Pinksteren is alweer voorbij, maar de meikevers liggen nog vers in het geheugen (en waarschijnlijk ook nog steeds bij tientallen op de vloer van het toiletgebouwtje op de camping).

In Duitsland blijkt de meikever een heus voorjaarssymbool te zijn geweest, getuige de vele ansichten die in ‘t verleden met het insect getooid werden.

Fröhliche Pfingsten
Frohe Pfingsten!
Frohe Pfingsten!


The fawn, named Granizo, modeled for Kahlo’s painting The Wounded Deer and was one of her many pets. There were at least two spider monkeys, several parrots, doves, two turkeys, mexican hairless dogs (undoubtedly helping her to feel part of the MesoAmerican tradition) and a tame osprey named Gertrudis Caca Blanca because it white-shitted the stairs.

One of the parrots, a heavy drinker of both beer and tequila, would startle visitors when loudly shouting “No me pasa la cruda!” between sips – meaning he was not going to survive this hangover.


“A happy hunter. Bear hunting is an important recreational sport on the refuge”. Close view of man with huge bear head strapped to his back.

The Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) occupies the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in South-Western Alaska. It is the largest subspecies of brown bear.

The most recent occurrence of a fatal bear attack on a person on the Kodiak archipelago was in 1999.

A 1957 photograph in the collection of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.