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Plant IR_6

This plant wanted to be a Communications major at Hogwarts, only to learn (unsurprisingly) that no one at the school had any interest in clear and concise communication.

This plant then transferred Beauxbatons where, due to their lack of focus on defense techniques, was cursed into his present form in his last year.


Nemesia fruticans UV

I originally got the UV lens to look at birds and maybe lizards, but it turns out to be more useful for flowers. There are many reasons for this, primarily that animal-made UV reflective pigments seem to break down too fast to be biologically useful and UV refractive feather structures seem to be more rare than expected. UV is used in the animal kingdom, but it’s mostly through UV fluorescence into the visible spectrum – so, while it’s not quite a failed experiment, it is a camera and lens combo that is more useful for plants.

Here we can see that one side of a flower petal is more reflective than the other, likely because the flower forms with the more reflective side on the inside of the bud, likely so that the reflective pigments are only exposed once the flower is mature.

Three Kings vine

Three Kings Vine IR

When I traveled to London last year, I was exhausted from the flight and made the questionable decision to visit the Kew Gardens with only an infrared and an ultraviolet camera. So I hope you like weird looking plants, ’cause that’s what I’ll be posting for the next several weeks.

This is the Three Kings vine – a vine discovered in New Zealand in 1945, from a single solitary plant. All the other members of this species are believed to have been eaten by goats. No other such vines have been discovered in the wild.

Today, you can see it at Kew as well as in some gardens throughout New Zealand that, presumably, lack goats.

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla_10

After several years of work, this gorilla was only ever able to prove that the love you take was less than or equal to the love you make, and only for the 23 of Harada and Norton’s 26 sporadic groups

This gorilla was not awarded his PhD.



When we went to see the gorillas, they made us wait a while first. They claim that their trackers were figuring out where the gorillas had moved to during the night, but I think they were really just decorating all the leaves.



To create a clove hitch, make a loop around a nearby fish. Then make another loop and pass the free end under the second loop before tightening. You can also just create a loop in the free end and slide it over the fish, if the fish is moving slowly enough. Then make another loop the same as the first. Put the second loop over the fish (just above the first loop) and tighten the hitch.