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The Elegance of Nature (A Photographic Journey)

03/06/2011 12:07 PM

Hey guys,

I accidentally got us off track on Milo's excellent thread. It seems that there are enough of us interested in nature pictures, that they deserve their own thread. I think it would good to have a place for these shots rather than being buried in off topic comments in another thread.

I'm just going to move mine over here. You guys can too if you want. It'll be nice to have a place to look at all of these pictures at once. If anybody wants to add pictures from the web, just remember the copyright stuff. Use a link if you think admin might freak out.

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This is in SW Minn. I only go there in the summertime.

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03/06/2011 2:37 PM

Nice. That's what I'm talking about! I see all of mine didn't copy over. Thanks, I'll post some more of mine.

PS- Spent yesterday moving my brother in law and his wife into their new house. We waited until after moving to start drinking..............I can attest, that is the best method.

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Boone, NC

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03/06/2011 2:31 PM

I like Corvids and I like this shot for the composition, I didn't even need to crop it.


I like this one of the Frogs in the garden pond taken on my old camera. They are sayin'
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I'll see your two frogs and raise you two boots!

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03/06/2011 4:08 PM

Awesome pic. I never really realized that I could make the pictures bigger by pulling out the corner in the edit window. Thanks.

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You have the strangest creatures where you live! What biodiversity!

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03/06/2011 6:17 PM

They say I'm one of the strangest. That was the biggest praying mantis I've ever seen.

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Sue, Have you ever seen one of these big velvety ants?

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These taste like limes and they are good or you.

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03/06/2011 7:42 PM

Blended up in a margarita perhaps?

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03/06/2011 7:33 PM

The cow killer! Yar, saw a few when I lived down south. It's actually a wasp, and the sting is supposedly so painful that it can 'kill a cow'.

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I definitely don't reach out and touch things that I'm not familiar with. We also have a little brown flying beetle that I don't have a picture of. They are out in summer and are attracted to light at night. One landed on my neck last summer while I was out on the porch..............I swiped it with my hand and it ejected a liquid that was like hydrochloric acid. It left a line of, not welts, but large blisters, almost instantaneously. Hurt like hell too.

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Dude, you do live in a biological hotspot (or near a Superfund site).

Sounds like it could be one of the blister beetles.

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03/07/2011 5:39 AM

That's it. Thanks. it looked like the one one top. but a little more nondescript......just plain light brown.

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03/07/2011 6:04 AM

This had set up shop across my basement door going outide. I didn't realize it was there until it was in my face.

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07/24/2011 8:57 AM

That looks just like what I walked into stretched across a wooded path just off of the lighthouse south of Daytona Beach. I bumped into the web and had fast enough reaction to back away and watched it come after me. I decided to cut my exploration short. I vividly remember the stripes.

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gorgeous specimen, Golden Silk Spider?

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appears to be the black-and-yellow argiope.

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That's it sue. I didn't see your post before I responded.

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We just call them garden spiders. Sue would probably know the real name.

That one had it's web built right in the middle of a doorway that goes out of my basement. I didn't see it until it was an inch from my face. They are beautiful.

Very effective bug killers too.

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They often call him Speedo.

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I once raised a black widow from a baby in an empty aquarium with sticks and things in it. It's body got to about the size of a nickle, legs almost three inches long. I would feed it 4-5 inch grasshoppers. She took them out........no problem.

Unfortunately, I left the house one weekend, didn't turn on the AC, and it got so hot in there, she exploded.

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spontaneously combusting spiders!

Cool that you could raise one. I raised a plain old house spider in a mayo jar for a while when I was a kid. Had to let Frank go, though, when Mother Dear found out about him. Guess she had had enough with the newts and iguanas and turtles and snakes and birds and dog. And my brother and me. In an apartment.

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That was a long time ago. I don't think the current wife would let me do it.

It's amazing how BIG a black widow can get when fed a steady supply of bugs.

