Krill

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I went to the Akron Zoo today to see their reef exhibit before it closed. As many of you know, I love shooting seahorses. However, they were all hanging out at the bottom of the aquarium and I couldn’t get a good angle. Luckily, their food was free swimming and well in range.

This is a krill (or something krill-like). This little guy is about three millimeters long and about half a millimeter wide. It is capable of moving in three dimensions just slightly faster than autofocus allows. I took this shot, free hand, with the help of a single solitary flash.

This may be the most challenging normal* photo I’ve ever taken … so even though I’m not caught up on processing, I’m posting this one early to brag.

* The non-normal photos I took in Nicaragua are more challenging, and that is why the photos have paused. I need to finish those suckers.

Bird

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I was going to make a joke here about dunking biscuits in tea.

Then I found that Wikipedia has an article specifically on this topic ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunking_(biscuit) ), and that fact alone is funnier than anything I could come up with.

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Golden Poison Dart Frog

One interesting thing about captive breeding is that your captive population is often based on the genetics of the initial individuals collected … often decades ago.

The golden poison dart frog is green (according to the zookeeper I talked to) because, in the wild, there are green ones and there are gold ones. Apparently, the green ones were easier to capture, so most of the ones you see in zoos are green.

This has started to change, as more frogs are being captured to help protect them against the chytrid fungus, so the genetic diversity of the captive population has increased.

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