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.

Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found : Nature News & Comment

A newly unearthed article by the great politician reveals that he reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of extraterrestrials, writes Mario Livio.

Source: Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found : Nature News & Comment

Happy porcupine puffer


Diodon holocanthus, also known as a globefish or balloonfish. I don’t know if he’s really happy, but he looks it. In the PPG Aquarium at the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pittsburgh, PA.