Archive for July, 2005

July 31st, 2005

Blue M&Ms

An excellent use of blue M&Ms that for some strange reason (maybe because it seems cruel) isn’t listed on Put them on display so people will ask why you have blue M&Ms on display. This serves a dual purpose — it humiliates the blue M&Ms, and helps educate the public. It is important that […]

July 31st, 2005

Black and White Wall Bug

I saw this little critter on my wall. It sat completely still while I took pictures, so I got to experiment a bit. I’m sharing my favorite. For this picture I used a sheet of paper as a flash reflector (the flash was otherwise blocked by the lens because I was so close). I like […]

July 30th, 2005

Why Spiders Curl Up When They Die

A couple of the six joints in a spider’s leg are hydraulic. The spider flexes muscles that increase pressure and straighten those joints. When the spider dies, those muscles relax and the legs curl up.

July 29th, 2005

A Tragic Botanical Tale

This is my photo documentary of a pretty little plant’s journey to the dark side. Check out this pretty plant. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of these in your garden? (Hint: Probably not.) Before long, the flower starts looking more like this. It’s still pretty, but past its prime. It doesn’t help that […]

July 29th, 2005

Reflective Beetle Reprise

Here’s the back of the reflective beetle I posted a picture of recently. (Actually, it’s a different beetle, but it’s the same kind of beetle.) I’m guessing camoflage isn’t this insect’s defense mechanism.

July 28th, 2005

Tiny Mushroom

I took this picture of a mushroom recently on a walk with my oldest kid. Usually I take several pictures of a given subject so I can choose my favorite, but this time I only took one. Fortunately, I love the way it turned out. Aside from resizing and sharpening (to reclaim some of the […]

July 27th, 2005

Photos from an Evening Stroll

Today at work I went for a walk and took some photos. The weeds near the parking lot at work are pleasantly infested with photographic subjects. I find this bug very cute. It’s all fuzzy, with a little long nose and knobbies on its antennae. Aww… Even though there are many imperfections in this picture, […]

July 21st, 2005

Red Dragonfly

This morning a red dragonfly landed in my back yard. I talked it into waiting around until I could get my camera. It was a surprisingly skilled model, occasionally changing position so I could get different angles. It even smiled for the camera, which I thought was odd. I didn’t know dragonflies could smile. I […]