Birds Avoid Me

Now that I’m back in New Jersey (boo hoo!), I had a chance to visit one of my favorite nature spots in my area, the Plainsboro Preserve. It’s part of New Jersey Audubon so of course, I attempted to photograph birds. I’m not used to my 70-300mm lens, having used it only a few times but I’m trying to use it more often to get used to it.

Sadly, this attempt was mostly a fail, as it was getting dark and the birds was super flighty (heh) – most of the photos came out super blurry and grainy. I rescued these three below, but I definitely need to go back and try again!

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Birthday Octopus

As if it were planned, the California Academy of Sciences was holding its member preview of its new exhibit, Color of Life, on my birthday. As part of my celebration (which also involved whales, pelicans, the beach, and dinosaurs), I visited the Academy. I loved the exhibit — what a beautiful theme — and the tech they’ve used to bring it together is so well done. But the highlight of my experience was the Day Octopus. I didn’t see her until towards the end of my visit (and closing time), but once I did, I couldn’t tear myself away.

The octopus started as a calm white color…

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But as she became more excited, she began getting redder.

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And then, she began to dance.

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For more on these amazing creatures, check out Sy Montgomery’s awesome book, The Soul of an Octopus. I’ve reviewed it here. The book came out of an article she wrote for Orion Magazine, which you can read here.

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sujataFebruary 15, 2016 - 10:11 pm

Thank you sharing the pictures. It was amazing to note the change in colour. How many minutes did it take for her to change the colour and was there any stimulation?

Relaxing Oasis

Today has been a looong day, with things not quite working out the way I wanted them to, so I’m finding an oasis in some fantastic views captured at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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Sujata SahooApril 13, 2015 - 2:09 pm

this is a sight for sore eyes.thank you so much for sharing. The trees so lovely the bench nestled among the trees.