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.


Sparrow Zoom

Sparrow Zoom

This appears to be a sparrow, but I’m not sure what kind.  It was under my car’s front bumper and I zoomed to the maximum to get it before it flew off.  I like the watercolor effect from the zoom and lighting.

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.

Pittsburgh penguins

King penguins (<i>Aptenodytes patagonicus</i>) and macaroni penguins (<i>Eudyptes chrysolophus</i>) in the PPG Aquarium at the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pittsburgh, PA.