Posts Tagged ‘macro’

Aphid vs. Orchid at Our Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park – BTW, Wicked Plants “Leaves” Oct 30th

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Can you spot the pest on this orchid from our San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers?

Do you see the tiny Clue near the middle between the two petals? Look hard:

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Let’s zoom in. Oh, here’s the culprit. It’s Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory using her sucking mouthpart as a weapon.

Mystery solved (via a Canon 65mm lens setup that looked a little something like this.)

BTW, the Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins exhibition is leaving us October 30th, so get on over there soon.

Orchid vs. Aphid at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Can you spot the pest on this orchid from San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers? Do you see the tiny Clue near the middle?

Let’s zoom in. Oh, here’s the culprit: It’s Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory using her sucking mouthpart as a weapon.

Mystery solved.

Is There a Spider or an Owl on All U.S. One Dollar Bills? Is It a “Spowl”?

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Just what is this tiny figure embedded in the top corner of all one dollar bills in circulation in the United States?

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Some people think it’s a Great Horned Owl, but others say it’s a spider. You can see for yourself but that might strain your eyes. Let’s take a look using a Canon Macro Photo MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x lens at five times lifesize:

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Not as owly-looking. Here’s a closer view:

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You’d have to call that a spider. Or a spider/owl. Or a Spowl.

In this age of conspiracy theories, let’s assume a secret organization put on our currency a little figure, one that sometimes looks like an owl and sometimes looks like a spider.

Who cares about spiders and owls? The Bohemian Club, that’s who.

If you want to learn about that unique organization, check out this bit from Jay Barman (now that’s  an owl!) of SFist.com.

And check out this scary two-hour movie, Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove, to learn more. We’re through the looking glass here, people!

Beware the Spowl.

(IRL, it’s just a spider, at best, IMO. But whatever you do, don’t read this killjoy’s persuasive webpage!)