I saw @mosthatedadamg working on the loading dock outside my studio, @TentonStudio Sometimes just really need to shoot someone’s picture, and listen to their story. “Came up with the tattoo myself. Phoenix flying through a storm carrying a dream.
I’ve been through the worst storms and whether it ever clears or not my kids can always lay on my chest and take all their nightmares away. I appreciate you taking the time out to take a photo, this tattoo means a lot to me. @atedge
Nearly as tall as a giraffe and with the wingspan of an F-16 fighter, Quetzalcoatlus Northropi was one of the largest flying animals of all time. This life-size model, being painted by Jim Burt at Blue Rhino Studio in Minneapolis, is bound for a cultural center in Kuwait. @atedge@natgeo
A Caligo butterfly from the family Nymphalidae, (wait for it) transitions from the beautiful top side to the underside which acts as a camouflage for the insect. Butterflies and moths appear to be very delicate creatures, and yet they turn out to be much tougher — both in terms of their anatomy and survival skills — than previously imagined.
What is the evolutionary connection between the moth and the butterfly? Unlike dinosaurs, moths and butterflies do not have bones that can fossilize and preserve. Their many wing scales, however, are made of chitin, which is the primary component of hard natural materials like crustacean exoskeletons and cephalopod beaks.
The Late Triassic scales come from insects in the order Lepidoptera, which is the second largest order in the class Insecta and includes butterflies & moths, However, these butterflies evolved from moth-like ancestors.
About 70 sturdy of scales from their wings have been identified in a drilled core from northern Germany. The ancestors of today's moths and butterflies, therefore, date to at least the latter part of the Late Triassic (251–199 million years BCE).
The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, extend the origin of these insects by 5 million years since the previously related fossil record-holders — from the United Kingdom — date to 195 million years ago. There is little doubt that dinosaurs and other iconic animals from the time saw the insects fluttering around them, just as many of us do today.
Thanks @davesweeneyphoto & @lookandseen #Butterfly#Mariposa#Farfalla#Papillon#Borboleta#Fluture#Paruparo#Schmetterling#Drugelis#Sommerfug@atedge#Evolution#EvolutionaryBiology
While working a story about #biodiversity I photographed this wasp trapped in #Amber. The specimen is from the #Miocene, around 23 million BCE (before common era). The #microscopic view of the eyes have helped cell phone makes figure out how to make your phone screen visible in strong daylight, by #adapting the honey comb pattern to change the direction of the light entering the screen. This was shot on assignment for the @NatGeo@atedge
I have long suspected that Dyslexia (a learning disability that I have) is more of a help than a hindrance thoughout my life. New research suggests that dyslexics have a better understanding of visual information and are more likely to have a creative advantage due to the different ways in which information is gathered and processed.
Looking back in history, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Jørn Utzon, Agatha Christie and Albert Einstein were all dyslexic. One must ask, is dyslexia linked to creativity? The research is inconclusive, but we do know that Dyslexia is hereditary and, fortunately, one can learn to live through and succeed with severe dyslexia.
I'm very happy to be included in the primer issue of The Dyslexic Advantage. The journal deals with the issues that confront and challenge those, like myself, who have this condition.
As the dyslexic scientist, Christopher Tonkin described a sensitivity to “things out of place.” Easily bothered by things out of order he felt that this sensitivity for visual anomalies was something he built on in his career as a professional scientist.
I feel the same way in regards to my photography. If something is not composed "correctly" it needs to be put in place.
Please take a look at the magazine. I have also viewed a great new documentary by, Oscar-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond examine the complexities of the dyslexic brain, exploring realities and myths of the most common learning disability.
This is an outtake from a story that I worked on for the TNC @nature_org (The Nature Conservancy). While photographing a Wisconsin based farmer, Lee Kinnard, one of his dairy cows walked into my lighting set up. Kinnard lives and works the same land that his father's father did.
Kinnard takes a progressive approach to manage 11,429-acre farmer that feeds his cattle. He has introduced winter cover crops, like triticale and barley to hold the soil in place. The TNC shares Kinnard practices and research from his farm with other dairy farmers. @atedge#dairycow#Wisconsin
The storm is on the way. Midwestern clouds on my east coast skyline. The old smoke stake at #dominosugarfactory
One hundred and seventy-five years ago, Charles Darwin set out with a survey voyage, aboard the HMS Beagle, in what would be a groundbreaking expedition for his own theories and the way the world would come to see the origin of species. Intrigued by the vast differences in the closely-related mockingbirds and #finches on the #Galapagos, #Darwin brought this curiosity home to England and found a way to test his thoughts on speciation, using an animal equally admired and despised: the pigeon. Specifically, “fancy pigeons,” whose popularity and availability was on the rise just as Darwin needed specimens.
By cross-breeding the many species of fancy pigeon, he showed that contrary to the commonly-held belief that there were two different species which led to the diverse lot of the domestic pigeons, they all arose from just one wild species: the Rock #Dove (Columba livia). Though he professed to never developing a true fondness for the creatures, his fascination with them and interest in their origins allowed him to show himself that the theories where possible.
The first image is of a curler pigeon and the second is a box of bones from a bird that Darwin raised, he would study the structure and see if through his breeding he could "accelerate" #evolution
After their domestication, pigeons became far more than just sources of meat. People watched them and realized that their behavior mimicked that which we held in high esteem in humans: they’re monogamous, each of a pair serving and caring for the other and their offspring; they have a strong homing instinct, and fierce protection instinct in the nest; yet they’re largely peaceful creatures, highly intelligent but living what humans saw as a simple and ideal life.
These traits were exploited in #breeding successful messenger #pigeons as far back as ancient #Phoenicia. @atedge
I'm always on the hunt for pictures, of anything that might interest me, whether it is something that I see while walking my daughter to school or a situation that is off the main subject while on assignment for @NatGeo.
I have one image that is published in the August issue of the @NatGeo as a small part of a larger beautiful story by #EvgeniaArbugaeva. The story, 'The Butterfly Cathers' has an image of mine that I shot in Cambodia near the temples at Seim Reap. I was working on a story for the magazine on Lotting of historical artifacts.
While waiting for the right time of day to access a location I happened upon a butterfly Banteay Srey Center. Once inside I saw an amazing collection of butterflies native to the region. I was drawn to the tray of birdwing chrysalides in the final stages of metamorphosis. When they reach maturity an adult emerges, then species mimics surrounding vegetation of the native caterpillars and uses the leaves as camouflage. Thank you @KFMoran for the edit.
As the morning light cuts through the Ohio River valley fog two workers walk the tracks of the “Racer” at #KingsIsland Amusement Park near #Cincinnati, Ohio. The men are looking for any imperfections in the wooden old style coaster.
134 years ago this week in, 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in #Brooklyn, #NewYork. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century, there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.
I photographed the "Racer" on the 105 anniversary of the invention of the roller coaster @AtEdge