An excellent use of blue M&Ms that for some strange reason (maybe because it seems cruel) isn’t listed on http://www.seanet.com/~balamb/sense/nonsense/: 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 […]
Archive for July, 2005
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]