or, had you hit that vulture and killed it and eaten it, LL... finding 'lamb eating road kill vulture in front of the church'

good post, though :)

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

Little Lamb said...

True, I may or may not do better next time. We'll see.

Thanks!

boneman said...

....ah, but did you learn the most important lesson of all?

You already know (I suspect, from within your heart,) compassion, even for this meat eater.

And....what lesson do you suppose I am referring to?

boneman said...

oh...you have two lessons to learn.
One is that I am not aggressive with ideals, m'dear.
And, to be sure, with that attitude, I will be up fifteen cents and two washers when you do go look....

I'll even go post the answer to the first thing that you learned today....

boneman said...

nevermind.
You thought it was going to be some kind'a election stuff.
The dog guarding the baby.

the first thing I would have thought you would have learned?

Take your camera next time.

boneman said...

y'know what I just learned?
(actually, I had heard once that when a person stops learning, they stop living, so I work ay learning something new every day....)

And today, so far, I learned that you're not LL

Dang! I just thought that it was your initials....but then every once and a while something would be said that didn't fit.

And then the word that rhymed with "fit" came out of the words used....

So, I clicked on the initials, and sure enough either it wasn't you OR you ride a motorcycle.

(and that you would have stopped, at least for a vulture)

Indigo said...

halo incarnates

vultures have strange eyes. they have membranes that allow them to see even when their faces are draped with blood.

Little Lamb said...

Boney, I really need to keep my camera with me at all times. Interesting things happen all time that I can take a picture of.

Motorcycles scare me. My real initials are not LL.

Halo, we've never really talked. What you say about vultures is very interesting.

The Phosgene Kid said...

You'd have a heck of a dent in your car if you hit one. And if you think they smell bad on the outside...

Little Lamb said...

it's a good think I didn't hit it. I'm glad he moved.

The Phosgene Kid said...

As long as they aren't circling while you're out laying on your chase lounge, you are ok...

Skunkfeathers said...

You not slow down; vulture not move...

*WHUMPF*

You have new grill ornament.

Other vultures now circling your car...you park and go inside...vultures eat your new grill ornament...your grill...hood...bumper..tires...engine compartment...seats...cup holders...little lamb accouterments...

Vultures do not discriminate. They eat anything.

ANNA-LYS said...

They move fast ... I saw them just awhile ago in Medicine Hat, Canada.
Who knows they might be here soooon???

Little Lamb said...

Phos, that's good to know.

Skunky, I wouldn't doubt it. But they have NO fear.

Anna-lys, they are quick. Who knew?

carmen racovitza said...

The Vulture's Eye (2004) is a horror film inspired by Bram Stoker's novel Dracula set in Virginia not in Florida..



"When death starts looking good, you're staring into The Vulture's Eye. "

wu hu huuu

Little Lamb said...

I'm glad it wasn't made in Florida.

Ruela said...

beautiful ;)

Little Lamb said...

Vultures are scavengers.

boneman said...

Vultures are beautiful creatures that clean the countryside of the smell of death.
We don't get too many of the blacks here, but the turkey vultures run around in packs! Big lazy circles over fields all day in the summer, and there's never any shortage of chow, either.

"Scavengers" as in preeners, not "scavengers" as in gypsies.

Not fearless, but, bluff heavy.
Their claws and beak can rip a hole in a LIVE person as easy as a dead animal.
Your wisdom was in staying in the car, even though black vultures are smaller than their country cousins.

Little Lamb said...

One day on the way to work I did get out of the car and take pictures of the black birds, but didn't get too close in fear of them flying away. I took the picture with my cell phone that has a camera.

The Phosgene Kid said...

One of my favorite lines in Catch 22 is one of the characters telling a joke about two vultures. One vulture tastes the carcass, turns to the other vulture and says "Ach, and Irishman, I think I'm going to puke!" Don't know why I found that so amusing, but there you go.

carmen racovitza said...

Q: Why did the vulture cross the road?

Sigmund Freud: As an expression of the repressed desire to have sex with its mother. The road symbolizes the barrier presented by the cultural taboo.

