A walk through Thompson Park last week, when the weather started warming up…
I’m generally not home on days when the world becomes blanketed in fog – for some reason, it usually happens on a weekday, which means I’m heading off to work. But for once, I had the fortune of being home, and hauled over to my local park to grab some photos before the magic disappeared.
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?
And, my favorite:
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.
An alligator, I believe, though I forget the species.
Snakes in jars!
King cobra – the world’s longest venomous snake!
Gaboon viper – it has the longest fangs and produces the most venom of any snake!