Category Archives: photography

What’s happening here?

by Matthew Cobb This photo by R Fontaine (aka @Tenfon2 on Tw*tter) contains a complex set of interactions, involving two kingdoms and two classes, with two orders within one of those classes, and two genera or perhaps species within the other. Your task is to describe them. You don’t need to use fancy latin names, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Pete Moulton is a crack wildlife photographer, takes some really good shots of birds, and is a dab hand with insects as well. These photos regularly appear on his Facebook page, where in the comments I beg and grovel to be allowed to post the photos.  After I’ve pleaded for a while, and posted photos […]

What I did on my birthday

I had fun. I skipped breakfast because we were leaving early for the 1.5 hour drive to the IISER campus in the foothills of the Western Ghats, but on the way Hema, my delightful host, told me there were 11 species of bananas sold in Kerala stores. When I immediately expressed interest, she said, “Would […]

Reader’s cosmos photo

Tim Anderson from Oz sent another galaxy picture, and here it is, with his notes indented: I don’t know if you want another image of the Orion Nebula, but here it is. This one was taken using a monochrome camera, 80 images in each of the red, green and blue channels, plus another 80 in […]

A holiday nebula

Reader Tim Anderson sent a lovely astronomy photo with holiday-appropriate colors. His notes: ‘Tis the season to be observing the Great Orion Nebula. This photograph comprises 30 images each of 60 seconds, taken with a 126mm refracting telescope and a colour astronomical camera, stacked and enhanced to display the gas clouds.

Readers’ wildlife photos

As I said before, my store of readers’ wildlife photos is in Chicago and, at any rate, I have little time to prepare them properly here. Fortunately, reader Chris Branch sent two photos of an oddly-colored squirrel, and I’m leaving them to readers to figure out what genetic or developmental anomaly is responsible for this […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

The vast majority of wildlife photos are back in Chicago, but here’s an urban wildlife saga from reader Fred Dyer: I thought you might find this amusing.  ​​My wife threw some overripe apples down the wooded slope off our back deck in Michigan. Some critter thought that maybe a safer place for this apple was […]

Reader’s wildlife photograph

The reader in this case is Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), who photographed this loud parrot near Le Corbusier’s government buildings in Chandigarh (more on that later).  I was told that it wasn’t a rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) but something like an “azurine parrot”, yet I can’t find anything like the latter on the Internet. All I […]

Random photos in Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel in Delhi: a dosa (they had a dosa station where a guy would make them to order), fresh fruit, baked yogurt with raisins (a dish new to me) and a passionfruit smoothie. Afterwards I had fresh watermelon juice and a cappuccino.  I ate very lightly because we were going to Karim’s […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

This will probably be the last RWP post in a while, as I leave for O’Hare and India tomorrow morning. So let’s have another potpourri of photos from various readers. Reader Tom Carrolan works with raptors, and this is the photo for his Christmas card this year. The caption is “Happy Owlidays,” and his note […]