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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.

man repairing outrigger canoe

man repairing outrigger canoe

I recently returned from a trip to Indonesia. This is one of my favorite photos that I took. It is of a man repairing his outrigger canoe while his son plays in the surf. It was taken in the small village of Yenwaupnor on Gam Island, West Papua, Indonesia.

Star Wars Exhibition 2013

 

Darth Vader

Darth Vader in red

storm trooper

storm trooper

Tusken Raider

Tusken raider

Trade Federation Battle Droid

Trade Federation battle droid

2-1b Medical Droid

medical droid

I remember going to the first Star Wars movie with my brother in 1977. The movie theater isn’t there any more but the memories are. Since then, I’ve seen all of the Star Wars movies and been to three exhibitions. The most recent exhibition is the  current Star Wars exhibition at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA, that is currently in progress. It is a good exhibition but I have to admit I was disappointed that none of Padme Amidala’s costumes from Episode 1 were on display.

Here are my favorite photos that I took at the exhibition. I’m still not sure if I like Darth Vader in red…