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It Came From Outer Space!

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now:
In February, I found a some sort of pod attached to a tree branch.  I wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but I knew it wasn’t a natural bloom from the tree.  I cut it off and brought it home with the idea that I [...]


Joshua Tree Trip Report – April 24-26, 2009

This past weekend was my third and final trip to Joshua Tree for a while. I ended the month completing 3/4ths of my New Year’s resolution of visiting the Mojave Desert every weekend in April. The trips began taking the toll during the five hour drive through Friday-afternoon traffic and the seemingly endless [...]


Joshua Tree Trip Report – April 17-19, 2009

Last April, I visited Joshua Tree National Park with about a dozen of my closest friends.  We hiked through a desert in bloom. We found a few desert inhabitants that we had not seen before. At night, we laughed around a campfire while roasting hot dogs and making s’mores.  We laid out on [...]


Spider Saturday: Portraying Size

One of the difficulties nature photographers have is providing the viewer with a sense of size. Take a photo of a building and the viewer knows how large it is based on their knowledge of the average height of the building’s floors. But take a photo of an insect sitting on a rock and [...]


Mojave National Preserve Trip Report (Part 2)

April 5th, 2009
Part 2 – Where are the insects??
If you missed part one of this two-part report, click here.

Those of you with fine-tuned observational skills might have noticed that the first part of this Mojave National Preserve trip report failed to mention any bugs. The fact is that I went most of Saturday without looking [...]


Angeles National Forest Trip Report – March 28, 2009

It’s funny how people would rather explore some far away place rather than something nearby.  I’m not one to point a finger, though.  I’ve been to four continents and over 25 countries and yet I’ve never been to Watts Towers or Knott’s Berry Farm, which are both about an hour from my apartment.   I’ve also [...]


Interview with the “BBQ Beehive Bomber”

There are a set of photos spreading across the Internet showing the result of one man’s quest to remove a hive from his barbecue. The story has been picked up by national news agencies across Australia and has been the talk around water coolers. I too was amazed by the photos and wanted to know more. I tracked down Josh Horton, who has been nicknamed the “Barbecue Beehive Bomber,” and asked him a few questions via e-mail:


Which Book Would You Buy?

I’m excited to announce my first book of insect photos!  Coming soon to a bookstore near you this site will be Insects & Spiders of Nicaragua !  The hardcover book will be chock-full of interesting creatures I photographed in Nicaragua last December.  The release date is tentatively scheduled for March 8th, 2009.
But I need your [...]


Brown Widow vs Honey Bee

Last night, I couldn’t resist collecting more brown widows (Latrodectus geometricus). My cluster is up to seven, now. You might be thinking that I’m crazy for keeping even one live venomous spider in my apartment, let alone seven. First of all, their bite isn’t as bad as you might think. According to the [...]


Ants Forage A Dead Bee

Ants Forage A Dead Bee (Apis mellifera) – Click to view details