Moon jellyfish

Moon jellyfish

Aurelia aurita. At the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh, PA.

I always see moon jellies displayed in blue light, not green or other colors. I’m assuming it’s closer to ultraviolet and they glow better, but I’m wondering if they’d glow just as well in other colors, like acrylic sheets do.

Funnel Wet

Funnel Wet

Rain-soaked funnel web on the lawn of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. The tunnel can be seen in the center. I think this is probably the web of a grass spider, like the one that visited my office last November, or maybe a wolf spider.

 

Drop in!

A closer view of the tunnel.

The silk is so fine that it’s invisible and it looks like the droplets are levitating. Any prey will probably not see it in good weather, and the spider will jump out and grab it as soon as the web is disturbed. The silk also seems to create a screen effect that sharpens the edges in the photo and intensifies the contrasts.

Lupine

Lupine

Lupinus polyphyllus. In the courtyard of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.

The bokeh in this shot is amazing. It’s almost like virtual reality, with everything around the flower defocused and just the flower is focused in the center. It also gives the impression of a safari shot, with the elusive wild lupine finally being captured on camera.

Star-of-Bethlehem

Star-of-Bethlehem

Ornithogalum umbellatum, also known as grass lily, nap-at-noon, and eleven-o’clock lady. Originally a cultivated garden plant, now gone feral in New England.

There are two flowers shown, one open and one closed.

At the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities offices in Hartford, CT.

Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong – The New York Times

 

Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong – The New York Times

Research with Russian cosmonauts shows salt converts our stored fat into water, as with camels, and makes people hungrier to restore the fat supply.

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

Malus pumila. At the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) main offices in Hartford, CT.

I did try to brighten up the photo because the day was overcast, but that washed out all the subtle details and made the colors garish, so I left it as it was taken. It looks much better in the natural light, unedited.