Albert Einstein: Whether the vulture crossed the road or the road crossed the vulture depends upon your frame of reference.

Plato: For the greater good.

Robert Frost: To cross the road less traveled by.

Karl Marx: It was an historical inevitability.

Jacques Derrida: Any number of contending discourses may be discovered within the act of the vulture crossing the road, and each interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be discerned, because structuralism is DEAD, DEAD, DEAD!

Thomas de Torquemada: Because of Satan's influence. Crossing the road is heresy. The vulture must confess to its sins in order to be saved.

Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.

Jean-Paul Sartre: In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the vulture found it necessary to cross the road.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The possibility of "crossing" was encoded into the objects "vulture" and "road", and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.

Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.

Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.

Epicurus: For fun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn't cross the road; it transcended it.

Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

Sir Edmund Hillary: Because it was there.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Pyrrho the Skeptic: What road?

Lord Nelson: "I see no vulture."

Sir Isaac Newton: vultures at rest tend to stay at rest. Vultures in motion tend to cross the road.

John Wayne: "'Cause a vulture's gotta do what a vulture's gotta do."

Captain James Tiberius Kirk: To boldly go where no vulture has gone before.



Did i get it right ??

Little Lamb said...

Phos, because you're like that.

Carmen, Ha ha!

Ruela said...

"Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees. "


yes ;)

Little Lamb said...

Hogwash! I'm a creationist.

Serena Joy said...

Those are some scary looking birds. I don't think you have to worry about hitting one; I've never seen one fail to move in time.

Little Lamb said...

That's good to know. They probably don't want to be their friends next meal.

carmen racovitza said...

well , LL, we are so much alike...i am a recreationist...

Little Lamb said...

:-)

/t. said...

i am a
crustacean

/t.

Skunkfeathers said...

You realize, of course, that vultures/buzzards are integral in the 13th astrological sign. Yes, there is a 13th astrological sign: tis the sign of Gorkus. Those born of February 29, every fourth year, fall beneath the sign of Gorkus.

Gorkus on true astrology charts is symbolized by two vultures, colliding in mid-air.

and i am NOT a crustacean.

carmen racovitza said...

The Thirteenth Sign?

Ophiuchus is often called the 'thirteenth sign of the zodiac' because the sign is thought of as an additional sign to the the twelve Tropical or Sidereal signs.

In Tetrabiblos, Ptolemy treats Ophiuchus as a non-zodiac constellation; he follows the simple, inherited tradition of the twelve part, equal-sign zodiac. However, in Al Magest, Ptolemy actually charts Ophiuchus in the heavens.

Skunk, do you dare contradict Ptolemy ??

(mmmn, i'm sure he does!!)

Little Lamb said...

/t. I don't know what that is.

Skunky, I didn't know that.

Carmen, I guess so.

/t. said...

it means
i am a crustaceanist:

i believe that the world
was created by and then evolved from a crab

(might have been a lobster)

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

Little Lamb said...

Oooooooooooh! sounds good! Can we eat that crab or lobster?

/t. said...

almost
time to
fire up the old Q!

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Heck, I've been grilling for months now...

Indigo said...

hi lambie! just saying hello :)

Little Lamb said...

/t. You're going to "q" the seafood?

Phos, things taste better on the grill.

Indigo, Hi there!

Skunkfeathers said...

Carmen: contradict Ptolemy? Nah. Just present a different view that might tend to differentiate a smidge ;)

Ptolemy and I might just agree with /t. on grilled crustaceans.

carmen racovitza said...

i like grilled minced meat rolls...with much garlic and things...mmmnnnn and only pork, LL...

ptolemy, hm... never

Little Lamb said...

Skunky, is there such a thing as Ptolemy, and if so, what is it?

Carmen, how about beef?

boneman said...

wait a minute...
Phos? Are you talking putting food on or ambient temps there abouts?

And so now we're gonna go kill and eat a bunch of cute crustaceans?
Like shrimp...buttered shrimp in spicy mediterranean sauce...
lemon butter dripping off a big, fat piece of lobster meat.....
(did you ever see Homer Simpson drool?)

