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Haootia, from the Late Ediacaran of Newfoundland, Canada (~560 mya). Named after the Beothuk word “haoot”, meaning “demon”, it measured about 5cm in diameter (2″) and preserves the earliest known evidence of muscle fibers.

Based on the presence of muscles and its fourfold symmetry, it’s been identified as a cnidarian polyp – making it one of the only members of the Ediacaran biota with a clear relationship to other animal groups.

Feb 8, 2017 -the feral turkeys going up to roost for the night in the trees between the pond and the house -taken Jan 13, 2017

It is amusing to watch them do this. The group consists of about 17 birds now. They gather as dusk approaches in a group that sort of muddles around for a bit on a grassy area to the left of where the house is in this pic. And then out of the blue, as if receiving a signal, they sort of loosely line up like planes waiting on a tarmac to take off, and then one by one they heave their heavy bodies into the air in a powerfully driven flight to the upper tree branches. I am pretty sure that it is a dominant female that starts the nightime flight to the trees. I think most but not all of the males seem to linger to the end, with I believe the dominant male taking off last. The males tend to be very protective of the flock, so most of the time, would wait until the rest were safely up in the trees.

There are also some outliers who hang at the fringes of the established frock, and they tend to roost in trees a little away from the main flock, like the lowest bird here, who is in a tree behind the house.


The next morning Bran was nowhere to be seen. They finally found him fast asleep in the upper branches of the tallest sentinel in the grove. As angry as he was, his father could not help but laugh. “You’re not my son,” he told Bran when they fetched him down, “you’re a squirrel. So be it. If you must climb, then climb, but try not to let your mother see you.”

I had a bittersweet interaction with a dying pine tree in my backyard today. I touched its trunk and looked up toward the top, just spacing out, and then I got these flashes of impressions.

It was passive and peaceful with a slow, labored life force (like an old elephant?); it was aware and fairly accepting of its end. I could have sworn I felt for a moment the wind in its upper branches as if it were in my hair.

Jenny Greenteeth is a figure in English folklore. A river hag, similar to Peg Powler or a grindylow, she would pull children or the elderly into the water and drown them. She was often described as green-skinned, with long hair, and sharp teeth. She is called Jinny Greenteeth in Lancashire, but in Cheshire and Shropshire she is called Ginny Greenteeth, Jeannie Greenteeth, Wicked Jenny, or Peg o’ Nell.

She is likely to have been an invention to frighten children from dangerous waters similar to the Slavic Rusalka, the Kappa in Japanese mythology, or Australia’s Bunyip, but other folklorists have seen her as a memory of sacrificial practices. The demon may also lurk in the upper branches of trees at night.

The name is also used to describe pondweed or duckweed, which can form a continuous mat over the surface of a small body of water, making it misleading and potentially treacherous, especially to unwary children. With this meaning the name is common around Liverpool and southwest Lancashire.


Lord Eddard ordered him to the godswood to cleanse himself. Guards were posted to see that Bran remained there alone all night to reflect on his disobedience. The next morning Bran was nowhere to be seen. They finally found him fast asleep in the upper branches of the tallest sentinel in the grove.

As angry as he was, his father could not help but laugh.

I needed to clarify things in my head so I did a quick copypaste job. I was honestly surprised by how well the shorelines line up. They are just about exact everywhere else but Vylbrand (which only lines up generally, not exactly), and that upper branch of water in the Black Shroud region map divides into two on the Ironheart map. Those are basically the only differences.

I can’t comment on whether this exact layout is how the regions really connect (Ironheart map may not be exact, questions of perspective also arise due to art style), but I mostly just needed a general comparison anyway.

Reactions: wow, Coerthas is much further west than I thought it was. Also, Black Shroud seems to take up a disproportionately big area, even though in pixels it was just about equal in size to other region maps. It also really drives home just how big a distance we jump between Thanalan and the Black Shroud.

Speculation: there seems to be plenty of space for a separate Yafaem Saltmoor region if they really wanted to (it’s that bit northwest of Mor Dhona and south of Coerthas map). The other region maps overlap a lot too. Farreach is another potential that partially overlaps others but still would have enough space to exist. Xelphatol, Gyr Abania and Paglth’an are a given, of course.