Dragon Fly

May 23rd, 2012

I spent a lot of the last summer trying to get a shot of a dragon fly, but could never find them at rest. So I was hardly expecting to come across one just chilling in Portmeadow, Oxford. It was a very cooperative subject, I don't even resent having to crawl over mud and cow shit to get these photos…

The beastie below is a Libellula depressa, or a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly to you and me.

Dragon fly

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly - Libellula depressa

Surprised how docile it was. Didn't know I could just pick one up.

Dragon fly 2

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly - Libellula depressa

I like this shot. The blue in the wing is a reflection of the sky.

Dragon fly

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly - Libellula depressa

More pictures on my Flickr page.

 

Rose Chafer

June 2nd, 2011
Nobel Chafer Beetle

Rose Chafer Beetle

This little guy found his way in to my flat, giving me an excellent opportunity to do a little macro photography.

Correction: I was mistaken, this is a Rose Chafer and not a Noble Chafer.

After a google images search, I've concluded it is a Noble Chafer Rose Chafer beetle. Turns out they are endangered. Shame, they are beautiful animals – if you like bugs and things like I do.

More on my Flicker photostream.

 

Creationists in Oxford

June 18th, 2010

I often read about creationism in the US, and its followers. I tend to find it amusing, and just a little worrying as their numbers are not insignificant. We have plenty of street preachers here in the UK, but until today I have never seen those US-style anti-science evolution deniers on the streets.

Creationists in Oxford

Creationists

I watched for 10 minutes as I ate my sausage roll, and listened to the standard creationist spiel of how everything must have a beginning and an end, and how everything created must have a creator and how there are no transitional fossils. It was quite entertaining!

Amazing to have that right here in Oxford, a place of learning. There's a natural history museum just around the corner. I wonder if they had ever been?

 

Agnostic or Atheist?

May 16th, 2010

Alright. Here is my second attempt at VBlogging. I'm getting better at talking to the camera, which I find difficult to do. Still can't do it in one cut though!

It's on the subject of Agnosticism and Atheism. It's probably old territory for most people interested in this subject matter, but hopefully somebody will find it interesting…

 

Self Portrait

September 12th, 2009
Me

Here's a self portrait taken with a cheap digital camera, without flash.

I find that pictures taken of myself with a flash don't look so good. I have a very pale complexion and with the flash on it makes me look like Darth Sidious.

Not sure why the color is so distorted without the flash. The background is actually a white wall, but it looks red. Go figure.

 

To err is human

July 12th, 2009

I noticed recently that I say ‘err’ or ‘umm’ a lot when asked a question, particularly for questions that aren't factual in nature, and have no right or wrong answer. For instance, if I were asked “what is the capital of Turkmenistan” I would answer “Ashgabat” (which everyone knows) without any umming or erring. But if I were asked “would you like milk in your Americano?” I would answer “err… yes”.

 

Birthday Boy

July 5th, 2009
0 AW (After Will)

I'm on the right. I have put on a little weight since then.

Today is my birthday. The universe is officially 35 years old today! :-)

Another year without anyone discovering that I have been faking being a grown-up for all these years. Maybe soon I'll have to start being all responsible.

My forties are not long off. Funny how round numbers are psychologically significant; there is nothing I can do at forty that I couldn't do at thirty nine (or vice versa). Then again, maybe I'll start wearing knitted cardigans and voting conservative – who knows!

Actually I think I'm going to avoid all that “OMG I'm going to be forty!” nonsense, and only worry about ages that are a power of two. Sixty-four is a long ways away, so I can relax for a while. Maybe by then I'll also be a grown-up for real, or I may just leave that for my one-hundred-and-twenty-eighth birthday.

 

Jen's Wedding

June 23rd, 2009

My little sister got married! Congratulations Jen & Scott, I'm so happy for you both.

www.flickr.com

More Photos

 

There's always a way

April 3rd, 2009
Always a way

Where there is a Will, there is always a way.

Spotted in a deli in Oxford. It says ‘Where there is a Will, there is always a way’.

Thats right – always a way!

Just saying.

 

Playing Possum

March 31st, 2009
A possum

An Opposum

No reason, I just love this little guy. I think I will use a possum as a mascot for my next creation – whatever that may be!

I don't know why people don't like Possums. I wouldn't mind one for a pet.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the subject:

Didelphimorphia (pronounced /daɪ.dɛlf.ə.mɔr.fi.ə/) is the order of common opossums of the Western Hemisphere. They are commonly also called possums, though that term is also applied to Australian fauna of the suborder Phalangeriformes. The Virginia Opossum is the original animal named opossum. The word comes from Algonquian wapathemwa. Opossums probably diverged from the basic South American marsupials in the late Cretaceous or early Paleocene. A sister group is Paucituberculata (shrew opossums).

Full article from Wikipedia

 
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I heard about this a while ago stumbled on it today: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671284/lytro-the-radical-camera-startup-introduces-phase-two#2
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Got some of the thinner variety too
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Nice shot! Here in Henan,China we have thinner dragon flies. This species is a little broad. :)
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hahaha !!! I'm french, but i understood this joke ;) !!
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