|A grey fox smiling at a tasty meal or the Flehman response?|
The 1993 version of The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California is a big book of the 8000+ native and naturalized plants in California. Big as in 1424 pages. Big as in wildly diverse California. A new version, The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California, came out in 2012, now 1600 pages. Oh, the moans and groans at all the name changes.
The Jepson II went on my desk and the Jepson I went in my car. I took the Jepson I out of the car for my recent Sierra trip and left it on the living room floor. The day after I returned from the trip, I grabbed the cloth-covered Jepson I to replace it in the car only to find that it had a smashed mouse underneath it. Really smashed, 7.4 pounds smashed. I swear I did not throw the Jepson I at the mouse. The house cats looked nonplussed.
|Setting the table - Jepson Manual I with dead mouse and lizard in the corral. Camera is the Birdcam2.0.|
I put the Jepson I with its smashed mouse in the corral and mounted a wildlife camera nearby. I also added a lizard that Cat King Cole killed in the garage.
|Course One - the smashed mouse is quickly consumed.|
|The grey fox consumes the lizard faster than the camera can record. Then it licks up the remains of the smashed mouse.|