Does a human being have a dollar value? – Fine Art Photography Article

Does a human being have a dollar value? In the past I haven’t done posts like this, but during this pandemic I keep asking myself does a human being have a dollar value? Extraordinary Times During these times it is hard not to get a little depressed. We are living through an extraordinary time and we need to be up to the task ahead to get through, but I am constantly seeing the failing of that. We keep hearing things…

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Does a human being have a dollar value? – Fine Art Photography Article

Does a human being have a dollar value? In the past I haven’t done posts like this, but during this pandemic I keep asking myself does a human being have a dollar value? Extraordinary Times During these times it is hard not to get a little depressed. We are living through an extraordinary time and we need to be up to the task ahead to get through, but I am constantly seeing the failing of that. We keep hearing things…

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Oogway’s Second Birthday | Mauremys reevesii – Underwater Photography Article

Oogway’s Second Birthday | Mauremys reevesii Oogway the pond turtle and I have been together for two years now. Oogway striking a pose Our journey together started like this on 24 May 2018… Baby Oogway …the day when I stumbled upon a lost and helpless wafer-thin turtle, parched and exhausted, baking under mid-day sun, just a wee 2.8cm (1.1 inches) long. What began as a panicked rescue mission turned into a reluctant adoption once I realised that Oogway’s species—Mauremys reevesii—is…

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Thoughts About Ahab’s Rolling Sea by Richard King – Underwater Photography Article

Thoughts About Ahab’s Rolling Sea by Richard King During the year-end quiet period, I read Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick by Richard King.  Ahab’s Rolling Sea, by Richard King Right off the bat, I’m going to say that if you have read Moby-Dick and you are interested in natural history, sperm whales, and our relationship with the sea, this is a terrific book.  It is not a science text per se; Richard is a professor of maritime literature and history. It…

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Photographs of a Pectinariidae Polychaete Worm Hole – Underwater Photography Article

Photographs of a Pectinariidae Polychaete Worm Hole A couple of weeks ago, I set myself the task of coming up with a suitable image for the year-end. A photo that conveyed a festive mood without the risk of being trite. Something different. Something of biological interest. I wanted to have something circular to evoke a wreath. Illuminated as well, to convey the ambience of the season. After much pondering, this is what I came up with: Front view, Pectinariidae polychaete worm hole (License image) It is the home…

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Oogway the Chinese Pond Turtle – Underwater Photography Article

Oogway the Chinese Pond Turtle Oogway is just over 1.5 years old now. If you haven’t already met him, Oogway is a Chinese pond turtle (Mauremys reevesii) that I found on the road in May 2018, when he was just a teeny-tiny turtle, 2.8cm long. I’m guessing he had just been dropped by a crow when I came across him, dried out and helpless on hot black asphalt. Oogway soon after I found him Here is a side-view from the…

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Thoughts from NPOTY 2019 – Underwater Photography Article

Thoughts from NPOTY 2019 I spent last weekend in Holland at the award ceremony for the 4th annual Nature Photographer of the Year contest. I also gave two talks at the associated Nature Talks Festival. Main stage before announcement of winners Though the contest is relatively new and not as large as more established ones, the quality of the entries was high. We had a heck of a time going through the submitted images, with more than a little bit of…

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Spying On Whales by Nick Pyenson – Underwater Photography Article

Spying On Whales by Nick Pyenson I just received two autographed copies of Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson, who is curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian. Spying on Whales, Nick Pyenson It is a terrific book with lots of insights and personal accounts of discoveries about whales. My favorite part of the book is Chapter 11, Physical and Flensing Knives, which is about how Nick and cohorts discovered a new sensory organ in baleen whales. Yes, I…

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MR. BLANKO • Number 10 original prompt list – iPhone Photography Article

MR. BLANKO • Number 10 original prompt list Number 10 original prompt list – flowing 🐍•••••••••I’ve been mentally blocked and self-sabotaging because I got frustrated with the themes and times, laziness, tiredness, then I got late with the entries and got more anxious than before. Thankfully I got this today and I’m so happy with the result :3 so here you have my #10 entry 😂 nearly a week late but meh… 🤷🏻‍♂️•••••••••#mrblanko #inktober #inktober2018 #flowing #snake #viper #fangs #anaconda…

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