It's been another busy week, but I managed to intercept (on their path from backpack to recycling bin) a couple pages of what looks to be school work in which the elder Free-Ride offspring has illustrated various concepts from ecology in drawings.
A closer look at the concepts (with a wee bit of commentary) below.
This organism appears to be a wolf. The elder Free-Ride offspring is fond of wolves.
This habitat includes shelter (a cave), water (in a wee watering hole), and food (a meaty arm-bone in a pool of blood ... presumably the blood of the critter whose arm it was).
A number of candidates are shown: an earthworm, grass, a mushroom, a flower, a bird, and what seems to be a very small cat.
The candidates here include a rock, oxygen molecules, water, the sun, and possibly dirt (sediments).
I don't know why the Sun looks so angry. Possibly it's because the oxygen molecules seem to be coming out of the flowers rather than the leaves?
The species shown is Canis lupis. (See above regarding fondness for wolves.)
Dr. Free-Ride: What's going on in the picture?
Elder offspring: That's a multiplication sign.
Dr. Free-Ride: So those wolves ... are about to get it on?
Elder offspring: As they do.
This community includes an earthworm, a bird, a flower, grass, mushrooms, and a cat, not necessarily drawn to scale.
This ecosystem looks to include a tree, grass, a snake, and some kind of weasel, among other constituents of "EVERYTHING".
Ecology being the study of the interactions in the ecosystem.
That's a stork, and the creature it's carrying in the bundle looks mammalian. Maybe a baby weasel of some sort?
The grim reaper in the picture seems to be returning from a service call (or at least hasn't cleaned the blood from his sickle since the last one).
The sign on the hollow tree says "SOLD".
The sign on the hollow tree says "For Sale".
The number of available caves may limit the bat population. (That last bat on the right looks concerned.)
The sign on the tree says "No Vacancy". The squirrel confronts the realities of a tight rental market.