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My father and I caught a Northern Black Widow under my basketball goal. Unfortunatly she had already laid an egg sack which we were unable to obtain. But we did hand the spider over to the Audubon Zoo and they were anxious to take it off our hands because it was the first the zoo ever displayed.

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03/07/2011 12:57 PM

There are some similar in central Texas. After trying to identify them, I found out they were a wasp...Have you tried to identify it?

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I just did............isn't the internet great? Sue was right. (of course).

http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/cimg344.html

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03/11/2011 12:35 PM

Yes, pretty active around these southern parts.

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I guess I won't try to touch one.

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03/06/2011 5:45 PM

Yep, pigs can fly

You don't want to get too close to these

Just checking

Someone got a drum stick off her.

I think all of us could go out side right now and come back with amazing images. The most spoken sentence in amateur photography:

"If I only had my camera with me!"

Nice idea to put this thread up. I'll have my simple digi with me all day and see what I can find. My archives are full of stuff from the past. See what happens next, Ky.

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That is the most non-aerodynamic bumble bee, but it's so pudgily cute!

Love the expression on the kookaburra's face. Is it typical for them to come so close to people?

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03/06/2011 9:23 PM

Yeah Mate you try and make that thing fly. You'd need a nuclear power plant the size of a pea. They are still way ahead. This one was still alive but was soon taken by ants. It was the size of a smallish grape.

Those beautiful creatures are known to pick fish off peoples plates. Allison a friend of ours kept feeding them and thought they were real cute. They, the Becker's, had ducklings for the first time and she had to witness that the well fed Kookaburras did the dive bomber thing with them. Not one left. All gone to duck heaven. She never fed them again.

How about him, the Daddy of them all

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I cant see how 'survival of the fittest' is the only driving mechanism in evolkution. How could such exact colour matching to camoflage the animal or insect be achieved other than by some kind of 'Design' input. It might conceivably favour an animal or insect that evolved by natural selection to have a coat that matched its background foliage in a stable environment but how do you explain a coat tthat changes colour rapidly to match a changing background.

Related to this arguement, I cannot see how flying animals or birds can have evolved by mutations in none flying creatures. Any aerodynamic appendages that happened to be created on a none flying creature would initially have been a huge handicap to survival.The stability and control aspects of flying could not by any stretch of the imagination be met by the unfortunate owner of a freak set of aerodynamic appendages in an environment where it had to compete with less handicapped creatures.

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1) If all the less-perfect matches (less well camouflaged) members get eaten, it seems fairly clear that the survivors are going to be those that match best. This also holds for colour-changing species.

2) Have you read the entry in Wikipedia about bird evolution? If survival means jumping[1] out of the way of things that want to eat them, again the best adapted will dominate.

[1] Jumping could mean down as well as up.

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... or these?

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I wondered where Kris had got too.
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I agree with your logic in 1) but it seems unlikely to me that the same process would explain the ability to spontaneously colour change to match a background that changes its colour through a whole spectrum of colours. I'm only a simple engineer, but it seems more credible to me that a prototype of a species variant is somehow deposited on Earth and that natural selection then takes over and determines its fate.

Your remarkable image of a flying fish is a case in point. How could randome mutations produce the dorsal fins at the right incidence to ensure stability. Also, how does one explain the beutifull eliptical wing shape with main spar and ribs of the correct distribution and strength to support the fish when flying and yet achieve a reasonable aerofoil shape. Also, a fish that mutated to have these aerofoil features is unlikely to have brain circuitary mutated at the same time to enables it to fly in a controlled way.

Also, what on earth is the mouselike creature in your last pic.

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It just takes time.

Here's an airbreathing fish with legs:

Mudskipper.

... and here's a lizard without legs:

Slowworm.

Here are some birds with flippers instead of wings:

Penguins.

The image in my previous post is of a flying squirrel.

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Have you considered that, in the case of birds, the mutations that resulted in aerodynamic features evolved from features that developed for totally unrelated functions? For instance, there is growing evidence that many species of "dinosaurs" sported feathers- which, in accordance with many bird species today, could possibly have been the result of a need to dump excess heat through increased surface area. Somewhere along the line, some of these creatures just happened to figure out that they also served well for the purpose of flight...

