Few pics from this Halloween. We really had a fun time, but just not much to photograph.
Burke Lake, Fairfax County Virginia
I like walking around Burke Lake. It is a 4.5 mile loop and with my side bits comes out to a five-mile hike. I hadn't been out locally for a while, so chose this hike to do on a beautiful day.
First up, a shot of the lake and the colors. The colors weren't amazing, but they were quite nice.
And, how bad a fisherman do you have to be to get two of the same rigs in a tree. Well, here is a photo of two bobbers, two snap swivels, and two of the same rubber lures all in a bunch hanging in space from a tree. Someone was having a bad day.
Things started to get a bit more art-like after this, as I didn't find standard wildlife shots. So next up is a yellow jacket. It was basking on a leaf, and I had on my telephoto lens, so got the best pic I could without changing lenses. Kinda a good thing, as it flew off seconds after this photo.
This next photo, of an eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), I was dubious about when I took it. It had all the hallmarks of a great shot of a squirrel with fall foliage behind it, but seemed impossible to get the lighting right. I think I did okay with it.
Two final pics. The first is of a great blue heron, a species I continually say I will stop posting pics of. But they are mostly gone from this area now, headed south, so I post this wishing them well on their journeys.
And then there is this. I don't post much art here, but from a photo I took today here is a sumi-e interpretation of fall in northern Virginia.
Under a big pit in the lower Gomantong Cave in Borneo, I found and photographed this jawbone. No idea if it is a fossil bone or just a modern bone. And then, there is the ID from the comments section...
A cricket from Borneo
As my readers know, this is not a friends and family blog, but sometimes I get a couple images at a family event and post them. This is such an occasion.
My son was invited to a birthday party at a laser tag arena. Couldn't turn that down. I didn't try to get permission to shoot photos in the laser maze, although that would have been fun. Instead I just had a very enjoyable afternoon with the kids and parents (while the kids were zapping each other in the arena).
So here is a pic of Matt blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. They turn off all the lights for this, so it is almost solely shot in candlelight!
And I couldn't resist taking a photo of this. For a dollar you can be batman...
Borneo cave work
I keep posting Borneo pics, as I have a lot of good photos from my last trip there.
But tonight my server won't let me post anything
Sorry for the lack of a photo.
Mossy nest swiftlet
There are three types of cave swiftlets. Mossy nest, black nest, and white nest. Here is an example of the mossy nest swiftlet.
First view of Kryptonite up close
Kryptonite has always been the bane of Superman, and now there is a photograph of it close up. Not molecular detail, but the best so far. I took this photo quite a few months ago, and have lost the sample, but at least there is a photo.
The corn maze at The Plains, Virginia
This is our sixth or so visit to this corn maze. It is a lot of fun.
Indian pipes are, in my opinion, wildflowers. They do not use chlorophyll for energy, but are parasitic. And all that makes them pretty cool plants.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist