Macro Ice Sculptures

I think we can all agree that this winter has been COLD. And the snow, the endless snow! With the recent weather, and particularly the hot mess of snow, rain, sleet, grossness, I don’t normally want to step out of my house. But I have to admit, it’s pretty sometimes.

Just outside my garage is a tree that’s festooned in icicles. They are slowly melting away though, and leaving behind some really interesting shapes – if you take a real close look. I started to photograph the dying icicles but quickly moved to finding little surprises in thin pieces of ice with my macro lens. I found dragons, and sea horses, and ducks, and… Well, do you see what I see?

Macro Ice 1

Macro Ice 5

And, my favorite:

Macro Ice 6

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Behind-the-Scenes at the American Museum of Natural History: Herpetology

Being a member at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC is pretty cool. One of the perks is getting access to behind-the-scenes tours of many of their collections. I try to take advantage of these as often as I can. Earlier this month, they had a tour of a portion of their herpetology collection – particularly poisonous/venomous reptiles and amphibians. We got to see some pretty cool stuff, including a preserved Komodo dragon! The only thing with the tours is that the spaces are tight, and you’re there for the learning experience, but I was able to get a couple of cool shots of the reptiles.

Komodo dragon! Well, its back-end, anyway.

AMNH BTS Reptiles 1

An alligator, I believe, though I forget the species.

AMNH BTS Reptiles 2

Snakes in jars!

AMNH BTS Reptiles 3

King cobra – the world’s longest venomous snake!

AMNH BTS Reptiles 4

Gaboon viper – it has the longest fangs and produces the most venom of any snake!

AMNH BTS Reptiles 5

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