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If feathers were developed by some species of dinosaur to dump excess heat, how could a structure so complex and effective as a feather have developed by random mutations in dinosaurs that previously didnt have them. Ther is no mechanism that I know of that links the need for a physical feature with the DNA that creates it. I'm sure that someone will say that it is 'survival of the fittest' but I dont buy that. More than likely any dinosaur that was born with feathers would have been killed by it parents as a freak.

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You're being obtuse

it's a cascading effect over thousands if not millions of generations

the deviations being minute almost indistinguishable in successive generations

subtle differences along different branches of the family becoming more prominent over time & as the physical distance from the original changes

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Also, most babies are born naked...

I just watched an interesting video (unfortunately, I did not save the link) of a jaguar or related big cat killed a baboon, as big cats are wont to do. The twist was that the dead baboon happened to have a new-born baby- and the cat adopted the baby...Says something intriguing about the universal appeal of babies, no matter how "different" they might appear...

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I saw that Charlie. It was heart wrenching. My trust in humanity and what it could stand for was lifted. Seeing is believing. I told Heidi about it and although she understood her eyes were blank in reaction. I don't even know on which channel it was, just walk past at the right time.

I would love to show it to not only her, I would love to watch it again myself. The best thing was that it was not just some amateur video but professional documentation of something very gripping.

She even discarded her meal and left that to the competition, the lawyers of the savanna, Hyenas. Just like in real life.

On a scale from 1 to 10? 10

We have forgotten so much and at the same time have to learn the same amount, just to break (get?) even, Ky.

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I found it again. Here is the link:

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Thank you. The quality is not as good but it still gets me. See what the missus thinks.

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One of the best single books on evolution is Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution Is True. It surveys a pretty full variety of the alleged "problems."

Richard Dawkins is also good, but he basically covers one major issue at a time, spread over several books. HIs staunch atheism no doubt puts some potential readers off.

Another good one is Sean Carroll's The Making of the Fittest.

Many of the so-called "mainline Protestant" denominations, and Catholicism as well, have accepted evolution, but I don't know if any have "embraced" it, as in the sense of active promotion. It seems that they consider evolution no longer to be a "big deal."

However, if we assume that the universe was created by God, it is not up to us to circumscribe what His methods were. He could do it however He wants. In particular, He could set up some chemical facts and just turn them loose to see what happens. This might just as well include evolution by natural selection!

There is not exactly a "paper trail" on this, but there is plenty of evidence to look at, and more accumulates every day. More and more fossils, including some transitionals; structural similarities among plant/animal types; DNA commonalities and overlaps; weird "design" features like vestigial structures, suboptimal "designs" like the recurrent laryngeal nerve, etc. Much of this is best explained as an evolutionary history.

There is no good evidence of "abracadabra magic." (Nor the Gary Larson cartoon of God rolling Play-Doh into snakes and thinking, "Boy, these things are easy.")

Unfortunately, there are large rump groups of religionists that would deny God the privilege of creating things in this way, and instead would cram His options into a box that has no evidence, and doesn't explain any hows and whys of anything. If there is a God, He ain't stupid, and surely He would condemn this kind of nonsense.

You need to get your head into the sunshine, get a genuine education, and get over it. Figure it out correctly; the condition of your very soul may just depend on it.

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Feathers!! I hope that's a birdfeeder, not a lamppost.

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If that's some kinda crow on top, it must be a helluva birdfeeder!

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Nice thread, Kram.

This is from a hike along the Appalachian Trail where it traverses the Delaware Water Gap. Photo is taken on the Pennsylvania side, looking across into New Jersey. It was my 103rd birthday.

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I like the shadows in this one, and the low angle of the winter sun.

Found this garter snake under a pile of leaves I was cleaning up a few years ago in the spring. He must have been over-wintering there and seemed pretty annoyed with me.

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What did you use for the camera in the upper shot? Not only is the composure nice, but it looks like you nailed the exposure, too!

