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Carsland neon at Disneyland

 

Radiator Springs Racer neon in Carsland at Disneyland

Radiator Springs Racers neon

 

Flo's V8 Cafe neon in Carsland in Disneyland.

Flo’s V8 Cafe neon

 

Luigis Casa Della Tires neon in Carsland at Disneyland

Luigis Casa Della Tires neon

 

Cosy Cone Motel neon in Carsland at Disneyland.

Cosy Cone Motel neon

One of my favorite things that I did on a recent trip to Disneyland was walk through Carsland at night and look at the neon signs. Many of the signs are sophisticated designs with lights that regularly vary in brightness or turn on or off. You have to watch each sign for a couple of minutes to decide when is the best time to take a photo.

Happy New Year

Party cat wiht star crown, red bead necklace and noise maker on blue background.

Happy New Year!

man grooming horse

Horse stable at night with man grooming horse.

Horse stable at night with man grooming horse.

color changing octopus

Day octopus, Octopus cyanea, camouflaged against colorful corals.

Day octopus, Octopus cyanea, camouflaged against colorful corals.

Here is an excellent example of how an octopus can change colors to match its surroundings. Not only did it match the neutral beige, brown and gray colors but it even matches the purples.

butterfly collection

Antique mounted tray of callippe fritillary, Speyeria callippe.

Antique mounted tray of callippe fritillary, Speyeria callippe.

With a background in chemistry, I’m always on the lookout for a good science photo. This is a photo of an old tray of mounted butterflies all of the same species. Collecting insects was more common 100 years ago than it is today. Collections of multiple individuals like this were used to study the variation within a species. These are all very similar making a wonderful repetitive pattern. Photo available at iStockphoto.