Alarming insect declines

Over the course of the past five years, many scientific papers have been written about insect declines – some simply reporting patterns in observational data, while others have adopted rigorous monitoring combined with measurements of potential factors contributing to shifts in insect diversity and abundance. There are debates ongoing between entomologists and conservationists as toContinue reading “Alarming insect declines”

Imposter parenting

This post was half triggered by a couple of posts I read yesterday about imposter syndrome. It’s also triggered by the events of this particular day… I’ve been a father to a beautiful son for almost three years, and he was joined by an awesome little sister almost a year ago. These two little tadpolesContinue reading “Imposter parenting”

Highs and lows

Let’s start today with the lows, and end it on a high note. We spent the night near Rovinj, a pretty town on the Istrian west coast. The campsite was nothing special, and just too far from the center to comfortably walk the distance back and forth with the kids. Now, In Rovinj, most parkingContinue reading “Highs and lows”

Now this is something different…

You all now by now I’m a bit of a reptile nerd. I can’t help it. It’s been like that since forever. It started with dinosaurs when I was young, and it never left me. Those of you that now me a little better, or read here regularly, will also understand that snakes in particularContinue reading “Now this is something different…”

Boredom

I know I’m in no position to complain about anything. I’m in a beautiful place. Paradise-like, even. I’m as close as I can possibly get to the people I love most in this world. The weather was absolutely beautiful, albeit it was windy and chilly today. The campsite was comfortable. Everything was good, right? Yet,Continue reading “Boredom”

I followed the wrong signs…

Whilst driving down the coast of Croatia, I only had one job: follow the coast to Split. Of course I fucked up within a couple of kilometers. Don’t get me wrong: I religiously followed the signs to Split, not realizing that there was an inland highway that would probably be much quicker than the scenicContinue reading “I followed the wrong signs…”

Sold!

This morning I figured out that the island we spent two nights on wasn’t Cres… In fact, we had crossed a tiny bridge on our way down, literally only a couple of meters long, that brought us from Cres to Losinj. I thought that Osor, the town at the bridge, was simply located on aContinue reading “Sold!”

Mystery readers

Lately, my WordPress statistics have been all over the place. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t fully ‘get’ them. Well. I get them, but I don’t get what drives them. Some days I get 20 views, whereas on other days, I get more than 100. It’s independent of time of posting or dayContinue reading “Mystery readers”

Curb the perfectionism

I never saw myself as a perfectionist. I always thought I was perfectly fine with mediocre, but if there’s one thing that almost three years of parenthood has taught me, it’s that I am a perfectionist. And not just that. I’m hardcore perfectionist. And the feeling seems to only become stronger – or present withContinue reading “Curb the perfectionism”

Bad day

I don’t know what is/was wrong with me today, but nothing feels right. I woke up feeling absolutely drained. My energy levels were low, and I was cranky, and that feeling only got worse as the day continued. I couldn’t help it, but I felt annoyed by everyone and everything today. I was snarky towardsContinue reading “Bad day”