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Thanks, AH. I don't remember what the setting was---that shot is probably 2 or 3 years old, taken with a Panasonic Lumix.

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Cool! I like these kinds of pictures...........relaxing. To avoid the risk of sounding dumb, I'm not going to try to identify what's in the pictures.

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And there's always deer about. Here's a brand new one with a yeti.

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Maybe title that one: 'bears can play "A-Boo" too'

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"...yes he is, son, and with his other paw, he's holding a beer"

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What Pennsylvania bears prefer.

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Small gone?

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Ah, Babies. Have a look were this one is hiding.

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Sue,

I'm not usually a big fan of 'cute' -- but that is cute. Adorable even.

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I'll raise you one cute baby bird against your spotted baby ungulate

ps itz a cardinal..........

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That really is a wonderful photo. How did you coax the bird to come to you? Are you a bird whisperer? Is it part of your duck persona?

and I'd rather not see any photos of or recipes for poached passerine, thank yew.

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NOPE.........

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A friend emailed this to me. Thought you might like it.

http://vimeo.com/20218520

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Hey, Sue! That deer is cute but that girl is pretty more interesting!

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different type of wildlife!

be very careful... you might get bit!

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Hi Noudge---that's the yeti with the deer. They're pretty rare, grumpy, and partial to balut.

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Oh comm'on! It's that you? really? your wife, or daughter or girlfriend, sister or neighbor someone like that?

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all of the above

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you're answer funny though. so I'll assume what's on my mind. I would hardly believe there are girls around here. But knowing "yes" there is. I'll be very careful with my comments now then. Generally, i thrown comments alot already which is tended for male correspondence, some serious and mostly stupid and there are insulting,. Sorry, I hope the girls will understand.

Oh, damn it. I admit, seeing some girls here is pretty amazing! Nice to see you miss!

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I'll add a few more:

by our walkway:

We get some extraordinary sunsets:

A few days later:

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Two chickadees on a snow-laden tree.

And an ice covered tree.

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Impressionist Autumn:

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May I?

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Pileated woodpecker. They visit singly or in pairs on occasion.

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That's a great shot! I have those too, but haven't been able to get a good picture. They're very elusive.

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A mountaintop in Banff Alberta. Incredible views Banff is one of the most awesomest places ever! (but expensive) and has hot springs, shopping and great restaurants too.

Now here is a couple of specimens of an increasingly rare species... Teenagers (nephews) at the end of a 12 hour day of barnbuilding... with still enough energy (and balls) to show off! (beam balancing 12 feet up)

more banff... :)

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Dogwood and snow.

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These are all just great!! I could look at these endlessly! Keep going...

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Human is part of nature, Visit here if you don't consider this as a promotion.

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I declare war on promotion

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Boracay, Philippines

Bohol, Philippines

Tasty Crabs

Enchanted River, Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur, Philippines

My friends enjoying nature

Never mind their stupidity, they are one with nature

If you retire, you are welcome to visit our place,if you like.

Ohhh, beautiful woman...We have many..

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That is beautifull.

Fascinated by the photo you posted with the mounds. Are they volcanic in nature or some other geophysical force?

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Nope they are not volcanic in nature, to best describe it see link below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_Hills

Come see those here sometimes, you have a lot of places to go to and destinations are affordable.

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I'm going with the Arogo explanation...........

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Great !

Go Green ! Save the earth !

We'll able to take a picture in next 100 years

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Another.........and yes, I know the music that chicks dig.

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That is a bodaciously big mantis.

This pic might be a good entry for the 'Caption This" section.

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Playa Azul.....Blue Beach Viequez, PR

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Australia over there

She is elegant but can be ruthless as well. The three coconut palms in front of my house or better whats left of them after the recent cyclone. This was taken on sunset the next day.

This is what is left of the end of our jetty. For more you can have a look here

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Couple of snaps from Cumbria:

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Destructive nature: from post-Katrina New Orleans. The remains of one of my favorite lakefront restaurants, and the partially destroyed US Coast Guard station behind it to the left.

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