Back a bit early from an utterly spectacular, 2000km transverse of Mongolia's South and East Gobi provinces. Newly discovering these exquisite expanses, I've returned even more deliriously in love with this desert. In fact, this morning I feel like this lovely looks, whose portrait I snapped along the way:
I need a day or two to edit several hundred photographs, recall and refine details, and just process. But rest assured, I'll share as much as I can this week, undoubtedly over several posts.
But in the meantime, what in the hell are these?
On the first day's drive, we happened upon a pea-green, brackish pond, along the edges of which hundreds of these bizarre creatures were scuttling about and fighting whenever they encountered each other. I recalled at once the horseshoe crabs I used to find in childhood visits to Long Island, tales of the Mongolian Death Worm, and the hideous tracking robot that burrowed into Neo's bellybutton in The Matrix. They're about three inches long, and about 300 million years out of place. Please forward to friends who may be zoologists; I have no idea where to even begin researching what these are and how they came to be in a small pond smack in the middle of the Gobi Desert. I just stood there watching them, my face locked somewhere between a scowl and a gawp, contemplating karma until summoned back into the car.
Zendette's Geography Quiz Answers and A New Geo Teaser
Congrats to Leamur for correctly working out Venezuela/Caracas as the nation where its citizens might shout the name of the capital as an insult to southern Americans.
But by gum, I stumped y'all on the nation's name that a Japanese metal fan might yell when demanding an encore. How strangely satisfying. The answer, beloveds, is of course Morocco!
Now, we had another new country's citizen visit in my absence. We will ponder deeply (or, perhaps, not) how it was exactly that said 'net surfer arrived at DODR searching for images -- images, mind you -- of "rectal temperature" (true). But in the meantime, here's the clue to the nation's identity: its name might be confused for an Australian describing diminutive insect dwellings in the remote outback. Post guesses in the comments and good luck!