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Category: Photography (page 1 of 4)

Time-Lapse Photography (playlist)

I’ve started to shoot some time-lapse videos and posting them on YouTube in this playlist. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-KAS6i0aKL1OmukubN7J4rZnmKrsjts7

Flickr Explore

Finally got a couple of photos into Explore! again on Flickr. Yay!

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Greenish transparent jumping spider. This spider makes it apparent that Salticidae are different from ordinary spiders in many ways. For example, their legs are not operated by muscles and tendons, but by hydraulics. You can also see the tiny black dot at the tip of each leg — the spider’s “foot”. Each of those contains around 600,000 microscopic setules which enable these spiders to stick to surfaces by means of the Van der Waals force (an electrical effect). When walking on the ceiling, each of those tiny black “feet” can hold up to 170 times the spider’s weight.

On Flickr

Here’s a fairly common sight in the tropical regions of Central America, the Brown Bark Scorpion. I’m holding this one here by blinding him with a bright light. They have several pairs of eyes and you can see its primary eyes shining like diamonds. Since I startled it, it’s playing possum, playing dead. Notice the tail flopped over to one side and legs all askew. There’s actually nothing wrong with this scorpion and it’s quite alive.

On Flickr

 

 

STS-125 Atlantis Solar Transit (200905120002HQ)

These photos are too cool not to post.

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault).

Originally uploaded by NASA HQ Photos. STS-125 Atlantis Solar Transit (200905120002HQ).

In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault). Click to see larger.

Above photo, uncropped. Click to see larger.

The NASA space shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope are seen in silhouette, side by side in this solar transit image made at 12:17p.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from west of Vero Beach, Florida. The two spaceships were at an altitude of 600 km and they zipped across the sun in only 0.8 seconds. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)

Above photo, uncropped. Click to see larger.

Thierry made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)

We Grow ‘Em Big in Central America

I just had to post this photo taken in Costa Rica. I hope you enjoy it.

La Lagarteada en Ortega de Santa Cruz, Guanacaste Costa Rica. Nestor Baltodano.

Originally uploaded on Flickr by NĂ©stor Baltodano

Scorpions Anyone?

I thought I’d post a video made from several clips I shot of scorpions that one occasionally encounters here where I live.

 

 

Salticidae vs. Odonate

Posted a new series of photos in Flickr showing a jumping spider killing a damselfly.

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