This bath robe was made from 3 beach towels. Oddly, I could only find the beach towel on the back online to be able to share with you. I got it at Zellers in Canada, but they don’t have it online. The other two beach towels I got at Wal-mart in Canada. However, you can find all kinds of other, some better, Spiderman beach towels from which to make a similar garment:
In the summer of 2009, I had a chance to volunteer as a photographer in my first Bioblitz. In short, Bioblitz is a 24-hour survey of a wilderness area, in which scientists count and identify the biodiversity of species contained in the area. The previous link gives much more information about Bioblitz, and specifically the one in which I participated with Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We went to the Blue Mountain-Birch Coves Lake Wilderness Area on June 5th and 6th, newly declared a protected area, and I got some great photos.
The nice thing about Bioblitz, as a photographer, is that people find all kinds of cool critters and varmints, not to mention plants, for you to photograph. Even if they’re relatively common, like a frog, to get one at your beckon for a photo is pretty fun. Plus, you don’t have to touch any of them unless you want to, and you certainly have to go digging cause the knowledgeable scientists, students and other nature lovers there know where to look and dig for all kinds of cool sh*t.
And some of it is sh*t, and really cool!
This year, the local Bioblitz is on June 6th, and I hope to be there again, with even better pictures. I learned a lot doing photography at last year’s event. Regrettably, some of it was through mistakes, missing some excellent shots. But I’ll be more prepared this year, and believe they’ll find even more interesting stuff this year. Last year, it was a little too close to the city. Below are some of my favourites, with a few more on the Saint Mary’s University site, among other great photos taken by other people.
I have a few comments with the pictures. Unfortunately, it’s been a while and I’ve forgotten many of the real names of the plants, flowers and critters. However, I have to tell the story of the cyst.
Cyst. I didn’t know what it was until someone told me the story of the tiny cyst in the photo below (less than 1 cm or half an inch in size). The story goes something like this. Some bug comes along and injects something into a tree. It soften and bubbles up, though “bubble” here could be rather thick and still hard. The bug lays its eggs in it, and the swollen part of the tree both serves as a “nest” for its eggs and food for the young hatchlings.
But then, here comes the cooler part. Some other bug comes along, being able to find these eggs over the eons through evolution, and injects something into some of the eggs already there in the cyst. The latter bug turns those eggs into something that functions like a cyst for its own young to nest and feed on. The surviving eggs of the original bug may, in turn, consume the latter bug’s youngs as it comes out, whether by instinct of food or as a survival mechanism to rid of the invaders.
Talk about revenge of the cyst!
The latter’s young don’t have to worry about the former’s young by the time it comes out, probably, pending time overlap between the time it enters after the former’s young. However, as they all leave, the disfigurement of the tree is left. Pending the age of the tree and nature of the cyst, it may be small like the one in the picture. However, you might have seen something like that the size of an entire tree!
Can you write better science fiction than that? Really, I know lots of stories science fiction has nothing with which to compare! Real life is definitely far stranger than fiction!
Today’s Facebook poster tagging meme involve comic book superheroes (and superheroines). These are limited to DC Universe and Marvel comic characters, and there are no villains to stay away from the negativity of it all, even if it is fun to jab your friends every now and then. I’m just not that type.
- Click on the superhero poster below to get it at full size.
- Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
- Upload it to your Facebook profile.
- Tag your friends (or let them tag themselves).
Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.
Other X-men posts on this site:
- 1440 x 960 pixel wallpapers
- 1600 x 1200 pixel wallpapers
- 1920 x 1080 pixel wallpapers
- 1920 x 1200 pixel wallpapers
- iPhone, Blackberry, HTC and other cell phone backgrounds
- Printable picture cards and posters
I found several X-men Facebook tagging posters on Facebook, recently claimed by Lori. As with what I found, I touched them up to optimize them for Facebook as so many are so poorly created, whether in dimensions, excess file sizes, contrast, sometimes text added, and so on. There are 9 X-men characters each, though they come in sets of the male and female characters rather than a mix, but may be good for some people. However, I must say, the art work chosen to create these is fabulous! Super job!