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[22 Jul 2013 | 8 Comments | ]

The excellent science blogger and biologist Alex Wild features
an interview with me on Scientific American’s Compound Eye blog.

Chinese Praying mantis birth

Do you usually have a particular image in mind when you head
into the field with your gear? Or are you open to shooting
what you find?

It has to be fun. The most fun for me, whether I’m painting or making a photograph,
is to start with no preconceived idea, use chance to my advantage,
and find or make an image I haven’t seen before. So I’m really hoping
to find something new in the field. And the field is often my backyard.

Read the entire interview here.

Animals | Pets, Insects etc., Science »

[3 Jun 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Just saw this today at the Heritage Auctions site, a great looking scorpion in amber, a little over half an inch long. With an estimate of $24,000 – $32,000, I’m not sure who will buy it, but I wish fossils like this could be seen by anyone interested, and not hidden away in a rich collector’s vault.

In the same Natural History Auction is the nice Pterosaurs fossil below, more than a foot long, with a wingspan close to 40 inches.

Books | Art | Misc, Science »

[22 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

A sketch from another project:

Reflected stars whisper of eternity, watched silently while counting down the night.

Buy a print of this image.

See an afternoon of contrasts.

Animals | Pets, Science »

[12 Mar 2008 | One Comment | ]

Zooillogix mentions this great AFP story of a bottleneck dolphin leading two apparently confused pygmy sperm whales to safety after becoming stranded on a sandbar.

Said Conservation Department officer Malcolm Smith: “I was not aware dolphins could communicate with pygmy sperm whales, but something happened that allowed Moko to guide those two whales to safety.”

Science »

[10 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

I like this quote from Oliver Sacks in Sunday’s New York Times:

“My religion is nature.   That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.”

Insects etc., Science »

[26 Feb 2008 | One Comment | ]

An older news item from Science News, University of Arizona researchers have observed bumblebees spying on other bees for tips on the best flowers to visit.

Charles Darwin
proposed this type of observational learning almost 150 years ago.

Insects etc., Science »

[19 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

From Zooillogix, BBC video of a leafhopper being coaxed by a gecko to feed it honeydew, perhaps as a bribe to protect it from predators.

Birds, Insects etc., Science »

[5 Feb 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Birds, insects and other natural flyers are teaching engineers how to build flapping-wing aircraft that can withstand flying in a “messy environment”, through snow, rain, and wind gusts.

More at ScienceDaily.

See two birds in a mid-air collision.

Science »

[29 Jan 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

About 70,000 years ago, the human population dropped to only a couple thousand people, which means we have less genetic variation than chimps and gorillas.

This from an interesting discussion in the current SEED magazine between writer Will Self and geneticist Spencer Wells on what it means to be human.

Insects etc., Science »

[5 Jan 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Did the rise of biting insects contribute to the disappearance of the dinosaurs?

A new book, “What Bugged the Dinosaurs? Insects, Disease and Death in the Cretaceous” argues that tiny arthropods might have contributed to the gradual decline of dinosaur populations.

Read more at ScienceDaily.