Category Archives: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Two-Headed Snake (video)

An awesome Geonemertes australiensis? (video)

See the discussion about identification of this strange animal here. Is it correct?

Hummingbird Nest Documentary (video)

Best Pictures of 2008

From The Big Picture

2008 has been an eventful year to say the least – it is difficult to sum up the thousands of stories in just a handful of photographs. That said, I will try to do what I’ve done with other photo narratives here, and tell a story of 2008 in photographs. It’s not the story of 2008, it’s certainly not all stories, but as a collection it does show a good portion of what life has been like over the past 12 months. This is a multi-entry story, 120 photographs over three days:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Those are some amazing pictures. Some are gory. Some are poignant. Some are tragic. Here are two of the more light-hearted ones from the collection – a woman cantering her horse alongside the Tour d’ France competitors, and the fans of Red Star Belgrade soccer team lighting up the red flares during a game:

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

A very sad story:

What started for me as an amusing collection of photos — who takes photos every day for eighteen years? — ended with a shock. Who was this man? How did his photos end up on the web? I went on a two-day hunt, examined the source code of the website, and tried various Google tricks.
Finally my investigation turned up the photographer as Jamie Livingston, and he did indeed take a photo every day for eighteen years, until the day he died, using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He called the project “Photo of the Day” and presumably planned to collect them at some point — had he lived. He died on October 25, 1997 — his 41st birthday.

This is an awful lot of REALLY fast dolphins! (video)

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A dolphin stampede!

Top Three Twitter Accounts from around the world

This guy compiled a list of Top Three Twitter Accounts from a number of different countries. Of course, it is impossible to make such a list perfectly – many people never put their country when registering, others have moved, others have multiple accounts, etc., but nonetheless, it is a nice list of people you may want to check out and follow if you want to broaden your international horizons.
A number of countries are missing, though. There is no Serbia, for instance. But you can find a full deck of cards of Twitter users just from Belgrade, Serbia here.

Squid Suckers from the Little Shop of Horrors

This is one of ten Best Science Images of 2008 as chosen by National Geographic:

Little Shop of Horrors fans may see a resemblance to the bloodthirsty plant from the 1986 movie in the above electron micrograph image.
Drexel University doctoral student Jessica Schiffman won an honorable mention in photography in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for capturing what’s actually an array of suckers found on the tentacles of a long-finned squid.
Each sucker–about 400 micrometers wide, or a little smaller than the width of a human hair–is surrounded with “fangs” of chitin, a hard organic material.
Squid use their powerful suckers to secure unwitting prey and feed their robust appetites–much like the horror-movie plant that inspired the image’s color scheme.

Evening Serenity

I grew up in the big city. I like visiting big cities. The moment you drop me in NYCity, San Francisco, or London, I get into my “city mode” – the quicker pace of walking, a different demeanor. It’s fun – for a few days. I don’t want to move into and live in a big city again. I am much happier getting out on my front porch and taking a picture of a deer in the front yard:

Two rare white lion cubs were born in Belgrade Zoo on Tuesday

The (apparently un-embeddable) video of the cuties is here (I wouldn’t do that with my hand, though, what you see at one point….).
Hat-tip: Viktor

This is Huge!!!!!!!

That’s what she said….

A glowing mushroom

A wonderful example of Bioluminescence!

The Man-fish

proteus_anguinus.jpgGrowing up, we (meaning: kids growing up in Yugoslavia) all learned about the strangest animal of our country – the cave-dwelling White Olm Proteus anguinus, that we called Man-fish (Covecja ribica).
But what do I know? Darren Naish knows much more about it – and after reading his post (an updated version of his older post) you will see for yourself what a cool and crazy animal this is.

Juno is ready for Halloween

She’ll be a honeybee:

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27 Best Deep-Sea Species

About half have already been posted:
#27: Brachiopods
#26: Pig Butt Worm
#25: Crawling Crinoids
#24: Tube Worms
#23: Dumbo Octopus
#22: Xenophyophores
#21: Phronima
#20: Swimming Sea Cucumbers
#19: Black Devil Anglerfish
#18: Venus Fly-trap Anemone
#17: Tripod fish, Bathypterois
#16: Chaunax, the red-eyed gaper
#15: Spookfish, Rhinochimaera pacifica
#14: Alviniconcha, the Hairy Vent Snail
Keep checking for others….


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Juno and Biscuit playing

Q: why does my daughter gets inspired to shoot movies exactly on those days when the house is a total mess?

Juno and Millie

International Rock-Flipping Day

rock%20flipping%20badge.jpgYikes! How did I miss it this year?! It’s TODAY! The International Rock-Flipping Day:

International Rock-Flipping Day, September 2, 2007
It’s International Rock-Flipping Day! If you haven’t flipped yet, please review the guidelines. Be sure to replace all flipped rocks, and do so as carefully as possible: if rocks aren’t returned to their exact footprint, some of the creatures underneath them may be crushed. We also advise wearing gloves as protection against poisonous snakes, spiders, and scorpions, if that’s a concern in your area.
If you don’t have a blog (and even if you do), you can upload photos to Flickr (it’s free to join) and post them to the IRFD group there. I will also be glad to post photos and other material here for anyone who’d rather not bother with Flickr. (My co-conspirator Bev Wigney has been forced by circumstances beyond her control to step back from heavy involvement in the festivities this year.)

I did it last year, but I forgot this year and it is already early afternoon and it is hot! I better go out right now and see if I can find something under a rock right now! If I catch a glimpse of a deer in the front yard without having to flip a rock, does that count?

This Juno is NOT from Juneau


Bored Juno


Assassin Bugs and Bats

Tribute to Marbles and OJ

by Coturnietta…

Juno and Millie

The two dogs are getting friendlier with each other lately:

Sleepy Juno

The pillow seems comfortable:sleepy%20junoooo.JPG
But the router is warmer:




Now the only cat in the house, Biscuit is the Queen again:

Millie and Juno and a stuffed Dalmatian




Juno (11 weeks old)


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Fainting Goats

Juno and Millie

Crayfish, warming up for a fight!

Do you remember this study (also see it here, here, here) we did a few years ago?
Well, I just got my hands on some pictures from the time we did it – just individual animals, not pairs as they fought (we had to pay attention to score behaviors, not waste time on taking pictures):

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Juno (10weeks old)

Sorry, can’t help it:




This picture was taken four years ago:

It’s just not fair!

All this attention on Juno! Millie is depressed:
Biscuit is outraged:


Due to popular demand:

Daddy blogging….


Picture of the day

Newspaper misspells its own name in the front-page header:
Hat-tip: Sue

Juno – at the age of 9 weeks


Union Square, NYC

Picture taken by cell-phone, by my son, two weeks ago when we went to NYC:

Juno, Day 1

The first video:

Good day….

Welcome Juno!