Posts Tagged ‘butterflies’


What am I sappy caiman blogging?

October 14, 2016

butterfly-crocWhile traveling through the Amazon to study reptile and amphibian diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan, photographer Mark Cowan happened upon a strange sight: a caiman whose head was nearly covered in butterflies. The phenomenon itself isn’t particularly unusual, salt is critical to the survival of many creatures like butterflies and bees who sometimes drink tears from reptiles in regions where the mineral is scarce (we’ve seen the same thing happen with turtles). What made this sight so unusual was seeing the butterflies organize themselves into three different species groups atop the caiman’s head.


Uh, also, that side eye!

The story is by Christopher Jobson at Colossal and the photographs are by Mark Cowan .


What am I photographing?

May 9, 2016


I’m not really taking these photographs – be sure to click on the links in the story.

“A biochemist by training, photographer Linden Gledhill is fascinated by the beauty of infinitesimally small aspects of nature and science, from capturing the flight of insects to exploring the beauty of magnetic ferrofluid. Among his most jaw-dropping images are macro photographs of butterfly wings that reveal complex patterns that look like perfectly organized flower petals. These tiny protrusions are actually scales, similar to what you would find on reptile, though extremely small and fragile. Gledhill’s photography recently inspired an episode of Smarter Every Day where Destin Sandlin learns how to shoot similar photos. ”







from Colossal


What am I celebrating?

June 17, 2015


It’s Pollinator Week! From butterflies and bees to hummingbirds and beetles, these small but mighty species are important to our everyday lives. Without them, we would have fewer fruit, vegetables and nuts – not to mention chocolate and coffee. Learn more:



What do I find charming?

March 9, 2015

typographic-butterfly-specimens-1I love these little butterflies composed of typographical elements.  They were created by Japanese graphic designer, Guusan.  I found them at Spoon and Tamago.  I will not look at Times New Roman the same way ever again.