But what about how cute they were?
Don't we harvest their shells every year for soft cloth? warm lobster shell balnkets? Trendy Shrimp tail dresses and skirts....

No?
Well then. OK!
GET THE BRIQETS!

boneman said...

did anyone bring wine for the lemon butter sauce?

Little Lamb said...

Wait a minute! What are we going to eat?

The Phosgene Kid said...

chops!!!

Little Lamb said...

Pork chops it is!

The Phosgene Kid said...

No not pork - the other other white meat!!!

carmen racovitza said...

well, there are rumors about a ptolemy...pto-e-mail, in fact...a joker, LL... ;)

carmen racovitza said...

LL,beef on a grill ?/ no, no ,no
sausages, pastrami,tons of pork...

ok,i bring the wine, too..but it is the thickest red wine you've ever seen ..or tasted...we made it at home , from our small vineyard

is thick red wine good for the sauce, bone?/:);)

Little Lamb said...

Phos, Chicken? I love chicken.

Carmne, Ok, now I get it. Your meat sounds good, too.

carmen racovitza said...

yes,mmm, it only sounds, LL...

Pink said...

Lamby - Ptolemy was a mathemetician and astronomer.

He had a geocentric theory of the solar system where the earth was the center and planets and the sun revolved around us.

He'd have made a good b-list celebrity.

I am a crustacean rising.

But I will only rise for a barbecue. I'm comfortably drinking champagne on my sofa tonight. Pink Champagne of course.

xx
pinks

Little Lamb said...

Oh I should get out more. I've never heard of Ptolemy. Maybe I have and I forgot, I don't know. There are all sorts of theorys out there.

What do you want at the bbq?

The Phosgene Kid said...

I heard Ptolemy molested goats in his off time, but I have no proof...

boneman said...

a good rule of thumb is hitch-hiking.
No...
a good rule of thumb about using wines with cooking is:
Good wine makes for better tasting food. Great wine makes for some great food.
and, of course, wine that tastes bad? will make the food taste odd, too.
So, homemade wine, in my experience, has been pretty good, so I'de say....bring it on.

Now, the question usually arises about what do you do with "bad" wine?
Well, you know that guy that wanders in and aims at getting drunk, and usually succeeds? Well, he gets the bad wine.
He don't care.

carmen racovitza said...

my wine is thick/consistent, but GGOOODD, bone...

Little Lamb said...

Phos, I don't know about that now.

Boney, I've heard that, too.

Carmen, How about some grape juice?

carmen racovitza said...

grape juice ?? counterfeited, LL..

**¤ ¤** said...

good morning to the vultures and to the little lamb..

boneman said...

....back in the early 1900's...before real prohibition, the ladies of the church I go to decided to change to grape juice instead of wine for communion.
They do it still.
Now, I realize that one of the reasons is that we do communion every Sunday, and they were unwilling to consider getting the men folk to church by bribing them with alcohol, BUT that seems a bit harsh of mind....
I mean, dang!
A person needs a drink after sitting on those hard pews for an hour!

boneman said...

when I get older
losin' m'hair
many years from now....

Little Lamb said...

Carmen, what can I say?

**¤ ¤**, you're back! :-) Welcome back! :-)

boney why don't you have cushioned pews?

Indigo said...

indigo incarnates

yes... church could use cushions on the pews. The itty bitty chairs we have for handbell choir could double as torture devices. The pagan/wiccan services (at my *other* church, heh heh) are all done standing, so it's good that i own comfortable shoes!

Little Lamb said...

I hate standing. It's bad enough I have to stand all day.

CONNELL said...

I grab a choir chair when I can.....
Now, THOSE are SEATS!

The bit about the wine was a joke. ("did you see what I did there?" Mr. Staurday Night, Billy Crystal and David Paymer)

Little Lamb said...

I like Billy Crystal. :-)

CONNELL said...

I keep forgetting to tell you....
The wild turkeys around Indiana kind'a look like those vultures.

