Living Things
May 21, 2007Public
Photo: Elephant hawk moth caterpillar, about 8cm long.  Shefford, UK.
Photo: A big moth at my house.  I think this is a Black Witch moth, wingspan about 10cm.
Photo: Cricket eating orange tree leaves.  About 4 or 5 cm long and very nicely camouflaged, not only in the green color but also in the segment shapes on its body.  Way to go, cricket!
Photo: Two kinds of algae.  Portmeirion, Wales.
Photo: Lichen on a tree at Bellows AFB Beach.
Photo: Sun-bleached lichen on vesicular basalt.
Photo: Small plants invading my shoes.
Photo: Tree trunk upper Manoa
Photo: Tree bark.  Santa Barbara Califoria.
Photo: Sap leaking from a wound on a tree.  Lexington, MA.
Photo: Leaves on a tree across from my house.
Photo: Enormous tree in Manoa Valley (just under Manoa Road)
Photo: The same tree later (2007 May 19): not dead after all.
Photo: A tree in Santa Barbara, CA, viewed against the twilight sky.  This tree has optical depth near unity over much of its surface.  Many trees are very optically thick by comparison.  Why not this type?
Photo: Fungus in a flower pot, Manoa
Photo: The rare Triple Nipple mushroom.  Actually, these are the same as in the previous picture but one day later.
Photo: Dead flies, Great Salt Lake, Utah.  Flies are 3mm to 5mm long.  Most of them are headless.
Photo: Seaweed ball, Santa Barbara beach.
Photo: Stranded jellyfish, as big as my hand.  Portmeirion, Wales.
Photo: Jellyfish stranded on Santa Barbara beach with SS's hand print for scale.  The purple stingers are visible through the body.
Photo: Acorn worm in Kaneohe Bay.  Yes, it's a tube full of sand which goes in one end and out the other.  Totally incredible. This type of worm exuded yellow mucus that you can see in the picture: the more of that the better, I'd think, to avoid getting its inards cut by sharp sand grains. Sadly, the acorn worms I held tore under their own weight, as did this one (about 1/3rd way down the worm from the top).
Photo: Another worm in Kaneohe Bay.  This one wears its rocks on the outside, presumably for protection.  It seems thinner than the acorn worm.  You can see the head on the left, sticking out from the sand armor.
Photo: Spot the fish.  Tide pool in East Oahu.
Photo: Tea