Cats in Crete and China, and evolution

October 23, 2010

Cretan Cat - photo by Kenny Darrell

A cat Kenny Darrell photographed in Crete -- notice each eye is a different color.

Darwin wondered about the genetic reasons behind white cats being blind deaf (though, of course, he didn’t call it “genetics” then).  Evolution in action:  White cats today usually can see hear.

Kenny found this cat in Crete, and got a good shot of its eyes, each of a different color — though of course, as soon as the focus was set, the cat leaned forward for a pet.

Kenny’s in China right now.  I wonder if China has cats and dogs on the streets like Crete?

Below the fold:  Darwin on white cats.

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Sleeping dog at the Palace at Knossos

September 10, 2010

Dog at the Palace at Knossos, Crete (Greece) - photo copyright 2010 Kenny Darrell

Sleeping Dog at the Palace at Knossos, Crete (Greece) - photo copyright 2010 Kenny Darrell (free use with attribution)

You recognize the three maidens, of course, the Ladies in Blue fresco.  Dogs wander all over Crete, Kenny discovered.  Strays?  Neighborhood dogs just not bound by a fence?

Maybe this mutt is just a lover of history, or archaeology.  Dreaming of the Knossos that was?  Who will tell the dog the fresco is a reproduction?  Do they duplicate the dog at the display in the Heraklion Museum?

Kenny got inspiration from roaming the ruins of the palace.  Some of his colleagues, he reported, were less interested, because they were ruins.  They had hoped for more of a palace to tour.  Walking through a cradle of civilization, but craving the comforts of guides and air conditioning . . .

From Kenny’s stay in Crete early in the summer.

See also:

When in Crete, watch what the Cretans do

September 9, 2010

Kenny’s course in Crete is weeks over — he’s in China, near Beijing, teaching now.

Photos are still worth looking at.

Grafitti:  In our city, we make the rules (Chania, Crete)

Graffiti in Chania, Crete: "In our city, we make the rules." Photo by Kenny Darrell

Political graffiti all too often aims just at the message, missing much of the art of some of those who tag.

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