Little Lamb said...

These could be turkey vultures.

/t. said...

wild
turkey
vultures...

that's it for sure

/t.

Pink said...

those wild turkey vultures are the same dudes that drink bad wine


now as for barbecue...how about duck?

xx

Little Lamb said...

/t. wild, yes.

Pink, I've never had duck on the grill, let's try it.

carmen racovitza said...

i warned you that these vultures are turkeys...

Little Lamb said...

Someone did mention that.

The Phosgene Kid said...

I've grilled duck before - it works out really well, especially with a honey hosin glaze.

Little Lamb said...

Maybe we can try the duck then.

carmen racovitza said...

duck has a boring flesh...
only the chinese know how to make it tender and tasty and ...sweet..

yes, "sweet" like in honey or sugar...

boneman said...

Nope.
I ain't the one t'try for "know-it-all" class, but, turkey vultures have red heads. *(if you call that "red", that is.

Now, for the duck.
We need someone big to sit on them.
You know....for pressed duck.

Or, does that mean we have to send them to the dry cleaners?

Little Lamb said...

Carmen and boney, let's forget the duck and look for something easier to fix.

/t. said...

dolly7

[just saying]

/t.

Little Lamb said...

Like /t.bone steak

/t. said...

similar,
i think :)

<3

Little Lamb said...

lambs and cows?

/t. said...

heads & tails,
four legs... yep

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

Little Lamb said...

Dolly says she'd rather have chicken. She doesn't trust you at all.

boneman said...

how about boca burgers?

puerileuwaite said...

I have missed you my dearest Lamby.

And you certainly don't have to tell Yours Truly about them damned* (* I mean literally) vultures.

Why, if you ONLY knew how many damned* times they have interrupted my travels to church, and clawed my intended donations from my chaste paws.

It's always a different ruse, too. Sometimes it's "Buy one, get one free". Other times it's "Find the Pea".

Sometimes, I'm afraid, evil does INDEED come home to roost.

The Phosgene Kid said...

A carnivorous lamb - yikes!! Those vultures sure are patient, you think they would have flown away by now!!

Little Lamb said...

Boney, Boca burgers?

Pug, You should come around more often. Maybe we should go to church together and I can try to protect you from the evil (hopefully).

Phos, they're very stubborn.

Indigo said...

Hi Lambie! Just dropping by to say hi! :)
Our weekend was cool. We got to practice christianity, Wicca, and Judiasm all in the same day on Sunday, since it was Sunday, full moon, and Passover all at the same time. Kewl. :)

Have a nice week, my friend!

Little Lamb said...

Weekends are nice to enjoy. I love my time away from the drudgery.

/t. said...

hey there,
small goat-like animal!

<3

Little Lamb said...

Goat like? GOAT LIKE!?!!

Baaa!

/t. said...

sorry there, LL

i momentarily forgot
your name

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

Little Lamb said...

Baaa!

/t. said...

gee, touchy!

i know what will
cheer you up, LL...

lets go hack into hillary clinton's computers and upload some porn :)

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

Little Lamb said...

BAAA! :(

/t. said...

you
were
a lot more fun
when you were younger, LL

/t.

Little Lamb said...

Baaa!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Old Goat? Got your goat? A Goat of many colors?

..................... said...

did somebody say lamb roast?
no?
oh, well..
in that case ..
have a cup of coffee. mine just finished brewing.
oh, and a good morning to you...:)

Little Lamb said...

Phos, Old? Goat? Baaa!

Foam, Lamb roast? Baaa!

/t. said...

little
ebenezer lamb

baaa! bum hug! (3)

:)

The Phosgene Kid said...

Goats don't Baa the bleat. I think. They are good to roast as well...

carmen racovitza said...

a friendly, but consistent BAA to all LL's frenmies...

stop haressing the little , innocent creature!!

she likes chicken, so what ??
i like chicken , too !!

Little Lamb said...

/t. baaa!

Phos, Maybe we can grill a goat.

Carmen, I do like chicken. It tastes good.