Redhead Duck

Redhead Duck

Aythya americana. At the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT.

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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.

Coyoty eats Peruvian shrimp and ice cream.

At Cora Cora Restaurant in West Hartford, CT.

Chicharron de Colas de Camaron with fries

Chicharron de Colas de Camaron with fries. “Juicy shrimp tails seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, egged, floured then fried. Served with house sauce, fried cassava or fresh fries and red onion salad.” I finally get a salad with enough onions in it! It had a cilantro dressing on it, which was perfect.

Lucuma ice cream

Lucuma ice cream. “Peruvian ice cream made with lucuma fruit.” Lucuma is an Andean fruit that looks like a cross of a peach and an avocado. The ice cream tasted like a cross of cherry, peach, and cantaloupe. It came with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, cherry, cookie stick, and mint garnish.

Blue margarita, coffee, water, and cancha

Blue margarita, coffee, water, and cancha. Cancha is fried Peruvian corn with a sauce put out on tables, like bar food.

Cora Cora llama

Llama.

Cora Cora wall rugs

Fleece wall rugs showing scenes of Peru.