Earth

Earth

May contain trace amounts of Water, Air, and Fire.

This is an Earth-like superball placed on a dark upholstery swatch. By setting the zoom at 50 percent and getting close enough that it fits edge-to-edge, I can get it to look like a real planet seen through a telescope or from orbit.

Here is the unadorned ball at actual size: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30679992@N06/40820997483/

Abstract 5:0

Abstract 5:0

For FlickrFriday’s “Numbers” and Macro Mondays’ “Member’s Choice: Abstract Macro” challenges on Flickr.

I set the zoom to max on an LCD digital display for granularity and turned it on its side to twist the viewpoint. It looks a lot better and more abstract full size than in the thumbnail, with an interesting mix of red, green, and blue.

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.

My God, it’s full of monoliths!

My God, it's full of monoliths!

They could be monoliths, or they could be books, or laptops. I don’t know. But they’re the stars of the tie. The way the fabric folds gives it the optical illusion of the slabs being 3D and floating in front of the knot, with a parallax toward the back.

I’ve had this Arrow tie from before 2001. The label says it’s 100% silk printed in Italy, but made in the USA. The colors are yellow and dark blue, so don’t get into any white/gold/blue/black arguments.