My what big eyes you have!

It would seem that Gabriel has spent his life in the depths of bat caves- his eyes are huge.  Note he has but one helmet/ headlamp for Carina, since apparently he doesn’t need one.  Sort of reminds me of the continuing saga of Bat Boy in the Weekly World News!

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White Nose Syndrome…  not to get ahead of the story here, but it affects bats during hibernation, when they are holed up in their hibernaculum, plural form hibernacula, a place where animals hibernate… so given that bats probably don’t need to hibernate in Mexico, they aren’t as prone to WNS…   but I am sure the good professor knows that.

because… to study bats?

…for to study bats?  Even if English is not your first language, this doesn’t make any sense…

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So let’stake stock of where we are…  Other than Meh-hee-co.  We saw a lizard eat a spider only to then be carried off by a raptor… cruel.  Then we met up with Jose and Jefe in the Cantina… sinister.  Now we have “Call me Gabriel” and Carina out in the middle of nowhere- presumably at the mouth of La Cueva de los Muertos…  creepy.  For more than one and any number of reasons…

How Mark gets entwined in this story is anyone’s guess… maybe Mark, Cherry and Rusty decide that they have been working way to hard and they decide to go on a vacation to one of those all-inclusive places…  and then decide to go on a resort-sponsored excursion…  to bat caves.  Maybe a chance to catch a dread disease and bring it back to Lost Forest… Oh the possibilities are endless!!

…because no one can hear you scream…

Well, isn’t this tremendously suspenseful…  as night races in from stage right, thoughts of “what the Hell was I thinking?” are racing trough Carina’s mind.  I love her words, though… “fearsome reputation…”  almost a foreshadowing effect on what is to come.

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A check on the Cueva de los muertos reveals that this is a burial site of some repute…  where presence of children’s bones (sacrifice?) are present showing signs of “Periosteal Reaction.”  This means that there is evidence of trauma, disease or some other unnatural upset…

Well, that’s quite a lot to take in, boys and girls…  just remember, trusting in your elders can sometimes end badly!!

Uh, oh… She’s calling him Gabriel…

What, like the desert ecosystem, where humans would survive less that a day or two unless they brought in everything they need?  Like bottles and bottles of Spring Water, like the Marines in the movie Jarhead?

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I can tell that Carina is already regretting her decision to go into the desert with her professor… His teachings, preachings and ministrations are already wearing thin on her…  besides, isn’t there some rule that suggests that students and their professors should not be alone, 1 on 1?  Haven’t they read the  book Lolita or seen the movie Gone Girl??

I can tell we are in for another 170+ day schlog… get comfortable, everyone…

And the lección continues…

With the palette muted in the desert, we have less to distract our eyes, so we are drawn to the riveting lecture being delivered by Gabriel.  Indicator Species?  Don’t you mean Sentinel Species?  Canary in a coal mine?  No, he’s correct… There is a difference between and indicator species and an animal sentinel.  The latter is purposely put in harm’s way to alert humans to dangers… the former signals changes in the environment in an ecosystem where they would naturally occur.  OK enough of that… my brain hurts…

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Note the Desert Hare and how large the ears are… allowing the animal to dissipate heat, not to mention hearing things from literally miles away…  While we are on the desert theme, here is the Sunday edition as an added bonus:

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I bet this little guy gets teased all the time…

Good Lord, Man, Let the Woman Speak

Twice now- “Call me Gabriel” and “No, No, etc…”  Have another coffee, Professor Gabriel…  what – are you going to sound your trumpet next?  Announce the End of the World?  Beginning of the new age?  No, just talk about how eemportante bats are to our general well being etc, etc…

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So, apologize all you want, horn blower, you are still a rude man.

Chiropterologist?  Really? From the fact that Bats are of the order chiroptera… the only mammals capable of flight- as opposed to falling with style

Oh thank Goodness…

…we have been blessedly and mercifully removed from Lost Forest and are now back in the Desert!  Good thing… no telling what Mark and Cherry were going to do next…

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Enter two new Characters: Professor Gabriel (“Call me Gabriel”) Chavira and Carina, the impressionable estudiante…  In a dust-covered jeep doing who-knows-what kind of field work.

Chavira is a family name from Spain (original conquerors) and has since morphed into Chavez…

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Let’s hope the Professor doesn’t let that go to his head…