Category Archives: Photography

Selfies with Darwin

If you are hosting a Darwin Day event on February 12th, you need a life-size Darwin so partiers can pose for photographs. Contact me and I’ll send you the file … all you have to do is print him, glue him to a thick board, and cut around the image. Ideally, you just tell somebody else to do all of that. When he’s ready, just stand him up in a central location at your event. For details, see my Portable Charles Darwin page.

Colin Purrington Photography: Charles Darwin cut-out &emdash; Charlie's angels

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Signs of mistletoe

Below are three photographs of mistletoe seeds I took at La Selva Research Station in Costa Rica. Seeds were most likely deposited by birds perching on the signs, but I’m not sure whether the birds scraped off the seeds (which can be extremely sticky, due to presence of viscin threads) or simply pooped them. If the latter was the case, the bulk of the poop is long gone, but it rains enough in the tropics for that to happen. There are threads visible on the top photograph, so I’m going to guess that the seeds were attached to the birds somehow, and the birds scraped them off onto the sign.

By the way, mistletoe are parasitic plants … which is why it’s amusing (to me) that they were on a sign. Although they are clearly green and can photosynthesize, they’ll eventually need the water (and other xylem contents) from a host. Under those adhesive pads there is (or will soon be) a haustorium that will attempt  to burrow into the substrate in hopes of finding host xylem. If I lived at the station I’d naturally record how long these beasties survived, but staff probably clean off the seedlings every few weeks just so it doesn’t look to nasty. Some species can apparently last a year as self-sufficient seedlings.

Colin Purrington Photography: Parasitic plants &emdash; Mistletoe germinating on sign

Colin Purrington Photography: Parasitic plants &emdash; Mistletoe seeds germinating on pole and sign

Colin Purrington Photography: La Selva, Costa Rica &emdash; mistletoe-seedling-close-up

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Photographs from La Selva, Costa Rica

Some photographs I took during a visit to La Selva Research Station in 2008. Old, but recently discovered they hadn’t transferred to my site when I bailed on Flickr.

I was stuck inside a small room for most of stay (I was consulting for Organization for Tropical Studies), unfortunately, so not as many pics as I’d like. The full album (approximately 50 images) is below. I wish OTS would hire me again.

This little spider is a golden orb weaver (Nephila clavipes), I think:

Colin Purrington Photography: La Selva, Costa Rica &emdash; Golden orb weaver (Nephila clavipes)

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) still attached to the tree:

Colin Purrington Photography: La Selva, Costa Rica &emdash; Jackfruit  (Artocarpus heterophyllus) in tree

Bromeliad on branch:

Colin Purrington Photography: La Selva, Costa Rica &emdash; Bromeliad on tree branch

My high-security hotel in San José,

Colin Purrington Photography: La Selva, Costa Rica &emdash; Hotel Villa Tournon in San José, Costa Rica

Just mouse-over the thumbnails below to see title, or click to see larger.

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Baylands Nature Preserve

Here are some photographs from my December visit to the Baylands Nature Preserve (2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303). I missed the king tide, unfortunately, but will hopefully see that in the future, ideally before they start rearranging the park topography and water flow (e.g., constructing tall refuge hills where the adorable saltmarsh harvest mouse can escape to during king tides). Without a doubt the nicest landfill I’ve ever visited.

Colin Purrington Photography: Baylands Nature Preserve &emdash; pools-and-towers-baylands

Colin Purrington Photography: Baylands Nature Preserve &emdash; baylands-nature-preserve-creek

Colin Purrington Photography: Baylands Nature Preserve &emdash; transmission-towers-baylands

Colin Purrington Photography: Baylands Nature Preserve &emdash; canada-geese-baylands

Colin Purrington Photography: Baylands Nature Preserve &emdash; marsh-water-baylands

To see the whole album, click on any of the images below and use the arrow key to advance. Clicking on the titles will take you to my photo site (where you can read captions and such).

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