Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Of all the chameleon pictures I shot, I chose that particular picture because it looked like she was Atlas holding up the world. These little lizards have bifurcate feet that look like human hands in a baking mitt! They generally move at an incredibly slow pace, painstakingly taking each step. However, to my viewing amazement, she suddenly lunged half-way off of a branch and with a flick of her tongue, caught a bug that was flying by, seemingly all in a fraction of second! You would not have thought such speed possible.
Should you find yourself in the position of Atlas, please take a little time out for enjoyment tonight. From our house to yours, have a happy new year full of good health and prosperity.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
— at He‘eia State Park.
* Moa = Chicken in Hawaiian
* Moa = Chicken in Hawaiian
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Peppermint angelfish, Centropyge boylei, a very deep water, social angelfish that is, so far, quite rare in captivity. So rare, in fact, that this is reportedly one of two fish in captivity and the only one on public display. It was collected during an expedition funded by the Smithsonian Institution.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Here's a headshot showing the horn up close and personal. This fish is also known as the bluespine unicornfish.
Note that Unicornfish are in the family acanthuridae. They are also known as tangs or surgeonfish, for the sharp, knife-like spines at their tail that can slash you pretty badly if you attempt to grab them by the tail. In some surgeonfish species, the spines are venemous, although I have not, thankfully, experienced this firsthand. Most are peaceful herbivores, grazing in large schools along shallow reefs (although a few species also live on small invertebrates). I jokingly refer to the surgeonfish as the cows of the sea. In aquariums, they will strip a tank bare of macroalgae in a day or two...so, if you have a macroalgae problem, these are your fish. Noteably, the macroalgae also provides the tangs with needed micronutrients, preventing the pitting that you sometimes see in tank fish that are not fed an occassional meal of macroalgae.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
There are some awesome finds at the San Diego Pottery Tour including a broad variety of work, from artistic to functional and from playful to formal, by many of San Diego's best potters and ceramic artists. Here are just a few of the cool ceramic works that I really liked. The tour provides an opportunity to see local artists studios as well as some of their finest work at reasonable prices, just in time for the holidays. You can find out more about the San Diego Pottery Tour at: http://sdpotterytour.com/.
Serving tray with geometric pattern by Pierre Bounaud
Friday, December 06, 2013
Cycnodes Jumbo Ecstatic 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM 88 pts.
Dendrobium eriiflorum ‘Wonderful Willie’ CCM 85pts.
Fdk After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC 91pts.
Fdk Enter Night 'Sunset Valley Orchids' AM 88pts.