SQUIRREL LEG

Photo Blog

Photos from the archives.

The Rumors are True
 
Ostrich

Ostrich

At one point, there was a rumor that one of our old neighbors had an ostrich.  So of course, we immediately had to find out for ourselves.  And sure enough, our neighbor was an ostrich!  Such strange, intimidating birds and they only have two toes on each foot!

 
All Eyes on You
 
Dendrochirus brachypterus , Dwarf Lionfish

Dendrochirus brachypterus, Dwarf Lionfish

I have what feels like a bazillion underwater photos, mostly macros of slow moving critters.  So here is a small collection of animals with strange eyes from Wakatobi, Sulawesi Tenggara, Indonesia.  Starting with the green lightning of the dwarf lionfish.

Cymbacephalus Beauforts,  Crocodilefish

Cymbacephalus Beauforts, Crocodilefish

The crocodilefish is fun to shoot, with their pajama pattern, long, grumpy face, and pretty low-key demeanor, but their eyes are world famous.  Apparently, that lacy iris helps them camouflage.

These Porcupinefish are possibly the sweetest looking little ones ever!  All of there eyes were glittery.

Porcupinefish

Porcupinefish

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

These two, the mantis shrimp and the cuttle fish are probably my two favorite animals and they both have crazy eyes!  

Cuttle Fish

Cuttle Fish

 
Sun Spotters
 
Eclipse Viewing, Tonopah, NV, 2012

Eclipse Viewing, Tonopah, NV, 2012

This is when you figure out how bad I am at being timely.  I went to the "Great American Eclipse" path of totality.  I was graciously hosted, I had an amazing experience, I saw friends I had deeply missed, and I took pictures then edited them to about 90% on the day.  Since then, I have not worked on them, or blogged.  So these are pictures from the annular eclipse in 2012.  We drove to Tonopah and checked it out.

The Annular Eclipse in Tonopah, 2012

The Annular Eclipse in Tonopah, 2012

I had a hell of a time getting a picture of anything.  I realized for the eclipse a week ago, I could take the filter out of the welding hood and hold it in front of my lens without banging the hood into everything.  It seems so obvious now, but in Tonopah, I was so excited, the trip was so last minute, and I was so new to the whole experience, I just did the best I could.

Eclipse Ready, Tonopah, NV, 2012

Eclipse Ready, Tonopah, NV, 2012

I got so sunburned during this adventure, it took me five years to be able to look at these photos without feeling physically ill!  But now I love them!  If we ever actually get married, it wouldn't surprise me if one of these was part of our announcement/invite!

 
Iceland Short and Sweet
 
Between the tectonic plates

Between the tectonic plates

We recently took a very quick trip to Iceland, in the middle of winter.  Quite a bit of our time was spent snowed-in, after the worst storm they'd seen in twenty years.  When we were finally able to get out, like the good little tourists we were, we did the Golden Circle.  It was cold, wondrous, and full of Americans.  
Above is the entrance to the dive site in Thingvellir.  You can freshwater dive between the tectonic plates.  We didn't have the time to do it on this trip, but maybe next time!

Thingvellir

Thingvellir

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

We went when we did in hopes of catching some good Aurora action.  And on the plane we saw some!  We took that as a sign of what was to come.  But after staying up late night after night in rural accommodations with great views of the sky, we didn't see it again until our second to last night.  At that point, we had given up and moved to Reykjavik in search of cocktails.  It lasted maybe 10 minutes, most of that time I sent trying to get my boots on.  So this is the only decent shot I got.  Its not great, but it is a reminder of a great trip.  And the Aurora Borealis is fucking amazing!  I am so thankful I was able to experience it!

Obligatory Ponies

Obligatory Ponies